By Dominic Toner
Sunderland have made approaches to sign Everton duo Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson, according to a report.
The Mail claim that the Premier League club are interested in signing the Toffees pair as manager David Moyes attempts to improve his squad and enquiries have been made about their availability.
It is understood that Everton manager Ronald Koeman is reluctant to sell defender Oviedo, but the 26-year-old is keen to experience regular football.
The report details that Gibson looks certain to leave Goodison Park and Moyes is keen on reuniting with the midfielder, with the pair previously working together at Everton.
Oviedo has been Everton’s second-choice left-back since he moved to the club in 2012, with Leighton Baines the preferred option.
He has made just seven appearances this season and is desperate to experience regular first-team football, something he could gain at relegation-threatned Sunderland.
Meanwhile, central midfielder Gibson has made just one senior appearance this season in the EFL Cup against Yeovil in August.
The 29-year-old has found himself frozen out of Koeman’s plans and has found himself at the bottom of a long pecking order.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton should consider allowing both players to leave Goodison Park tho summer, with Oviedo and Gibson starved of game time. The Toffees would need a like-for-like replacement for Oviedo if he leaves, with youngster Luke Garbutt a potential candidate. Oviedo has proved a consistent performer when called into the starting line-up and could do a good job for Sunderland. Koeman should certainly allow Gibson to leave as he is surplus to requirements at the club. The former Manchester United player has no future under Koeman, with the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Idrissa Gueye, Gareth Barry and Tom Davies preferred options.
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