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Newcastle's search for strikers does not concern Perez as new defender arrives

The Northern Echo: Sheffield United's Jay McEveley and Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez during the pre-season friendly at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 26, 2015. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.. (33184720)

5:52am Friday 31st July 2015

AYOZE PEREZ is not concerned about the arrival of more forwards at Newcastle United, and is determined to show Steve McClaren he deserves to start in the Premier League.

Boro struggling to persuade Rovers to part with 'crown jewel'

The Northern Echo: Stay or go: Blackburn Rovers' Jordan Rhodes is finding it hard to join Boro. Picture: Clive Lawrence

5:09am Friday 31st July 2015

BLACKBURN Rovers have told Middlesbrough to forget about signing Jordan Rhodes for £12m - the offer that remains on the table - after giving Rudy Gestede the go-ahead to conclude an £8m deal with Aston Villa.

Sunderland move quickly on targets after Eagles' £9m Wickham swoop

The Northern Echo: Leaving: Connor Wickham played for Sunderland against Darlington this summer but he is set for London move

5:50pm Friday 31st July 2015

SUNDERLAND have stepped up attempts to strengthen attacking options after sanctioning Connor Wickham’s departure to Crystal Palace for £9m.

Jackson caps remarkable turnaround with top finishes

The Northern Echo: Out of action: Kevin Jackson's wrist was in a cage

5:40am Thursday 30th July 2015

A NORTH-EAST golf professional has made an incredible return to competitive action after recovering from a rare medical condition which threatened to end his playing days.

Thompson clinches county crown, plus other North-East golf news

The Northern Echo: Champion: Rhys Thompson won the Durham Matchplay Championship

5:03pm Wednesday 29th July 2015

RHYS Thompson bounced back from the disappointment of losing in last year’s final of the Durham County Matchplay Championship to clinch the trophy 12 months later.

Delightful double for Richmond men

The Northern Echo: Double: The Richmond men's team has clinched a league double

3:54pm Wednesday 29th July 2015

RICHMOND Golf Club is proud of the achievements of its men’s team after a brilliant league double.

Danny boy tries to enjoy the moment after fulfilling a childhood dream at St Andrews

The Northern Echo: England's Danny Willett on the 18th green during day two of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 17, 2015. See PA story GOLF Open. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS:

10:02pm Friday 17th July 2015

YORKSHIREMAN Danny Willett is leading the English charge at the 144th Open Championship and admits that seeing his name at the top of the leaderboard at St Andrews was like a childhood dream.

Can a Yorkshireman lead a surge of England major success after St Andrews magic?

The Northern Echo: England's James Morrison during day two of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 17, 2015. See PA story GOLF Open. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use onl

9:26pm Friday 17th July 2015

TWENTY THREE years England has waited. Jordan Spieth, the American who arrived at St Andrews this week looking for a record equalling third straight major, was not even born in 1992.

Dinwiddie desperate for an Open return after missing cut

The Northern Echo: England's Robert Dinwiddie plays towards the 6th during day two of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 17, 2015. See PA story GOLF Open. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRIC

8:22pm Friday 17th July 2015

ROB DINWIDDIE’S Open Championship debut came to an end prematurely on the Old Course at St Andrews but the whole experience has given him the hunger for more.

FRASER AT THE OPEN: Debutant Dinwiddie looks for the light after dark clouds at St Andrews

The Northern Echo: England's Robert Dinwiddie during day one of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 16, 2015. See PA story GOLF Open. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial u

11:02pm Thursday 16th July 2015

AS Rob Dinwiddie brought his first round of Open Championship golf to an end at St Andrews, the grandstands were empty, the light had almost disappeared and the temperature had dropped significantly.

Durham delight at national final while young Seaton duo head for St Andrews, plus other golf news

The Northern Echo: Durham delight at national final while young Seaton duo head for St Andrews, plus other golf news

6:17am Thursday 16th July 2015

DURHAM are celebrating success in the Northern Counties Boys’ County Qualifying Championship for the second year in a row.

