Football transfer talk and gossip (Friday, April 4)

Football transfer talk and gossip.
Football transfer talk and gossip.

Newcastle United, Sunderland, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, Everton, Manchester City and Liverpool make the headlines.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admits he is finding problems motivating his players after six defeats in nine games, with some of them already thinking about the summer - Times

Sunderland are confident they will not face any further punishment after being fined for fielding striker Ji Dong-Won, 22, in five matches when he was ineligible - Daily Express

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could be forced to sell wingers Oscar, 22, or Eden Hazard, 23, to fund summer bids for his top striker targets - Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa, 25, and Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic, 27 - Daily Mirror

Chelsea face a £10m bill to get striker Fernando Torres out of Stamford Bridge as the 30-year-old striker wants to be compensated if he has to take a cut to his £175,000-a-week salary - Daily Mail

Chelsea and Liverpool are set to join Manchester United and Tottenham in the battle for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana, 25 - Goal.com

Manchester United are plotting a £50m double move on Southampton for Lallana and left-back Luke Shaw, 18 - Talksport

Manchester City have entered the frame for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao - with director of football Txiki Begiristain believed to have met the 28-year-old and his agent - Manchester Evening News

And Man City are closing in on a deal for £20m-rated Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, 23 - Daily Mail

Everton will beat Tottenham in the race to sign their on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku, 20, on a permanent deal from Chelsea, but only if the Merseyside club qualify for the Champions League - Daily Mirror

Chelsea have put a £25m price tag on Lukaku even though he has never scored for the club - Sun

Yevhen Konoplyanka’s English representative has fuelled speculation that Liverpool have renewed their interest in the 24-year-old Dnipro winger - Daily Mail

Swansea boss Garry Monk insists he has no intention of selling striker Wilfried Bony, 25, in the face of reported interest from Everton - Western Mail

Wolfsburg hope to persuade striker Ivica Olic, 34, to sign a new contract despite reported interest from Stoke City - Sky Sports