Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea top today’s transfer headlines

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NEWCASTLE United were at the forefront of some of today’s transfer rumours today – along with Premier League heavyweights Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool.

The Magpies’ interest in Burnley striker Danny Ings made the headlines, as did the future of their French winger Hatem Ben Arfa.

Elsewhere, the Sunday newspapers were full of transfer stories involving some of Liverpool’s most high-profile stars.

Here’s a pick of today’s stories:

Burnley striker Danny Ings, 22, who is set to be a free agent next summer, is attracting interest from Dutch champions Ajax. (Sunday People)

Ings is also a target for a number of Premier League clubs, with Newcastle United leading the top-flight chase for the forward. (Daily Star Sunday)

Newcastle United’s 27-year-old French winger Hatem Ben Arfa, who is on loan at Hull City, has held talks about terminating his contract in January and is currently back in France. (L’Equipe - in French)

Liverpool’s Italian striker Mario Balotelli, 24, could be heading back to Serie A with Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini eager to secure his return to the San Siro. (Daily Star Sunday)

Mancini could also return to former club Manchester City to sign England midfielder James Milner, 28, whose contract talks with the Premier League champions have broken down. (Sun - subscription required)

Colombia international Fredy Guarin, 28, could be going in the other direction with Liverpool considering a January loan deal for the Inter midfielder. (Sunday People)

MLS side New York Red Bulls want to make Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard their star signing and hope to take advantage of the 34-year-old’s relationship with sporting director and former Reds manager Gerard Houllier. (Sunday Telegraph)

Chelsea have made a £30m bid for Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, 24, in an attempt to beat Manchester United to the signing of the Netherlands international in January. (Sunday Express)

But United are set to pip neighbours Manchester City to the signature of Fiorentina’s Colombian midfielder Juan Cuadrado, 26, next month. (Sport Mediaset - in Italian)

Everton have joined Arsenal, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid in the chase for Croatia international and Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, 22. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is keen to loan out Belgium winger Adnan Januzaj, 19, in January with Real Sociedad leading the chase. (Sunday Express)

Manchester City and New York City FC are set to agree to extend the loan of 36-year-old Frank Lampard at the Etihad from the end of December until the end of March. (Sunday Mirror)

Swansea City’s Spanish forward Michu, 28, who is on loan at Napoli, could be set to return to the Premier League with Crystal Palace. (Mail on Sunday)