North-East latest: Boro boss confirms interest in Chelsea pair; Pardew sets low points target for Newcastle

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1) Paul Dummett: Cabella can be the new Ginola

Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett says that new signing Remy Cabella has a lot of similarities to David Ginola.

Ginola was part of Newcastle’s side in the 1990’s and dazzled their fans with his quick foot-work, but Dummett believes that Cabella has the potential to emulate his compatriot.

“I loved Ginola when he was here. I suppose there are similarities between the two of them,” Dummett said.

“Ginola was probably more direct but Cabella has a box of tricks like him - anyone who’s seen him in pre-season will have seen that.

“He is tricky, can see a pass and I’m sure he will create a lot of goals for us. He’s going to have the fans on the edge of their seats and give us something we probably lacked towards the end of last season.”

2) Pardew: 48 points is acceptable

Alan Pardew says that Newcastle United will have had a good season if they reach 48 points in the Premier League this campaign

The Magpies boss had previously spoken about breaching the top four, but seems to have curbed his expectations – simply demanding a better than average performance.

48 points would have seen Newcastle finish in 11th place in last year’s Premier League, but Pardew clearly feels that would be an acceptable finish.

“The average for this club over the last 10 years is 48 points,” he said.

“If we get that or anything above that it will be a good season for us.

“At this stage of the season we dream higher than that.

“We will have to see where we go.”

3) Sunderland close in on Will Buckley

Sunderland are closing in on a deal to sign Will Buckley from Brighton, according to reports.

The Black Cats have submitted a £2.5 million offer for the pacey winger and it appears that the south-coast club could be resigned to losing him – after he was left out of their squad for their League Cup game against Cheltenham Town last night.

Gus Poyet has identified Buckley as a potential signing for Sunderland after the time that they spent together at Brighton and a deal could be completed before the start of the Premier League season, which commences on Saturday.

4) Jozy Alitdore looking to improve

Struggling Sunderland striker, Jozy Altidore, is looking to make a bright start to the season this year.

The American international didn’t make the impact expected in his first season on Wearside, but he is hoping for a clean-slate this year and will be looking to improve.

“Coming to Sunderland as a whole was different, but this is where you have to adapt,” he said.

“It was a tough year for me last year. I struggled, everybody struggled.

“When things don’t go well, you analyse what you can do better.

“I’ve done that and hopefully this season I can start out on the right foot.

5) Aitor Karanka admits interest in Chelsea pair

Aitor Karanka admits that he is trying to George Saville and Patrick Bamford from Chelsea before the transfer window closes.

Middlesbrough have been linked with the pair for some time and when asked if the reports were true, the Spaniard confirmed that he was hoping to have the duo signed soon.

“I hope we will sign the two from Chelsea,” he said. “The club are working on that, but we have got seven games in 22 days so I’m concentrating on the games.”

Bamford and Saville will join 'Boro on a season-long-loan deal, if they are to complete a switch to the Riverside.

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