1) Sammy Ameobi hoping for good start
Sammy Ameobi has explained that he is under pressure to make a blistering start to life this season at St. James’ Park.
The fleet-footed attacker has only one year on his deal left at Newcastle and he will be hoping to impress so that he is not forced to move away from the club next season.
Ameobi, himself, has previously admitted that he will need to up his game this season and he is targeting making a good start to ensure that he is offered an extension on his current deal.
"I am in the last year of my contract with Newcastle and I have to start it with a bang,” he said. “I am no longer a kid. I need to play very well to either get a new contract with Newcastle or be able to make a good move elsewhere."
2) Cabella wants silverware
New Newcastle United signing Remy Cabella says that he is aiming to win a trophy at the club in his first season.
It has been 46 years since the Magpies last won a major competition in England, but Cabella believes that they have a chance of taking home some silverware this campaign.
"I hope we can win a cup this season," he said. "We play for that - to win a trophy
“There is a good feeling in the team at the moment and my adaptation is good. I have friends who are French and I am very happy to be here. I am just waiting for the first game now."
3) Sunderland sign Jack Rodwell
Sunderland have completed the signing of Jack Rodwell from Manchester City, after the midfielder passed a medical at the club today.
It is thought the England international cost the Black Cats around £10 million and he has signed a five-year-deal at the Stadium of Light.
It is a move which offers Rodwell a reprieve after he found his chances limited at the Etihad Stadium.
When coming through at Everton Rodwell was considered one of the finest prospects in the country, but his career has stagnated since moving to City and he will be hoping to revive it on Wearside, where he will be one of Sunderland’s key players.
4) Fabio Borini will decide on future within 48 hours
Sunderland will know Fabio Borini’s decision on whether or not to join the club on a permanent transfer within 48 hours, the Mail has revealed.
Borini has been linked with making a move to join Gus Poyet’s side all summer and the Black Cats even had a £14 million offer accepted for him last month.
However, the Italian striker is reluctant to leave Liverpool and has taken his time to make a decision on whether to complete the switch or not.
That time is up now, though, and is seems he will either be a Sunderland player by the end of the week or he will be left to fight for a place in Brendan Rodgers’ first team.
5) Middlesbrough agree Adam Clayton fee
Middlesbrough appear to have finally got their man after agreeing a fee with Huddersfield for the services of Adam Clayton.
‘Boro have been tracking the midfielder for much of the summer so far and have had all their previous offers rebuffed, but they appear to have met the Terrier’s £2 million asking price now.
Clayton was targeted by Aitor Karanka as someone who could add dynamism to their midfield in the coming season and he will undergo a medical at the Riverside today ahead of a proposed deal.
Huddersfield did want to keep hold of Clayton, but the fact that he only had 12 months on left on his contract – and had not yet signed a new deal – obviously meant that they had to cash-in on the former Leeds United man.