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Middlesbrough target Subotic to undergo rib surgery

Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic Credit: David Klein/Sportimage/PA Images

Middlesbrough target Neven Subotic must undergo rib surgery and is expected to be sidelined for the rest of year.

The 27-year-old defender was understood to be in talks with Boro over a potential switch to the Riverside. However, the deal is now off after a medical revealed the extent of the injury.

Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the Serbia international requires an operation and will remain with the Bundesliga club this summer.

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Newcastle United sign Isaac Hayden

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Arsenal defender Isaac Hayden. The 21-year-old has agreed a five-year deal at St. James' Park and has joined up with Magpies' on their training camp in Ireland.

"Newcastle is a massive football club and to be given the opportunity to come here and progress my career is fantastic," said Hayden.

"Being at Arsenal was a great experience, I learnt a lot there and have a lot to thank them for, but I needed to move on and so when Newcastle came in for me I jumped at the chance.

"I am still young but I want to get as many games under my belt as I can and help the team bounce back to the Premier League."

– Isaac Hayden

"We continue with our plan to bring in players who are hungry to succeed and prove themselves, which Isaac really is.

"He is also a player who can play in different positions, which is very useful. "Isaac is a young, strong English player with fantastic potential but also with some experience already of the Championship. We welcome him to the Club."

– Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

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