Newcastle’s Ben Arfa ‘in talks’ with Spurs over summer transfer

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TOTTENHAM Hotspur have already opened talks with Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa over a potential summer transfer, according to reports today.

The Frenchman is one of United’s key assets, and his form at the start of the season before he picked up a hamstring injury was electric.

The 26-year-old has long been linked with a move away from St James’s Park, and today Sport24 say Tottenham have opened negotiations with Ben Arfa to bring him to north London next season.

Meanwhile, Ben Arfa is on the back page of the Sun, with a report saying he angered Newcastle fans by being pictured in a Paris St-Germian kit just two days after the 6-0 mauling by Liverpool.

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

Liverpool want 22-year-old Barcelona full-back Martin Montoya, but they will face competition from Inter Milan for the Spain Under-21 international, who will command a considerable transfer fee. Full story: talkSPORT

Tottenham are favourites to sign 23-year-old Brazil and Internacional striker Leandro Damiao, according to the South American club’s president Giovanni Luigi. Full story: Inside Futbol

Manchester United are interested in signing 27-year-old Italy international midfielder Claudio Marchisio from Juventus. Full story: talkSPORT

United have spent the last four months planning their summer signings, with midfielders Anderson, 25, and Nani, 26, set to be sold and 38-year-old Paul Scholes likely to retire. Full story: the Daily Telegraph

Liverpool are set to sign Republic of Ireland international centre-back Alex Pearce, 24, on a free transfer from relegated Reading at the end of the season. Full story: Metro

Real Madrid director of football Zinedine Zidane believes Tottenham could command a fee of £60m for forward Gareth Bale, 23, this summer. Full story: Daily Mail

QPR striker Djibril Cisse, goalkeeper Julio Cesar and striker Loic Remy are all plotting their moves away from the club following their relegation to the Championship. Full story: Daily Mirror

While Rangers have valued forward Adel Taarabt, 23, at £15m in a bid to keep him at Loftus Road. Full story: the Sun

Aston Villa will resist any bids for Belgium international striker Christian Benteke and will instead offer the 22-year-old a new contract. Full story: the Daily Telegraph

West Ham United have agreed a deal to sign Romania defender Razvan Rat, 31, from Ukranian side Shakhtar Donetsk. Full story: Daily Star