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

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WHILE the news that Joe Kinnear is returning to Newcastle United dominated the football headlines today, there were also plenty transfer stories.

Darren Bent could still become a Newcastle United player, while Scott Parker is a Sunderland target according to reports today.

Newcastle have been linked with a move for Aston Villa frontman Bent, who used to play for boss Alan Pardew at Charlton.

And the Sunday People say the 29-year-old could soon become a Newcastle player – but only if he and Villa lower their demands.

Meanwhile, the Sunday Mirror claim Spurs midfielder Parker, 32, has emerged as a transfer target for Sunderland.

Other transfer stories:

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre scrapped a trip to Brazil this weekend, instead staying in Europe to try to complete the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk’s 24-year-old forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan for £20m. Full story: Bloomberg

Manchester United are attempting to hijack Chelsea’s £15m move for 20-year-old Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Marco van Ginkel. Full story: Sunday Express

Manchester City are ready to battle rivals United in the £25.5m chase for Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, 24. Full story: Sun on Sunday

Real Madrid sporting director Zinedine Zidane has urged 23-year-old midfielder Gareth Bale to speed up his move to the Bernabeu by asking to leave Tottenham. Full story: Sunday People

Corinthians have yet to receive a bid for their 24-year-old Brazil international Paulinho, despite the midfielder being strongly linked with Tottenham. Full story: Goal.com

Tottenham lead the race to sign 22-year-old midfielder James McCarthy from Wigan, although the relegated Latics want £20m for the Republic of Ireland international. Full story: Sunday Times (subscription required)

Tottenham have made an enquiry about Saint-Etienne’s 23-year-old Gabon striker Pierre-­Emerick Aubameyang. Full story: Sunday Mirror

The White Hart Lane club are also considering a bid for Roma’s Argentina international forward Erik Lamela, 21. Full story: Sunday Telegraph

Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, 28, has said he wants to move to the Premier League this summer. Full story: Metro

Welsh rivals Swansea and Cardiff are looking to sign £12m-rated 27-year-old striker Bafetimbi Gomis from Lyon. Full story: Sunday Mirror

Hull are set to seal the £1.8m capture of 31-year-old Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor from Besiktas in the next 48 hours. Full story: Sun on Sunday