Tony Gallacher will not move to English League One club Sunderland this summer, with the former Falkirk defender seeking a way out of Liverpool (DM).

The left-back is allowed to leave Anfield after a loan spell with Toronto FC in the MLS. Sunderland were said to be keen on signing him, with a loan transfer mooted. A permanent deal wasn’t ruled out either.

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Gallacher isn’t moving to Sunderland. (Photo by Manchester City FC/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

An agreement in some form looked certain but it has now collapsed at the final hurdle, Gallacher assessing other options. Sunderland do not have any recognised full-backs after the departures of Conor McLaughlin and Callum McFadzean. Denver Hume is yet to sign a new deal.

Sunderland manager Lee Johnson said of the potential move earlier this week: “I’ve seen the reports and we know of him, he is on a list of 10-12 options. I always try and be optimistic [about signings]. Sometimes these things take a week, sometimes two weeks, sometimes they fall the next day.”

Gallacher left Falkirk in 2018 for Liverpool. He made 26 appearances for Falkirk before heading to Anfield for a trial, doing enough to earn a permanent deal. The 22-year-old netted Falkirk a six-figure fee when he made his sole Liverpool appearance in December 2019.

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