EXCLUSIVE: United ready to sell Gibson
Published 22:31 11/01/12 By David McDonnell
Manchester United's Darron Gibson has emerged as a £2.5million target for Everton.
Gibson has been told by manager Sir Alex Ferguson that he can leave United, and is understood to have held preliminary talks with the Goodison Park club.
The Republic of Ireland midfielder was set to leave United for Sunderland in the summer, but the proposed move broke down over personal terms.
Gibson has made just two appearances this season, having fallen out of favour. He has also suffered a broken metatarsal.
The 24-year-old was fined, along with Wayne Rooney and Jonny Evans, following a boozy Boxing Day night-out which angered Fergie.
With Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Tom Cleverley and Anderson ahead of him in the pecking order, plus the return of Paul Scholes from a short;-lived retirement, Gibson has little chance of re-establishing himself at United.
Gibson needs to be playing regularly to give himself every chance of making the Ireland squad for Euro 2012, and is understood to be keen on a move to the Toffees.
Meanwhile, fellow United midfielder Paul Pogba could be on his way to arch-rivals City after his representatives failed to agree a new deal to keep him at Old Trafford.
The 18-year-old is viewed as one of United's brightest prospects, but is said to have grown frustrated with his lack of first-team chances and is open to a move at the end of this season when his contract is up.
City have been keeping a close eye on the France Under-19 star's situation and are ready to offer Pogba a lucrative deal, although no formal discussions have taken place between the parties.
United were accused of illegally poaching Pogba from his former club Le Havre, a charge that was never proven.
They could now find themselves in a similar position, with Pogba ready to walk out on them.
Ravel Morrison, another of United's stars of the future, could also be on his way in the summer when his contract expires. Talks over a new deal understood to have broken down.