On Monday, we covered two articles concerning West Brom’s Kieran Gibbs and his potential transfer to Torino, with both being rather optimistic about the deal going through before Thursday.
Gazzetta dello Sport said the Baggies were ready to give the move the green light, having signed Conor Townsend from Scunthorpe, while Tuttosport believed the Serie A side could include Afriye Acquah to make their reduced offer more palatable.
Fast forward 24 hours, and Gazzetta have a new update, but don’t mention the Acquah possibility in the slightest.
What they do report, however, is that Torino’s director of football is currently in England with his team, who play Liverpool in a friendly on Tuesday evening, and he’ll use this opportunity to sort out the Gibbs deal, which they want as a loan with a view to buy.
Originally not their first option, the former Arsenal defender’s stock is said to have ‘risen within the club’s hierarchy’, meaning he’s now the man they want to bolster the left hand side of the backline.
The director of football will also use this opportunity to see if he can convince Chelsea to let Ola Aina leave for the season, but that’s all the detail they give on that one.