Manchester City keen to sign Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson - sources

Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson is on the list of English players Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola is keen to sign in the summer, sources close to City have told ESPN FC.

On Tuesday, Guardiola told a news conference he wanted to bring more English players to the Etihad Stadium.

Gibson figures highly in Guardiola's thinking, with City planning to bring in defensive reinforcements.

He has impressed in his first season in the Premier League and his performances have put him in contention for an England call-up.

Middlesbrough have the joint-fifth best defensive record in the Premier League this season despite the fact that they are in the relegation zone, and Gibson has been a key part of that solidity.

Chelsea are also keeping tabs on Gibson as they look to bring in a new defender this summer, but City want the left-sided centre-half to complement John Stones.

Boro would be reluctant to lose him but could find it hard to keep him if they are relegated at the end of the season.