Football transfer talk and gossip (Friday, January 17)

Today's football transfer talk and gossip.
Today's football transfer talk and gossip.

Newcastle United, Sunderland, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea all make the headlines today

Lee Cattermole has challenged boyhood team-mate Adam Johnson to be Sunderland’s match-winner on a regular basis - Sunderland Echo

Sunderland are in talks with Estudiantes defender Santiago Vergini, with the 25-year-old Argentina international already in the North East to complete the deal- Sky Sports

Newcastle United are still hoping to close a loan deal for Borussia Monchengladbach’s Dutch striker Luuk de Jong, 23, but will not make a bid for his 24-year-old brother Siem, currently with Ajax - Newcastle Chronicle

A host of Premier League clubs are facing disappointment in their efforts to sign Blackpool winger Thomas Ince, 21, as Monaco have emerged as favourites to recruit the England Under-21 international on a free transfer - Daily Mail

Arsenal face an uphill battle to land Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, 21, after Italian giants Inter Milan and Juventus both registered their interest - Daily Express

St Etienne youngster Kurt Zouma, 19, claims he has spoken on the phone to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, dealing a blow to Liverpool and Manchester United’s chances of signing the defender - Daily Star

Everton boss Roberto Martinez faces a fight with Benfica for Standard Liege’s 20-year-old Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi - Daily Mirror

West Ham are prepared to sell midfielder Ravel Morrison, 20, to Fulham for £10m after rejecting an initial bid for half that amount from the Craven Cottage club, who have stopped manager Rene Meulensteen from discussing any transfers in public - Daily Star

Fulham say they have not received any enquiries for unsettled striker Dimitar Berbatov despite reports linking the 32-year-old Bulgarian with Arsenal - Independent

Tottenham are ready to open talks with Lille over a move for former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou, 28 - Daily Mail