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Newcastle sign Serbian star Aleksandar Mitrovic

Newcastle have completed the signing of Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, subject to the player receiving a visa, the club have announced.

The 20-year-old is Steve McClaren's second summer signing. Credit: NUFC

Newcastle have reportedly paid £13 million for the 20-year-old Serbian international, who joins on a five-year deal.

The Magpies have said it is the fourth-biggest transfer in the club's history after Michael Owen, Alan Shearer and fellow new joiner Georginio Wijnaldum.

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Middlesbrough beaten in final Spanish tour game

Boro’s Marbella trip has concluded with a 1-0 defeat against Andalusian opponents Linense.

Middlesbrough dominated the first half in terms of possession, but it was the Spanish side who scored the only goal of the game following a shift in momentum during the second half.

Read a full match report here: Boro edged out by local opposition

Advocaat: 'I am delighted to sign a player of Jeremain’s quality'

Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat has said he is delighted to welcome new signing Jeremain Lens to Wearside.

He is a very well-known player in Europe and has played over 30 games for the Dutch national side, which shows his calibre.

He is fast and he has scored goals everywhere he has played so that will help the team.”

– Dick Advocaat
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The 27-year-old has agreed a four year contract with the Black Cats for a reported fee of £8million.

Lens has previously played under Advocaat in Holland at PSV and AZ Alkmaa.

The Amsterdam-born forward has been capped 30 times by his native Holland, scoring eight goals.

Transfer news: Sunderland seal Jeremain Lens deal

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Sunderland have announced the signing of Holland international Jeremain Lens on a four-year deal from Dynamo Kiev.

The Black Cats have reportedly paid a fee in the region of £8million for the Dutch international.

Lens will be reunited with Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat, having played under him in Holland.

Karanka: 'It is difficult to understand how unfair football is' after Baptiste injury

Middlesbrough boss, Aitor Karanka has confirmed new signing Alex Baptiste will be out for a lengthy spell after sustaining a 'serious injury' during a pre-season friendly against York City.

Alex Baptiste while playing for Blackburn Rovers. Credit: PA

Sometimes, it’s difficult for me to understand how unfair football is. One week ago, I was together with Alex in my office. Now, he is in the hospital. If the feeling from Wembley is a motivation, then we have another motivation now to dedicate it to him."

– Aitor Karanka

Baptiste suffered a suspected broken leg, with Karanka saying he thinks "it is a complete break, although we will have to wait and see.”

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Middlesbrough defender suffers serious injury in debut

Middlesbrough defender Alex Baptiste has suffered a suspected broken leg on his debut for the club in a friendly against York City.

Baptiste who recently moved to the Riverside was hurt in a challenge with a York trialist, which left him needing lengthy treatment on the pitch before being stretchered off.

Alex Baptiste was playing in his first game for Middlesbrough. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka said: “This is the kind of day where I don’t want to speak about football. We are all very disappointed, and after Alex was injured, I left the game.

“Sometimes, it’s difficult for me to understand how unfair football is. One week ago, I was together with Alex in my office. Now, he is in the hospital. If the feeling from Wembley is a motivation, then we have another motivation now to dedicate it to him.

“I don’t know exactly what has happened, but it is going to be a serious injury and he will be out for a long time. I think it is a complete break, although we will have to wait and see.”

Newcastle set to appoint Cathro as McClaren's number two

Ian Cathro is set to be appointed as Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren's assistant.

Press Association Sport understands the 28-year-old Scot, who left a similar post at Valencia at the end of last season, has accepted the Magpies' offer to join McClaren's staff after a lengthy search.

Cathro, who started coaching in his teens after injury ended his fledgling playing career, has emerged as a target in recent days and while the club is yet to confirm his appointment, it is understood a deal is now in place.

Wolfsburg mocks Newcastle over Bas Dost pursuit

Newcastle target Bas Dost has been urged to stay where he is by Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking, who cannot understand why he would join the Magpies.

Dost netted 20 goals for Wolfsburg last season. Credit: PA

The 26-year-old Holland international has been linked with a summer switch to St James' Park as new head coach Steve McClaren attempts to rebuild a squad which ended last season battling relegation.

McClaren knows Dost from his time in the Eredivisie, but Hecking is determined to keep the forward in Germany.

He told the Wolfsburger Allgemeine: "Why would he go there? He can play next season in the Champions League with us. He will probably [play in the Champions League] neither in this nor in the next or the next year at Newcastle."

Sunderland fans say thank you with flowers

Sunderland fans, keen to show their elation at Dick Advocaat's decision to stay as manager, have, so far, raised almost £2,000 to to buy flowers for his wife.

A message on the gofundme site says: "A donation from the Sunderland Message Board to give Mrs Advocaat a big thank you for giving us another year of the little general!"

It goes onto say that donations exceeding £150 will be split between the SAFC foundation and a charity of Mrs Advocaat's choice.

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