North-East latest: Newcastle lining up star's replacement, Cattermole wants Hodgson to be a regular at Sunderland

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Newcastle eye up Tiote replacement

Newcastle United are already making a contingency plan in-case they end up losing Cheick Tiote.

The Ivorian midfielder was highly sought after during the summer transfer window and the Magpies are wary of having to sell him in January if interest persists.

As a result, they have already identified a potential replacement and have started scouting Nice’s young midfielder Nampalys Mendy, who they feel offer a lot of similar qualities to Tiote.

Srnicek: Forster was sold too early

Newcastle United great Pavel Srnicek has said that the club sold Fraser Forster too early.

Forster was back-up during his time at St. James’ Park, but he has gone on to make a name for himself as one of the finest stoppers in Europe during his time at Celtic and Srnicek feels that he was relinquished too quickly be Newcastle.

“When I joined Newcastle again in 2006, Krul and Forster looked very promising, and we all knew it,” Srnicek said to the Chronicle.

“For me, they sold Fraser too early."

“They should have kept him a while longer, because now he looks like being the best English goalkeeper in the future.”

Lee Cattermole wants Hodgson to watch Sunderland

Lee Cattermole feels that Roy Hodgson should be a regular at Sunderland.

The Black Cats have a number of English stars in their squad this season and Cattermole feels that Hodgson would be rewarded by watching them in action.

“We’ve got a few English players here: Jack Rodwell, Adam Johnson, Connor Wickham and me – so I’d like to think Roy Hodgson will come up,” the destructive midfielder said. “It is up to us to go out there and play well.”

Vergini delighted to have joined

Santiago Vergini says that he is delighted that he finally was able to join Sunderland this summer.

The defender’s move lingered on for a long time, but following its confirmation he has gone on to impress and Vergini says that the wait was worthwhile.

“There was a fair deal of suspense from it all and, yes, the wait really was quite a long one," he explained. 

“But, in the end, the outcome has been a positive one and the one we all wanted.”

Damia Abella reveals Boro weakness

Damia Abella believes that Middlesbrough will need to start defending set-pieces better if they are to be promoted this season.

The Spaniard signed over the summer and has made an immediate impression at the Riverside, but he feels the side have to start dealing with dead-ball situations better.

“We need to concentrate more on defending set-pieces, that is a weak point in my opinion and we need to create more scoring chances and finish more of the plays,” he said.

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