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DONE DEALS (so far): Early deals on transfer deadline day

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It’s. Transfer. Deadline. Day. (Finally.)

Following the conclusion of seven Premier League fixtures (at roughly 5 p.m. ET) on Tuesday, be sure to tune in to the live transfer roundup show, on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com.

The following deals have already been completed and confirmed, as of 8:30 a.m. ET…

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  • A pair of Toffees, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo (for a combined fee of more than $10 million), have traded Goodison Park for the Stadium of Light, where they’ll rejoin former Everton boss David Moyes, now in charge of relegation-threatened Sunderland. Fellow former Toffees to also move to Wearside this season include Steven Pienaar and Victor Anichebe.
  • Hull City have acquired 28-year-old center back Andrea Ranocchia, via loan from Inter Milan until the end of the season.

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  • Former Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor (free agent) has signed for Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir.
  • Former Newcastle United and Chelsea striker Demba Ba will join Adebayor in Turkey, where the 31-year-old has opted for a return to Besiktas, on loan from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenua.

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Oviedo, Gibson join Sunderland from Everton

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David Moyes loves going back to his former club to pick up players…

He’s getting the band back together, so to speak.

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Sunderland signed Everton duo Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson on Monday as they both joined on permanent deals at the Stadium of Light and could feature against Tottenham on Tuesday (Watch live, 2:45 p.m. ET online via NBCSports.com).

Their arrival means that out of the 14 new players Moyes has signed since arriving at Sunderland in the summer, five are former Everton players and three are former Manchester United players.

Oviedo, 26, has found chances hard to come by since Ronald Koeman took charge and the Costa Rican international was allowed to leave to play regularly after his promising career was halted following a horrendous leg break in January 2014 in a FA Cup game at Stevenage. Moyes signed Oviedo from Copenhagen back in 2011 when he was in charge of Everton and he has signed a deal until 2020 at Sunderland.

Gibson, 29, is a Republic of Ireland international who has also struggled with injuries in recent seasons and has signed an 18-month contract. The Manchester United product was also signed by Moyes when he was in charge at Everton in 2012 but has made jut 69 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees over a six-season stint.

Speaking about the duo, Moyes was delighted to bolster his squad after losing left back Patrick van Aanholt to Crystal Palace on Monday.

“Bryan is a very good player and he’ll help us get forward. He’s quick and overall he’s a decent left-back,” Moyes said. “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.”

When Everton host Sunderland on Feb. 25, the Toffees fans will spend most of the time applauding Moyes and their former players with Steven Pienaar, Joleon Lescott and Victor Anichebe also on board at the Stadium of Light.

For Moyes, it’s a case of having people he trusts around him to try and help lift struggling Sunderland off the bottom of the Premier League table as they currently sit three points from safety.

Premier League Preview: Swansea City vs. Everton

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  • Swansea has never beat Everton in the league
  • Gomis has 3 goals in last 2 PL matches
  • Everton has 5 shutout in their last 10 games

Swansea City host Everton on Saturday at the Liberty Stadium (Watch live, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) with the Swans aiming for a third-straight win and the Toffees searching for a fourth-successive victory.

Garry Monk’s Swansea side need one more win to reach their best ever points tally in Premier League history as they push on towards the top seven, while Everton are sitting pretty in midtable after an up and down season saw them crash out of the Europa League at the last 16 stage after their league form was impacted. Everton boss Roberto Martinez used to play with Monk at Swansea and then made Monk his captain when he managed Swansea, so both these managers know each other well and their sides play similar brands of attractive soccer.

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Swansea will be without Kyle Naughton but winger Jefferson Montero could make a comeback. Everton will likely be missing Romelu Lukaku once again, while Tony Hibbert, Brian Oviedo, Darron Gibson and Aiden McGeady are all out.

What they’re saying

Monk on Swansea getting a record points tally: “A lot of people have questioned in recent weeks what we have to play for. It (points total) was one of the targets we set at the start of the season and we have a great chance to do that. We have seven games to go, we are one point behind it and hopefully we’ll surpass that and push on from there.”

Tim Howard on stopping Gomis: “Gomis is a top striker. He seems to be doing well of late and we will have our work cut for us. But we are playing resiliently at the moment and hopefully that will continue. We are going down there wanting to make it four straight wins. We feel good and one of the positives about playing well and getting results is you gain that air of confidence back. You go into each game high on life and looking to hopefully get another result.”

Prediction

Both teams are flying high and on the surface don’t have much to play for… But with players clamoring for starting spots and both sides eager to finish the season strongly, expect an entertaining game at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea will do a lot of the pressing but Everton’s defense has improved drastically in recent weeks. I am going for the Toffees to nick this one, 2-1.

Premier League Preview: Everton v. Southampton

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• Everton have failed to score in three of their last four games against Southampton.

• Saints’ last win at Goodison Park was a 2-0 victory in November 1997, when Matt Le Tissier and Kevin Davies both scored.

