Football transfer talk and gossip (Saturday, February 15)

Football transfer talk and gossip.
Football transfer talk and gossip.
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Newcastle, Sunderland, Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea make the headlines

Newcastle are likely to offload 26-year-old attacker Hatem Ben Arfa at the end of the season as the Frenchman continues to find himself on the periphery of Alan Pardew’s starting line-up - Northern Echo

Loic Remy says he must take his share of the blame for Newcastle United’s plight - Shields Gazette

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, 46, says a replay would be worse than defeat when his side meet Southampton in the FA Cup today, as the Uruguayan is eager to avoid a fixture pile-up - the Times

Tottenham’s 24-year-old winger Nacer Chadli - who scored his first Premier League goal at Newcastle in midweek - has revealed that he nearly joined Swansea on loan last month - Metro

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, 30, could be set for a dramatic return to former club Arsenal in the summer after his agent reportedly met with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to discuss a move - Metro

Paris St-Germain have joined the race to sign Chelsea’s 26-year-old Brazilian defender David Luiz, with the French champions willing to pay more than Barcelona’s £20.5m valuation - Talksport

Arsenal target Maximilian Arnold is happy at Wolfsburg and is not looking for a new club, according to his agent. The 19-year-old midfielder is wanted by Arsene Wenger after scoring six times for the Bundesliga side - Daily Express

Manchester United will have to beat Real Madrid to the signature of Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal this summer. Vidal, 26, is rated at £40m by the Italian champions - Talksport

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling’s recent form has been enough to persuade England manager Roy Hodgson to start the 19-year-old at this summer’s World Cup finals - Daily Mirror