By Abigail Withey
Everton are close to loaning out defenders Brendan Galloway and Tyias Browning to Sunderland, according to a recent report.
The Chronicle claim that the recently relegated club are set to swoop on left-back Galloway, 21, in addition to 23-year-old right-back Browning.
The newspaper has revealed that the Toffees duo are travelling to Sunderland and are expected to undergo medicals imminently before completing their season-long loan deals.
If the two youngsters secure their temporary moves away from Merseyside, it will be the second and third defender deals completed of the week after the Blues announced the arrival of centre-back Michael Keane from Burnley on Monday.
It is said that the north east club are also interested in Everton winger Aiden McGeady, but will reportedly face competition from Middlesbrough and Preston for the striker’s signature.
Both full-backs moved to Goodison Park in 2014, and were loaned out over the 2016/17 campaign.
Galloway spent a majority of the season with Premier League club West Bromwich Albion, but only managed to make five appearances for the club before he returned to Everton in April.
His team-mate Browning was loaned to Sunderland boss Simon Grayson’s former club Preston, and it is thought that he wants to reunite with the right-back despite a less than impressive performance.
Boss Ronald Koeman has been busy during the summer transfer window already and has secured five signings including Keane, Davy Klaassen, Henry Onyekuru, Jordan Pickford and Sandro Ramirez.
Football Insider verdict
After loaning out the duo last season, it’s unlikely that Koeman would miss the defenders too much, especially as they failed to make an impact at either of their clubs. In addition, the Toffees boss has made some impressive additions to the squad this summer and will be looking to somewhat overhaul his team throughout the transfer window in order to give the club the best chance possible of a top four finish. Koeman has a number of options for his squads defence in the terms of centre-backs, but he appears to be lacking real strength in any of his full-backs so the Dutch boss should aim to turn his eye to recruit players for those positions in the coming weeks.
In other Everton transfer news, Robbie Fowler has delivered his verdict on the Blues’ stunning progress in the transfer market.