Football transfer talk and gossip (Tuesday, March 18)

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

Sunderland, Liverpool, Manchester City, West Ham, Manchester United and Tottenham make the headlines

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet wants to keep on-loan Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, 22, beyond the end of this season - Daily Star

A lifelong Middlesbrough fan has honoured a 10-year-old pledge to wear a Sunderland shirt for a whole weekend after losing a bet that they would never reach a Wembley cup final in his lifetime - Teesside Evening Gazette

Napoli are set to rival a host of Premier League clubs for Porto’s 20-year-old forward Juan Iturbe - the latest in a long line of players to be compared to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi - Daily Express

Dnipro president Igor Kolomoyskyi says he is in talks with Tottenham over a deal for 24-year-old Ukraine winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, who saw a move to Liverpool fall through in January - Daily Star

Sevilla are willing to listen to offers for 21-year-old Spanish full-back Alberto Moreno, who is wanted by Liverpool - Talksport

Liverpool and Manchester City have lost out to Ajax in the race to sign 17-year-old Richairo Zivkovic. The forward will join the Dutch champions at the end of the season, on a three-year deal - Sky Sports News

Liverpool are planning a £25m summer move for Benfica’s 23-year-old striker Rodrigo, the former Spain Under-21 international who had a loan stint at Bolton three seasons ago - Daily Mirror

Argentina forward Messi, 26, has played down the prospect of a move to Manchester City by stressing that he wants to finish his career at Barcelona - Daily Express

Manchester United could look to make a double raid on Spanish club Atletico Madrid this summer, targeting 25-year-old striker Diego Costa and manager Diego Simeone - Football Direct News

Championship promotion chasers Wigan are lining up a loan move for West Ham midfielder Jack Collison, 25 - Sky Sports News