Football transfer talk and gossip (Friday, February 28)

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

Newcastle United, Sunderland, Liverpool, Celtic, Tottenham, Stoke and Manchester United make the headlines

Manager Alan Pardew expects a substantial transfer kitty in the summer after Newcastle posted a £9m profit - Daily Mirror

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet ranks Capital One Cup success ahead of Premier League survival - Guardian

Tottenham are hoping to beat north London rivals Arsenal to the signing of Mario Balotelli, 23, by offering misfiring striker Erik Lamela, 21, as part of a £40m deal - Daily Express

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 31, will not return to Anfield when his loan spell with Serie A side Napoli ends at the end of the season - Telegraph

French midfielder Steven Nzonzi, 25, wants to leave Stoke City as he is unhappy with his lack of playing time at the Britannia Stadium - Sun

Manchester United defender Michael Keane, 21, is a target for Championship side Blackburn as a replacement for injured skipper Grant Hanley, 22 - Daily Mirror

Fiorentina defender Stefan Savic, 23, formerly of Manchester City, is a candidate to replace Nemanja Vidic, 32, when he leaves Manchester United at the end of the season - Talksport

Inter Milan are hoping to do a deal with Tottenham for French midfielder Etienne Capoue, 25, who has failed to hold down a place since joining from Toulouse - Daily Mirror

AC Milan’s former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong, 29, is ready to snub Liverpool and stay in Italy - Daily Star

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster, 25, is wanted by a host of top European clubs, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Juventus all interested - Sun