Zouma to snub Newcastle, Liverpool and Man United for Chelsea while Ince eyes France

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TWO young players who have been linked with Newcastle United are making the transfer headlines today.

Kurt Zouma and Tom Ince have both been watched by the Magpies in recent months as speculation over their future picks up.

St Etienne youngster Zouma, 19, is interesting a number of Premier League clubs, and the Daily Star today claims he has spoken on the phone to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, dealing a blow to Liverpool and Manchester United’s chances of signing the defender.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail says a host of Premier League clubs are facing disappointment in their efforts to sign Blackpool winger Ince, 21, as Monaco have emerged as favourites to recruit the England Under-21 international on a free transfer.

Other transfer stories today:

Everton boss Roberto Martinez faces a fight with Benfica for Standard Liege’s 20-year-old Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi. Full story: Daily Mirror

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has moved to calm fears of a player exodus from his squad following the departure of Saints chairman Nicola Cortese. Full story: Southern Daily Echo

West Ham are prepared to sell midfielder Ravel Morrison, 20, to Fulham for £10m after rejecting an initial bid for half that amount from the Craven Cottage club, who have stopped manager Rene Meulensteen from discussing any transfers in public. Full story: Daily Star

Arsenal face an uphill battle to land Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, 21, after Italian giants Inter Milan and Juventus both registered their interest. Full story: Daily Express

West Ham will make a move for Genoa striker Alberto Gilardino, 31, in a bid to solve their goalscoring problems. Full story: Talksport

Fulham say they have not received any enquiries for unsettled striker Dimitar Berbatov despite reports linking the 32-year-old Bulgarian with Arsenal. Full story: Independent

Crystal Palace are looking to buy Blackburn Rovers defender Scott Dann, 26, and are also willing to take 27-year-old striker Leon Best away from Ewood Park as part of the deal. Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham are ready to open talks with Lille over a move for former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou, 28. Full story: Daily Mail