By Harry Sykes

Everton have pulled the plug on Brendan Galloway’s loan move to Newcastle, according to a reliable journalist.

The Chronicle claimed last week that the Everton left-back was set to join the Magpies on an initial loan with a view to a permanent transfer.

But the Chronicle’s chief sports writer Lee Ryder has now reported on his personal Twitter account that the deal is off and Newcastle are now in the market for other defenders.

Everton’s reported decision to call off the move will be a blow to Newcastle, who used centre-back Ciaran Clark at left-back in Saturday’s win over Bristol City.

Newcastle’s other main left-back option Paul Dummett is currently being scouted by Premier League club West Brom according to the Chronicle, as Tony Pulis targets a new defensive option.

Galloway impressed after breaking into the Toffees’ first-team during the early part of last season under Roberto Martinez.

The youngster made 19 appearances for the club as he filled in impressively at left-back while Leighton Baines and Bryan Oviedo were injured.

But with both of those players now vying for a first-team spot, Galloway’s chances of adding to his experience appears limited.

Galloway came through the ranks at MK Dons where he made his senior debut aged 15 in the FA Cup first round to become the club’s youngest-ever player.

He moved to Everton in 2014 and signed a new five-year contract last December.

In other Newcastle transfer news, they are plotting a move for a 24-goal striker.