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Tony Gallacher set for Sunderland switch

Sunderland Atheltic are set to confirm the arrival of Tony Gallacher in the coming days.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to a claim made by Alan Nixon, with The Sun journalist revealing in a post on Twitter that the Black Cats have all but secured a season-long loan deal for the Liverpool left-back, with an announcement expected in the very near future.

The journalist went on to state that the capture of the 22-year-old has now resolved Lee Johnson’s issues at left-back, however, with Denver Hume still yet to put pen to paper on a new deal at the Stadium of Light, the out of contract defender could still yet move onto pastures new this summer.

In his tweet, Nixon said: “Sunderland. Tony Gallacher deal should happen tomorrow. Loan from Liverpool. Left-back position sorted.”

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Louis-Dreyfus could solve Sunderland issue

As Nixon hinted at, the left-hand side of Johnson’s backline was very much beginning to look like something of a problem area for the 40-year-old manager, who, with a little over a week remaining before the Black Cats kick off their League One campaign, had no contracted players in the position.

However, with Gallacher’s arrival at the club now looking to be a near-certainty, the Mackems boss will be breathing a huge sigh of relief.

And, considering just how much potential the 22-year-old appears to possess, Kyril Louis-Dreyfus could well have solved Sunderland’s left-back problem not just for next season, but for many more in the future.

Indeed, having so far failed to break into the Liverpool first-team – something that, with the greatest of respect to Gallacher, appears unlikely considering his age and Andy Robertson’s nailing down starting spot – the former Scotland U19 international nevertheless demonstrated his ability while on loan at FC Toronto last year.

Over his 10 MLS appearances for the club, the £360k-rated man registered one assist, as well as making an average of 1.4 interceptions, 1.1 tackles, 1.3 clearances and won 2.7 duels per game.

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Who is the player?

These returns saw the man Ali Curtis dubbed a “promising” player earn an average SofaScore match rating of 6.87, ranking him as the club’s 12th-best performer in the league.

As such, should Gallacher impress for Sunderland next season, considering the fact it seems as if the 22-year-old has not quite made the grade for a Premier League-challenging side, it would not be surprising if the Reds were happy to move the defender on permanently, something that could well tempt Louis-Dreyfus.

In other news: Alan Nixon drops two-word Sunderland transfer update that will have fans buzzing

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