Transfer rumours Tues, Jan 18 - Newcastle, Sunderland, Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool, Aston Villa

What the media says . . .

Sunderland have made Tottenham’s Roman Pavlyuchenko their top target to replace Aston Villa-bound Darren Bent. - goal.com

Bent’s move to Villa could see forward John Carew leave the Midlands club to join West Ham.- Metro

Former Tottenham striker Bent will cost Villa £18m - which will smash the club’s transfer record - and his move will be completed on Tuesday. - Birmingham Mail

Or, Villa will pay £24m for the 26-year-old forward. - Daily Mail

But Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly considering making an attempt to hijack Villa’s move for Bent.

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Chelsea are also pushing ahead with a £22m bid for David Luiz after Benfica secured a replacement for the defender. - Daily Mirror

Real Madrid have turned their attention to Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez after Hamburg blocked their attempt to re-sign striker Ruud van Nistelrooy. - talksport.co.uk

Manchester United are battling Real Madrid for the signing of 17-year-old Argentine forward Juan Manuel Iturbe, who plays for Quilmes. - talksport.co.uk

West Ham and West Brom are locked in a battle to sign Paris St Germain striker Peguy Luyindula. - talksport.co.uk

West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami is expected to complete a £4.5m move to Fiorentina on Tuesday. - talksport.co.uk

Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has set his sights on capturing Manchester United right-back Rafael. - caughtoffside.com

United, meanwhile, are pushing ahead with attempts to sign Barcelona’s Spanish international midfielder Sergio Busquets. - caughtoffside.com

Bordeaux defender Michael Ciani is being touted for a move to Arsenal later this month. - Metro

Italian club Sampdoria have revealed that they were keen on bringing in Fulham forward Diomansy Kamara. - tribalfootball.com

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admits he faces a battle to hang on to in-form midfielder Joey Barton. - tribalfootball.com

Rafael van der Vaart has urged his Dutch team-mate Mark van Bommel to join him at Spurs. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is known to be keen on the 33-year-old Bayern Munich captain, but may have to battle AC Milan and Manchester City for his signature. - Daily Mirror

Bolton are close to winning the battle to sign Middlesbrough defender David Wheater. - Daily Mirror

Fulham are hopeful of signing winger Shaun Wright-Phillips in a cut-price deal from Manchester City. - Daily Mirror

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is reported to have identified Aston Villa duo Ashley Young and Stewart Downing as potential transfer targets. - Metro

Or, Luis Suarez could become Dalglish’s first signing since his return to the club with Liverpool set to step up their bid for the Ajax striker. - Daily Mail

But Tottenham are also interested in the Uruguay forward and are tracking Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano as well.

Full story: the Guardian

Liverpool are lining up a move for £5m-rated West Brom winger Jerome Thomas - the Sun

The race to sign Jay Bothroyd is intensifying after Cardiff turned down a bid from an unnamed Premier League club. - Daily Express