The former Everton contingent continues to swell
Everton pair Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo are widely reported as expected in Sunderland today for medicals ahead of permanent moves to the Stadium of Light.
The midfielder and left-back are set to join David Moyes and his swelling gang of former Everton players in a neatly forming reunion gathering on the banks of the Wear.
With Patrick van Aanholt's exit confirmed this morning, Moyes has been upping his efforts to land a left-back over the weekend. Oviedo hasn't played a Premier League minute in an Everton shirt since early November and only has six appearances to his name this season.
The Costa Rican full-back has never been able to usurp Goodison stalwart Leighton Baines and has spoken of his desire to move in this transfer window to kick-start his career again.
Midfielder Gibson has barely featured in a Blue shirt either this season barring a few cup appearances. At 29-years-of age, the Republic of Ireland international has been at Goodison Park for just over four years - a 2012 signing by David Moyes from Manchester United.
Indeed Gibson has been little more than a squad player at Everton since his first season on Merseyside, but he did sign a new two year deal last summer. He can be effective in both halves of the field but he has never been a headline-grabber.
Leonardo Ulloa - Galatasaray and Sunderland battling it out
Reports elsewhere are claiming Leicester City are mulling over bids from Sunderland and Turkish giants, Galatasaray, for striker Leonardo Ulloa.
Sunderland were reported as having had a £3m initial bid rejected by the current Premier League champions yesterday, and are thought to have returned with an improved offer of £5m today with Leicester resisting all enquiries so far.
Ulloa is still expected to leave the East Midlands before the transfer window closes tomorrow night and has submitted a transfer request. The 30-year-old striker's agent has also been agitating for a move.
The sticking point comes down to Leicester's valuation of the player who has been at the King Power since 2014. Ulloa has only started one Premier League match this season and now Galatasaray are thought to have submitted a formal offer for the Argentinian.
The Turkish club however are restricted as to what they can bid by Financial Fair Play Regulations and as at this morning are thought to have submitted a lower offer than Sunderland's improved one.