A Newcastle fan website has published an all time XI for the club, and the usual suspects are all there. In the meantime, Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio sweats on John O'Shea, who was injured on international duty Tuesday.
A front line of Andy Cole, Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer, who scored a combined 598 goals between during their careers, were selected.
Shay Given and Steve Harper shared the goalkeeping position, while David Ginola took his place on the left wing. In fact, it's an XI that's not too dissimilar to the one that went so close to winning the Premier League in the 1996/97 season.
In the meantime, The Shields Gazette reports that Sunderland will have to pay at least £2.5m if they want to permanently sign full back Ondrej Celutska.
The Czech defender arrived on a season long loan from Turkish side Trabzonspor in the summer and has expressed his wish to make the move permanent.
'I want so much to stay here, but, of course, I know it depends upon me, and how I perform', Celutska said.
And Sunderland Echo reports that the Black Cats are waiting on the news of John O’Shea’s injury that he sustained on international duty.
The defender limped off four minutes into the second half during the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 defeat to Austria.
Although O'Shea misses Saturday’s visit of Arsenal anyway through suspension, Di Canio will be concerned that O’Shea could be out for longer.
Finally, the newspaper also reports that new Sunderland striker Fabio Borini is desperate for a run of games in the side after a year at Liverpool that was plagued by injury.
The on-loan striker underwent three different surgeries last year - on his shoulder and a broken foot - as he struggled to fit in to the team at Anfield. Sunderland will be hoping he can find some form.
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