Football transfer rumours and news: Friday, February 24

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Newcastle United, Sunderland, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton are among the clubs making the news today.

Newcastle United are believed to be keeping tabs on 24-year-old Ajax defender and captain Jan Vertonghen – Shields Gazette

Meanwhile, bitter rivals Sunderland are also said to be interested in the Belgian defender, who is also being watched by Roma – Talksport

Sunderland are being urged to sever their ties with striker Asamoah Gyan and allow him to join Al Ain on a permanent basis – Setanta Sports

Martin O’Neill admits Lee Cattermole’s precarious disciplinary situation is giving him food for thought ahead of tomorrow’s trip to the Hawthorns – Sunderland Echo

Striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 27, is keen to reach an agreement to stay at Tottenham but the club would have to break their current wage limit in order to sign him permanently from Manchester City – London Evening Standard

Blackburn defender Chris Samba, 27, has not given up hope of securing a move to big-spending Anzhi Makhachkala before the Russian transfer window closes – Daily Mail

Chelsea target Igor Akinfeev has ruled out a switch to Stamford Bridge. The 25-year-old CSKA Moscow goalkeeper has been linked with a move to the Blues with question marks over Petr Cech’s future at the club – talkSPORT

Arsenal look set to make an offer for £5m-rated Malaga attacking midfielder Isco. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants the 19-year-old as part of his summer rebuilding plans – Daily Star

Barcelona have joined Arsenal and Everton in the race for Anderlecht’s 23-year-old striker Matias Suarez – Metro

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho looks set to scupper Fulham’s hopes of a loan move for 18-year-old midfielder Jese Rodriguez – by promoting him to the Real Madrid first team – talkSPORT

Liverpool’s quest in signing Bologna midfielder Gaston Ramirez has taken a significant step forward after the Italian club’s president has admitted that the 21-year-old can leave at the end of the season – Inside Futbol