1) Shola Ameobi has joined Gaziantep BBK
Shola Ameobi has completed a move to sign for Turkish second division side Gaziantep BBK.
The powerful centre-forward was out of contract after Newcastle United decided to part ways with him this summer and has chosen Gaziantep as his new club.
2) Gus Poyet pleased to have Jozy Altidore back for selection
Gus Poyet is delighted that Jozy Altidore is fit enough to play again, after recovering from an injury at the World Cup.
Altidore pulled up in America’s first game of the competition with a hamstring injury and has been fighting against the clock to make it back for the start of the Premier League since.
And, much to his manager’s satisfaction, he was able to play some part in the Black Cats’ most recent friendly against Udinese, as he nears full-fitness.
“Jozy is coming along well,” Poyet said. “We were thinking he could feature for 45 to 30 minutes, the idea was to get him to play a part in case we need him in any games.
“I’m sure he will work a little bit more this week and a full week of proper training will help him be part of the squad for [Saturday].”
3) Jozy Altidore excited by Jack Rodwell buy
Jozy Altidore says that he is looking forward to playing with Jack Rodwell, following his return to action.
Altidore recovered from an injury to play a part in Sunderland’s most recent friendly against Udinese and is now looking forward to the season ahead – with the addition of Rodwell being particularly pleasing.
The Manchester City man joined the Black Cats in a £10 million deal last week and the American forward says that he is a player who can get the best out of him and the rest of Sunderland’s attacking options.
“I think he has been unlucky in the past and I think he is going to help us a lot, it is great for the club to sign such a young and exciting English player,” Altidore said.
“He is somebody who knows good football and can generate chances, so myself, Connor and Fletch are all excited to have him at the club.”
4) Aitor Karanka wants Middlesbrough to be focused for League Cup tie
Aitor Karanka has warned his Middlesbrough side not to think Oldham Athletic will be pushovers ahead of the match between the two sides tonight.
‘Boro go into the game against their League One opponents as heavy favourites, but Karanka has warned against complacency.
“Our biggest mistake would be to believe we are a better team than we are”, he said.
“We have to be humble and know who we are, and we will go to Oldham with the same mentality.
“I know how important this cup is for the club, I will respect this because I’m a person who wants to win every single day.”