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 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.
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.
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.
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.
A COUNCIL of Europe committee has called on Uefa to outlaw “improper transactions” like the sponsorship deal which saw Manchester City’s stadium renamed.
THREE days after Mike Dean blew the final whistle on the Tyne-Wear derby, Newcastle United and Sunderland fans are still looking inwards.
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.
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 will be walking a disciplinary tightrope at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
SUNDERLAND have opened contract talks with James McClean as the Irish winger’s reputation grows on a weekly basis.
It won’t just be the presence of a former judo champion which means Martin O’Neill will have “no fear” today.
SUNDERLAND are weighing up a move for Peru defender Jesus Rabanal as they look to secure left-back cover before the transfer deadline.
SUNDERLAND boss Martin O’Neill has hit back at reports linking midfielder Kieran Richardson with a switch to Arsenal.
SUNDERLAND striker Asamoah Gyan has suffered an injury scare ahead of next month’s African Cup of Nations.
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.
STEVE Bruce fears Nicklas Bendtner’s stunning international form is in danger of scuppering a permanent move to Sunderland.
A kind run of fixtures in the run-up to Christmas could make – or break – Sunderland’s season.
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.
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 have issued a twin rebuff to Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley’s move to re-name St James’ Park as the 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 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.
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.
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 says Sunderland’s added Premier League experience will ensure they do not panic about a slow start to the season.
THE pressure will be off for Sunderland at the Emirates tomorrow – according to Lee Cattermole.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 is set to make his full Sunderland debut against Stoke City on Sunday.
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.
SUNDERLAND and Asamoah Gyan are blaming each other for the Ghanaian’s move to Al-Ain on a season-long loan.
THE floodlights were starting to shine brightly through the dark cloud, the temperature dropped, the wind was whipping rubbish around the Stadium of Light.