Football transfer talk and gossip (Tuesday, March 18)

Football transfer talk and gossip.

Football transfer talk and gossip.

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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