North-East latest: No bid from Newcastle for Isla, Poyet wants new faces at Sunderland

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

1) Newcastle deny interest in defender

Reports yesterday claimed Newcastle had agreed a fee with Juventus for Chilean defender Mauricio Isla, however it now seems that these claims were false, and the Magpies in fact have no interest in signing the player. 

According to Luke Edwards - North-East sports reporter for the Daily Telegraph- the club have acted quickly to quash any rumoured interest, although the media in Chile are still keen to link Isla with a move to St James' Park. 

2) Gus Poyet wants a new signing by tomorrow 

The Sunderland manager is beginning to show sings of frustration regarding the lack of transfer activity at the Stadium of Light. 

The Black Cats are set to travel to the Algarve tomorrow for their pre-season tour of Portugal, and the Uruguayan hopes to bring at least one new face to the club before they go.

Poyet said: “I think there will be at least one in by tomorrow, and I hope at the weekend we can have three in. But the word I’m saying is ‘hope"

Sunderland are now thought to have entered personal talks with Fabio Borini ahead of a possible £14 million move from Liverpool, but it's highly unlikely an outcome will be anywhere near reached by tomorrow.

It's far more likely that Atletico Madrid's Cristian Rodriguez will be the next man through the door at the Stadium of Light, and it could be this deal to which Poyet is alluding. 

3) Winger set for Newcastle departure 

Jonas Gutierrez is edging closer towards the exit door at St James' Park. The 31-year-old is reported to have been offered the opportunity to train with an 'unnamed' club this week, as the Magpies look to offload the Argentinian this summer.

The midfielder spent last season on loan at Norwich and has been told to find a new club with his Newcastle career seemingly all but over. 

4) Karanka will not be held to ransom over Clayton

Middlsbrough boss Aitor Karanka has stated his intention to look to other midfield targets should Huddersfield demand too much for Adam Clayton. 

The Spaniard is keen to add the 25-year-old to his ranks before the beginning of the season, but reports suggest the Terriers are holding out for as much as £2.3 million, with Karanka at the moment only willing to pay £1 million.  

5) Cooper remaining patient over signings 

Hartlepool manager Colin Cooper has told fans he will not rush to bolster his squad over the coming weeks. 

The 47-year-old needs replacements for Andy Monkhouse, James Sweeney, Simon Walton and James Poole, all of whom left the club at the end of last season. 

Cooper has already convinced former Middslebrough team-mates Matthew Bates and Stuart Parnaby to join him at Victoria Park, and has former Sunderland and Ipswich midfielder Tommy Miller on trial with a final decision set to be made on the 35-year-old in the coming days. 

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