Paul Fraser's five to follow at St Andrews

The Northern Echo: Favourite: Jordan Spieth watches his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the John Deere Classic last week

5:07pm Wednesday 15th July 2015

IN the absence of Rory McIlroy at St Andrews, who will win this year’s Open? Golf writer Paul Fraser has arrived in Scotland and thinks the wait for an English winner of the Claret Jug will go on. Here are his five to follow on the Old Course:

Kalas joins up with Boro but will Downing join him?

The Northern Echo: SETTLED IN: Tomas Kalas has gone to Spain with Boro

5:56am Tuesday 14th July 2015

TOMAS KALAS flew out with the Middlesbrough squad for a week-long training camp in Spain yesterday and Aitor Karanka still hopes to have Stewart Downing join them there too.

Sunderland close to £14m double after transfer talks

The Northern Echo: Belgium's Nicolas Lombaerts (left) and Wales' Gareth Bale during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 12, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should

5:53am Tuesday 14th July 2015

SUNDERLAND are closing in on a £14m double after Jeremain Lens confirmed he is excited at the prospect of being reunited with former boss Dick Advocaat on Wearside.

Flying the flag in America but will the trip be worth it for Tyne-Wear rivals?

The Northern Echo: Flying the flag in America but will the trip be worth it for Tyne-Wear rivals?

5:44am Tuesday 14th July 2015

Newcastle and Sunderland will play the first of three matches in North America tonight after embarking on the first leg of long distance pre-season tours. Chief football writer Paul Fraser compares the two trips and the challenges the two clubs face

Magpies can still lure the big signings claims McClaren

The Northern Echo: Magpies man: Holland international Giorginio Wijnaldum

5:32am Tuesday 14th July 2015

STEVE McCLAREN has reassured supporters that Newcastle United remain a huge pull at home and abroad after arriving in the United States for a pre-season tour.

The Hitman Hardy eyes up English title

The Northern Echo: Team: Hardy with sponsors

5:12pm Monday 13th July 2015

HORDEN'S unbeaten light welterweight, Anthony Hardy, has been afforded a shot at the vacant English strap in Bath on Saturday night as he faces Joe Hughes over ten rounds, writes Peter Mann.

Cisse is spot on to get McClaren off to winning start

The Northern Echo:

9:45pm Friday 10th July 2015

Full-time: Gateshead 0 Newcastle United 1

PSV confirm Wijnaldum agreement - and player is on his way to Tyneside

The Northern Echo:

5:27am Friday 10th July 2015

PSV EINDHOVEN have confirmed they have reached a £14.5m agreement with Newcastle United for the sale of Giorginio Wijnaldum - and the Dutch international will head to Tyneside later today to complete a medical and agree personal terms.

Logan Trophy earns Brancepeth golfer a brilliant treble

The Northern Echo: Just champion: Logan Trophy winner Richard Aisbitt

6:50am Thursday 9th July 2015

RICHARD AISBITT has celebrated a hat-trick of titles in 2015 and he saved the best until last when he struck national glory for the first time.

Hermeston nails title before States return, plus other golf news

The Northern Echo: Hermeston nails title before States return, plus other golf news

6:14am Thursday 9th July 2015

ENGLAND starlet Jack Hermeston has clinched his first major Northumberland County title at Morpeth.

Advocaat not ruling out a Sunderland signing before America trip

The Northern Echo: TRAINING: Sunderland Football Club pre-season training picture: SARAH CALDECOTT (31312360)

5:23am Thursday 9th July 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT has revealed how boardroom persistence resulted in him staying on at Sunderland - now he wants owner Ellis Short to show his persuasive powers to land new players.

Wijnaldum heading for Magpies after £15m breakthrough

The Northern Echo: Magpies man: Holland international Giorginio Wijnaldum

5:10am Thursday 9th July 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED are ready to offer Giorginio Wijnaldum £3m a year at St James’ Park after an agreement was reached with PSV Eindhoven for their highly-sought after captain.

Stadium of Light proves perfect stage for title winning Green

The Northern Echo: Winner: John Green

10:38am Wednesday 8th July 2015

THERE was only one thing on John Green’s mind when he stepped into the ring on Sunday at the Stadium of Light, winning the Area title which just slipped through his grasp some nine months previously, writes Peter Mann.

