Palace interested in Newcastle youngster Liam Gibson

Newcastle's Liam Gibson is yet to be given a professional contract and is free to talk to other clubs with Palace strongly interested, report

Palace interested in Newcastle youngster Liam Gibson
Gibson playing for Newcastle under-21's | Photo: Serena Taylor/Newcastle United are reporting that Crystal Palace are looking to sign young Newcastle United defender, Liam Gibson.

The 18-year-old is yet to be offered a professional contract by the Magpies, despite being highly-rated, and will be free to talk to other clubs in the summer when his three-year scholarship deal expires, with Palace reported to be leading the chase for the left-back.

Gibson yet to sign pro deal despite impressing Newcastle's coaching staff

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren named Gibson on the substitutes bench for their win over West Brom earlier this month because of an injury crisis that saw several key defenders sidelined. He also started a friendly against Norwegian side Lillestrom last weekend and is believed to have impressed Newcastle’s coaching staff during the 2-1 victory.

McClaren currently has a lack of left-backs to choose from due to injuries keeping out Massadio Haidara and Paul Dummett, and McClaren has recently had to give the role to Rolando Aarons, who is naturally a winger and has looked uncomfortable in the back four. 

Palace boss Alan Pardew was a keen admirer of Gibson during his time as manager of the Tyneside club, and former Newcastle striker and current under-21 coach, Peter Beardsley, has also heaped praise on the youngster.

Beardsley told Newcastle’s official website, “He’s got a lovely left foot, he’s strong, physical, can run and has a good understanding of the game,” however, he added, “The only thing he’s maybe lacking is confidence.”

Liam Gibson for Newcastle United | Photo: Newcastle United
Liam Gibson for Newcastle United | Photo: Newcastle United

Gibson spent time on loan at Gateshead United earlier in the season to gain first team experience but returned to feature in Newcastle’s development squad, while also getting his chance to impress with the senior squad. His involvement with the first team is likely to be an indication that a potential professional contract will be discussed with the Magpies soon.

Should Gibson join Palace, it is likely he will join up with the club’s development squad while also providing back up to the first team’s only recognised left-back, Pape Souare