Football transfer talk and gossip (Saturday, February 22)

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

Newcastle United, Sunderland, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Aston Villa and Tottenham make the headlines

Alan Pardew has admitted having concerns about his future as Newcastle manager despite the club dismissing claims he would be sacked if they lost Sunday’s home game against Aston Villa - Daily Express

Alan Pardew’s vowed to get ruthless at Newcastle United – with players’ futures at stake - Shields Gazette

Gus Poyet says he cannot guarantee Wes Brown a place in Sunderland’s Capital One Cup final side, with replacement Santiago Vergini showing such fine form since deputising - Sunderland Echo

Manchester City will make a move for Liverpool’s Slovakia centre-back Martin Skrtel, 29, if the Reds fail to reach the Champions League, while City defender Joleon Lescott is set to join Besiktas in the summer - Daily Mail

Chelsea are considering a bid for Marseille’s Belgian midfielder Giannelli Imbula, 21, as they look at alternatives to John Obi Mikel, 26 - Metro

In his forthcoming autobiography, Barcelona’s Brazil forward Neymar, 22, claims he turned down the chance to join Real Madrid in 2006 - Marca

Manchester United’s commercial staff could help striker Wayne Rooney get individual sponsorship deals as part of his new contract - Daily Telegraph

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to rest Mesut Ozil, 25, after the Germany midfielder’s penalty miss in the Gunners’ 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich on Wednesday - Daily Mirror

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 29, is playing despite a dead leg injury that requires regular treatment to help bid to qualify for the Champions League - London Evening Standard

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is hoping to secure a new contract for Dutch defender Ron Vlaar, 29 - Daily Mirror

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 21, who has been on loan at Atletico Madrid since 2011, will start next season at Stamford Bridge and compete for their number one goalkeeping spot - Daily Telegraph