NEWCASTLE United and Sunderland featured heavily in today’s gossip pages, as did big-hitters Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea.
Today’s media outlets were full of transfer stories as the summer scramble begins to take place.
For Newcastle, the Daily Star claimed Alan Pardew wants to sign free agents Steve Sidwell, 31, and Jack Colback, 24, Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha, 21, and Tenerife striker Ayoze Perez, 20.
On the Sunderland front, the Daily Mail followed up the story we brought you yesterday about an interest in signing Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni, 35, who is a free agent despite Palace discussing an extension to his contract.
Manchester City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, 27, who is out of contract on 1 July, has also been linked with the Black Cats.
But some of the most eye-catching rumours involved the Premier League’s big teams. Here is a round-up of what was said today:
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is keen on Southampton and England defender Luke Shaw, 18, who is a £27m target for Manchester United. Full story: Daily Express
Chelsea are set to make a £16m offer for Paris Saint-Germain’s Argentine 29-year-old forward Ezequiel Lavezzi. Full story: Daily Star
Tottenham have emerged as the favourites to snap up former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, 35, on a free transfer this summer. Full story: Daily Mirror
Although Ferdinand is said to be seriously considering a move to Queens Park Rangers . Full story: Guardian
West Ham will join Everton and Arsenal in the race to sign free agent midfielder Gareth Barry, 33, who is out of contract at Manchester City. Full story: Daily Express
Arsenal are set to make a surprise move to try to sign Cardiff and Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall, 29, from under the noses of north London rivals Tottenham. Full story: Daily Telegraph
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is considering a £30m double swoop for Feyenoord midfielder Jordy Clasie, 22, and central defender Bruno Martins Indi, 22. Full story: Daily Express
Van Gaal will also have to decide on whether Anderson, 26, has a future at Old Trafford. Serie A side Fiorentina have opted not to sign the Brazilian midfielder on a permanent deal following an unproductive loan spell in Italy. Full story: Daily Telegraph
Liverpool are keen on Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie, 25, who has just 12 months left on his current Selhurst Park deal. Full story: Daily Star
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers may make a summer move for Swansea City goalkeeper Michel Vorm, 30. Full story: Liverpool Echo
QPR manager Harry Redknapp wants to sign West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison, 21, on a permanent deal. Full story: Daily Mirror
Leicester City have expressed an interest in Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo, 31. Full story: Daily Mail
Arsenal are ready to make a £3m bid for Swansea City captain Ashley Williams, 29, after he asked to leave the Welsh club. Full story: Metro
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is ready to make a move to sign Real Madrid’s 21-year-old defender Raphael Varane. Full story: Daily Mirror