ON its final day of business, Stephen Ireland is expected to become Newcastle United’s first new addition of the January transfer window.
KENWYNE Jones wants to quit Sunderland – and the Trinidad and Tobago international is hoping to secure a move away from the Stadium of Light before the transfer window closes at the end of this month.
NEWCASTLE United will have to persuade Manchester City to significantly drop their valuation of Nedum Onuoha if the Nigeria-born defender is to move to St James’ Park.
CHRIS Hughton is not expecting to make any early breakthroughs in the transfer market this summer as he congratulated his current squad for breaking the 100-point barrier with a 1-0 win at Queen’s Park Rangers.
MIDDLESBROUGH boss Gordon Strachan admits it is harder to spring an FA Cup shock now that the days of quagmire pitches and ramshackle facilities are over.
STEVE Bruce grimly predicted he could be the next manager whose position comes under scrutiny after railing against the short-termism that accounted for his old team-mate Mark Hughes.
SUNDERLAND succumbed to destiny on a day of high farce at the City of Manchester Stadium as they found themselves cast the unwitting fall guys in the battle of the Premier League's big spenders.
IT is said that acceptance of one’s problems is the first step to recovery.
PROUD Salford lad Phil Bardsley may have grown up a Manchester United fan, but he believes that the advances of Mark Hughes’ City are good for the game.
STEVE Bruce insists he will not compromise his team’s physical approach despite seeing Sunderland drop to the bottom of the Premier League’s fair play league.
SUNDERLAND are still hopeful of making further defensive reinforcements before next week’s transfer deadline – with Steve Bruce ready to swoop for either Sylvain Distin or Richard Dunne if they become available.
STEVE Bruce is thrilled to have landed his third signing of the summer as he predicted Lorik Cana will prove to be a massive hit at Sunderland.
STEVE Bruce has predicted “two or three” further new faces will follow new signing Paul Da Silva into the Stadium of Light before the start of the start.
ALAN Shearer will not be attending a meeting with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley in London today and United’s manager-in-waiting fears he will not be able to take control of the team for the start of pre-season training.
STEVE Bruce faces further frustration in his attempts to bring yet more faces with him from Wigan Athletic after his former chairman declared Lee Cattermole not for sale.
CALUM Davenport is still hoping to secure a permanent move to Sunderland – despite the Black Cats making Manchester City skipper Richard Dunne their main defensive target.
ALAN Shearer’s hopes of keeping striker Michael Owen at Newcastle United suffered another blow after it emerged Everton are preparing to offer him a contract this summer.
ALAN Shearer’s hopes of keeping Michael Owen at Newcastle United suffered another blow after it emerged Everton are preparing to offer him a contract this summer.
AS the economic gloom gathered, Gordon Brown reached for a slogan for one of the few times in his political career.
TAL Ben-Haim has warned Sunderland their ability to play nice football will not be enough to keep them in the Premier League as they prepare for the arrival of Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.
NEWCASTLE United’s season took another disastrous turn for the worse last night as a 2-1 defeat at Manchester City was overshadowed by long term injuries to Joey Barton and Michael Owen.
WHEN Joel Porter flung some clothes and his football boots into a rucksack and flew to England to pursue a dream, he had never heard of Hartlepool and would have had more chance of finding a polar bear in the outback than the seaside town on an atlas.
NEWCASTLE United have labelled a £3m offer from Manchester City for Shay Given an insult as they continue to fight to keep the goalkeeper at St James’s Park.
KEITH Harris, the man charged with finding a buyer for Newcastle United, last night claimed that the $50billion fraud perpetrated by rogue investment banker Bernie Madoff wrecked the attempts of two wealthy groups to buy the club
NEWCASTLE United have been told that a substantial bid may be enough to prise Barry Ferguson from Rangers as Joe Kinnear looks to make his breakthrough in the January transfer window this week.
SIR Alex Ferguson does not believe Roy Keane’s return to Premier League management is a formality, writes STUART RAYNER.
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HULL boss Phil Brown paid tribute to Geovanni after the midfielder scored his sixth goal for the Tigers against the side that released him – before insisting he wouldn’t swap his Brazilian for Manchester City counterpart Robinho.
Last week it was Arsene Wenger under fire, this week it is Roy Keane and Mark Hughes.
TWENTY-FOUR hours earlier a different football club dominated the news agenda for totally different reasons.
ROY Keane said he will be “glad to see the back” of some of his players after they signed off for the international break with a dispiriting defeat against Manchester City.
ROY Keane feels he saw the emergence of a new generation of dressing room leaders as Sunderland toiled against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
ROY Keane’s search for attacking reinforcements has led him to Portugal striker Ariza Makukula, with Sunderland considering a bid for the Benfica target man.
SUNDERLAND have registered an interest in Stephen Ireland, the Manchester City midfield player whose availability has set Mark Hughes on a collision course with owner Thaksin Shinawatra.
BLACKBURN Rovers will resist any improved offer from St James’s Park for defender Stephen Warnock, who continues to interest Newcastle United despite the club having an initial bid of £3m rejected.
ARMCHAIR Newcastle United and Sunderland fans get the chance to see their sides in action on the first weekend of the new Premier League season.
NEW managing director Derek Llambias believes there is a deliberate campaign to destabilise Newcastle United following continued reports claiming owner Mike Ashley is looking to sell the club.
SUNDERLAND will press ahead with their search for a new central defender after Richard Dunne finally committed his future to Manchester City.
SUNDERLAND are hoping emotional ties bring Jonny Evans back to the Stadium of Light next season if Manchester United agree to let him leave.