Football transfer rumours and news: Thursday, July 19

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Newcastle United, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal are among the clubs making the news today.

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll wants his future resolved in the next week. The England international has been linked with Newcastle, Fulham and Aston Villa. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle have fallen behind Inter Milan and Napoli in the race for Lyon’s France international defender Aly Cissokho. (Talksport)

Sir Alex Ferguson has told friends that Manchester United will beat City and Juventus in the race to sign Arsenal captain Robin van Persie in a £20m deal. (Mirror)

Andre Villas-Boas has told Luka Modric, who has been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United, he will not be leaving Tottenham until Spurs’ £35million valuation is met. (Mirror)

Spanish midfielder Michu is undergoing a medical at Swansea ahead of a move to the Liberty Stadium – Sky Sports

Watford are poised to sign former Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia – Sky Sports

Chelsea have reopened talks with Marseille over Spanish right back Cesar Azpilicueta, who would cost £7million. (Daily Mail)

Borussia Dortmund’s Polish striker Robert Lewandowski has opened the door on a move to Manchester United by revealing he wants to play in the Premier League. (Talksport)

Arsenal and Liverpool are both monitoring Barcelona forward Ibrahim Afellay after the Dutchman was told he would only have a peripheral role under new manager Tito Vilanova. (Talksport)

Fulham have opened talks with French side Evian to sign Ivory Coast striker Yannick Sagbo, who would cost around £3.5million. Manager Martin Jol has also considered Huddersfield’s Jordan Rhodes and Juventus veteran Vincenzo Iaquinta. (Mail)

Fulham are set to move for Nigel Reo-Coker, 28, who is a free agent after leaving Bolton following their relegation. (Mirror)

Arsenal have been told to increase their offer for French prospect M’Baye Niang, 17, after having a bid rejected by Caen. (Talksport)

Leeds are set to sign striker Luke Varney from Portsmouth but will pay the £300,000 fee to Derby - who are still owed from Varney’s move to Fratton Park last summer. (Mirror)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to open contract talks with England winger Theo Walcott, whose current deal expires next summer. (Metro)

Blackburn have taken Freiburg’s Mali international striker Garra Dembele, 26, on trial. (Lancashire Telegraph)