Liverpool in swoop for Newcastle’s Ben Arfa, Man United and Man City fight over Fabregas and Chelsea will sign Costa

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THE transfer rumours are hotting up – with Liverpool linked with a surprise swoop for Haterm Ben Arfa.

The mercurial Frenchman is out of favour at Newcastle after a bust-up with Alan Pardew, and looks set to leave the club this summer.

And Metro claim that Liverpool will offer unsettled Ben Arfa a way out of Tyneside with a £6m bid for the 27-year-old attacker.

Elsewhere, Metro also say Manchester United will face competition from local rivals Manchester City for the signature of Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas. The 26-year-old former Arsenal captain is set to fall victim to a summer revamp at the Nou Camp.

Other transfer headlines:

Chelsea will sign Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, 25, this summer by offering £32m, a fee which will trigger a release clause. Full story: The Sun (subscription required)

Manchester City have also been linked with a £53m bid for Juventus’s 21-year-old midfielder Paul Pogba, who joined the Italians from Manchester United in July 2012. Full story: Daily Express

Manchester City are close to sealing a £20m deal for Porto’s defensive midfielder Fernando, 26, whom they pursued in January. Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna, 31, is set to open talks with Manchester City after rejecting Arsenal’s £80,000-a-week contract extension offer. Full story: Daily Mail

Everton are lining up a summer move for 22-year-old Celtic winger James Forrest. Manager Roberto Martinez is also keen to bring in 20-year-old Dundee United defender Andrew Robertson. Full story: Daily Record

Chelsea have opened talks with Hamburg over 20-year-old attacker Hakan Calhanoglu, although their valuation of £7.5m is £4.5m less than the German side’s. Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool striker Iago Aspas, 26, wants a return to former club Celta Vigo after a disappointing debut season on Merseyside. He has made only 14 Premier League appearances, nine as a substitute. Full story: Inside Futbol

Stoke City are chasing Besiktas striker Hugo Almeida. The 29-year-old has scored 17 goals in 52 games for Portugal. Full story: Daily Mirror

Swansea are close to securing a deal for Valenciennes attacker Mathieu Dossevi. The 26-year-old is available on a free transfer after scoring 10 goals in 82 games for the Ligue 1 club. Full story: Talksport