• Southampton have kept 14 clean sheets – more than any other top-flight team this term. (BBC Sport)

It’s been a disappointing 2014-15 league campaign for the Toffees, who were among the Premier League’s best when they didn’t also play in a major tournament abroad.

Everton finished at fifth-place a year ago to prompt their inclusion in the Europa’s League group stage, while Roberto Martinez witnessed his side make an admirable push in that competition, advancing to the final 16 before Dynamo Kiev provided the 6-4 on-aggregate knockout in March.

Winning two of their past seven league contests, Everton is hovering around the middle of the table in 13th place: one point above West Brom and eight points below 10th-place Stoke City.

On the other end, Southampton have cruised through a largely wonderful year and have surpassed expectations. That’s why manager Ronald Koeman is a strong favorite for PL coach of the year.

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At sixth in the league table, the Saints fell to West Brom in a 1-0 defeat at the end of February but have made up for that misfortune by remaining unbeaten in their past three games—a draw to Chelsea with victories over Crystal Palace and Burnley.

Though nicely positioned to slide into that fifth-place slot where Liverpool currently resides, Koeman knows the following 2015-16 campaign, if Europa League qualification occurs, will be demanding for his current roster, presenting one of the highest-quality back lines in England now.

Catch the full live game online on NBC Sports Live Extra at 10 a.m. ET this Saturday.

What they’re saying

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman on Everton’s inconsistent season (Saints official website): “It’s a tough test because I think Everton deserve a higher position on the table because I like the way they play football. I like the way how Roberto Martinez is doing his job…They have good individual qualities in the squad but it’s a difficult season for them. I think one of the reasons because they play Europa League on Thursday and the risk to have more players injured is there.”

Everton manager Roberto Martinez on Ross Barkley’s performance this year (Sky Sports): “Although he’s a young man, I think Ross is already used to dealing with extremes. When he plays well, he’s the best footballer England could have and when he has a bad game, it’s the end of the world….I think what is true that Ross Barkley has achieved an incredible level of maturity this season. He’s had to go through a period of difficulty the same way we have as a team.”

Match injuries/absences

Romelu Lukaku was recently ruled out of Belgium’s double-header after sustaining a  hamstring injury in the Toffees’ last league match against QPR, and his status will likely be revealed by game time.

Darron Gibson’s stomach strain will face proper judgement. Kevin Mirallas, sidelined following Everton’s Europa League loss to Dynamo Kiev, and Steven Pienaar, out since December with a knee problem, may see time on the pitch.

Southampton midfielder Steven Davis might sit out due to a groin ailment picked up on international duty with Northern Ireland, and netminder Kelvin Davis should take Fraser Forster’s spot, who is coping with a notable knee injury.

Prediction

Although Everton’s not in the thick of contention for a top-five spot, a first-class display from the Toffees could well result in three points, and I like their chances at Goodison Park enough. Everton 1-1 Southampton.

Everton v. Manchester City – Will the Toffees give Liverpool a boost?

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Manchester City will look to take a major stride towards the Premier League title when they face Everton on Saturday (12:30pm ET on CNBC and streaming via Live Extra).

Manuel Pellegrini’s side enters the match three points adrift of league leaders Liverpool but with a game in hand and an 8 goal advantage to their name. That means anything but a win will do for the Citizens, who enter the match undefeated in their last three, having drawn 2-2 with Sunderland and beaten West Brom 3-1 and Crystal Palace 2-0.

Still an outside shot to finish in the Top 4, Everton have aspirations of their own. That target became a long shot last weekend when a lackluster performance against Southampton resulted in a 2-0 loss givien Arsenal the definitive upper hand to finish fourth. But if the Gunners succumb to two draws in their final two matches, two wins by Everton would see the Toffees take the prize.

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Gareth Barry is ineligible to play under the loan rules and injuries are expected to play a major part in the match. City will have David Silva available after recovering from a knee injury meaning only Jesus Navas (knee) and Matija Nastasic (knee) will be out. For Everton, Phil Jagielka is slated to return from his eight week absence due to a hamstring injury while Leighton Baines (knee) and Sylvain Distin (hamstring) could also feature. Kevin Mirallas (groin), Steven Pienaar (knee), Lacina Traore (hamstring), Bryan Oviedo (broken leg), Arouna Kone (knee) and Darron Gibson (knee) are all out.

What They’re Saying

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: “As a professional group and a team we represent Everton. That means we represent every single player that has played for Everton in the past and our work for the last 10 months. You wouldn’t come in now and not give your all to finish as good as you can.”

Manchester City Manuel Pellegrini: “We like to have the pressure to be one of the teams who can win the title. At the moment the motivation is very high, now it is important that the performance also must be high.”

Prediction

Something special has been going down in Merseyside this season and I don’t expect it will end without a bang. Look for Everton to get a result.