North-East latest: Newcastle summer signing struggling badly, Giaccherini pleased with Sunderland start

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Facundo Ferreyra terrible in training - report

Newcastle United's summer signing Facundo Ferreyra is threatening to be a huge flop, according to reports.

The Chronicle say that the Argentine striker has raised eye-brows in training since joining, but not in a good way.

Ferreyra, signed from Shakhtar Donetsk over the summer, has reportedly been so far off the pace in training that he cannot get close to the Magpies' squad - despite their struggles - and he could be in for a season of waiting in reserve. 

Manchester United hunt Krul

Clubcall report that Manchester United are lining up making a bid for Tim Krul in January. 

The Dutch stopper has worked with Louis Van Gaal before and could provide competition to David De Gea for the number one jersey at Old Trafford. 

Emanuele Giaccherini pleased with start

Emanuele Giaccherini says that Sunderland have made a good start to their Premier League campaign.

The Black Cats are yet to win in the league this season, but the Italian winger is clearly happy with the fighting spirit that his side have shown to pick up three draws. 

“For me, I think we’ve made a good start,” Giaccherini said to the Chronicle.

“We were very happy with a great point against Spurs, because Tottenham are a very strong team."

Cattermole hails Poyet

Lee Cattermole says that he has learned a lot under the stewardship of Gus Poyet so far.

The combative midfielder has enjoyed the best spell of form his career so far since Poyet was put in charge at Sunderland and he has paid tribute to the effect the Uruguayan has had on his game today. 

“I’ve adapted my game to what the manager wants and that is purely and simply a defensive midfielder," he said to the Chronicle. "I’ve learnt an unbelievable amount under him."

Karanka pleased with Kike

Aitor Karanka says that he is pleased with the impact that his summer signing Kike has made for the club. 

The Spanish striker has scored three times for 'Boro so far, including one in last night's success against Cardiff City, and Karanka says that he is showing a great willingness to learn and improve. 

“Kike has to learn as it is different here," he said to the Hartlepool Mail. 

“He was up against two big defenders and he knows it is difficult here, but he had Jelle Vossen close to him and they played well together."

"Kike has adapted well and he is scoring goals. He has quality, he wants to settle as soon as possible. We have a good squad and it is important for the new lads to settle in quick.”

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