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Shearer predicts 'mid table' finish for NUFC

Former Newcastle number 9 Alan Shearer has tweeted that he predicts a mid table finish for the Black and Whites this season.

Replying to a fan who asked him how his old team would perform he said he hoped that they would challenge for a cup.

The new Premier League season gets underway this weekend with Newcastle taking on Southampton on Sunday.

"Playing in the Premier League is a dream come true" says SAFC signing Jeremain Lens

Jeremain Lens has given his first press conference since joining Sunderland from Dynamo Kiev in July.

He said he was excited about the upcoming season, and that "playing in the Premier League is a dream come true."

WATCH: Mitrovic wants goals at Newcastle United

Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is aiming to score the goals to help brings success to the club.

The 20-year-old Serbia international joined the Magpies from Belgian side Anderlecht on a five-year deal for a fee of around £13 million this summer.

Mitrovic could make his Premier League debut when Newcastle host Southampton in their opening game of the new season on Sunday.

Transfer news: Connor Wickham leaves Sunderland

Crystal Palace have signed striker Connor Wickham on a five-year contract from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old scored 15 goals and played a crucial role in their Premier League survival during the 2013/14 season.

He moved to Wearside in 2011 for a fee of £8 million.

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WATCH: Jeremain Lens' first goal for Sunderland

A stunning 20-yard strike from Jeremain Lens’ has ended Sunderland's pre-season on a high.

The 27-year-old Dutch international guided home the match winner at 74-minutes to give the Black Cats a 1-0 win over Hannover 96 this weekend.

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Sunderland start their Premier League campaign against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday August 8th. Kick-off is at 3pm.

Boro loanee Tomas Kalas signs new Chelsea deal

Middlesbrough loanee Tomas Kalas has signed a new three-year contract at Chelsea, the Blues have announced.

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Kalas re-joined Boro on a season-long loan last week after making 17 league appearances for the Championship side last season.

The 22-year-old defender moved to Chelsea in January 2011 from home town club Sigma Olomouc in the Czech Republic.

Kalas was handed his Chelsea league debut in April 2014 but has made only four first team appearances for the Blues.

Boro's former star Patrick Bamford confirms move to Palace

Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford has completed a season-long loan move to Crystal Palace.

The 21-year-old won the Championship Player of the Year award for his displays whilst at Middlesbrough last season, scoring 17 goals before the Teessiders lost the play-off final to Norwich.

Bamford was a clear star for Boro last season as they battled for promotion to the top flight.

He is also highly regarded at Chelsea, with the Blues announcing he has signed a new three-year contract with the Premier League champions as he heads out on loan.

Mitrovic 'very happy, proud and excited' to join NUFC

Newcastle United's newest signing, Aleksandar Mitrovic has said he is "very happy, proud and excited" to be joining the team.

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Speaking to nufcTV, Mitrovic said he grew up supporting the Magpies and loved pulling on the famous black and white striped shirt with his surname on the back.

I am also a fan of Newcastle, I follow Newcastle and I am very proud to be here.

For me, Newcastle is the best club to make progress, to play here with these amazing fans.

I have been to the stadium and it was amazing. The atmosphere looks amazing on the television and I cannot wait for my first game.

– Aleksandar Mitrovic speaking to nufcTV

Mitrovic is the fourth biggest transfer in the club's history after Michael Owen, Alan Shearer and fellow new joiner Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV Eindhoven.

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