North-East latest: Italian giants in for Newcastle United defender; Poyet expects people to be surprised by Sunderland business

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Roma want Newcastle’s Santon

Roma are interested in signing Newcastle United’s Davide Santon, according to reports in Italy.

The Italian has insisted that he is happy in England previously, but there is a thought that Santon could be tempted by the European football that Roma can offer.

The full-back is one of the Magpies’ key players and they are hoping to keep hold of him, but they may face a struggle.

Matteo Darmian, who impressed for Italy over the World Cup, is also on Roma’s reported list of targets.

Newcastle United make Remy approach

Newcastle United have made another approach for Loic Remy, according to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.

The striker has been on Alan Pardew’s wishlist all summer, but it appeared that he was unobtainable earlier in the transfer window.

However, after a deal to Liverpool fell through, Newcastle have been given hope that he could still be available.

Remy has played in both of QPR’s Premier League fixtures, but is known to be hoping for a move away.

Gus Poyet insists people will be surprised by Sunderland’s transfer business

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet believes that the Black Cats will spring a surprise in the remainder of the transfer window.

The club are believed to be closing in on deals for Ricky Alvarez, who will sign on loan from Inter Milan, and Virgil Van Dijk from Celtic, but Poyet has hinted that more could follow.

“We’re moving, we’re moving very fast because it’s getting close,” he said.

“I’m confident we’ll be doing something. You’re going to be surprised.”

Emanuele Giaccherini delighted to be back

Sunderland winger Emanuele Giaccherini is delighted to be back playing for the club, after injury has limited his progress over pre-season.

The versatile Italian came on as a late sub in the club’s 3-0 win over Birmingham City in the League Cup last night, making his first appearance of the season, and he says that it was great to be representing the Black Cats again.

“I recovered in two weeks and five days,” he said.

“They thought I was going to be out for more than three weeks, so I’m happy to be back quickly and to be able to help the team.

"I’m happy to be back quickly. Now, I just want to stay fit.”

Steve McClaren backs Patrick Bamford to be a hit

Steve McClaren believes that Middlesbrough have managed to secure an excellent signing by bringing Patrick Bamford to the club.

The Derby County manager worked with Bamford last season and believes that he could be a vital addition for ‘Boro after they secured his loan transfer this week.

“I worked with Patrick last season and he is a really good lad and a good player,” he said.

“He had a good time at Derby with us and scored goals, and I think he will prove to be a great signing for Boro.”

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