Top five transfer rumours: Magpies covet Downing, Besiktas want Defoe, Cardiff target Mbia

Stewart Downing could be leaving Anfield for pastures new
Stewart Downing could be leaving Anfield for pastures new Photo: PA

Another day, another phalanx of rumours swirling around the Premier League universe. Who knows which ones might come to fruition but one thing's for certain, the deal makers need to move fast to slot in the new boys for the start of the season:

With Brendan Rodgers and the Liverpool board set to dig their heels in over Luis Suarez's potential departure to Arsenal, they appear happy to book a taxi out of Anfield for £20m man Stewart Downing. Despite finally delivering something resembling a decent display towards the back end of last season, Rodgers looks set to cut his losses by selling him for a cut price £5m to Newcastle. Whether the Geordie fans will welcome a former Boro and Black Cat player is another thing entirely. (Liverpool Echo)

After becoming frustrated over the drawn out negotiations with Emmanuel Adebayor, Turkish giants Besiktas look set to switch their attention to his Tottenham team-mate Jermain Defoe. The England international striker would command a £10m plus fee, if AVB deems him surplus to requirements. (Daily Mail)

Harry Redknapp could be about to wave goodbye to two players with Fiorentina and Cardiff circling two of his expensively assembled squad. The Viola are close to bringing Brazilian international keeper Julio Cesar back to Serie A with a cheeky move for the 33-year-old (Daily Star), while Premier League new boys Cardiff could tempt Cameroon midfielder Stephane Mbia over to Wales through a £4m bid. (The Sun)

Steve Bruce has quietly gone about his business in the close season, the Hull manager adding steel and top-flight guile to his squad for the season opener at Stamford Bridge aka Jose's Homecoming. After landing George Boyd, Maynor Figueroa, Curtis Davies, Ahmed Elmohamady, Alan McGregor, Steve Harper, Danny Graham and Yannick Sagbo, he now wants Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano on a season-long loan and Evian's Ivorian midfielder Eric Tie Bi for £1.5m. (Daily Mirror)