Mark Douglas

Mark Douglas

Mark Douglas is The Journal's chief sports writer. He covers a wide range of sports and has been with us since 2008.

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Fabio Borini of Sunderland

Sunderland remain keen on Fabio Borini despite agent talk

Black Cats are looking to Joel Campbell as an alternative if they can't land Borini

Alan Pardew puts Danny Ings forward for Newcastle United striker vacancy

Loic Remy wants Champions League but United want to sign another forward - and Burnley's England under-21 man is Pardew's suggestion

Gus Poyet manager of Sunderland

Mark Douglas: Sunderland recruitment worries understandable - but they've already done best deal

Getting Gus Poyet to sign a long-term contract was the most important deal of Sunderland's summer, even if they need more

The Stadium of Light, home of Sunderland AFC

Sunderland take a look at Italy defender Davide Astori

Black Cats are looking to recruit a statement signing and have added Astori to their hit-list of defender targets

Emmanuel Riviere of Monaco

Newcastle United looking to recruit two strikers - with Emmanuel Riviere set to sign

United want a more senior forward to play alongside Riviere, and have targets abroad despite a fresh round of Andy Carroll talk

Ex Sunderland player Connor Whickham celebrating

Connor Wickham rejects Sunderland's contract offer

England under-21 forward's future is in doubt after he knocks back Wearsider's original offer

Alexandre Lacazette of Olympique Lyonnais

Newcastle United quoted £16million for strike target Alexandre Lacazette

Newcastle United have been quoted £16million for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette after an initial inquiry with the Ligue 1 side

Fabricio Coloccini of Newcastle United

Mark Douglas: Is Fabricio Coloccini going to be the right man to lead Newcastle United?

Siem de Jong's signing has put the pressure on Fabricio Coloccini for the first time since he took over from Nolan. Can he handle it?

Remy Cabella of Montpellier Herault SC in action

Newcastle United are set to confirm Remy Cabella's signing - and now want four more

United will offer France playmaker a six-year deal to convince him to move to St James' Park, where he will be one of five recruits

Loic Remy joins Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers in January 2013, much to the chagrin of Newcastle United, who thought they had clinched his services

Mark Douglas: It is time to restore order to the transfer window - football's very own Wild West

Who gets paid and how much? These are the things we need to know if we're to decode the deals

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