Football transfer rumours and news: Friday, July 27

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Newcastle United, Sunderland, West Ham, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Barcelona, Aston Villa and Everton are among the clubs making the news today

West Ham have bid £17m for Newcastle United target Andy Carroll – but Liverpool appear set to reject it – Daily Mail

Sunderland are tracking Blackburn left-back Martin Olsson – Shields Gazette

Arsenal have targeted £20m-rated Santi Cazorla, 27, as a central playmaker for next term – and are still chasing Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila, 22, and 17-year-old Caen forward M’Baye Niang – Daily Mirror

AC Milan and Real Madrid are set to go head-to-head in a battle to sign Manchester City’s 24-year-old defender Micah Richards – talkSPORT

Liverpool have moved a step closer to landing 21-year-old Bologna and Uruguay winger Gaston Ramirez after his agent arrived in England for talks – Metro

Sao Paulo director Adalberto Baptista has said winger Lucas Moura, a target for Manchester United, will not be leaving the Brazilian club this summer – talkSPORT

Another player not destined for the Premier League is Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara, with his father insisting his son will not be leaving the Nou Camp, and hoping he will stay beyond 2015 when his current contract expires –

Chelsea could make their fourth big-money buy of the summer after Marseille revealed that Spanish right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, 22, could leave the club – talkSPORT

Swansea insist they will not definitely sell Joe Allen to Liverpool even if they meet the £15m release clause in the midfielder’s contract – South Wales Evening Post

Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in signing 21-year-old defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama from Celtic – Daily Mail

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has rejected reports linking them with Manchester City’s 27-year-old midfielder Nigel de Jong – Metro

Brazil star Ganso, 22, is ready to snub interest from Arsenal and AC Milan to stay at Santos – despite failing to agree a new contrac – Metro

Everton hope to persuade Dutch international defender John Heitinga to stay at Goodison despite a bid from Turkish club Fenerbahce – Liverpool Echo

West Brom are monitoring Villarreal’s 25-year-old Colombian international defender Cristian Zapata, who is also thought to be a target for Everton – Birmingham Mail

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is considering £6m-rated Ipswich defender Aaron Cresswell after reportedly losing interest in signing Feyenoord’s Dutch international Ron Vlaar – Express and Star