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Real escape with hope of progress

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Gibson on brink of Everton switch

Everton are expected to tie up a £1 million deal for Darron Gibson on Friday, with the Manchester United midfielder believed to have passed a medical on Merseyside.

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Gibson, 24, has been marginalised at United this season and after making just two appearances in all competitions will likely relish the opportunity to move elsewhere in the Premier League in search of regular football.

He will become David Moyes' second signing of the January transfer window after the arrival of Landon Donovan on loan from LA Galaxy last week, and it's thought United could eventually recoup up to £2.5 million depending on how successful the midfielder is for the Toffees.

Gibson has struggled to assert himself on the first-team picture after emerging through the club's academy and reserve team, and had been set to sign for Sunderland last summer before a move collapsed after he was unable to agree personal terms.

The Ireland international will have plenty of ex-United players for company at Everton, with Phil Neville, Tim Howard and Louis Saha having all swapped Old Trafford for Goodsion Park in recent years.

While Gibson has often been viewed as a figure of fun during his time at Old Trafford, he has enjoyed some notable highlights - including Champions League quarter-final and semi-final goals against Bayern Munich and Schalke respectively, as well as a place in the starting line-up in the 2009 Carling Cup final triumph over Tottenham.

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