1) Sunderland looking to land impressive double-loan signing
Sunderland are looking to London for help for the upcoming season, with the Black Cats interested in loaning Arsenal’s Joel Campbell and Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma.
The two starlets are considered amongst the better prospects at either club and Gus Poyet hopes that his promise of regular Premier League football can persuade the Champions League chasing duo to allow the pair to leave on a temporary basis.
Zouma is a powerful centre-back who joined Chelsea in January of last year for a fee of £12 million from Saint-Ettiene, whilst Campbell is a striker who has been impressing at the World Cup for Costa Rica.
Sunderland had great success in the loan market last season and they will be hoping that Zouma and Campbell have a similar impact to the likes of Fabio Borini, who joined the club from Liverpool last season, if they are to join.
2) Newcastle holding out for big money for Mathieu Debuchy
Arsenal target Mathieu Debuchy will cost them £12 million, with Newcastle demanding a high price for the French right-back.
Debuchy has been the subject of much transfer interest recently, after he expressed his desire to play Champions League football, but Newcastle will not lose him on the cheap.
The Gunners are thought to be keen on bringing Debuchy in as a replacement for Bacary Sagna, after he left the club on a free this summer, but they will have to compete with PSG and Monaco if they are to sign the 28-year-old.
3) Hamburg want Pierre-Michel Lasogga for free
Hamburg may wait until the end of the season to sign Pierre-Michel Lasogga, as he becomes a free agent in 2015.
Newcastle were thought to have targeted Lasogga, with Alan Pardew looking to add a striker to his squad this summer.
Hamburg are keen on signing him from Hertha Berlin, and a currently the favourites to secure a deal, but lack the funds required to convince his current club to sell, meaning that they may wait until the end of the season before making a move.
This may allow Newcastle to jump ahead of Hamburg in the queue for the 22-year-old’s signature, but they will have to convince him that a move to England would be worthwhile with his heart currently set on staying in Germany.
4) Newcastle to continue European transfer strategy
Alan Pardew has confirmed that Newcastle will continue to sign players from European clubs, rather than home-grown English talent.
Pardew feels that English players are vastly over-priced and that he can pick up far more value buys by looking to buy players from across Europe.
“The fees being paid for players such as Luke Shaw and, it seems, Adam Lallana, illustrate an important point that supporters need to understand,” Pardew said to the Shields Gazette.
“Clubs like Newcastle get accused of not signing English players, but these are prices mid-table teams in the Premier League simply cannot afford, unlike Champions League clubs with their extra revenue.
“Yet we can pick up players such as Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko for reasonable fees, all of whom have been starring for France at the World Cup.”
5) Middlesbrough miss out on Juanfran signing
Juanfran has turned down the opportunity to join Middlesbrough, due to fears of becoming homesick if he completed the move.
Real Betis and ‘Boro had agreed a fee for the defender of around €600,000, but Juanfran wasn’t keen on departing Spain for England, meaning Middlesbrough will have to look towards other targets.