North-East latest: Duo chase Newcastle youngster, Free-agent offered contract by Sunderland

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Aarons already attracting attention

Rolando Aarons is already reportedly attracting the attention of Liverpool and Manchester City.

The winger has broken through into the Mapgies’ first-team at the start of this season and impressed enough to grab the interest of City and Liverpool.

The title-chasing duo could make a move in January, according to reports.

Siem De Jong could be out for four months

Newcastle United newboy Siem De Jong could be out for as long as four months with injury.

The former Ajax man signed for the club during the transfer window, but his initial start to the life in Tyneside hasn’t gone to plan, with the news of this injury.

De Jong picked up a suspected groin tear whilst in training at the club this week.

Emanuele Giaccherini versatility useful

Gus Poyet has revealed that he could use Emanuele Giaccherini in four different positions this season.

The Italian struggled to make an impact in his first season in England, but Poyet has been impressed with him over the summer and could utilise him in a number of different roles of the campaign.

"I think Giacchy can be used in four positions,” he revealed. “He's capable of playing in the two wide roles and the two central midfield ones. In terms of how we use him, it will depend on the individual game and what we want out of it.”

Jonas Gonçalves Oliveira offered Sunderland contract

Free-agent Jonas Gonçalves Oliveira has been offered a contract at Sunderland.

The former Valencia man has been searching for a new team all summer and it appears that a possible destination could be the Stadium of Light.

Gus Poyet’s side have offered him a deal as they look to strengthen their forward line and will await the forward’s decision on whether to join or not this week.

Jelle Vossen three weeks off fitness

Middlesbrough’s latest recrurit Jelle Vossen says he is three weeks off match-fitness.

The Belgian striker joined the Riverside late on this summer, after a protracted transfer saga, and he admits that the uncertainty over this future negatively effected his pre-season.

“I didn’t have a good pre-season because of the transfer rumours so I will need two or three weeks to really get in shape,” he said. “But I will work as hard as possible to get there as fast as possible.”

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