1) Redknapp rules out Newcastle switch for Remy
QPR manager Harry Redknapp doesn’t believe that Loic Remy will leave the club to join Newcastle United this summer.
Remy has been a target for the Magpies for the entirety of the transfer window so far, after impressing at St. James’ Park last season, but Redknapp doesn’t believe that his prized asset will leave for a club outside of the top seven.
"He didn't want to go back to Newcastle which is a massive club, so unless it's a club in the top seven I don't think he'll go," said Redknapp.
2) Ayoze Perez can break into Newcastle first-team, says Pardew
Alan Pardew says that he has been very impressed by his new signing Ayoze Perez this summer.
The 21-year-old joined from Tenerife earlier in the transfer window and was widely expected to be brought in as one for the future.
However, the striker has already made his Newcastle United bow after coming off the bench against Manchester City – in the side’s 2-0 defeat yesterday – and Pardew believes that he can be a permanent fixture in the first-team this season.
“I have been impressed with him in pre-season,” said Pardew.
“Since he came to us, he must have grown a centimetre in muscle mass.
“He’s got a lovely manner to him, and we have high hopes for him. I think he will play a part this season – how soon, we will have to wait and see.”
3) Lee Cattermole on wondergoal
Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole says that he is delighted to be off the mark for the Premier League season.
The midfield enforcer scored a belting goal against West Bromwich Albion on opening day and he says that he was happy to hit the back of the net so early on.
“I was happy with that goal” Cattermole said. “Everybody knows I don’t score many but when I do they’re decent!
“It happened so quickly, I knew I’d struck the ball well and then I was delighted when it went in – goals are not my game, that’s not what I’m in the team to do, but when a chance falls I’ll take it.”
4) Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher to stay at Sunderland
Gus Poyet says that he is confident both Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher will stay with the club next season.
The Uruguayan boss has seen his two most clinical finishers linked with moves away from the Stadium of Light in recent times, but he has ruled out either leaving.
“They are staying, I want them to stay,” he said.
“They have been playing all of pre-season together because Jozy Altidore only played in the last game after the World Cup.
“They are getting used to playing together and they like to play together."
5) Aitor Karanka fumes at referee
Aitor Karanka has been left fuming with Stuart Atwell’s decision to disallow Albert Adomah’s strike in Middlesbrough’s weekend defeat to Leeds United.
The winger scored a majestic overhead kick with the scores at 0-0 but the referee questionably ruled the goal out – saying that it was dangerous play.
And Karanka was left fuming at the decision, saying he couldn’t see why it had been given.
“I can’t understand why the goal is not on the scoreboard,” Karanka raged. “I think it was a good height (Admoah’s foot) if you see the replay.
“The referee was the person who saw the foot, but the replay does not show this decision in the first second he was waiting four, five, six seconds as we were running to the middle of the pitch.”