North-East latest: Newcastle close on deal for World Cup ace; Sunderland want England international

Jack Rodwell

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

1) No offers for Hatem Ben Arfa

Newcastle United haven't received any bids for Hatem Ben Arfa, despite circulating the news that he is available for transfer to a number of other clubs.

Ben Arfa is considered one of Newcastle’s finest talents on his day, but his inconsistency has meant that Alan Pardew has limited his chances for first-team football and is now keen to cash-in on him.

The mercurial winger is reportedly available at a cut-price this summer, but there has been no interest from other sides in taking him off Newcastle’s hands meaning they are now weighing up their options of what do next with the Frenchman.

Pardew does not trust Ben Arfa is a regular starter, but may have to integrate him into his first-team for next season against his wishes, although letting him leave on loan is another avenue that the club are considering.

2) Daryl Janmaat Newcastle United move agreed

Newcastle United have agreed to sign Daryl Janmaat when the Dutch international returns from the World Cup, according to reports.

Janmaat has played three times in Holland’s run to the semi-finals in Brazil and has now been lined up as Mathieu Debuchy’s replacement at St. James’ Park.

The fee that Newcastle will pay for Feyenoord for the right-back has not been confirmed, but it is thought to be in excess of £7 million.

3) Sunderland want Jack Rodwell on loan

Sunderland are looking to offer Jack Rodwell a chance to shine again, after his career has stuttered since joining Manchester City.

Rodwell was considered one of the brightest English prospects coming through when he was at Everton as a youngster, but since his move to City in 2012 he has struggled for first-team starts.

It is thought that he could leave the Etihad this summer, with Everton and West Bromwich Albion both reportedly interested in securing his signature, but Sunderland have now also joined the race for the 23-year-old.

Gus Poyet’s men want to take the England international on loan for the duration of the season, and will be hoping that their success in this market last season with players like Fabio Borini and Oussama Assaidi will encourage Rodwell to make the move.

4) Ex-Sunderland stopper could be set for move to Argentina… with Ignacio Scocco

Oscar Ustari and Ignacio Scocco may be re-united at Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina, with the club interested in signing the pair after both have suffered disappointing spells at Sunderland.

Ustari left the Stadium of Light after his contract expired at the end of last season, whilst Scocco is thought to be available for transfer, with Sunderland looking to cash-in on the front-man.

Speaking about Ustari’s potential move, his agent, Claudio Curti said: “Oscar is eager to play for Newell’s. He got very excited when the offer was made.

“He decided to go to Sunderland in January because Poyet wanted him.

“His first game was on the bench at Manchester United [the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg] but from then on was mostly used in the cup.”

5) Middlesbrough closing in on signing Danny Graham

Middlesbrough are close to completing the permanent signing of Danny Graham, after Sunderland made him available for a cut-price.

Graham spent the back end of last season on loan at the Riverside, where he impressed, and ‘Boro are now looking to sign the poacher for as little as £1 million in the near future.

The move would see Sunderland make a sizable loss on the striker, who they purchased for £5 million just 18 months ago, but it would go some way to solving Middlesbrough’s search for a goalscorer.

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