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Stuart Rayner: Do Newcastle United fans really want a team of homegrown players?

Most Newcastle United fans would probably tell you they would love a team of homegrown players. But would they really?

Mark Douglas: Fabio Borini at £14million? It's good business for Sunderland

Fabio Borini in action for Sunderland
Italian striker is not worth the amount that Black Cats will pay for him, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't pay that much

Mark Douglas: As recruitment efforts falter, is it time for Sunderland to panic?

Stadium of Light, home of Sunderland AFC
Lee Congerton has a difficult job, straddling long-term issues while also trying to solve short-term problems at Sunderland

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A Newcastle United fan arrives at the ground

Stuart Rayner: Do Newcastle United fans really want a team of homegrown players?

Most Newcastle United fans would probably tell you they would love a team of homegrown players. But would they really?

Fabio Borini in action for Sunderland

Mark Douglas: Fabio Borini at £14million? It's good business for Sunderland

Italian striker is not worth the amount that Black Cats will pay for him, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't pay that much

Stadium of Light, home of Sunderland AFC

Mark Douglas: As recruitment efforts falter, is it time for Sunderland to panic?

Lee Congerton has a difficult job, straddling long-term issues while also trying to solve short-term problems at Sunderland

Andy Carroll scores for West Ham United against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light

Neil Cameron: Why Andy Carroll and Newcastle United shouldn't get back together

The former local hero is a good guy and a great player - but his old club has moved on and he no longer fits the bill for what they need up front

Gus Poyet manager of Sunderland

James Hunter: Sunderland must find a balance between quality AND quantity in their recruitment programme

Gus Poyet is concentrating on improving the quality of his squad, but James Hunter argues the numbers must also stack up

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

Durham v Warwickshire

Chris Rushworth: New competition offers Durham a chance to refresh

The Royal London Cup gives Durham an opportunity to clear our minds after this week's defeat to Warwickshire

Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle United

Neil Cameron: Hatem Ben Arfa will never play for Newcastle United again

It is with a heavy heart that Neil Cameron has come to the conclusion we will never see Hatem Ben Arfa play for Newcastle again. Just don't entirely blame Alan Pardew for the Frenchman's fall from grace at the club

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?

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

Netherlands' Arjen Robben celebrates

The Agenda: Forget the rivals, this has been the best World Cup ever

There has not been a great team in this World Cup, but that doesn't matter. It has been incredible entertainment

Tim Krul

Don Hutchison: Alan Shearer owes me £50 for missing penalty in the Tyne-Wear derby

I sledged Alan Shearer when I was playing for Sunderland against Newcastle, so I can't criticise Tim Krul for his mind games

Mathieu Debuchy of Newcastle United

Paul Dixon's View from the Gallowgate: De Jong signing can't mask Debuchy departure

As De Jong comes to the Toon and Debuchy departs, Paul Dixon gives his verdict on what's happening at St James' Park

Daniel Sturridge of England

Mark Douglas: It's not foreign players who are to blame for England's demise, it's us

The World Cup has been such a high standard that you'd forget England had even been there if it wasn't for the adverts

Jonas Gutierrez and Kevin Keegan welcome Fabricio Coloccini to Newcastle United

Mark Douglas: Are the Magpies ready to splash the cash again?

Newcastle haven't spent £10million on a footballer for six months. It is something they will probably need to do as the window swings open

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

Paul Dixon's View from the Gallowgate: The fixture list has been kind to NUFC

Paul Dixon's verdict on the latest comings and goings at Newcastle United

Uruguay's Luis Suarez holds his teeth after his run in with Italy's Giorgio Chiellini

Don Hutchison: Biting may not be the nastiest thing on a pitch, but I can't get my head round it

In light of the latest alleged biting controversy for Luis Suarez, Don Hutchison looks at what happens on the pitch and what punishment could result

Ryan Taylor

The Agenda: Never mind a striker, Newcastle United need to find a set piece specialist

The World Cup has reminded us that Newcastle United's lack of a set-piece specialist can be damaging

Newcastle signing Jack Colback

Mark Douglas: Why Newcastle need to present a transfer vision to stop Tyneside mood from curdling

Simply blaming the World Cup for efforts stalling is not good enough - and suggests same mistakes will be made

Alan Pardew during a game against Manchester City

Don Hutchison: Good starts can help make Newcastle and Sunderland Premier League fixtures

Journal columnist Don Hutchison says United and Cats opening-day fixtures are nothing to be feared, but both need good summers

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Laura Weightman of England celebrates winning silver in the Women's 1500 metres final

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