Phil Neville has reportedly agreed verbal terms to bring former England and Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs to Inter Miami.
West Brom left-back Gibbs is out of contract this summer and has fallen down the pecking order since Sam Allardyce replaced Slaven Bilic in December.
The 31-year-old was linked with a number of Major League Soccer clubs throughout the January transfer window and is poised to finally seal his move to America this summer.
Gibbs has agreed to a two-and-a-half year contract with Inter Miami and will link up with Neville, who was appointed manager in January after leaving his role as England Women’s boss.
That’s according to ESPN , which adds New York Red Bulls and DC United were also monitoring the player, who earned 10 caps for the Three Lions.
Gibbs is yet to put pen to paper on his contract but it is believed to be only a matter of time before he makes the switch to Fort Lauderdale, where he will arrive midway through Neville’s first season in charge.
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West Brom are highly unlikely to make an attempt to keep Gibbs beyond the summer as they are keen to trim their wage bill with relegation to the Championship staring them in the face.
The former Arsenal man is the Baggies’ highest-paid player with wages of £70,000 per week.
Meanwhile, Neville is keen to strengthen his squad as Inter Miami bid to improve on their underwhelming 10th-place finish in the Eastern Conference during the 2020 season – their first in the MLS.
Ryan Shawcross left Stoke to join the David Beckham-owned club earlier this year and Neville predicts there will be a handful of additional arrivals.
“In terms of the roster we definitely want to add two or three more players, that’s imperative for us to have a good season,” he said last week.
“We’re working really hard, [chief soccer officer] Chris Henderson is doing a really good job. … I do expect there to be one, two or maybe three more additions, but we’ll have to see.”
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