Football transfer rumours and news: Friday, February 17

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NEWCASTLE United, Sunderland, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Middlesbrough are among the clubs making the news today.

Cardiff City are hoping to sign Newcastle’s Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands, 32, on loan – Daily Mirror

Alan Pardew is confident Haris Vuckic will be pushing for a first-team start on his return to Newcastle United – whether it’s next month or next season – Shields Gazette

Martin O’Neill has welcomed the resumption of competition for places in Sunderland’s ranks after almost two months of threadbare options – Sunderland Echo

Craig Gardner says Sunderland will be on a revenge mission tomorrow when Arsenal come to town for the second time in a week – Sunderland Echo

Italian side Palermo have admitted they would consider making a shock bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who is reportedly unhappy with the way he has been treated in England following his eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra – Metro

Or maybe French club Paris Saint-Germain are the ones to offer Uruguayan Suarez an escape from the Premier League limelight – Daily Mirror

Manchester United are believed to have approached Borussia Dortmund regarding 19-year-old midfielder Mario Goetze, according to the player’s agent – Talksport

Fulham are watching Ghana defender Isaac Vorsah – Sky Sports

Chelsea insist goalkeeper Petr Cech and striker Daniel Sturridge are part of their long-term plans and will not be leaving Stamford Bridge – London Evening Standard

Manchester City and Manchester United are battling it out to sign Derby and England U17s midfield wonderkid Will Hughes – Daily Mirror

Middlesbrough midfielder Barry Robson has confirmed that he has agreed a deal to join Vancouver Whitecaps this summer – Sky Sports

Tottenham are locked in a battle with Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus to clinch the signing of 22-year-old Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao – Talksport

Midfielder Junior Hoilett, 21, is attracting interest from Italy as he nears the end of his Blackburn contract - but Rovers boss Steve Kean has not given up on the Canadian remaining at Ewood Park – Lancashire Telegraph

Carlos Tevez’s comments suggesting he was treated ‘like a dog’ by Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini may have ruined the striker’s chances of playing for the club again – The Sun