Transfer rumours: Saturday, January 22: Newcastle, Villa, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City and more

What the media say . . .

Liverpool have raised their offer for Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam but the Seasiders have rejected the 4.5m bid.

Daily Mail

Aston Villa are considering Peter Crouch as a strike partner for new 24m signing Darren Bent. It would be a return to Villa for Crouch, who spent two seasons there under Graham Taylor. Metro

Struggling West Ham are ready to move for controversial Blackburn striker El-Hadji Diouf with manager Steve Kean set to let him go from Ewood Park if the price is right.

Daily Mirror

Hammers manager Avram Grant has drawn up a list of transfer targets, including Robbie Keane, Demba Ba, Jamie O'Hara and Joe Cole.

Daily Mirror

Newcastle have made an inquiry for Bayer Leverkusen's Swiss midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta - although the 25-year-old may not be fully fit for another four weeks.

Daily Mail

Manchester City could be ready to swoop for Barcelona defender Dani Alves after he rejected the Spanish club's latest contract offer.

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Aston Villa misfit Stephen Ireland could be on his way out of Villa Park and off to Newcastle as a replacement for the injured Alan Smith.

Metro

Stoke City are trying to land another striker after bidding 4m for Birmingham's Cameron Jerome.

Daily Mail

Chelsea could seal the signature of Wolfsburg defender Simon Kjaer early next week for a fee of around 12.5m.

talksport.co.uk