North-East latest: Newcastle's three-man striker shortlist; Sunderland not interested in World Cup star

Jozy Altidore

We bring you the latest news from Newcastle United, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

1) Newcastle have a three-man shortlist for striking target

Alan Pardew reportedly has three striking targets as he looks to finally bring a forward to the club, after a frustrating summer so far.

The Journal report that Newcastle are chasing Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Alexandre Lacazette and a mystery striker that is based in Spain.

The identity of this La Liga striker is yet to be announced, but it does mean that their reported chase of Islam Slimani appears to be over, with the striker not featuring on Pardew’s wishlist.

2) James Tavernier set for Wigan move

James Tavernier could be set to move away from St James’ Park, with Wigan Athletic leading the race for his signature.

Tavernier spent last season on loan at Rotherham United, where he impressed, and it was thought that he may have a part to play in Alan Pardew’s first-team this season, but it seems as if he is set to leave Tyneside.

Rotherham had been interested in him bringing him back to the New York Stadium, but it Wigan have apparently beaten them to his signature and a deal could be announced in the near future.

3) Sunderland not interested in Panagiotis Kone

Sunderland have declined that they are set to make a move to sign Greek international Panagiotis Kone.

Gus Poyet’s men had been heavily linked with signing the £3 million rated Bologna midfielder, but those rumours, which stemmed from the Italian media, have been confirmed as false by the club.

Kone is currently playing at the World Cup with his nation and does indeed look liikely to leave Bologna when he returns to Italy, but he looks set for a move to Serie A rather than the Premier League.

4) Jozy Altidore fit to face Belgium

Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore will be fit in time for his country’s World Cup knockout game against Belgium, according to US manager Jurgen Klinsmann.

Altidore’s World Cup had looked over when he pulled-up in the US’s first match against Ghana, but he now may play in Brazil again after recovering well.

USA take on Belgium on Friday in the last 16, where they will be hoping to continue to increase the growing interest in the sport in their country by pulling off an upset.

“We are very optimistic [about Altidore’s chances of playing," Klinsmann said. "Every day is a big step forward with Jozy. It's 11 days now [since he picked up the injury], and it's looking better every day."

5) Derby out of the running for Lukas Jutkiewicz

Derby County have pulled out of the race to sign Middlesbrough striker Lukas Jutkiewicz, according to Sky Sports.

Derby were thought to be interested in bringing the Polish front-man to Pride Park this summer, but are loathed to spend the price that ‘Boro are demanding for Jutkiewicz.

It is thought that Aitor Karanka’s side want around £1 million for attacker, who spent last season on loan at Bolton, and Steve McLaren will not pay that sort of money to secure the 25-year-old.

The good news for ‘Boro fans and Jutkiewicz is that he has plenty of other clubs interested in him, with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bolton and Burnley all hoping to sign him.

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