Football transfer talk and gossip (Saturday, February 15)

Football transfer talk and gossip.
Football transfer talk and gossip.

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

Newcastle are likely to offload 26-year-old attacker Hatem Ben Arfa at the end of the season as the Frenchman continues to find himself on the periphery of Alan Pardew’s starting line-up - Northern Echo

Loic Remy says he must take his share of the blame for Newcastle United’s plight - Shields Gazette

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, 46, says a replay would be worse than defeat when his side meet Southampton in the FA Cup today, as the Uruguayan is eager to avoid a fixture pile-up - the Times

Tottenham’s 24-year-old winger Nacer Chadli - who scored his first Premier League goal at Newcastle in midweek - has revealed that he nearly joined Swansea on loan last month - Metro

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, 30, could be set for a dramatic return to former club Arsenal in the summer after his agent reportedly met with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to discuss a move - Metro

Paris St-Germain have joined the race to sign Chelsea’s 26-year-old Brazilian defender David Luiz, with the French champions willing to pay more than Barcelona’s £20.5m valuation - Talksport

Arsenal target Maximilian Arnold is happy at Wolfsburg and is not looking for a new club, according to his agent. The 19-year-old midfielder is wanted by Arsene Wenger after scoring six times for the Bundesliga side - Daily Express

Manchester United will have to beat Real Madrid to the signature of Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal this summer. Vidal, 26, is rated at £40m by the Italian champions - Talksport

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling’s recent form has been enough to persuade England manager Roy Hodgson to start the 19-year-old at this summer’s World Cup finals - Daily Mirror