Football transfer talk and gossip (Wednesday, January 22)

Today's football transfer talk and gossip.
Today's football transfer talk and gossip.
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Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sunderland make the headlines today

Stoke City are closing in on the £5m signing of Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole, 25 - Stoke Sentinel

Newcastle are hopeful of clinching a loan deal for Borussia Monchengladbach’s Netherlands international forward Luuk de Jong, 23 - Newcastle Journal

Real Madrid plan to make a £25m move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 28, in the summer when he enters the final year of his contract - Daily Telegraph

Manchester United are ready to break their transfer record with a £37m bid for Spanish midfielder Mata, but Chelsea are thought to want £40m for the player they bought from Valencia for £23.5m in 2011 - the Times

Arsenal hope to sign Benfica striker Rodrigo, 22, from Benfica but face competition from Valencia and Zenit St Petersburg - Daily Express

Centre-back Joleon Lescott, 31, will be allowed to leave Manchester City before the end of the transfer window if manager Manuel Pellegrini can secure a replacement - the Guardian

Liverpool are considering a loan bid for AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong, 29, as a replacement for the injured Lucas Leiva, 27 - the Independent