North East latest: Possible Ben Arfa replacement; Sunderland's Scocco won't go cheap

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1) Newcastle close to signing Diego Perotti

Newcastle are hoping to tie up a deal to bring Sevilla winger Diego Perotti to the club, The Sun reports.

Alan Pardew is known to be seeking additions to improve his squad this summer and is thought to have identified Perotti as one of his major signings.

The Toon are trying to sign the 25-year-old, who has made two appearances for Argentina, for a fee of £3.5million.

If they are to secure the transfer it may throw the future of Hatem Ben Arfa, who has been linked with a move away, into question.

Perotti is likely to offer a very similar set of qualities to the side that Ben Arfa currently does and it could mean that the fans’ favourite is set to move elsewhere.

2) Newcastle are keen to offload Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

Despite only signing for the club 18 months ago, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa looks set for a swift exit from St James’ Park.

The defender came in for a sizable fee of £6.8million, but has failed to make any sort of impact at Newcastle and has fallen out of Alan Pardew’s plans for the upcoming season.

The stumbling block, however, is that Newcastle want to recoup most of the money that they spent on the player, according to the Shields Gazette.

Bordeaux are known to be interested in the player – with their president confirming as much in a recent speech – but they cannot afford his transfer fee or wages.

It means that The Magpies may be forced to loan out the 25-year-old if he is to depart Tyneside this summer.

3) Lee Clark has backed Jack Colback to be a success at Newcastle

Birmingham City manager Lee Clark believes that Jack Colback will be a success at Newcastle, after his controversial move from Sunderland went through earlier this week.

Clark represented both sides during his playing career and has backed Colback to be able to deal with the pressure that his move to St James’ Park has put him under.

“Ultimately it's down to Jack coming in and continuing where he left off at Sunderland,” he told the BBC.

"He's looked a good player, he's a Newcastle fan, you're excited by his signing and he can add something to the team."

4) Sunderland willing to sell Ignacio Scocco… but not on the cheap

Wantaway Sunderland striker Ignacio Scocco will be allowed to leave the club this summer, but only if they can recoup much of the £3.2million fee that they spent on him.

Scocco’s time on Wearside has been unremarkable, with the striker making just six appearances for Sunderland during his six months at the club so far.

Gus Poyet still remains a fan of the Argentine, though, and if he is to leave to return back to his native country – with Boca Juniors looking the most likely suitors – then they will have to find a fair amount of cash to persuade the Black Cats to allow him to leave Wearside.

5) Jayson Leutwiler joins Shrewsbury Town

Jayson Leutwiler, who was released by Middlesbrough at the end of last season, has signed for League Two side Shrewsbury Town.

Leutwiler made just one league appearance during his time at Middlesbrough, but will likely be first-choice at his new club as they look for an immediate return to League One.

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