North-East latest: Twists in Newcastle's chase of French duo, Sunderland midfielder bid stalls

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1) No new Newcastle bid for Remy Cabella

Newcastle United have not upped their offer for Montpellier’s Remy Cabella.

Reports in France surfaced last night that the Magpies had stepped up their interest in the central-midfielder, but they have quickly been rubbished by the club.

The Toon are known admirers of Cabella and have been tracking him for much of the summer so far, but Montpellier’s asking-price is proving a stumbling block in negotiations.

It remains to be seen whether there will be any more movement in the deal, with Cabella remaning one of Alan Pardew’s top targets, but as yet there has not been.

2) Newcastle to rival Spurs and Arsenal for Loic Remy

Alan Pardew is set to make a last minute attempt to convince Loic Remy to return to St. James’ Park for next season.

Remy spent last year on loan at Newcastle from QPR, scoring fourteen times, but it appeared that he was set to move to London on a permanent deal this summer, with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur both closing in on his signature.

However, the Toon, who are desperate to sign a striker, have made a last-ditch attempt to convince Remy to have a Tyneside reunion.

Remy has already spoken of his desire to move to a team that could offer him European football, but there is a feeling that his contract talks at Arsenal have stalled and, as such, Newcastle have sensed their opportunity to jump to the front of the queue.

3) Jack Colback will prove his worth

Jack Colback says he has confidence in his ability to prove his doubters at Newcastle United wrong.

Colback completed a controversial move from Sunderland to St. James’ Park earlier this summer, and the transfer has been heavily scrutinised, but the flame-haired midfielder believes he can prove his worth on Tyneside.

“I can show the Newcastle fans that I’m good enough to be here,” he said.

“Hopefully, I’ll have a good season and good career as a Newcastle player.”

4) No advancement in Sunderland’s Jordon Mutch talks

Sunderland have not made a second bid for Jordon Mutch, after Cardiff rejected their first offer of £3.5 million, Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed.

Sunderland are keen on signing the dynamic midfielder, who impressed in Cardiff’s ultimately unsuccessful Premier League campaign last season, but the Welsh outfit are asking for £5 million for the 22-year-old.

The Black Cats are now mulling over whether or not to increase their initial offer, but Solskjaer says there has been no developments in the situation over the last few days.

“We are the team who seem to attract most speculation,” the Cardiff boss said.

“It happens every day, but we are used to it. There have been no new bids that I know of, although I am not the person who negotiates."

“The speculation doesn’t get to me, it’s part of the job.”

5) Jozy Altidore to be fit for pre-season

Jozy Altidore should be fit for the start of Sunderland’s pre-season schedule, Gus Poyet has revealed.

Altidore picked up a hamstring injury during the USA’s first World Cup match in Brazil against Ghana and there were fears that he could have been set for a lengthy absence.

And, although the problem did rule him out for the rest of his nation’s campaign, the encouraging news is that he will be fit again for the new club season.

“From the beginning the doctor has been in touch with the US medical staff,” Poyet said to the club’s official site.

“In the beginning it [the injury] looked bad, but it got much better during the weeks and Jozy was nearly available for the [last 16]."

“I am sure, if nothing goes wrong, that when Jozy is back with us for pre-season he is going to be fit to start training without any problems.”

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