Watford's January transfer target Ben Gibson has been given permission to train with Middlesbrough after a reported falling out with Burnley.

The defender was the subject of several loan offers from the Hornets in the closing stages of the January transfer window, but none were accepted by the Clarets who it is believed wanted a permanent transfer for the defender.

Also interested in signing the defender were his former club Middlesbrough, where he has now been permitted to train.

In a club statement, Burnley said the player made it clear he wanted to leave the club in January to seek regular first-team football, with the player yet to make a competitive appearance for the club, but that they did not receive an offer they felt was good enough.

It reads: “Burnley Football Club can confirm they have given Ben Gibson permission to train with Middlesbrough Football Club.

"The defender made it clear, in the weeks leading up to the end of the January transfer window, that he wanted to leave Turf Moor to seek regular first team football.

“The club will not be making any further comment on this matter.”