We bring you the latest news from Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough
1) Three in, two out at Newcastle
Newcastle United are on the verge of brining in three new additions, whilst two are set to head out the exit door.
Newcastle will tie up a deal for Daryl Janmaat later today, with the Dutch defender in the process of having a medical at St. James’ Park, and Alan Pardew is also optimistic about bringing in two new strikers, including Monaco’s Emmanuel Riviere.
Riviere’s deal should go through tomorrow and the club are also still keeping tabs on Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette.
Meanwhile, Mathieu Debuchy’s move away from Tyneside to Arsenal should be completed in the near future, with Janmaat already signed as his replacement and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa could also depart soon.
Yanga-Mbiwa’s time with the Magpies has been disappointing and he looks set to move on without ever really making an impact.
The French defender exchanged texts with St. Ettiene boss Christophe Galtier and he says that Yanga-Mbiwa is interested on a move back to Ligue 1.
2) Yohan Cabaye convinced Remy Cabella to join Newcastle
Newcastle United’s newest recruit, Remy Cabella, has said that Yohan Cabaye encouraged him to move to the Magpies.
The pair have recently spent time together with the French World Cup squad and Cabaye, now of PSG, only spoke highly of his time at St. James’ Park in Brazil and it was enough to persuade Cabella that the move away from Montpellier was the right one for him.
“Yohan gave me lots of good advice on Newcastle as a city and a club,” Cabella said.
“He spoke well of the support of the fans here. I am very happy to be here, very proud to be here. All I heard was nice things from the guys in the France squad."
3) Swansea want to keep Sunderland target
Swansea City are determined to keep hold of Ki Sung-Yueng amid interest from Aston Villa and Sunderland.
Villa have been heavily linked with a move for the South Korean, whilst Sunderland had Ki on loan at the end of last season and he impressed.
It seems that Paul Lambert’s men had jumped to the head of the queue for his signature, with the Midlands based club reportedly keener on taking Ki than the Black Cats, who will only sign him if becomes available for a bargain price, but Swansea have confirmed they want to keep him, making his departure less likely.
Told Ki is due back in UK in next few days and will then negotiate his future. SAFC could still make a move #safc— Chris Young (@YoungSunEcho) July 15, 2014
@ScottDuffman He did. But if he's available cheaply, may be persuaded— Chris Young (@YoungSunEcho) July 15, 2014
“We want him to come back after his break and sit down with Garry [Monk, Swansea manager] for a chat,” The Swans chairman, Huw Jenkins, revealed.
“Garry has spoken to him already, but it’s important that they have another chat and we will decide on where we go after that."
“Ideally, we would like to tie Ki up on a long-term contract. There’s no hiding from that.”
4) Connor Wickham rejects new Sunderland deal
Sunderland’s star striker Connor Wickham has rejected the first offer of a new deal at the club.
Wickham was offered a new contract after his exploits towards the back end of last season, where his goals were a major reason in Sunderland’s successful survival bid, but he has turned it down.
However, the club are not unduly concerned, with negotiations still in the early stages, and they still expect the 21-year-old to commit his future to the club.
Wickham currently has one year left on his deal at the Stadium of Light and has been linked with a move to the likes of Leicester City and Southampton so far this summer.
5) Middlesbrough complete Kike signing
Middlesbrough have completed the signing of Spanish striker Kike from Real Murcia.
Kike is expected to join up with his new team-mates out in a training camp in Marbella and will be expected to end ‘Boro’s goalscoring woes.
The 24-year-old scored 23 times last season and also has Spanish youth-international caps to his name, so will be under pressure to adapt to the English game quickly as Aitor Karanka’s side look for a strong campaign this season.