Newcastle have no relegation clauses and Manchester United look likely to miss out on Lewandowski

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NEWCASTLE United didn’t put any relegation clauses in the contracts of players they signed in the summer, according to a report today.

An alarming slump in form has put the Magpies on the brink of dropping out of the Premier League.

It has been a season of struggle for Alan Pardew’s side, who boosted their ranks in Janauary with five French signings – Mathieu Debuchy, Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara.

However, according to the Independent today, there was no provision made in their lengthy contracts for if Newcastle were relegated.

Should United go down, they would have to sell a number of their major stars.

It’s all queit on the Sunderland front, with the main transfer story today being the Sun reporting Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, 24, is set to turn down a move to Manchester United in favour of staying in Germany and switching to Bayern Munich for £25m.

Other transfer stories:

Chelsea could land manager Jose Mourinho on the cheap this summer and get former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, 31, as well if the Real Madrid coach returns to Stamford Bridge.

Full story: The Independent

However, it could cost the Blues £200m to appoint Mourinho as manager when taking into account the escape clause in his contract and the players he wants to sign.

Full story: Daily Star

Manchester City could make Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho, 27, the first signing of their summer.

Full story: Daily Mail

Aston Villa are ready to turn down offers of £30m in an effort to keep hold of 22-year-old striker Christian Benteke.

Full story: the Sun

Liverpool and Manchester United face another contender for the signature of Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna, 24, with Bayern Munich now on his trail.

Full story: talkSPORT

Chelsea have opened the door on a potential one-year contract extension for Frank Lampard, 34, just four months after the midfielder’s agent claimed that “in no circumstances” would his player be offered a new deal.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Tottenham are hopeful of signing long-term target Leandro Damiao with the Brazil striker, 23, set to leave Internacional for Europe, with Napoli also expressing interest.

Full story: Daily Mail

Galatasaray are ready to offer Arsenal £15m for Germany forward Lukas Podolski, 27, after making him their top target.

Full story: Metro

Cardiff want to make £7m-rated Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones, 28, their first Premier League signing.

Full story: Daily Mirror