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Burnley defender Ben Gibson training with Middlesbrough

Burnley defender Ben Gibson is training with former club Middlesbrough today.

The Daily Mail says Gibson was set to begin training at Middlesbrough on Wednesday – even though he is still under contract at Burnley until 2022.

Relations between the defender, who was signed for £15million from Boro in 2018, and Burnley are thought to have become so strained that he is being allowed to work with his home-town club from this week. Boro have confirmed Gibson is to be with them on Wednesday.

The exact nature – and length – of the agreement that will allow Gibson to take this step is unclear, but he will be at Boro's Rockliffe, County Durham base this week.

The 27-year-old - believed to earn about £40,000 a week - was then left frustrated when a proposed loan move to Watford in the closing days of the January transfer window fell through.

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