Meanwhile, the Black Cats boss played down Wednesday’s 6-0 behind-closed-doors friendly victory over neighbours Newcastle, insisting it had been little more than a training exercise. He said: “The result is immaterial, it was just a very friendly behind-closed-doors game to give both sets of players who haven’t played that much a run-out. “We are grateful for [Magpies head coach] Steve [McClaren] coming over because having a quality game like that is very difficult to get on the cards where we are positioned geographically. A game of that quality is what we were both looking for and it gives the lads a bit of match practice.” Allardyce said: “Goals, I am looking for, whatever position. If he’s got a decent goals record of one in three or one in four, I’d be interested. As long as outside the box, he does the right things as well, of course, but goals and quality in the final third. “We get in the final third as much as anybody, we produce more opportunities in the final third, but I think our final-third quality hasn’t been as good as it should be and I have got to try to get that better, particularly for Jermain Defoe, who if we can supply more service to, will score more goals and try to help us win more games.” Both Sunderland and Swansea have insisted there is no formal offer on the table – reports have suggested a £10million bid plus striker Fabio Borini – for Ayew, and although it is understood that he is a target for the Wearside club, Allardyce was giving nothing away on Thursday. He said: “No, there’s been no contact between us and Swansea for us to make an offer. We haven’t made an offer to Swansea for that. I’m not certain that Swansea would want to sell him, so that’s a little bit of speculation on the media’s behalf.” Asked if there were other options, the 61-year-old, who also confirmed the club has registered its interest in Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy, replied: “Yes, most of them abroad, as always. “Obviously, there are not many available in this country and the size of the fees are much, much greater, so in terms of what we are looking at, it would be from Europe, I would think.” Wednesday night’s capture of Lorient defender Kone at the third time of asking prompted the exit of Sebastian Coates, who has tied up a loan move to Sporting Lisbon. Asked if this is as tough a transfer window as he has endured, Allardyce said: “Yes, the worst because for the first time, you are balancing finance, the financial balances in the new regulations.” Allardyce has already added back-up keeper Steve Harper, defenders Lamine Kone and Jan Kirchhoff and striker Dame N’Doye to his squad this month, but his main priority as the deadline fast approaches will be in attack. The Black Cats have been heavily linked with Swansea frontman Andre Ayew, but are likely to concentrate their search for reinforcements on the Continent as the manager looks to get the right support for leading scorer Jermain Defoe. Press Association Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce will target goals during the frantic final days of the most difficult transfer window of his managerial career.
Facebook22Tweet0Pin0Submitted by TOGETHER!The local nonprofit, TOGETHER!, operates a drop-in center for youth at Evergreen Village Community Center in West Olympia. As a hub for children and families to access concrete supports, bond with healthy mentors, get academic tutoring and much more, the Center serves as a lifeline for many residents.Due to limited funding, the organizations activities directed at teens are limited. The youth living in the complex are regularly exposed to crime, violence, and drug use and often lack positive adult role models. One example of this is an incident that took place on the night of Sunday, October 16. A group of 20+ teens were hanging out at a nearby park when a fight broke out. According to the police report, two knives were involved; there were multiple victims, resulting in several teens being transported to the hospital.TOGETHER! believes that now more than ever, it is crucial that we come together as a community to show youth that violence is not the answer and that we care for and support them.TOGETHER! is planning “Teen Nights” for the Center’s youth, but desperately needs support for this very needed venture. The teen nights will provide the Center’s at-risk teens with a safe, fun, and inviting space; positive role models; increased social skills; and nonviolent conflict-resolution skills. The first “Teen Night” will take place on November 18. With local business and individual support and contributions, this free event will include pizza, raffle prizes, and fun games/activities for youth 12-18.Every dollar of support helps and is greatly appreciated! To contribute you can go to https://www.gofundme.com/togetherevcc or www.thurstontogether.org. TOGETHER! appreciates those that support this cause by investing in our youth and making the world a place where all youth can thrive. If you are interested in volunteering, being a sponsor or have any questions, please contact Johnna Knoerr, Program Director at 360-493-2230 ext. 11 or email@example.com. Please help spread the word! read more