United look set to seal Stephen Ireland move

ON its final day of business, Stephen Ireland is expected to become Newcastle United’s first new addition of the January transfer window.

Unsettled Kenwyne Jones wants to quit Cats

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.

City valuation of Nedum Onuoha too steep for NUFC

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: We only need to buy few more players

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.

Pitches are no longer a great leveller in Cup

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.

I could be next under fire, says Steve Bruce

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.

Manchester City 4, Sunderland 3

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.

A club just too used to losing

IT is said that acceptance of one’s problems is the first step to recovery.

City expansion good for football, says Bardsley

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.

Black Cats won't curb their physical enthusiasm

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.

Bruce may swoop for new defender

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.

Bruce: Cana can be a big hit

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.

Paulo Da Silva in but Cats after more

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.

Shearer's fears on pre-season training return

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.

Wigan tell Bruce: Hands off Lee Cattermole

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 keen on return to Sunderland

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.

Everton preparing to offer Michael Owen a contract this summer

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.

Magpies may lose Owen to Toffees

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.

Novice will have to shed his L-plates

AS the economic gloom gathered, Gordon Brown reached for a slogan for one of the few times in his political career.

Results the attraction for Cats’ Ben-Haim

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.

NUFC rocked by twin injury blow

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.

Facing Hammersis stuff of dreams for Pool stalwarts

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.

Manchester City offer for Given is an insult say United

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.

Magpies sale ‘lost to bank scandal’

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

United invited to make big offer for Barry Ferguson

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.

Fergie hedges his bets over Roy dug-out return

SIR Alex Ferguson does not believe Roy Keane’s return to Premier League management is a formality, writes STUART RAYNER.

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Hul City 2, Manchester City 2

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.

‘Results now’ culture isn’t healthy for game’s future

Last week it was Arsene Wenger under fire, this week it is Roy Keane and Mark Hughes.

Magpies making headlines again – but for all the wrong reasons

TWENTY-FOUR hours earlier a different football club dominated the news agenda for totally different reasons.

Angry Keane blasts players

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.

Boss looking for a killer instinct

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.

Cats eye Benfica striker Ariza

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.

Cats wait to hear if Ireland is fair game

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.

Warnock will not be moved

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.

TV start for fans of North East rivals

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.

Llambias anger over sale rumours

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.

Search goes on as Dunne stays put

SUNDERLAND will press ahead with their search for a new central defender after Richard Dunne finally committed his future to Manchester City.

Star torn between his two ‘homes’

SUNDERLAND are hoping emotional ties bring Jonny Evans back to the Stadium of Light next season if Manchester United agree to let him leave.

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