North-East latest: Top Newcastle target wants move, Poyet demands four new arrivals

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1) Top Newcastle target wants switch

Newcastle United will make a further enquiry about the availability of Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette in the next few days.

The Magpies had put Lacazette on their list on transfer targets this summer, but originally found his price-tag to be a stumbling block.

Lyon said that they wanted £16 million for the French attacker, but reports are that Lacazette wants to move to the north-east and that Alan Pardew’s side have been given renewed hope that they may be able to strike a deal with the Ligue 1 side.

2) Emmanuel Riviere impresses already at Newcastle

Emmanuel Riviere has wasted no time make an impact at Newcastle United and his manager is already singing his praises.

Riviere was brought in from Monaco this summer to be the main man for the Magpies up-front and he has already opened his goalscoring account for his new side – scoring in their friendly against Sydney FC.

In doing so, he has already caught the eye of Alan Pardew who is expecting him to be a big hit on Tyneside.

“It’s very important for strikers to get an early goal,” he said.

“Riviere is a natural striker, so for him to get off the mark straight away was good for his confidence."

“It was good for us and good for him.”

3) Sunderland ‘know where they stand’ with Fabio Borini

Gus Poyet has confirmed that the club know exactly the position they are in their pursuit of Fabio Borini.

Borini was one of the club’s top targets this summer and they appeared to have struck a deal with Liverpool last week for the Italian’s services.

However, the deal fell through after the £14 million fee was agreed, leaving Borini’s future at Anfield up to debate once again.

But Poyet says that he knows where the club are in the transfer saga, although he wouldn’t commit to saying whether or not Borini would sign for the Black Cats in this transfer window.

"He is being assessed now for his shoulder injury,” he said. “That's stopped everything a little bit."

“I have not held talks with him, but the club has, although that's private."

"We know where we stand."

4) Sunderland wants four new additions

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says that the club must make four additions in the next week, as he begins to lose patience during this transfer window.

The Black Cats have already brought in four new players this summer, but Poyet is keen to strengthen the squad further and is treating it as a matter of urgency.

The Uruguayan manager says that the club are close to announcing deals for two players, but he wants to double that total within a week – putting pressure on the Sunderland hierarchy to move swiftly and efficiently in their pursuit of targets.

“One or two they are close, but if you had asked me last week I would have said those two were close too,” Poyet said.

“I cannot wait another week. We are going to be off Monday and Tuesday, so next Wednesday I need to have four new players."

“It’s clear we need a few new players and it has not been as quick as I would have expected.”

5) Ben Gibson will welcome back ‘good friend’ Kenneth Omeruo

Kenneth Omeruo is set to complete a loan move to Middlesbrough today and Ben Gibson is delighted by the news of his return.

The Chelsea defender spent part of last season on loan at the Riverside and he made quite an impact at the Championship club – playing a starring role in their defence.

And Gibson, who he played alongside at centre-back, is looking forward to teaming up with the Nigerian international once again this season.

“Me and Kenneth had a really good partnership last season so if it us then hopefully we will carry on in the same vein,” he said.

“We are similar ages and good friends."

"We kept in touch even when he was at the World Cup so I just think our styles work well together."

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