North-East latest: Newcastle ace trains alone; Sunderland want further additions

Remy Cabella

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

1) Jonas Gutierrez training alone

Newcastle United man, Jonas Gutierrez, is training alone in his native Argentina ahead of the Premier League season.

Newcastle are desperately trying to offload Gutierrez, who has not been part of the club’s pre-season training, and are searching for clubs who will take the 31-year-old off their hands.

The Argentine winger has been handed a squad number for this season, but is not expected to play any part in it for Alan Pardew’s men and he has been told to find a new club.

So far interested has been limited, but Gutierrez is hoping a move away will come off soon.

2) Remy Cabella impressed by St. James’ Park

Newcastle United’s new signing, Remy Cabella, says that he is hugely impressed by St. James’ Park and that he has never seen a stadium like it previously.

Cabella joined from Montpellier this summer and has wasted no time impressing at his new club, scoring twice in their friendly matches so far.

He is expected to be a major part of Newcastle’s first-team squad this season and it appears that he will enjoy the Magpies' home games after being so inspired by his new surroundings.

“St James’s Park is a special stadium,” Cabella said.

“I think it’s unique – I don’t think I’ve seen a stadium like it.

“I’m really looking forward to hearing the atmosphere and getting on the pitch. It will give me a lot of pleasure to play here.”

3) Fabio Borini deal still on

Fabio Borini’s transfer to Sunderland is still on, despite the Italian’s delay in deciding his own future.

The Black Cats have spent most of the summer so far trying to arrange a deal to sign Borini, who spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light, but so far their efforts have proved fruitless.

However, Gus Poyet is not prepared to give up just yet and has revealed that he is still hoping to do a deal to bring Borini to Wearside – although he will not make any guesses about how long it could still take.

"We're working on it," Poyet explained to Sky Sports. "It's not easy, it's been a difficult summer, I think, for everybody.

"We are not finished. We need more bodies. We are looking for specific, quality players."

"If you asked me last week, I probably would have said [the deal would have gone through] this week, but I cannot tell you next week because we will wait for him.”

4) Sunderland still want more additions

Gus Poyet is hoping to sign more players ahead of the new season, as he looks to bolster his squad.

Fabio Borini has been linked with a move to the Wearside, whilst five players have already made the switch to the Stadium of Light this summer, but Poyet doesn’t feel this is enough to provide him with the squad he desires for the season.

“It’s not all about Fabio Borini, with respect to Fabio," Poyet said.

“We still need a few more players.

“It is difficult to put a time on it, but we’re working hard and trying our best.

“We’re working very hard in getting the rest of the players we need, which are important as well.

One potential target is thought to be Manchester City’s Bruno Zuculini, who Sunderland are trying to sign on loan.

5) Karanka praises Butterfield

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has praised Jacob Butterfield after he turned down a move to Huddersfield Town yesterday.

Butterfield was seen as the Terriers replacement for the outgoing Adam Clayton – who was expected to move to the Riverside yesterday – but the midfielder turned down a chance to play at the John Smith’s Stadium in favour of staying with ‘Boro.

It means that Karanka’s side’s bid for Clayton has stalled, as Huddersfield will only allow him to leave if they have cover for him, but the Spaniard refused to criticise the former Barnsley man for his decision.

“He is my player and at the moment he is the best player in that position because he is my player,” Karanka said.

“I will speak very well about Butterfield because he is a very good player, a very professional player and a very good lad.”

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