North East latest: Sunderland may break club transfer record; Newcastle target World Cup star

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We cover the latest news surrounding Newcastle United, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

We bring you news of all the biggest stories to break involving the clubs in North East over the last 24 hours.

1) Newcastle United want Majeed Waris

The Express are reporting that Newcastle United face competition from West Bromwich Albion as they look to seal a deal for Majeed Waris.

Waris, who is set to star at the upcoming World Cup for Ghana, is thought to be available for transfer this summer with Spartak Moscow looking to cash in on the striker.

The 22-year-old was sent out on loan for the second part of last season to Valenciennes and he impressed scoring nine goals in 15 games for the Ligue 1 outfit.

2) Gael Bigirimana wants to force his way back into Newcastle contention

Gael Bigirimana is determined to learn from his mistakes and convince Alan Pardew that he is ready to do a job for Newcastle next season.

The combative central-midfielder was expected to play a big part in Newcastle’s campaign last year, but found himself regularly playing for the under 21s after his form dipped.

However, the Burundi born player is determined to make amends and play his way back into contention for a starting berth next season.

“Sometimes you’ve got to learn from the outside,” he said.

“It’s never a nice place to be, but to be the best you’ve got to learn in any way you can.

“For me, I’ve taken this year as a learning lesson. It’s been a tough lesson, but a good one.”

3) Swansea City are determined to keep hold of Ashley Williams, amid interest from Sunderland

Sunderland’s bid for Swansea City’s Ashley Williams may be unsuccessful, as the Welsh club are determined to keep hold of their star centre-back.

Gus Poyet’s side made an ambitious attempt to sign Williams last night, bidding £4million to try and persuade Swansea to sell the powerful center-back, but Wales Online are reporting that the club are desperate to keep hold of their captain.

Indeed, Swansea are intending to offer him a new contract rather than sell him, with his current deal only having one year remaining on it.

4) Sunderland can sign Moussa Sow… but only if they bid £13.8million

Fenerbache striker Moussa Sow is available for £13.8million, due to a clause in his contract.

Sow has been linked with a move to Wearside, with Sunderland looking to bolster their forward line in the upcoming season.

If Poyet wants the 28-year-old he will have to show a significant amount of faith in him and break the club’s transfer record to bring him to the Stadium of Light.

The Journal reports that, even with the expensive price-tag, a deal could still be possible, though, as Poyet has identified the front-man as one of his top targets.

5) Gary Pallister believes Middlesbrough can be promoted next season

Middlesbrough legend Gary Pallister believes that the club can achieve promotion this campaign, but it won’t be easy.

‘Boro aren’t one of the favourites to go up next year, but Pallister thinks that could work in the club’s favour and help them return to the Premier League.

“I think if everything falls into place and gets to bring a couple more players in then we can start the season without the pressure of being one of the favourites and I think if we do get off to a good start the world is our oyster,” he said to the Gazette.

“We’ve been down in the Championship for a few years now, we haven’t got the money that the other clubs have got in and around us, it’s very difficult to regard us as one of the favourites.”

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