Nigeria star sought by Arsenal is on Newcastle’s radar, while Liverpool could sell Suarez

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NEWCASTLE United are hoping to beat off stiff competition to sign Nigerian defender Godfrey Oboabona, according to reports today.

The Magpies are in the market for a new centre-half, with doubts over skipper Fabricio Coloccini’s future.

Oboabona has been linked with a move to Tyneside, while Arsenal are also interested in him, according to the Metro.

The 22-year-old plays for Sunshine Stars, in Nigeria, and has been capped 16 times.

It’s all quiet on the Sunderland front, but other transfer stories today include:

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 26, will never play for the club again after being given a 10-match ban and will try to force a summer exit from Anfield. Full story: Daily Star

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has agreed to return to Chelsea and will be joined at Stamford Bridge by Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, 27. Full story: Bild (in German)

Neymar’s father and agent says the Brazilian forward will head for Europe next year with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea leading the £50m chase for the 21-year-old. Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair, 24, will seek a loan move next season unless manager Roberto Mancini is sacked. Full story: Daily Mirror

Meanwhile, West Brom have joined a host of clubs interested in signing Sinclair, who has started just two Premier League games this season. Full story: Daily Express

Fulham are set to sanction the £4m sale of goalkeeper David Stockdale, 27, to either West Ham or Hull, to fund the Cottagers’ move for Roma’s Maarten Stekelenburg, 30. Full story: Daily Express

Arsenal have revived their interest in Sevilla’s 26-year-old Argentine defender Federico Fazio. Full story: Daily Mail

The Gunners are also interested in Hamburg’s 28-year-old goalkeeper Rene Adler after being priced out of moves for Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet and Asmir Begovic of Stoke. Full story: Daily Mirror

FC Basel’s Austrian defender Aleksander Dragovic, 22, is ready to snub a move to Arsenal and German side Borussia Dortmund to join Everton. Full story: talkSPORT

Everton boss David Moyes will battle Manchester City for the £10m capture of Leeds defender Sam Byram, 19. Full story: the Sun