Transfer Rumours Thursday, January 10, 2013: Newcastle, Everton, Manchester United, Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, Birmingham, Blackburn, Manchester United, Liverpool, Crystal Palace, West Brom

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West Ham are ready to move for Everton defender Sylvain Distin, 35, which could pave the way for 23-year-old centre-half James Tomkins to join Newcastle – talkSPORT

However, Distin is set to sign a new contract with Everton – The Sun

Newcastle United have edged ahead in the race to sign France midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 23, on a pre-contract agreement in January with his deal at Toulouse expiring this summer – The Times

MANCHESTER United are leading the chase for Crystal Palace’s England winger Wilfried Zaha, 20, and hope to tie up a £12million deal – The Times

Tottenham’s hopes of signing Brazilian forward Leandro Damiao, 23, have suffered a blow after his agent said he expected him to stay with Internacional – Daily Mail

QPR have made a £5million bid for West Brom’s 29-year-old Swedish defender Jonas Olsson – Daily Mirror

QPR boss Harry Redknapp also wants to sign Tottenham’s William Gallas, 35, to strengthen his struggling defence – Evening Standard

Manchester United are lining up a double bid for Chelsea stars Frank Lampard, 34, and Ashley Cole, 32, who are surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge – Metro

But Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo, 33, wants Lampard to play alongside him in Italy – The Sun

England’s 19-year-old keeper Jack Butland, who is rated at £6million, says he will only leave Birmingham City for first-team football, not to be a reserve – Daily Mirror

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, 23, has committed his future to the club after agreeing terms on a new four-and-a-half-year contract – Goal.com

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants his scouts to make the most of the wealth of emerging talent on their own doorstep – Daily Mail

West Ham could be priced out of a move for Blackburn left-back Martin Olsson, 24, as Rovers want £7million for the Sweden international – The Sun

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson sent his brother Martin on a scouting mission to Spain to watch Rayo Vallecano striker Leo Baptistao, 20, who could be available for as little as £1.6million – talkSPORT

Everton are lining up Wigan’s James McCarthy, 22, as a replacement for Marouane Fellaini if the Belgian midfielder moves to Chelsea or Manchester United – Daily Star

Arsenal are keen to sign Mainz striker Adam Szalai “immediately,” according to German newspaper Das Bild. Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg are also interested in signing the Hungarian, although not until the end of the season – Das Bild

Inter Milan President Massimo Moratti has said the club are happy with a bid made by Galatasaray on Wesley Sneijder, 28, Gazetta della Sport reports. “It now depends on the player, even though we would prefer him to stay if he accepted our conditions,” Moratti said – La Gazetta della Sport