Football transfer rumours and news: Thursday, March 1

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NEWCASTLE United, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are among the clubs making the news today

Jonas Gutierrez has told Newcastle United’s players to relax and enjoy the derby – Shields Gazette

Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill admits Phil Bardsley is struggling to be fit for this weekend’s Tyne-Wear derby – Sunderland Echo

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, who is on loan at Sunderland, could be set to turn his back on the Premier League and join the Russian revolution this summer – Daily Mail

Defender Jan Vertonghen would flourish at Tottenham according to Ajax team-mate Toby Alderweireld. The 24-year-old, who has also been linked with Newcastle, Sunderland and Roma, is believed to be a summer target for Harry Redknapp’s side – Inside Futbol

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is planning to offer striker Dimitar Berbatov, 31, a contract extension at Old Trafford until June 2013 – The Times (Subscription fee required)

Manchester United target Javi Martinez, 23, believes that the £33.5m buy-out-clause in his contract with Atletico Bilbao could put off clubs wanting to sign him – Inside Futbol

Chelsea have been told they will have to spend £85m if they want to complete the signing of Porto star Hulk this summer – The Metro

Liverpool target Seydou Keita has fuelled speculation that he could join the Reds from Barcelona in the summer after admitting “Liverpool are a great team” – talkSPORT

Middlesbrough have signed Wolves winger Adam Hammill on loan until the end of the season – Sky Sports

West Brom are still interested in signing Zenit St Petersburg winger Szabolcs Huszti, according to the player’s agent – Sky Sports

Liverpool are also believed to be watching Montpellier youngster Remy Cabella as they look to improve their creativity. The 21-year-old has scored four goals in his last seven games for the French side – Caught Offside

Barcelona are ready to call a halt to their pursuit of Tottenham and Wales star Gareth Bale, who is rumoured to be valued at £50m – Daily Mirror