Football transfer talk and gossip (Thursday, January 16)

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

Newcastle United, Sunderland, Liverpool, Manchester United, West Ham and Tottenham all feature

Newcastle United’s bid to sign striker Luuk de Jong this month may go right to the wire - Shields Gazette

Gus Poyet says prospective signing Santiago Vergini’s determination to join Sunderland has been crucial towards progressing his transfer - Sunderland Echo

West Ham and Stoke are set to battle it out to land former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan, 28, on loan from Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates - Talksport

Striker Fabio Borini says he will not stay at Sunderland past the end of his loan deal as the 22-year-old hopes to impress ahead of returning to parent club Liverpool - Daily Star

After failing in a bid to sign John Obi Mikel, 26, Napoli boss Rafael Benitez hopes to sign another Chelsea midfielder, 31-year-old Michael Essien - The Sun

Manchester United manager David Moyes watched Paris St-Germain’s 21-year-old forward Lucas Moura this week with a view to landing the £30m-rated Brazilian - Daily Star

Everton Ribeiro, the 24-year-old attacking midfielder heavily linked with Manchester United, has been the subject of an unsuccessful transfer offer from an unnamed English club, the player’s agent has confirmed - Daily Star

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is set to block Schalke’s move for Lewis Holtby, 23, because he does not want to help Arsenal land Julian Draxler by providing the Germans with the midfielder’s replacement - Daily Mirror

Tiago Ilori will be allowed to leave Liverpool on loan in January with Spanish sides Valencia and Granada interested in signing the 20-year-old defender - Liverpool Echo