Date: 30th January 2017 at 7:33am
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By Alex Stevens

Everton are close to sealing a double deal with Premier League rivals Sunderland, according to a reliable journalist.

Times correspondent Paul Joyce took to Twitter on Monday morning to reveal that midfielder Darron Gibson and left-back Bryan Oviedo are heading to the Black Cats.

Joyce reported on his personal Twitter account that the Everton due are “set to sign” for Sunderland and will undergo medicals at the club on Monday.

It is not reported whether the two deals are permanent or loans for the remainder of the season.

Manager David Moyes appears to be ready to reunite with midfielder Gibson, 29, after they worked together when he was in in charge at Goodison Park.

Oviedo, who has been Everton’s second-choice left-back since he moved to the club in 2012, has been targeted following the sale last week of Patrick van Aanholt to Crystal Palace.

The duo are in line to be pitched into a relegation battle at Sunderland, who are bottom of the Premier League and three points adrift of safety.

Oviedo, 26, has made just seven appearances this season and is desperate to experience regular first-team football, something he could gain in the north-east.

Meanwhile, Gibson has found himself frozen out at Everton and has found himself at the bottom of a long pecking order that includes Gareth Barry, Idrissa Gueye, £24million January signing Morgan Schneiderlin, James McCarthy and academy sensation Tom Davies.

The Republic of Ireland international, who is a central midfielder, is proven in the Premier League after making 69 appearances for Everton and 60 for former club United, where he scored an impressive 10 goals supplemented by eight assists.

His contract at Everton is due to expire in the summer of 2018.

Football Insider verdict:

Gibson might not have quite cut the mustard at Everton, or former club United, but he could prove a solid acquisition for Sunderland. Experienced, reliable, technically sound and with a wide passing range, Gibson would immediately bring Premier League quality to a slightly one-dimensional midfield. For a player who is 29, Gibson also does not have that many miles on the clock. He has made just 180 club appearances, which have been supplemented by 26 international caps, and should be able to play well into his 30s. This could be a sound deal for Moyes.

In other Everton transfer news, the club are in pole position for a 19-year-old Bundesliga ace.

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