Darron Gibson set to re-unite with David Moyes at Sunderland
Bryan Oviedo is also expected to move to the Stadium of Light in a double transfer swoop
Sunderland boss David Moyes is closing in on a transfer double with Everton duo Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson firmly in his sights. Photo: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images
The pair were due on Wearside for medicals on Monday as Moyes once again returned to tried and trusted players in a bid to strengthen his squad with just two days of the transfer window remaining.
Costa Rican full-back Oviedo, 26, would be a replacement for Patrick van Aanholt, who completed his move to Crystal Palace on Monday in a deal which could eventually amount to £14million.
Republic of Ireland international Gibson, 29, would add craft in midfield, although his injury record — he has managed just 54 senior appearances in the last four-and-a-half seasons for the Toffees — would be a concern.
Given that Moyes was told some time ago that he would have “very limited funds” with which to bolster his squad this month, he has had to recruit on a budget and has so far opted for men he knows.
The Black Cats have also expressed an interest in Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa, although it is understood their initial £3million offer was rejected out of hand.
Sunderland currently sit at the foot of the Premier League table ahead of Tuesday night’s visit of high-flying Tottenham to the Stadium of Light, although they are only three points from safety.