Today’s Premier League transfer rumours.

NEWCASTLE: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew hopes to hang on to striker Demba Ba after promising to play him in his favoured central position. (Daily Mirror)

NEWCASTLE: Newcastle are ready to enter the race to sign out-of-contract Blackburn forward Junior Hoilett ( The Metro).

MAN CITY: Out-of-favour full-back Aleksandr Kolarov is set for talks with Roberto Mancini which are likely to determine his future at Manchester City. (Daily Star)

ASTON VILLA: Aston Villa are fighting it out with west midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion to sign Rennes midfielder Tongo Doumbia (The Express)

READING: Premier League newcomers Reading are set to make a £5m move for Tottenham and England striker Jermain Defoe (The Metro)

FULHAM: Fulham are set to offer wantaway forward Clint Dempsey to Liverpool as part of a loan deal for striker Andy Carroll (Daily Mirror)

NEWCASTLE: Newcastle are set to make a £10m bid to re-sign Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, only 18 months after they received £35m for him from the Reds (Independent)

TOTTENHAM: Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart could be set for a move to the United Arab Emirates, after a switch to Hamburg fell through (Mail)

CHELSEA: Porto striker Hulk has denied he is close to signing a deal to join Chelsea. The 25-year-old, who is part of the Brazil squad for this summer’s Olympics, is happy to remain in Portugal. (Talk Sport)

WEST BROM & ASTON VILLA: West Brom and Aston Villa both want Rennes midfielder Tongo Doumbia this summer. (Express)

ARSENAL: Brighton have opened talks with Arsenal over a loan move for teenage defender Ignasi Miquel, but they face competition from Barcelona’s B team. (Talk Sport)

SOUTHAMPTON: Jack Butland, a £6m target for Southampton, has warned Birmingham City he could leave unless he gets regular games. (Express)

QPR: Queens Park Rangers believe they have won the race to sign Celtic’s Ki Sung-Yueng, with reports from Seoul claiming that a fee of £7m has been agreed between the clubs but with personal terms still to be agreed. (Herald)

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