Football transfer rumours and news: Tuesday, May 1

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NEWCASTLE United, Sunderland, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Real Madrid are among the clubs making the news today

Gabriel Obertan’s determined to play his part in Newcastle United’s Champions League run-in – Shields Gazette

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has joined Aston Villa in the chase for Brazil-born defender Douglas. Pardew watched the £8m defensive target as FC Twente lost to Ajax on Sunday – Daily Mail

Stephane Sessegnon insists he has unfinished business at Sunderland despite continued speculation over his future – Sunderland Echo

United Arab Emirates club Al Ain are confident of signing Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan on a permanent basis in June – the Sun

Celtic striker Gary Hooper is not interested in a move to newly-promoted Premier League club Southampton because he wants to play in the Champions League – Daily Record

Manchester City have moved ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign winger Eden Hazard, who is valued at £30m by his club Lille – Daily Telegraph

Arsene Wenger has set his sights on making Ajax star Jan Vertonghen Arsenal’s next signing after unveiling Cologne striker Lukas Podolski – Daily Mirror

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho wants to beat Arsenal and Liverpool to the signature of Anderlecht’s defensive midfielder Lucas Biglia this summer – talkSPORT

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cotterill wants the green light to raid former club Portsmouth for David Norris and Luke Varney – Daily Mirror

Liverpool have joined Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain in the race for Montpellier winger Younes Belhanda, 22 – Metro

Hamburg coach Thorsten Fink has fuelled speculation linking Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt with a move to the club by describing him as a ‘class’ player – Sky Sports

Robert Snodgrass is planning to sit down with the Leeds United coaching staff and his family before taking any decision regarding his future – Sky Sports