First transfer deal done but Boro boss pursuing plenty more

The Northern Echo: Done deal: Alex Baptiste looks focused during his first training session with Middlesbrough yesterday. Picture: www.mfc.co.uk

5:49am Tuesday 7th July 2015

AITOR KARANKA completed his first signing of the summer last night, but the wait goes on to hear if Middlesbrough old boy Stewart Downing will be the next to arrive at the Riverside Stadium.

Magpies £15m target still waiting for go-ahead over move

The Northern Echo: Magpies man: Holland international Giorginio Wijnaldum

5:38am Tuesday 7th July 2015

GIORGINIO WIJNALDUM insists that he is not on the brink of signing for Newcastle United despite ongoing discussions between the two clubs aimed at striking a deal for the £15m-rated talent.

Bradley Saunders fancies comeback in September

The Northern Echo: BATTLING BACK: Bradley Saunders

1:47pm Monday 6th July 2015

BRADLEY SAUNDERS is targeting a return to the ring in September and wants to make up for lost time when he does eventually fight again.

Global field forming for North of England Championship at South Moor

1:16pm Monday 6th July 2015

AS befits a club whose course was designed by the creator of Augusta, Dr Alister MacKenzie, there is an international flavour to next month’s North of England Under-14s Championship at the South Moor club in Stanley.

Liverpool line up £10m Newcastle midfielder as McClaren closes in on PSV star

The Northern Echo: Last appearance? Moussa Sissoko helped Newcastle United to stay up last season by defeating West Ham at St James' Park. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:16am Monday 6th July 2015

MOUSSA SISSOKO has emerged as a leading contender to replace Steven Gerrard at Anfield, with Liverpool preparing to lodge a £10m offer with Newcastle United.

Hartson questions Sunderland new-boy's decision to quit Celtic

The Northern Echo: Moving: Sunderland's Liam Bridcutt is wanted by Derby

2:23pm Sunday 5th July 2015

JOHN HARTSON thinks Sunderland new-boy Adam Matthews has only moved to Sunderland because he was not guaranteed first team football at Celtic.

Ipswich's Daryl Murphy still high in Boro's summer thinking

The Northern Echo: Wanted: Republic of Ireland's Daryl Murphy is the subject of interest from Middlesbrough despite an initial knock-back

5:31am Saturday 4th July 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH have not given up on persuading Ipswich Town to part with the Championship’s top scorer Daryl Murphy as Aitor Karanka prepares to welcome his squad back for pre-season training.

Magpies ready to fight Foxes for Charlie Austin ahead of big weekend

The Northern Echo: LONDON CALLING: Charlie Austin is reluctant to leave London, and would prefer a move to West Ham over Newcastle

4:58am Saturday 4th July 2015

STEVE McCLAREN still wants Charlie Austin to lead the Newcastle United line next season but Leicester City have turned up the heat in the race for the Queens Park Rangers man’s signature.

Storm and Dinwiddie make cut in France

5:25pm Friday 3rd July 2015

GRAEME STORM and Rob Dinwiddie have both narrowly made the cut at the French Open.

Foxes' £12m move for Magpies and Hammers target Charlie Austin rejected

The Northern Echo:

12:48pm Friday 3rd July 2015

LEICESTER City have had a bid of £12m for Newcastle United target Charlie Austin turned down by Queens Park Rangers.

Middlesbrough make Downing offer and wait for West Ham to answer

The Northern Echo: REJUVENATED: West Ham United’s Stewart Downing

3:10pm Friday 3rd July 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH are waiting to receive the go-ahead to complete a move for Stewart Downing after making a firm bid to take the West Ham United winger back to his hometown club.

Celtic defender and more lined up after Cattermole success at Sunderland

The Northern Echo: Wearside-bound: Adam Matthews in action for Celtic.

5:55am Friday 3rd July 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT enjoyed a satisfying double on the first day of pre-season training yesterday when a new contract for Lee Cattermole was followed by a second transfer breakthrough.

Sunderland agree fee for Celtic defender

The Northern Echo: 08/05/15 .CELTIC TRAINING .LENNOXTOWN.Celtic Adam Matthews previews his side's forthcoming clash with Aberdeen. (30888900)

9:20pm Thursday 2nd July 2015

SUNDERLAND have agreed a fee with Celtic for Welsh international full-back Adam Matthews.

