Football transfer rumours and news: Monday, April 30

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NEWCASTLE United, Sunderland, Liverpool, Manchester City and Everton are among the clubs making the news today.

Danny Simpson apologised to Newcastle United’s fans for the club’s 4-0 defeat at the DW Stadium – then insisted Alan Pardew’s side will right the wrongs of the loss at Stamford Bridge – Shields Gazette

Alan Pardew backed his players to come out fighting against Chelsea – and take the battle for Champions League football to the wire – Shields Gazette

Michael Turner is confident Martin O’Neill’s summer spending spree will rejuvenate the feelgood factor on Wearside after the tepid conclusion to the campaign continued – Sunderland Echo

Liverpool have agreed an £8m fee for AZ Alkmaar’s Swedish midfielder Rasmus Elm, 24 – the Sun

The Reds have also joined the list of clubs showing interest in Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud, 25, with manager Kenny Dalglish attending the French club’s win at Toulouse on Friday. Arsenal are also believed to be keen on signing him – Daily Mail

The Anfield club will also have to find at least £12.5m if they are serious about signing FC Twente’s Dutch international striker Luuk de Jong – Metro

Carlos Tevez has given Manchester City a huge boost ahead of their Premier League title decider against Manchester United – by admitting he now wants to stay at the Etihad Stadium – Sky Sports.

Everton will make re-signing South African playmaker Steven Pienaar a priority at the end of the Premier League season – Daily Mail

Lucas Moura’s father, Jorge Rodrigues, claims that both Manchester clubs – City and United – have invited him to England – Sky Sports

Stoke City are among clubs across Europe keeping tabs of Molde FK star Magnus Wolff Eikrem, but the former Manchester United trainee insists he wants to stay put next season – Sky Sports

On-loan Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has confirmed he wants to stay in the Premier League next season rather than return to Hoffenheim – Sky Sports