Football transfer rumours and news: Friday, May 25

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Newcastle United, Sunderland, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal all feature

Demba Ba insists contract negotiations are ongoing with Newcastle United amid claims he had rejected a new offer – Shields Gazette

A millionaire businessman with links to South Tyneside was the only person to make a serious bid to buy Newcastle United when owner Mike Ashley tried to offload the club, it has been revealed – Shields Gazette

Lee Cattermole admits Sunderland were battling against fatigue as they limped over the season’s finishing line – Sunderland Echo

Jack Colback has backed James McClean to again benefit from the “surprise element” by thriving at the European Championships – Sunderland Echo

Manchester City are set to make another move to sign Barcelona star Dani Alves, 29. According to reports in Spain they have offered £12m and Aleksandar Kolarov – talkSPORT

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has reiterated his desire to stay at the club, playing down reports in the Italian press that he is to join AC Milan – Manchester Evening News

Manchester United are set to make an improved offer of £13m for Shinji Kagawa, 23, from Borussia Dortmund – Daily Mail

Tottenham are close to signing central defender Jan Vertonghen, 25, from Ajax for a fee of £9.6m – The Guardian

Arsenal are ready to open the bidding for Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud by offering £6.4m, plus Marouane Chamakh, for the 25-year-old – The Metro