North-East transfer gossip (Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough): Wednesday, July 9

The Northern Echo: North-East transfer gossip (Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough): Wednesday, July 9 North-East transfer gossip (Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough): Wednesday, July 9

NEWCASTLE

He's been going for what seems like an eternity, and in the next couple of days, it should be confirmed that Mathieu Debuchy has gone.

That's right, the most widely-trailed transfer move of the summer is finally set for completion with Arsenal poised to confirm the £12m capture of Debuchy from Newcastle.

The Frenchman was at a 'secret London location' yesterday having a medical - doubt it was all that secret, a private hospital perhaps? - and with personal terms agreed, he'll be an Arsenal player before the weekend.


The Northern Echo:

Like his best mate Yohan Cabaye, he'll leave with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley rubbing his hands with glee at the thought of a whacking great profit. Bought for £5.5m, sold for £12m. You don't need to be an expert at knocking out sport socks to know that's a decent bit of business.

Transfer likelihood rating: 10/10

Newcastle are adamant that the Debuchy money won't be disappearing into a gaping black hole labelled "Mike's spending money", with at least some of it earmarked for a direct replacement at right-back.

It increasingly looks as though that replacement will be Daryl Janmaat, with discussions with Feyenoord expected to hot up once Holland have exited the World Cup.

The Northern Echo: Daryl Janmaat is wanted by several Premier League sides. Picture: Action Images

Preliminary discusisons have already taken place, and Newcastle are confident they can land a player who started all three of Holland's group games in Brazil, but who was axed to accommodate Dirk Kuyt in the knockout phase.

The price? £7m has been mentioned in dispatches, which would still leave the Magpies with a £5m surplus from selling Debuchy.

Serge Aurier is an alternative option, but with Paris St Germain and Monaco also interested, a deal for the Ivory Coast international would be much harder to pull off.

Transfer likelihood rating: 7/10

Today's Northern Echo outlines Newcastle's desire to let Paul Dummett leave on loan in the first half of the season.

Dummett is currently the Magpies' third-choice left-back, and Alan Pardew would rather he got match experience than languish in what used to be called the reserves, but is now more trendily referred to as the development squad. Presumably to protect the feelings of those reserves playing in it.

The Northern Echo: Paul Dummett has pledged his future to Newcastle

A number of Championship clubs have been approached, and Dummett's status as a Wales international means Newcastle should have no shortage of takers.

Transfer likelihood rating: 7/10

SUNDERLAND

He was supposed to be the star signing of last summer, but it's safe to say that things haven't exactly gone as planned for Emanuele Giaccherini at Sunderland.

In fact, for most of last season, the Italian's stay on Wearside was a complete non-event as he struggled to force his way into the team, and then flopped once he was in it.

Unsurprisingly, that's led to speculation linking him with a move away from the Black Cats, with Turkish side Galatasaray the latest club to be interested.

The Northern Echo: INTERNATIONAL HOPE: Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini hopes to force his way back into the Italy squad, despite being left out of the World Cup

Is Giaccherini set for some Turkish Delight? Whether he is or he isn't, it's a waste not to use that whenever a Turkish club is involved in a transfer tale.

In fact, my understanding is that Gustavo Poyet would actually quite like to keep Giaccherini, feeling he hasn't yet tapped into his full potential. Whether the winger is satisfied with a squad role next season, though, remains to be seen.

Transfer likelihood rating: 4/10

Jack Rodwell? Remember him? Probably not, unless you're a huge fan of the darkest depths of Manchester City's squad list.

Time was, however, when Rodwell was going to be the answer to England's intractable defensive midfield problem, and let's be honest, having watched Roy Hodgson's side flop spectacularly in Brazil, it's a problem that Steven Gerrard doesn't look like solving any time soon.

Rodwell's career didn't just stall when he left Everton for Manchester City, it came to a shuddering halt that even a call out from the RAC couldn't solve.

The Northern Echo: Jack Rodwell, pictured, and Sergio Aguero could feature for Manchester City against Fulham

City appear to have accepted as much, and Sunderland are one of a number of clubs to have responded to the reigning champions' willingness to loan out Rodwell next season with a resounding 'Yes please'.

Everton are also interested, but with the departure of Jack Colback and Craig Gardner having reduced Sunderland's central midfield options, the Black Cats might be able to offer a better prospect of first-team football.

Transfer likelihood rating: 5/10

MIDDLESBROUGH

Ah, Jelle Vossen. Like a long-lost friend who pops a Christmas card in the post to remind you they're still alive, Vossen looms into view every transfer window to remind you that Middlesbrough still haven't landed a target they identified God knows how long ago.

Will that change this summer? Not unless Genk reduce their asking price, which currently stands at between £7-8m.

The Northern Echo:

Having had a £4m bid rejected 12 months ago, Boro ideally want to pay somewhere closer to £3m, but their initial approach has fallen on deaf ears. Or more pertinently, ears connected to a head that still wants between £7-8m.

Given that Rubin Kazan had a bid of around £6m turned down in January, it's hard to see how Boro are going to land their man unless Steve Gibson throws another couple of million quid into the pot.

And in a world where Ross McCormack is worth £11m, even that might not be enough to get a Belgium international.

Transfer likelihood rating: 5/10

Boro have also failed in their pursuit of Adam Clayton, the Huddersfield midfielder who shares a name with the bassist of U2.

Now, at this stage, I could add some meaningful insight into Boro's thinking regarding the midfielder, who was the subject of an unsuccessful £1.2m offer yesterday. Or, I could resort to some bad U2 puns.

The Northern Echo:

So given that they Still Haven't Found What They're Looking For regarding Clayton - who they clearly regard as the One - expect Boro to say it'll be the Sweetest Thing if they can eventually pull off a deal.

Maybe it'll happen Tomorrow, maybe it'll take until New Year's Day, but they should be able to do something eventually. Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own though, so maybe they'll have to come up with a swap deal. Either way, there'll be some understandable Pride if an improved offer is accepted.

Transfer likelihood rating: 6/10

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