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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.

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.


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.

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.

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