Football transfer rumours and news: Monday, March 5

SUNDERLAND, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are among the clubs making the news today.

A Qatari club is understood to have lodged a bid with Sunderland for Asamoah Gyan – Sky Sports

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is keen to sign Blackburn’s Junior Hoilett, 21, in a cut-price deal – Daily Mirror

Arsenal are also interested in the Canadian winger – Metro

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is plotting a summer move for AC Milan’s Thiago Silva after having the 27-year-old centre-back watched – Caughtoffside

Ipswich are interested in a loan move for Aston Villa’s unsettled American keeper Brad Guzan, 27 – Daily Mirror

Arsene Wenger has said that Arsenal “will do anything possible” to ensure star striker Robin van Persie does not leave the club – Metro

El-Hadji Diouf has admitted he would be happy to stay with Doncaster Rovers next season if they can avoid the drop out of the Championship – Sky Sports

Liverpool are ready to bid £15m for French international striker Olivier Giroud, 25, who has scored 16 goals in 23 games for Montpellier this season – Caughtoffside

Ipswich defender Tommy Smith is keen to secure an extension to his contract with the Portman Road club – Sky Sports

New Leeds boss Neil Warnock is prepared to offer forward Luke Varney, 29, an escape route from troubled Portsmouth – Daily Mirror