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Sunderland and Napoli agree fee for Giaccherini

Emanuele Giaccherini looks set to join Napoli Credit: PA

Sunderland and Napoli have agreed a £2 million fee for the permanent transfer of Emanuele Giaccherini.

The midfielder signed for the Black Cats from Juventus in 2013 but failed to have much of an impact, joining Bologna on loan for the entirety of last season.

With just one year left on his contract, Sky Sports report Sunderland have opted to cash in and allow Giaccherini to return to Serie A permanently, having started only 18 Premier League games during his stay at the Stadium of Light.

Giaccherini was a key part of Italy's midfield at Euro 2016, playing in four of their five games and scoring once as they reached the quarter-final stage.

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West Ham co-chairman supports Allardyce for England

Sam Allardyce is currently Sunderland boss. Credit: PA

David Gold believes former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce could be the right man for England

The Sunderland manager has been linked with the vacant national team role since the departure of Roy Hodgson.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.

He is determined, he is ambitious. He's been in the business a long time.

I think the most important thing from my point of view is that he's English.

– David Gold speaking to 5Live

Sunderland striker Defoe extends deal

Jermain Defoe is staying in Sunderland. Credit: PA

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has signed a contract extension at the Stadium of Light.

The former Spurs and West Ham striker scored 18 goals for Sunderland last season and has now penned a deal until the summer of 2019.

Jermain is one of the greatest goal-scorers in the history of the Premier League and is a player that every manager would want to have in their team.

He proved that beyond doubt last season by scoring 15 league goals, he is in fantastic physical condition and we are very pleased that we have been able to extend his stay with us.

– Sam Allardyce

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Sunderland fans banner to mock Newcastle's relegation

Sunderland stayed up at the expense of Newcastle. Credit: PA

A message from Sunderland fans mocking Newcastle's relegation is set to be flown over St James' Park when the Magpies face Tottenham there on Sunday.

The Black Cats secured their Barclays Premier League safety and condemned north-east rivals Newcastle to the drop with Wednesday's 3-0 victory over Everton at the Stadium of Light.

On Saturday aerial advertising company Air Ads posted a message on Twitter which said: "Busy afternoon, putting together a banner for St James Park tomorrow afternoon!"

That was accompanied by a picture of a banner being prepared, with red letters across it spelling out 'AUF WIEDERSEHEN PREM'.

It comes after a crowdfunding page was created on gofundme.com on Thursday by 'SAFC AWAY DAYS', with the stated aim of the project being to "organise a fly past banner over St James' Park to allow us to say bye to our neighbours for a little while".

Four donations have been made, with an anonymous one of just over £1,000 accounting for virtually the whole of the total amount raised. The page says £900 will be for the aircraft trailing the banner, with the rest going to charity.

Allardyce: Sunderland survival would be 'huge relief'

Sam Allardyce has his eye on survival. Credit: PA

Sam Allardyce has admitted his overwhelming emotion will be relief rather than celebration if Sunderland secure their Premier League status on Wednesday evening.

Victory over faltering Everton at the Stadium of Light would ensure the Black Cats' continued presence in the top flight after a fourth successive late escape, something which was far from certain before Saturday's fine 3-2 win over Chelsea.

However, while manager Allardyce insists his players would deserve to celebrate, his response would be more low key.

I think it will be a big celebration for the players - and I think they should go out and celebrate as well if they can do it.

But for me, it would be a huge relief to have achieved it in what's been a very, very difficult season for us all. We have managed to put the club in a position to try to build from where we are.

– Sam Allardyce
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