Breaking transfer news: Tuesday, January 18: Newcastle, Sunderland, Man United, Man City and lots more

What the media says . . .

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

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


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.

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.

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

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

West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami is expected to complete a 4.5m move to Fiorentina on Tuesday.

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

United, meanwhile, are pushing ahead with attempts to sign Barcelona's Spanish international midfielder Sergio Busquets.

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


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

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

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.

Full story: 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.


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. Newcastle, Birmingham and Fulham have been linked with England striker.

Daily Express