North-East latest: Newcastle may go Danish; Poyet frustrated over Kalou leaks, hails £2.5m signing

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Newcastle tracking Andreas Cornelius

Newcastle United are mulling over a move for Andreas Cornelius, as Alan Pardew targets another striker this summer.

The Danish forward has been identified as a potential addition at St James’ Park. The powerful Danish international was signed by Cardiff City last summer for a ludicrously expensive £8 million fee, however, before being sold back to Copenhagen in January after failing to make any impact.

Pardew doesn’t want British players

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says that he is not looking to bring any British players to the club in the remainder of the transfer window, as he feels that British players are overpriced and that he can get better value for money by looking abroad.

'We keep talking about British players and English players being promoted, but every time you try to go and buy one in Britain, it is very difficult, said Pardew.

“If you looking out there for British strikers, there aren’t too many.

Poyet angry about leaks

In the meantime, Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is said to be hoping to conclude a deal for former Chelsea star Salomon Kalou in the near future.

The winger is reportedly available for £4 million this summer and is thought to be on the Uruguayan boss’s wishlist.

Poyet responded angrily when quizzed on his interest in the Ivorian, however, as he is becoming frustrated with his transfer targets being leaked.

“I’m going to have to do research on this club and who is leaking information every week,” he said.

“It cannot always be the agent or the player. There’s too much information coming out and I don’t like it.”

Gus Poyet hails Buckley

Poyet also said that Will Buckley showed exactly what he was made of in his performance against Manchester United Sunday.

The pacey winger was a threat throughout Sunderland’s 1-1 draw with struggling United side, and Poyet says it was a performance which highlights his qualities.

“I am so pleased that he had a very good first half because now everybody knows why I was so consistent in asking the club to bring him,” he said.

“He is going to do plenty of things. Now, don’t expect it every week.....People pay £30m and £40m and £50m – we paid £2.5m, so let’s be patient.

“But he showed yesterday why he is here, and that makes me very happy.”

Grant Leadbitter says Sheffield Wednesday defeat was a setback

Middlesbrough midfielder Grant Leadbitter says that his side’s defeat to Sheffield Wednesday was a set-back after their promising start to the season.

‘Boro have won many admirers for their style of play so far this season, but went down 3-2 to the Owls at the weekend and Leadbitter says the defeat will serve as a reality check.

“It’s a reality check for everyone. Not just for a new player coming to the club, but for the rest of us too,” said Leadbitter. “That’s the Championship for you, I’m afraid, and we as players need to do a lot better than we did on Saturday. That’s the worst performance from us in a long, long time'.

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