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Liverpool Plan £30m Duo Bid, Man United Want Tottenham Star, Arsenal Plan Wing Wizard Move, Aston Villa Close In On Man City Keeper and QPR Make £6m Bid for West Ham Striker Carlton Cole

Transfer Rumour Round-Up. The run-down on the latest rumours and speculation.

Liverpool will make an improved offer of £18m for Aston Villa midfielder Stewart Downing.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Meanwhile, the Merseysiders are to offer Lyon £12m for Brazilian winger Michel Bastos as boss Kenny Dalglish refuses to increase his bid for Downing.

Full story: caughtoffside

Aston Villa want to tie up a deal for Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia as they seek a replacement for Downing.

Full story: Daily Mail

Championship outfit Southampton have laughed off Arsenal’s £6m bid for winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – the Saints say they will not do business for less than £12m.

Source: Daily Star

Manchester United are set to make an offer of £10-12m cash plus two players for Tottenham star Luka Modric.

Full story: caughtoffside

Spurs lead a host of clubs in the hunt for ‘the new Luka Modric’, Hadjuk Split player Ante Vukusic.

Source: Daily Star

Tottenham must fork out £20m to sign striker Pablo Osvaldo from Espanyol.

Source: the Sun

Spurs midfielder Niko Kranjcar is waiting to discover if Italian side Fiorentina have made a bid for him – the Croat remains unhappy at his club’s £12m asking price.

Source: the Sun

Arsenal want £15m-rated Valencia winger Juan Mata – but to play alongside Samir Nasri rather than to replace him.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Barcelona are set to tempt the Gunners into accepting a cut-price transfer offer for Cesc Fabregas by throwing either Maxwell or Eric Abidal into the deal.

Full story: Metro

But Arsenal have told the Catalan giants that they must drop youngsters Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin from their bid for Fabregas before a deal can be agreed.

Full story: Daily Express

Chelsea are chasing £9m Genk keeper Thibaut Courtois, whom they see as a long-term successor to Petr Cech.

Source: the Sun

Stoke want Olympiakos and Greece defender Vasilis Torosidis, who has a £6.3m buy-out clause in his contract.

Full story: Daily Mail

Blackburn Rovers will have to pay £8.5m to sign FC Copenhagen striker Dame N’Doye.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Rovers striker Nikola Kalinic is wanted by Dynamo Kiev – and the Ewood Park club are keen to recoup the £6m they paid for him.

Full story: Daily Mail

Blackburn have approached Monaco about a £3m deal for DR Congo international defender Cedric Mongongu.

Source: Daily Star

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is preparing an ambitious bid to sign Liverpool pair Joe Cole and Paul Konchesky.

Full story: caughtoffside

QPR boss Neil Warnock is to launch a £6m raid on the Hammers for striker Carlton Cole.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Bolton have stepped up their efforts to land Rodrigo from Benfica after he impressed on loan last season.

Full story: Talksport

Aston Villa are ready to spend £5m to secure the transfer of defender Alan Hutton from Spurs.

Full story: Metro

Villa have also moved ahead of Tottenham in the pursuit of West Ham’s Scott Parker, because Spurs must sell before they buy.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Norwich are lining up a £2m move for Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury.

Source: the Sun

West Ham will decide next week whether to sign Polish defender Hernani da Rosi from Korona Kielce.

Source: the Sun

Aston Villa will finally sign Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given for £4m by the end of the weekend.

Source: the Sun

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