West Brom have cooled their interest in Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs.
Tony Pulis has confirmed that West Bromwich Albion have ended their interest in Arsenal defender, Kieran Gibbs.
Gibbs, who was left out of Arsenal’s pre-season tour to Australia and China, was one of West Brom’s top target this summer.
Pulis considered Gibbs, a product of Arsenal’s academy who made his debut during the 2007/08 season, as his best option at left-back.
However, West Brom are not willing to meet Arsenal’s asking price. Pulis says that he is considering options elsewhere.
“We won’t be signing Kieran Gibbs,” Pulis said after West Brom’s 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in the Asia Trophy, as quoted by The Express.
“We have to look for players that fit what we want to do and the way we want to play. We have three or four other targets we are desperate for.
“We are juggling with two at the moment and that’s not Gibbs. Hopefully by the time we get back home we will have done those two.”
Gibbs made eight Premier League appearances last season and 22 appearances overall, and has struggled to get in ahead of Nacho Monreal.
The England international is likely to drop further down the pecking order, following the arrival of Sead Kolasinac this summer from Schalke.
West Brom have so far made only two signings this summer – Jay Rodriguez from Southampton and Zhang Yuning from Vitesse.
Gibbs is an experienced Premier League player, and would have added quality to the side. Surely, the Baggies could have paid an extra £2 million to secure a deal for him.