The imminent deal to bring Brendan Galloway to St James Park will be purely a loan arrangement.

George Caulkin at The Times says that his information is that Everton had zero interest in letting the 20 year old leave Goodison on a loan deal that had any kind of permanent element attached.

Current first choice Leighton Baines turns 32 in December and Brendan Galloway is being groomed to take over, with the relative ages of the players making it look perfect timing, with in the meantime Galloway going out to get further first team experience.

The Times report that the deal for the Everton defender is expected to go through today, whilst at the same time there are claims elsewhere in the media that 21 year old Kevin Mbabu is set to be loaned out by Newcastle.

Many Newcastle fans are puzzled as to why the Swiss defender hasn’t been given any chance after showing promise, albeit in a very limited number of opportunities, in the Premier League matches against Chelsea and Manchester City last season.

Caulkin also says that Newcastle are still desperate to land both another winger and a striker, though a much-needed new forward isn’t thought to be close, but United said to be actively working through a list of targets.

With Newcastle having fallen down the food chain, it does feel now as though certain potential deals could be dependent on other transfers going through first.

Only today we have seen John Stones confirmed as a Manchester City player and instantly Ashley Williams is reported to be on his way to Goodison for a medical.

I think at this stage we have to accept that it is going to be very difficult to get some of the best players from other Championship clubs, as seen by Brighton knocking back an offer for winger Anthony Knockaert.

It could be a case that we may have to wait until late in the transfer window for Premier League clubs to sort out their own incoming deals, before potentially Rafa could then bring in one or two other higher profile players on loan.

At our own end of things, a departure for Moussa Sissoko can surely only help things, in terms of bringing in cash for Rafa to spend and to get rid of the unnecessary distraction & poison from the dressing room.