North-East latest: Newcastle line-up deal for Chile star, World Cup ace 'interested' in Sunderland move

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1) Mauricio Isla lined up as Mathieu Debuchy replacement

Juventus right-back Mauricio Isla has been lined up as Mathieu Debuchy’s replacement by Newcastle United, according to reports in Italy.

Debuchy is expected to complete a £9 million move to Arsenal in the near future, and it is thought that Alan Pardew has identified Isla as the man can fill the void he leaves.

Isla is an energetic right-back who has starred during the World Cup for Chile, but has found appearances at club level harder to come by in recent times.

The 26-year-old only played 14 times for Juve last season and, as such, the Italian club are keen to cash-in on the defender.

2) Hatem Ben Arfa to stay at Newcastle in protest

Newcastle United are set for further complications as they try to offload Hatem Ben Arfa, as the winger is refusing to leave the club.

Ben Arfa’s availability has been made public by Newcastle as Alan Pardew does not see him as part of his first-team plans for next season, but interest has been sparse.

The Frenchman has been made to train with the youth-team in recently, but Ben Arfa is determined not to be forced out of St. James’ Park and intends to stay at the club in protest now.

3) Emanuele Giaccherini’s agent confirms Italian is set to stay

Emanuele Giaccherini's agent, Furio Valcareggi, has moved to rubbish recent transfer rumours linking his client with a move to Galatasaray.

Giaccherini’s future in England has come into question over the course of the summer so far as he struggled to make the desire impact at the Stadium of Light last season, but it appears the Italian international is set to stay.

"Giaccherini wants to stay at Sunderland a lot and stay in the team," Valcareggi said.

"He hopes to have fewer difficulties than last season. The talk about Galatasaray is an invention."

4) Michel Babatunde wants Sunderland move

Nigerian international midfielder Michel Babatunde has claimed that Sunderland are interested in acquiring his services and they would be his first choice destination.

Babatunde has been at the World Cup with his nation, but after returning he wants to sort his club future out, after announcing his desire to leave Ukrainian club Volyn Lutsk for bigger and better things.

“I have received an offer from several clubs but the one from Sunderland is the one that interests me,” Babatunde said.

“I have received several offers from different places, but I’m interested in the one from Sunderland. They have contacted my agent and we will see how it goes from there."

“I’m probably going to leave Volyn. We have to discuss the offers on ground but most likely, I will be leaving this summer.”

5) Middlesbrough pull out of Jelle Vossen deal

Middlesbrough have withdrawn their interest in signing Genk player Jelle Vossen because the Belgian club are demanding too much money for their prized striker.

‘Boro were hoping to secure Vossen for a fee of around £3 million, but Genk are asking for over double that figure and the club will not meet those demands.

It means that the transfer is unlikely to happen unless the Jupiler League side are happy to make a significant compromise on the initial price-tag they have put on the 25-year-old.

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