DARRON GIBSON underwent a medical late last night at Everton after acknowledging that he needs to leave Manchester United now for the sake of his career.
The Derry lad is out of contract at the end of the season, and there were suggestions that he would be prepared to wait until the summer and move for free on a lucrative deal.
However, the dramatic return of Paul Scholes has pushed Gibson further down the pecking order. He has made just two appearances this season having fallen out of favour with Alex Ferguson, who tried to sell him to Sunderland last summer, but the move fell through due to the player's personal demands.
Gibson has jeopardised his Euro 2012 prospects due to his lack of first team action, but now appears ready to seek regular first-team football.
Giovanni Trapattoni is an admirer of his talents, but firmly believes that the 24-year-old needs to toughen up from the challenge of taking responsibility at a different club.
Everton are short on transfer funds, and a cut-price £2m move for Gibson appeals to David Moyes. Negotiations picked up pace yesterday.
The central midfielder did start Manchester United's St Stephen's Day Premier League clash with Wigan, but was subsequently part of the infamous night out with Jonny Evans and Wayne Rooney.
The latter was sanctioned when his subsequent performance at training was below the standards that Alex Ferguson expected.
Gibson came through the ranks at Old Trafford after moving to Manchester as a teenager, although he has also had loan spells at Royal Antwerp and Wolves.
He looks to have fallen behind Keith Fahey in Trapattoni's pecking order and he could be in competition with Wigan's James McCarthy for a place on the plane to Poland -- with Glenn Whelan and Keith Andrews the first choice central midfield options.
A move to Goodison Park would significantly enhance his chances.