Football transfer rumours and news: Monday, April 2

NEWCASTLE United, Sunderland, Tottenham, Swansea and Birmingham make the news today

Jonas Gutierrez backed Alan Pardew to be manager of the season after captaining Newcastle United to a remarkable win over Liverpool – Shields Gazette

A police investigation has begun after another Premier League footballer was racially abused on Twitter – Shields Gazette

Seb Larsson says the real Sunderland stood up at Manchester City at the weekend – Sunderland Echo

Martin O’Neill was disappointed but not surprised by the fact Manchester City rescued a point against Sunderland thanks to two late, late goals – Sunderland echo

Gareth Bale has admitted he will struggle to reject the advances of Barcelona or Real Madrid should either side come calling for him in the summer – Metro

Tottenham are lining up Ecuadorian Christian Ramirez – a stand-out in the Under-17 World Cup – for £1.5m when the attacking left-back turns 18 in August – Daily Mirror

Swansea are ready to offer Aston Villa’s £5m-rated former Cardiff defender James Collins a controversial return to Wales – Daily Mirror

Scotland keeper Allan McGregor has emerged as a summer target for West Brom if they cannot strike a deal with Birmingham to keep Ben Foster – Express & Star