North-East latest: Newcastle not interested in World Cup star; 'Boro hope for Chelsea help

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1) Newcastle pull out of race for Enner Valencia

Despite being apparent favourites to sign Enner Valencia, reports today suggest that Newcastle have pulled out of a deal to sign the Ecuadorian.

Valencia has been one of the stars of the World Cup so far, after scoring three goals in Ecuador’s first two games, and Newcastle were thought to have jumped to the front of the queue for his signature.

However, it appears that they have withdrawn their interest and will pursue other striking targets as Alan Pardew looks to end his goal-scoring problems.

2) Alan Pardew discusses strike-targets

Alan Pardew has admitted that signing a striker is proving to be a tough task this summer.

Newcastle are known to be looking to add a player who can lead the line in the upcoming season for them, but all their efforts so far this transfer-window have proved fruitless.

However, Pardew is staying patient in his pursuit of a goalscorer and still has optimism that the club can sign their intended targets.

"The key signings, the strikers, are obviously the toughest ones to get over the line,” Pardew said to Sky Sports.

"We’re doing everything we can at the moment to be in the loop with the ones that we want to be in the loop with.

"Hopefully, we will get the signings we want."

3) Contract talks up to Sunderland, says O’Shea

Sunderland defender John O’Shea says he will not force the club into offering him a contract extension.

The 33-year-old is entering the final year of his deal at the Stadium of Light and has been linked with the likes of Tottenham in recent times, but he insists that he is happy on Wearside.

“My future, that will be down to Sunderland,” he said to the Irish Post.

“I’ve never forced the issue throughout my career and I’m not about to start now.

“I definitely want to play on beyond next season.

“I played around 50 games last season and I‘m fit and well, and long may that continue.”

4) Boca Juniors lessen interest in Ignacio Scocco

Ignacio Scocco has ruined his own chances of a potential move away from Sunderland by annoying Boca Juniors with his comments in the media.

Boca were thought to be close to agreeing a deal for the striker, but Scocco was quoted as saying he would prefer a move to Newell’s Old Boys, the club where he started his career, if he was to move back to Argentina.

"Scocco was in Carlos Bianchi's [Boca manager] thoughts, but we did not like to read in the media stating that he prefers to play for Newell's,” Boca President Daniel Angelici said to Sky Sports.

Scocco was a disappointment at Sunderland last season, making just six appearances for the Black Cats.

5) Middlesbrough looking to utilise Chelsea link

Aitor Karanka is hoping to use his friendship with Jose Mourinho to enable Middlesbrough to sign Chelsea players.

Karanka and Mourinho worked together at Real Madrid and the ‘Boro boss is hoping that this link can be beneficial to both of them now they are both working in English football.

Middlesbrough have already loaned Kenneth Omeruo and Nathaniel Chalobah since appointing Karanka as manager last year and the Spaniard is hoping to utilise the link again this season.

“Jose and I have a fantastic relationship and that can help,” he said to the Gazette.

“But we have to work in the same way that we worked in the past.

“The most important thing is Chelsea will be happy sending players to Middlesbrough."

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