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

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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

Darlington and Stockton Times:

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

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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?

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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?

Darlington and Stockton Times:

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

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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.

Phillips and Vlaar are latest in frame for Sunderland

Darlington and Stockton Times: Marquis beats Ron Vlaar to a header

9:50pm Friday 26th June 2015

SUNDERLAND are pressing ahead on a number of fronts in the hope of giving Dick Advocaat a transfer boost before pre-season training starts next week.

Boro date set for Oldham test

5:28pm Friday 26th June 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH have confirmed that the Capital One Cup tie at Oldham will take place on Wednesday, August 12 (kick-off 7.45).

Record breaker Jack is rising to the top

Darlington and Stockton Times: Hot form: Jack Ainscough is gearing up for the Henry Cooper Junior Masters after last weekend's heroics

6:49am Thursday 25th June 2015

JACK AINSCOUGH’S rapidly rising reputation has reached new heights after becoming the youngest winner of the club championship in Hartlepool Golf Club’s proud 109-year history.

Sunderland ready to make Hammers raid for Downing

Darlington and Stockton Times: REJUVENATED: West Ham United’s Stewart Downing

5:32am Monday 22nd June 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT is ready to turn to Stewart Downing in his search for proven Premier League experience but Sunderland could face strong competition from the forward's hometown club Middlesbrough.

North Yorkshire golfer set for US Open test

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:29am Thursday 18th June 2015

HARROGATE’S John Parry will tee off in his second US Open in three years later today.

Durham golfers line up America trip as Darlington's Ella shines

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:03pm Wednesday 17th June 2015

THREE talented County Durham golfers might just be following in the footsteps of Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods after triumphing in a regional Bridgestone competition.

Newcastle want £10m for Papiss Cisse after knocking back offers

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:20am Wednesday 17th June 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED are not prepared to sell Papiss Cisse for anything less than £10m this summer after knocking back Michael Laudrup’s attempts to land him.

Advocaat hopeful of breakthrough as Sunderland get go-ahead from Gunners for full-back

Darlington and Stockton Times: Wearside bound: Carl Jenkinson finished the season with West Ham against Newcastle at St James' Park and he could soon be back in the North-East. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:42am Wednesday 17th June 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT still has work to do to complete his first signing as Sunderland head coach despite reaching a season-long agreement with Arsenal for defender Carl Jenkinson.

Tiote's future could still lie at Newcastle admits McClaren

Darlington and Stockton Times: CLOSE RIVALRY: Sunderland and Newcastle in action last season

6:32am Tuesday 16th June 2015

STEVE McCLAREN thinks Newcastle United should have no problem convincing top transfer targets to move to St James’ Park and has opened the door for Cheik Tiote to stay.

Sunderland want forgotten defender out ahead of return

Darlington and Stockton Times: Unwanted: Sunderland's Valentin Roberge could be heading away from Wearside again. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:45am Tuesday 16th June 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT hopes to get the future of forgotten man Valentin Roberge sorted before the defender is due to return to pre-season training.

Boro are not afraid to look abroad for new recruits again

Darlington and Stockton Times: Import: Kike ended his first season in England by scoring one of Middlesbrough's goals against Brentford during the Championship play-off semi-finalat the Riverside. PRESS ASSOCIATION: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

5:13am Tuesday 16th June 2015

AITOR KARANKA is weighing up a number of transfer options abroad in a bid to turn Middlesbrough into an automatic promotion team.

Boro will fight to keep Palace and Baggies target at the Riverside

Darlington and Stockton Times: 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)

5:48am Monday 15th June 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH are ready to do everything they can to keep George Friend at the Riverside this summer as Premier League clubs prepare multi-million pound offers for the defender.

Sunderland set for arbitration after Alvarez returns to Italy

Darlington and Stockton Times: Tottenham Hotspur's Vlad Chiriches (right) and Sunderland's Ricky Alvarez battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 13, 2014. See PA story SO

5:44am Monday 15th June 2015

SUNDERLAND will have to rely on FIFA to get out of signing South American winger Ricky Alvarez after a failure to reach an agreement with Inter Milan.

Aussie Peter Fowler clinches Seniors title at Close House

Darlington and Stockton Times: Champion: Peter Fowler teeing off at the first on his way to winning at Close House. Picture: Getty, Phil Inglis

5:58pm Sunday 14th June 2015

A KIWI and a Magpie was responsible for helping the Aussie to win the first ISPS Handa Seniors Championship to be held at Close House.

Irish skipper will not be friendly to Black Cats team-mate

Darlington and Stockton Times: Friends: Steven Fletcher will be up against Sunderland team-mate John O'Shea

5:21am Saturday 13th June 2015

JOHN O’SHEA will put friendship to one side for 90 minutes when he comes up against a Sunderland team-mate this afternoon – and is determined to put the skids on Scotland’s Euro 2016 hopes.

