Newcastle battling with Celtic for £15million defender? Wayne Rooney set for MLS move? Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton also hit the headlines

Craig Dawson battles with Roberto Firmino.
Craig Dawson battles with Roberto Firmino.

Rafa Benitez could be set to swoop for a new centre back, according to reports this morning.

The Daily Mail have suggested that the Magpies are interested in signing West Brom defender Craig Dawson.

Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez

Southampton's victory over Swansea last night consigned the Baggies to relegation, and clubs will no doubt be keen to land some of their better players.

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And Dawson would certainly fall into that category, with the 28-year-old having impressed alongside Jonny Evans at the heart of Albion's defence.

But one stumbling block could be Dawson's transfer fee, with a reported fee of £15million required to prise the centre back away from the Hawthorns.

Celtic are also said to be keen on the former England U21 international who will have no shortage of admirers this summer.

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Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Albion caretaker Darren Moore said recently: "He’s done really well at centre-back and right-back. He’s got his versatility.

"But he’s done really well in that central position. He’s been a credit to himself.

"At the moment we’d like to keep them all and I can’t speculate really on what’s going to happen in the summer."

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Meanwhile, there is little news from the Stadium of Light as Sunderland look to appoint a new manager before their recruitment drive begins.

Here's the rest of the transfer news hitting the headlines today:

Everton striker Wayne Rooney could be set for a move to the States, with MLS side DC United reportedly in talks with the former England captain (Washington Post)

Manchester United are keen to land Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic, and are willing to include Anthony Martial in any potential deal (The Daily Mirror)

Massimo Allegri will hold talks with Juventus at the end of the season as he continues to be linked with the vacant Arsenal job (The Daily Express)

Meanwhile Arsene Wenger has hinted that he could be set for a move to Paris St-Germain in an executive role (The Daily Telegraph)

Everton, Burnley and Wolves are all interested in landing midfielder Yaya Toure, who will be a free agent this summer (The Daily Mirror)

Manchester City have restarted talks with Leicester City over a move for Riyad Mahrez after a deal for the winger collapsed in January (The Times)

Everton are lining up Porto coach Sergio Conceicao, 43, to replace Sam Allardyce if the former Sunderland manager departs (The Times)