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Darron Gibson set to sign for Sunderland

Sunderland are on the verge of signing Everton duo Darron Gibson and Brian Oviedo.

Black Cats boss David Moyes knows both players well from his time at Goodison Park, and the pair are set to have medicals at the Stadium of Light.

Gibson, now 29, has had an injury-plagued career, and has only made one appearance under Everton boss Ronald Koeman this season, in the EFL Cup. In fact, Gibson has only made 51 appearances for the Toffees since his move from Old Trafford in 2012.

The Derry native scored one goal in his 27 international appearances for Ireland.

He will find himself plunged into a relegation battle, but he will be eager to get minutes under his belt in order to relaunch his stagnant career.

Oviedo, 26, has also fallen down the pecking order under Koeman. Leighton Baines is preferred at left back, and Oviedo has been reduced to just seven appearances so far this season.

Everton also rejected a £16 million bid from Newcastle for Irish international James McCarthy, according to the Daily Mail.

The combative midfielder has fallen down the pecking order at the Toffees, and has been linked with a move away from the club in recent months.

The arrival of Morgan Schneidirlin means that the Frenchman has joined Idrissa Gueye and Gareth Barry ahead of McCarthy in Koeman’s midfield pecking order, but the Dutch manager is apparently unwilling to sell McCarthy regardless.

The Ireland midfielder has made just eight appearances in the league this season, and was also at the centre of a club vs country row in recent months.

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