Could Everton have a secret weapon in chase for Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson?

Marco Silva, Manager of Watford looks on prior to the Premier League match between Watford and Tottenham Hotspur at Vicarage Road on December 2, 2017 in Watford, England.

Premier League duo West Ham and Southampton reportedly want Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough but do not rule out Everton.

Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Middlesbrough and Sunderland at the Riverside Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Middlesbrough, England.

Everton are far from the only Premier League side keen to sign Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough but they might be the only club with a trump card up their sleeve.

The Sun reported in May that Southampton and West Ham were both planning to make moves for the Boro skipper, who could be sold to raise funds for new additions after Tony Pulis’s side missed out on a place in the Premier League.

Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough claps the fans after the game during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Tottenham Hotspur at the Riverside Stadium on September 24, 2016 in...

But the Northern Echo has now reported that Everton, who were first linked with Gibson in 2017, are interested once again.

Gibson, who is understood to be valued at £20 million, would come cheaper than Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles, who had also allegedly been on the Toffees’ radar.

Although Everton could have something which makes them the immediate favourites to sign the one-time England call-up.

Middlesbrough, after all, would surely jump at the chance to sign Mo Besic again, after the Bosnian midfielder enjoyed a superb loan spell at the Riverside during the second half of the 2017/18 campaign, earning fan favourite status with his energy and tenacity in the centre of the park.

Muhamed Besic of  Middlesbrough during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Middlesbrough at Pirelli Stadium on April 2, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.

According to the Northern Echo, Besic would be keen to return should he be informed by Everton boss Marco Silva that he has no future at Goodison Park.

But could Besic be used as a makeweight in a deal for Gibson? It could be a very tempting offer that West Ham and Southampton would struggle to match.

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