North-East latest: Cabella suggests area he needs to improve, Sunderland priced-out of deal

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Remy Cabella knows of need for improvement

Remy Cabella admits that he needs to bulk up if he is to be a success in the Premier League.

The Frenchman joined Newcastle United over the summer and has impressed during his brief spell so far, but he feels there is room for improvement in the physical side of his game.

“If I can put more physical impact in my game I know I can become better,” he said.

“When I joined the club I had a chat with the coach. I am fine here, I have great fun. I got what I wanted.”

Ben-Arfa backs Hull’s signings

Hull City’s latest recruit Hatem Ben-Arfa has said that his transfer from Newcastle happened very quickly.

The mercurial winger completed a loan move which frustrated the Magpies fans at the last minute on deadline day and he admits that he did not hear of the Tigers' interest until very late.

“When I woke up on Monday morning, there was nothing on the cards,” he said. “Then, in the afternoon the call came and everything happened very quickly after that. At 1am everything was complete and I was very happy.”

Sunderland priced-out of deal for Ki Sung-Yueng

Sunderland were priced-out of a move for one of their top targets Ki Sung-Yueng this summer.

The Swansea City midfielder had been identified as one of Gus Poyet’s first-choice additions on Wearside, but they were not able to agree a fee, with the Welsh club demanding £10 million for the South Korean international.

Ki now looks settled at the Liberty Stadium and appears set to stay for the foreseeable future.

Sebastian Coates can’t wait to get started at Sunderland

Sunderland signing Sebastian Coates says that he cannot wait to get started at the Stadium of Light.

The Uruguayan joined the Black Cats on loan from Liverpool on deadline day and he is excited at the prospect of playing for his new side.

“It is a pleasure for me to be here and I am really excited for the opportunity to be part of Sunderland’s team," Coates said.

“It has been great since I arrived here; I know the team and the manager now so it is really good.”

Jason Steele bears no grudges

Middlesbrough’s Jason Steele has revealed that he holds no grudges towards Aitor Karanka.

The 'Boro boss replaced Steele in goal, after his long-term stay between the sticks, and loaned him out to Blackburn Rovers this summer, but the 24-year-old says that he doesn’t resent the Spanish manager.

“We never argued,” Steele said. “In football sometimes people come in and have opinions. I'd never hold bad feeling or grudges over it."

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