Football transfer rumours and news: Wednesday, May 16

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NEWCASTLE, Sunderland, Manchester United and Arsenal are among the clubs making the news today.

Alan Pardew is hoping Newcastle’s targets flop at Euro 2012 – so the club isn’t priced out of the market – Shields Gazette

Sunderland’s summer transfer work has already begun, with the club set to compete for the best of the Bosmans on offer in the days ahead. Martin O’Neill says the Black Cats are fully aware that players such as Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar, Wigan midfielder Mohammed Diame and Bolton striker Kevin Davies are available for nothing in the close season after their contracts expired – Shields Gazette

Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill is considering moves for Wolves striker Steven Fletcher and Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand – Daily Mail

Manchester United, Arsenal and Newcastle are chasing French defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 22, from Montpellier – talkSPORT

Striker Robin van Persie could be forced to see out the remaining year on his contract at Arsenal if he turns down a new deal – the Sun

Van Persie’s agent allegedly held discussions with Juventus over a four-year deal worth £6million a season ahead of the striker’s contract talks with Arsenal – Metro

Barcelona are considering a move to take out-of-contract striker Didier Drogba, 34, on a free transfer from Chelsea – the Sun

Arsenal, Tottenham and QPR have been put on red alert after Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero, 37, revealed he would love the chance to play in England following his release from Juventus – talkSPORT