Transfer rumours: Sunderland defender departs plus Newcastle, Liverpool and Chelsea make the headlines

Michael Ledger had been on loan at Hartlepool United.
Michael Ledger had been on loan at Hartlepool United.
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Michael Ledger has completed a permanent move to Norwegian outfit Notodden FK.

The Sunderland youth product has signed a two-year deal with the second division side.

Transfer rumours.

Transfer rumours.

Ledger returns to Norway having enjoyed a successful loan spell with Viking 12 months ago.

The Black Cats recalled Ledger from an injury-ravaged loan spell at National League side Hartlepool United, in order for the move to be go ahead.

Sunderland youngster completes Norway switch.
Other transfer news making headlines today include:

Former Watford boss Marco Silva is among the candidates for the Southampton manager's job after they sacked Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday. (Mail)

Alternatively, Silva is set to return to his native Portugal as he is close to agreeing a deal to become the new coach of Benfica. (Times - subscription required)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been linked with a move to Real Madrid but the 24-year-old has suggested he will be staying with Spurs as he "can't wait to be out there scoring some goals" at the club's new stadium. (Telegraph)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has told Real Madrid to "think of another player" in their search for a goalkeeper as he believes David de Gea, 27, will stay. (Express)

Liverpool and Manchester United's hopes of signing Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij, 26, could still be on as Inter Milan failed to confirm they would be signing the Dutch defender whose contract runs out at the end of the season. (Star)

Chelsea are monitoring AC Milan's Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, 19, in case Belgium international Thibaut Courtois, 25, leaves Stamford Bridge. (Corriere dello Sport, via Talksport)

Newcastle will try to sign on-loan Chelsea winger Kenedy on a permanent deal but will have to pay up to £15m for the 22-year-old Brazilian. (Mirror)

Juventus are concerned they may miss out on Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, whose contract expires at the end of the season, as Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are also interested in signing the 24-year-old Germany international. (Express)

Newcastle, Leicester and Southampton are all interested in 27-year-oldBurnley and Iceland winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson. (Sun)

Barcelona have had a deal in place for months to sign France forward Antoine Griezmann, 26, with Atletico Madrid failing to agree terms on a contract extension. (Le10sport.com - in French)

West Brom want manager Alan Pardew to stay his role, but plan to name a new boss in the summer. (Mirror)

Arsenal are monitoring Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri after being impressed by how he masterminded Tottenham's Champions League exit. (Star)