Top 6 rivals to Laura Bassett for costliest own goal of all time

The Northern Echo: Emotional: England's Josanne Potter, left, consoles Laura Bassett after the team's 2-1 loss to Japan

5:29pm Thursday 2nd July 2015

LAURA BASSETT’S horrible own goal in stoppage-time in Edmonton yesterday proved the killer blow to England’s attempts to reach a first ever Women’s World Cup final.

Magpies boss was keen to get the ball out while transfer talks continue

The Northern Echo: IN DEMAND: Steve McClaren remains Newcastle's preferred option as a permanent head coach

4:56pm Thursday 2nd July 2015

STEVE McCLAREN wants Newcastle United’s players to enjoy a first pre-season under his watch and has even got ‘the ball out’ to make sure they do.

Paisley looking to make Tour his second home

The Northern Echo: On song: Chris Paisley is looking to the future after a fine performance in Germany. Picture: Close House

5:59am Thursday 2nd July 2015

LIFE as a Tour golfer is not always what it is perceived to be, particularly if you have spent years trying to establish yourself on the circuit. Earning a sufficient amount of cash to live comfortably can be a real struggle, with the constant threat of losing your card hanging over you.

Boro will stand firm after Baggies approach for Friend

The Northern Echo: APRIL 17: Jonny Howson of Norwich City and George Friend of Middlesbrough during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Middlesbrough at Carrow Road in Norwich, England. (Photo by Matt Bradshaw/phcimages.com) (23559895)

5:56am Tuesday 30th June 2015

WEST BROM have been knocked back in their attempts to land Middlesbrough defender George Friend.

One in and one out for Sunderland as Advocaat keeps looking

The Northern Echo: Coming back: Sunderland's Sebastian Coates. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:31am Tuesday 30th June 2015

SUNDERLAND have allowed French midfielder El-Hadji Ba to head for London, and are close to confirming the permanent signing of defender Sebastian Coates.

Could Sammy stay and then go to Cardiff?

The Northern Echo: Stay or go? Newcastle's Sammy Ameobi is set to become a free agent. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:11am Tuesday 30th June 2015

SAMMY AMEOBI is close to agreeing a new deal at Newcastle United, but could still leave St James’ Park this summer.

Region's golfers hoping for Open spot at St Andrew's

The Northern Echo: Open chance: Bedale's Daniel Brown will be in action

6:18pm Monday 29th June 2015

FIVE of the region’s golfers will be trying to fulfil a dream of playing in this year’s Open Championship at St Andrew’s on Tuesday.

McClaren expects transfer progress update at Newcastle

The Northern Echo: TOON MAN: New Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has been charged with the task of trying to win a trophy after finally giving the club the answer they wanted.

6:33am Monday 29th June 2015

STEVE McCLAREN has been told that Newcastle United are getting closer as he waits to hear who will be his first signing since taking over as head coach.

Could Downing be back at Boro by next week?

The Northern Echo:

5:54am Monday 29th June 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH are in pole position to land Stewart Downing and could even do a deal with West Ham United before Aitor Karanka’s squad return for pre-season training next Monday.

Defoe certain Advocaat will bring brighter times to Sunderland as search goes on for new faces

The Northern Echo: Joy: Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat (left) celebrates Jermain Defoe's goal on the touchline at Goodison Park Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

5:02pm Sunday 28th June 2015

JERMAIN DEFOE is convinced Sunderland are in for a much-improved season after Dick Advocaat decided to extend his stay on Wearside.

No Brabazon brilliance from Brown

2:09pm Sunday 28th June 2015

BEDALE’S Dan Brown suffered final day disappointment to drop out of contention at the Brabazon Trophy.

Boro step up Downing chase and Arca thinks Sunderland could lose out

The Northern Echo: Prediction: Julio Arca curls in a free-kick at Durham FA in Chester-le-Street. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:23am Saturday 27th June 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH will do everything they can to persuade West Ham United to part with Stewart Downing, with former team-mate Julio Arca convinced a return to Teesside will prevent Sunderland from landing their man.

Bedale's Brown in Brabazon contention

5:59pm Friday 26th June 2015

IRELAND’S Cormac Sharvin shot 67 to come from five back and take a one-stroke lead into Saturday’s final round of the Brabazon Trophy.

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