We bring you all the biggest news involving the clubs in the North-East that has broken in the last 24 hours.
1) Newcastle make £7 million bid for Pierre-Michel Lasogga
Newcastle United are looking to complete the transfer of Hertha Berlin stiker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, after making a £7 million for the front-man.
Lasogga is only 22-years-old, but has plenty of first-team experience behind him, having played regularly in the Bundesliga for a number of years now.
Last season he went on-loan to Hamburg, where he netted 13 times in 20 appearances in Germany’s top division.
He is now thought to be have been made Alan Pardew’s main-summer target, and has already visited Newcastle’s training ground with a deal seemingly imminent.
2) Remy Cabella still keen on Newcastle move
Long-term Newcastle United target Remy Cabella is still keen on a switch to St James’ Park this summer, report the Journal.
Cabella has been linked with a move to the North-East for the entirety of the transfer window, but Montpellier are thought to be wanting £16 million for the midfielder – a price Newcastle won’t stretch to.
However, the player has his heart set on a move to the Premier League and Newcastle are still hopeful of completing a deal for a price nearer to the £9 million mark.
3) Middlesbrough not interested in Sammy Ameobi
Middlesbrough have denied rumours that they are about to make a move for Newcastle United starlet Sammy Ameobi.
The pacey winger has been on-loan at the Riverside previously and it was thought that Middlesbrough may try to bring him back this season on a permanent basis, but they have quickly moved to rubbish those rumours.
Ameobi is entering the final year on his contract at St James’ Park and has spoken of the importance of proving he is good enough to play for Newcastle this season previously.
4) Sunderland to utilise the loan-market again
Sunderland are hoping to build on their success in the loan-market last season, by bringing in more players on temporary deals this season.
The likes of Ki Sung-yueng and Fabio Borini impressed whilst on loan at the Stadium Of Light last year and the club are hoping to use this method again as they look to bolster their squad for the upcoming season.
“Obviously last year the club did very well with loans and we’ll go into the loan market again,” Sunderland’s sporting director Lee Congleton said to the club’s official site.
“Hopefully in years to come the loan market won’t be as important as it is today and we’ll have more players provided from the academy who belong to Sunderland AFC.”
5) New Sunderland signing Costel Pantilimon speaks
Sunderland’s latest recruit Costel Pantilimon says that it is a privilege to be able to play for The Black Cats.
Pantilimon signed for Sunderland from Manchester City this week, signing a four year contract, after finding his chances of first-team football limited with the Premier League champions and is now excited to get started.
“It is a great privilege and honour to join a club like Sunderland,” he said in his first interview as a Sunderland player. “They have an amazing history and tradition and, of course, passionate fans.
“When I left Manchester City it was important that I chose a club with good ambition and a manager who has the hunger and desire to take the team forward. After speaking with the boss, I knew this was the right place and he was the right man. I can’t wait to start.”