Boro weigh up options and consider Willem playmaker

Darlington and Stockton Times: FEBRUARY 10: Adam Forshaw of Middlesbrough gets by Peter Clarke of Blackpool during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackpool and Middlesbrough at Bloomfield Road in Blackpool, England. (Photo by Mansoor Ahmed/phcimages.com) (23357993)

5:19am Saturday 13th June 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH are keeping an eye on one of the most promising attacking midfielders in the Eredivisie but face plenty of Premier League competition for his signature.

Dutch league winner and Rams coach in McClaren's sights for Magpies

Darlington and Stockton Times: Dutch league winner and Rams coach in McClaren's sights for Magpies

10:10am Saturday 13th June 2015

STEVE McCLAREN has put £15m-rated Dutchman Georgino Wijnaldum on his summer transfer wish-list after taking over at Newcastle United.

Rhodes deal will not be easy for Boro while Karanka wields axe

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:43am Friday 12th June 2015

BLACKBURN Rovers are ready to play hardball over the sale of Jordan Rhodes after telling Middlesbrough he will not be sold for less than £12m.

Dinwiddie finds form in Austria

Darlington and Stockton Times: REJUVENATED: After a break, Robert Dinwiddie has returned to form

6:41pm Thursday 11th June 2015

BARNARD CASTLE’S Rob Dinwiddie enjoyed a welcome return to form at the Lyonness Open and is within two shots of the lead after a blistering first day.

The hills are alive as Close House proves a real test for Seniors

Darlington and Stockton Times: Leader: Aussie Peter Fowler had less problems than most taming Close House. Picture: Getty, PGA

6:40pm Thursday 11th June 2015

IF the fifty-somethings felt well prepared for an outing in picturesque Northumberland in search of a decent pay-day then there will be quite a few European Senior Tour golfers questioning themselves this morning.

Sunderland release experienced defender after agreeing deal to keep Brown

Darlington and Stockton Times: Leaving: Anthony Reveillere is looking for a new club. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

7:01am Thursday 11th June 2015

ANTHONY REVEILLERE has left Sunderland after Dick Advocaat decided he wanted more attack-minded full-backs to compete for a shirt next season.

Boro chairman Steve Gibson thinks Steve McClaren is ideal for Magpies

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6:26am Thursday 11th June 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH chairman Steve Gibson has described Steve McClaren as the “perfect fit” for Newcastle United after his appointment as the new head coach was confirmed last night.

McClaren wants medals on his assistant's CV as he chases trophies with Newcastle

Darlington and Stockton Times: SACKED: Steve McClaren is disappointed at Derby County's decision

5:46am Thursday 11th June 2015

STEVE McCLAREN wants an assistant manager alongside him boasting medals on his CV after being challenged to end Newcastle United’s 46-year wait for silverware as the club’s new head coach.

Gordon's ready for Close House test

Darlington and Stockton Times: Shaping up: Gordon Brand Jnr working on his short game at Close House. Picture: Critical Tortoise

5:06am Thursday 11th June 2015

BEFORE embarking on his first round of golf at Close House yesterday, Gordon Brand Jnr could be found at the far end of the academy chipping away on the driving range working on his short game.

Foursomes delight for South Moor pair

Darlington and Stockton Times: Winners: Lee Dobson and Abbi Wheatley teamed up to win the Inter County Junior Mixed Foursomes

5:03pm Wednesday 10th June 2015

LEE Dobson, a former Academy of Light centre-back, and Abbi Wheatley, a 13-year-old playing her first season of competitive golf, teamed up to win the Inter County Junior Mixed Foursomes for South Moor.

Firth lands Salver, Whickham's boost and Consett's' charity day

5:01pm Wednesday 10th June 2015

YORKSHIREMAN Ben Firth emerged as the winner of the Seaton Salver after a day of battling against the woeful conditions on a links course which provides a tough enough test at the best of times.

Carver: I did what I could during my time as Newcastle head coach

Darlington and Stockton Times:

8:17am Wednesday 10th June 2015

JOHN CARVER thinks he worked as hard as he could with what he had at his disposal after Newcastle United confirmed his departure this morning.

High praise for Ben Gibson from Boro's former England man

Darlington and Stockton Times: Championship Playoff Final at Wembley: Middlesbrough FC v Norwich City.  Boro's Ben Gibson at the final whistle.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (27083262)

6:04am Wednesday 10th June 2015

AS Jonathan Woodgate ponders whether to draw a line under his playing career, he believes Ben Gibson has all the characteristics to become Middlesbrough’s next hometown hero.

Wes Brown set for Sunderland stay after contract talks

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW DEAL? Sunderland defender Wes Brown  		Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:33am Wednesday 10th June 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT has moved to keep Wes Brown at Sunderland by offering the defender a new deal.

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