Football transfer rumours and news: Thursday, February 23

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

Alan Pardew today said he “understood” anger among Newcastle United fans at the removal of the St James’ Park sign – Shields Gazette

Frazier Campbell’s stunning return from injury continued today after the Sunderland striker was named in the England squad for next week’s friendly with Holland – Sunderland Echo

Sunderland face competition from Sevilla and Saint Etienne in the race to land Atalanta midfielder Moussa Kone. The Ivorian has impressed this season while on loan at Serie B outfit Pescara – talkSPORT

Al Ain have urged Sunderland to make striker Asamoah Gyan’s loan move permanent in the summer. The UAE-based team paid £6m to get Gyan on a temporary deal, and are prepared to pay another £6m to make the switch concrete – Daily Mirror

Birmingham are poised to sign striker Erik Huseklepp on loan from cash-strapped Championship rivals Portsmouth –

Watford have completed the loan signing of 19-year-old striker Marcello Trotta from Fulham – This Is Hertfordshire

Zenit St Petersburg claim they are in negotiations with Arsenal to bring Andrey Arshavin back to the club on loan. “We had (initial) talks with them. Let’s see how they respond now,” the Russian’s general director, Maxim Mitrofanov, was quoted as saying. – Sovetsky Sport [In Russian]

Juventus will make a £30million summer move for Liverpool’s controversial hitman Luis Suarez – Daily Star

Frank Lampard could be set to join ex-Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain – Daily Mirror

Chelsea and Arsenal target Christian Eriksen says he would prefer a move to La Liga as he feels the competition would suit his style of play better – London24

Arsenal are planning to spend £55m on German pair Mario Gotze and Lukas Podoloski in the summer as manager Arsene Wenger looks to reinvigorate his attack – Bild [In German]

AC Milan are set to rival Manchester United in the race to snap up Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia. The Spaniard is believed to be valued at £17m by the Portuguese giants – talkSPORT

Reading striker Mathieu Manset is set to join fellow Frenchman Nicolas Anelka at Shanghai Shenhua after the Chinese side made a loan bid for his services – Daily Mail