Sheffield Wednesday are asking about Burnley’s Ben Gibson, according to Alan Nixon.

The freelance reporter claims that Aston Villa have already been rebuffed in their attempts to sign the centre-back, who is reported to have cost Burnley £12 million in the summer transfer window.

However, he adds that Wednesday have ‘no real need for [Gibson] just now’.

Nixon has previously suggested that the Owls are targeting a right-back, a centre-back and a striker in the January transfer window, which ends for English clubs at 11pm on Thursday.

However, as he has since pointed out, Steve Bruce’s side are not currently short in Gibson’s position – where the recent form of Tom Lees and Michael Hector has left Jordan Thorniley, Daniel Pudil and Joost van Aken struggling for opportunities.

Bruce, who officially starts work the morning after the transfer deadline, has yet to sanction any deals in or out of Sheffield Wednesday.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 26: Ben Gibson of Burnley looks on during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester City and Burnley at Etihad Stadium on January 26, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Gibson came through the ranks at local side Middlesbrough and was called up by England as recently as 2017.

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