Erik Pieters re-emerges as Newcastle United target

ALAN Pardew is ready to add a left-back to his summer shopping list after Holland defender Erik Pieters re-emerged as a Newcastle United target.

Gabriel Obertan wants licence to thrill supporters

GABRIEL Obertan wants to be given a licence to attack this weekend – as he insists Newcastle should be looking to sign off their St James’ Park campaign with a flourish by winning five out of five.

Hatem Ben Arfa goal raises NUFC fans' expectations

THE French have a word for it – “adroit”. The literal translation into English is skilful, but in the context of Newcastle United virtuoso Hatem Ben Arfa it conjures a more romantic image.

Jonas Gutierrez hits out at Robin van Persie gamesmanship

ANGRY Jonas Gutierrez has accused Arsenal’s Dutch agitator Robin van Persie of letting himself and his club down as the bad blood from Newcastle’s ill-tempered Emirates defeat continues to simmer.

Arsenal blow away Newcastle United's top-four bid

NEWCASTLE United saw a hard-earned point slip through their fingers at the Emirates Stadium last night - and possibly their dreams of a Champions League place.

Time called on football clubs' ‘improper transactions’

A COUNCIL of Europe committee has called on Uefa to outlaw “improper transactions” like the sponsorship deal which saw Manchester City’s stadium renamed.

NUFC have the instincts and hunger to qualify for Europa

THREE days after Mike Dean blew the final whistle on the Tyne-Wear derby, Newcastle United and Sunderland fans are still looking inwards.

Keeper Tim Krul warns rival clubs: ‘Be afraid’

TIM Krul has warned Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal they should be “afraid” of Newcastle United as the buoyant Magpies hit the home strait in the chase for a Champions League place.

Lee Cattermole and Hatem Ben Arfa face career crossroads

THEY belong to opposing tribes but two of the main players in Sunday’s drama have reached a crossroads in their North East careers.

Lee Cattermole walking disciplinary tightrope

LEE Cattermole will be walking a disciplinary tightrope at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

James McClean set for new SAFC deal

SUNDERLAND have opened contract talks with James McClean as the Irish winger’s reputation grows on a weekly basis.

Martin O'Neill looks to put old enemy Wenger on floor

It won’t just be the presence of a former judo champion which means Martin O’Neill will have “no fear” today.

Martin O'Neill considers putting his faith in Jesus Rabanal

SUNDERLAND are weighing up a move for Peru defender Jesus Rabanal as they look to secure left-back cover before the transfer deadline.

Martin O'Neill hits out at Kieran Richardson Arsenal rumour

SUNDERLAND boss Martin O’Neill has hit back at reports linking midfielder Kieran Richardson with a switch to Arsenal.

Asamoah Gyan could miss African Cup of Nations

SUNDERLAND striker Asamoah Gyan has suffered an injury scare ahead of next month’s African Cup of Nations.

Nicklas Bendtner could yet stay with SAFC

NICKLAS Bendtner says he has not ruled out a permanent move to Sunderland – even if the club cannot provide the Champions League football he craves.

Nicklas Bendtner's form could scupper deal

STEVE Bruce fears Nicklas Bendtner’s stunning international form is in danger of scuppering a permanent move to Sunderland.

Steve Bruce knows it's Sunderland crunch time

A kind run of fixtures in the run-up to Christmas could make – or break – Sunderland’s season.

Korean boss hits out at Ji Dong-Won's fitness

JI Dong-won has started the week which could bring his full Sunderland debut in danger of losing his international place after South Korea coach Cho Kwang-Rae criticised his fitness.

Connor Wickham knee injury not as bad as first feared

SUNDERLAND have been spared a difficult decision in January after it was revealed Connor Wickham’s knee injury is not as bad as at first feared, but it still leaves them a problem for the visit of Fulham next week.

Olympic and council bosses rebuff St James' Park name change

OLYMPIC and council bosses have issued a twin rebuff to Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley’s move to re-name St James’ Park as the Sports Direct Arena.

Shock as St. James' Park renamed Sports Direct Arena

THE famous name of St James’ Park is set to vanish under dramatic new stadium naming proposals announced today by Newcastle United.

Sunderland will sweat on injury to Connor Wickham

SUNDERLAND expect to find out in the next 48 hours how bad their latest injury is but even if their worst fears over Connor Wickham are realised, there will be no recall for Asamoah Gyan.

Manchester United 1 Sunderland 0

PERHAPS it was inevitable Steve Bruce would wake up yesterday with a colossal headache and no more points than he started the weekend with, but the unexpected causes of both will infuriate him, and the headache may take a long time to clear.

Papiss Demba Cissé on Sunderland’s wish list

SUNDERLAND are back on the trail of Senegal striker Papiss Demba Cissé – despite Steve Bruce still not being aware of his January transfer fund.

David Vaughan confident of SAFC getting results

DAVID Vaughan says Sunderland’s added Premier League experience will ensure they do not panic about a slow start to the season.

Cattermole: Pressure is off for Sunderland

THE pressure will be off for Sunderland at the Emirates tomorrow – according to Lee Cattermole.

Seb Larsson looking to send Arsenal into bottom three

ARSENAL fan Sebastian Larsson could help send the Gunners into the bottom three this weekend and pile greater pressure on the man who brought him to English football.

Matt Kilgallon won't be rushed into decision on SAFC future

FORGOTTEN man Matt Kilgallon has a host of Championship clubs interested in ending his Sunderland nightmare – but the defender’s agent is adamant he “won’t be rushed” into a decision on his future.

Alan Pardew's African headache

THE line-up for the 2012 African Cup of Nations has been confirmed and it makes pleasant reading for Steve Bruce, if not Alan Pardew.

Simon Mignolet confident of start

IN his second season as a Sunderland player, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet still considers himself a "learner", but the Belgian was always confident he would start the campaign as the Black Cats' No.1.

Best still to come from Ahmed Elmohamady

AHMED Elmohamady insists there is “more to come” from him in a Sunderland shirt, and believes his first goal for the club has given him the confidence to prove it, writes STEVE BROWN.

Nicklas Bendtner: The moment I knew I had to leave Arsenal

NICKLAS Bendtner might only be at Sunderland until the end of the season, but once his loan deal expires the striker seems determined to burn his bridges once and for all with parent club Arsenal.

Niall Quinn makes South Korea trip to promote Sunderland

NIALL Quinn took to the skies on his first day as Sunderland’s head of international development as part of a three-man delegation to promote the club’s image in South Korea.

Asamoah Gyan defends loan move in radio interview

SUNDERLAND will not be dragged into a war of words with Asamoah Gyan, despite the striker’s latest defence of his big-money loan move to Al-Ain.

James McClean wins Steve Bruce's praise

STEVE Bruce has singled out Irish winger James McClean for praise, insisting the £350,000 summer signing can replicate the impact of compatriot David Meyler.

Connor Wickham set to make SAFC debut

CONNOR Wickham is set to make his full Sunderland debut against Stoke City on Sunday.

Door still ajar for Asamoah Gyan to return

FORTY-EIGHT hours after it was slammed in his face, Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn insisted the door was still open for Asamoah Gyan to return to Wearside.

Asamoah Gyan and SAFC blame each other for loan move

SUNDERLAND and Asamoah Gyan are blaming each other for the Ghanaian’s move to Al-Ain on a season-long loan.

Sunderland 1 Chelsea 2

THE floodlights were starting to shine brightly through the dark cloud, the temperature dropped, the wind was whipping rubbish around the Stadium of Light.

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