Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, 26, has emerged as a shock transfer target for Arsenal, as a potential makeweight in a deal taking 23-year-old forward Theo Walcott the other way.

Full story: The Metro

Hulk
Porto have turned down a £39.5m bid for Hulk

Porto have turned down a £39.5m bid from Zenit St Petersburg for Hulk. The 26-year-old striker and winger is also a target for Chelsea.

Full story: talkSPORT

West Ham will launch a final attempt to sign Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, 23, before the window closes. This would allow the Reds to move for Walcott.

Full story: Daily Mail

Carroll is set to be left out of Liverpool's Europa League match with Hearts, further fuelling speculation he will leave the club.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants Carroll to admit his Anfield career is over as he looks to bring in cash to buy Clint Dempsey, 29, and Walcott.

Full story: The Times (subscription required)

Liverpool want to sign Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente, 27, if they can sell Carroll before Friday's transfer deadline.

Full story: the Sun

Hamburg say they will do "all they can" to complete the signing of Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, 29, before the window closes.

Full story: Metro

Tottenham and Chelsea are locked in a £15m battle for France and Marseille striker Loic Remy, 25.

Full story: Daily Express

Manchester City will step up their interest in Inter's 31-year-old defender Maicon before the window closes.

Full story: The Guardian

Fulham have failed in a bid to sign 25-year-old midfielder Mark Noble from West Ham, as they look for a replacement for Mousa Dembele who has joined Tottenham.

Scott Sinclair
Manchester City have made a £6.2m bid for Swansea's Scott Sinclair

Full story: Goal.com

Manchester City have made a formal £6.2m bid for Swansea's 23-year-old winger Scott Sinclair.

Full story: Daily Mail

Meanwhile, Swansea have agreed a record £5.5m deal for Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez, 27, as a possible replacement for Sinclair.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Swansea have had a new £5.1m bid for Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez, 27, rejected according to other reports.

Full story: the Sun

Malaga are set to beat Real Betis to the signature of 31-year-old Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz, according to reports in Spain.

Full story: talkSPORT

OTHER GOSSIP

Midfielder Stephen Ireland, 26, is targeting a new Aston Villa deal after being given a fresh start at the club by manager Paul Lambert.

Full story: Daily Mail

Stephen Ireland
Stephen Ireland joined Aston Villa from Manchester City in 2010

Chelsea defender John Terry says he is fit for England's World Cup qualifier double-header with Moldova and Ukraine, after missing Chelsea's win over Newcastle with a neck injury.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Jack Butland and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be in Roy Hodgson's squad when he announces it on Thursday.

Full story: Independent

Steven Gerrard is stunned by how impressive Joe Allen has been since arriving at Anfield from Swansea.

Full story: Daily Star

AND FINALLY

QPR's new goalkeeper Julio Cesar, 32, says he wants to win the Premier League with the west London club.

Full story: Daily Mail