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Benali completes first leg of charity run

Former Southampton footballer Francis Benali has completed the first leg of his 1,000-mile journey to every Premier League ground.

The 45-year-old began 'Benali's Big Run' at St James' Park in Newcastle, before making his way to the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. He arrived on Wearside at around 10:45am.

Benali is now expected to arrive at the KC Stadium in Hull on Tuesday.

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Sunderland boss Poyet still hopeful of Borini deal

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet remains hopeful of bringing Liverpool striker Fabio Borini back to the club.

The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light and became a fan favourite as the Black Cats reached the League Cup final and avoided relegation from the Premier League.

Poyet is keen to bring Borini back to Wearside and says the club are 'getting close' to a deal.

Football Neighbourhood Policing Team in Northumbria

Northumbria Police have kick started the season with a new Football Neighbourhood Policing Team.

The new NPT will oversee football-related policing in the force and provide policing support for local teams such as Newcastle United, Sunderland AFC, Gateshead FC and Berwick Rangers.

Dedicated officers will work with supporters and the clubs to meet the needs and requirements for all fixtures.

The team will kick off this weekend with the first Premier League games of the season when Newcastle meets Man City at St James' Park and Sunderland take on West Brom at The Hawthorns.

Officers will also gather intelligence and information to prevent disorder at matches and ensure a safe and enjoyable game for all to enjoy.

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Sunderland sign midfielder Will Buckley from Brighton

Will Buckley knows his new manager Gus Poyet well after three years at Brighton Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Sunderland AFC have completed the transfer of 24-year-old midfielder Will Buckley on a three-year-deal from Brighton and Hove Albion, for an undisclosed fee.

Buckley made 70 appearances under Gus Poyet at Brighton, scoring 16 goals.

He becomes Sunderland’s seventh summer signing.

Sunderland confirm Buckley deal

Will Buckley joins Sunderland from Brighton Credit: Sunderland AFC

Sunderland have completed the signing of Will Buckley from Brighton for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old midfielder has signed a three-year deal at the Stadium of Light.

Buckley spent three years at Brighton, making over 70 appearances under then manager Gus Poyet. He becomes Sunderland's seventh summer signing.

Player profile: Jack Rodwell

Sunderland AFC midfielder Jack Rodwell Credit: Sunderland AFC

Sunderland have announced the signing of midfielder Jack Rodwell from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee.

Player profile

  • From: Southport, England
  • Born: 11/03/1991 (Aged 23)
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Height: 188cm
  • Premier League appearances: 101
  • Premier League goals: 6
  • International caps: 3
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