Sunderland have confirmed the signings of both Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson from Everton for a fee believed to be around £7.5m combined.
Both players have been out of favour at Goodison Park for quite some time and it will be a welcome opportunity for them to a club where they will surely be afforded more game time, particularly in the case of Oviedo who will be replacing Patrick van Aanholt, who left today to join Crystal Palace.
Oviedo has signed a three-and-a-half year deal, whilst Gibson's contract runs until the end of next season.
Gibson's contract is perhaps the most intriguing when you consider the fact he has only started five Premier League games in four seasons - he'll be expected to prove his fitness whilst here and, if he's able to do so, he'll surely be a huge asset to a midfield sorely lacking in adequate passing ability and players that can add to our goals tally.
Oviedo - a former FC Copenhagen player - was signed by Moyes back in 2012 and has remained on Merseyside ever since but has found himself as back up to Leighton Baines throughout his time, which has understandably hindered his game time.
Gibson was set to join Sunderland back in 2011 but couldn't agree personal terms and instead opted to join Everton, where he hasn't enjoyed the best of times and will now be keen to have a fresh start in the latter years of his playing career.
Speaking about his latest signings, Moyes told SAFC.com:
Bryan is a very good player and he’ll help us get forward. He’s quick and overall he’s a decent left-back. I signed him for Everton from Copenhagen as cover for Leighton Baines at the time, and he’s only not getting in because of how well Leighton’s done. He’s 26 which is a good age for us and I think he’s a really good character – a good boy – and I’m hoping he’s someone who will help us over the years.
We’ve got Darron on an 18-month contract and I think he’s a very good footballer; he’ll add a bit of quality with his passing and his play and I’d love him to add goals.
He has a really good strike and if he can add goals from midfield it would be a big bonus.
Read our handy guide on what we can expect from Darron Gibson here. The former Manchester United man has suffered a torrid time in recent years due to injury problems, but the hope is that a fresh start can reinvigorate a player that once played alongside Paul Scholes in the centre of midfield for Alex Ferguson's side in a Cup Final win.
You can also read our guide on what is to come from Oviedo here. Whilst he himself has suffered from bad injuries in his career they are now firmly behind him and, at the age of 26, he will be keen to come here and prove himself as an able and dependable full back in a side that needs him to hit the ground running instantly.
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