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Sunderland to sign player on loan who was once wanted by Barcelona - report

Sunderland are reportedly closing in on the loan signing of Liverpool defender Tony Gallacher.

The Northern Echo reports that the 22-year-old is set to agree the terms of a season-long stint at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland have apparently explored the possibility of signing Gallacher permanently as well.

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The Black Cats have begun their pre-season without a recognised left-back.

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Callum McFadzean left as a free agent at the end of last season and Denver Hume is still deciding whether to take up Sunderland’s offer of a new deal.

Sunderland target on Barcelona links: “I did not believe it at first”

Gallagher progressed through Falkirk’s academy, and made his senior debut in the Scottish Championship.

As a teenager, Barcelona were seemingly interested in the Glaswegian.

“I did not believe it at first,” Gallacher told Sky Sports last November.

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“I thought someone had made it up.”

In January 2018, Liverpool signed Gallacher for a reported fee of £200,000.

He has made one senior appearance under Jurgen Klopp, in the 2019 League Cup meeting with Aston Villa.

Gallacher has also spent three months on loan at MLS side Toronto FC.

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