Football transfer rumours and news: Wednesday, July 18

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Newcastle United, Sunderland, Manchester duo City and United and Arsenal are among the clubs making the news today.

Newcastle United are ready to play the long game in their pursuit of Andy Carroll. The club is in no hurry to improve its offer to Liverpool for the striker, whose Anfield career is all but over. (Shields Gazette)

Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill wants to return to former club Aston Villa to sign James Collins. Villa are prepared to sell the Welshman as they close in on a deal for Feyenoord’s Ron Vlaar. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United have failed with a £29.8million bid for Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas Moura, 19, according to the Brazilian club. (Mirror)

Midfielder Oscar, 20, has arrived in London with the Brazil Olympic squad and will have a medical ahead of his £25million move from Internacional to Chelsea. (Daily Mail)

Dimitar Berbatov could join AC Milan or Juventus, according to the Manchester United striker’s agent. (Talksport)

New Watford manager Gianfranco Zola wants Italian legends Filippo Inzaghi, 38, and Alessandro Del Piero, 37, who are both free agents. (Mirror)

Barcelona could move for Liverpool defender Daniel Agger after being priced out of a move for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez. (Mail)

France striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 26, will reject a move to Tottenham in order to stay with Lyon. (Talksport)

Robin van Persie is set for formal talks with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as he considers his options away from the Gunners. He is interested in joining Juventus or Manchester United. (Daily Telegraph)

Fulham have opened talks to sign Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, 19, on loan. (Mirror)

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure could price himself out of a move to Saudi club Al Hilal with a request for £50,000-a-week after tax and a rent-free home, two cars, paid-for flights and the captaincy. (Mirror)

Everton and West Brom are interested in FC Copenhagen’s Costa Rican defender Bryan Oviedo, who has been tracked by Manchester United. (Mail)

Defender Scott Dann could join Ajax on loan following Blackburn’s relegation to the Championship. Reading and Southampton have been put off by the centre-back’s £6millio price tag. (Mail)

Tottenham midfielder Danny Rose is resigned to Luka Modric’s departure from White Hart Lane and admits he does not know where his own future lies after the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas. (London Evening Standard)

Chelsea are close to signing Eden Hazard’s younger brother Thorgan, 19, according to Lens sporting director Antoine Sibierski. (La Voix du Nord)

Striker Peter Odemwingie could be on his way out of West Brom after a training ground bust-up with new manager Steve Clarke. (Talksport)

Arsenal have still not opened contract talks with Theo Walcott, despite the prospect of the England winger leaving as a free agent next summer. (Guardian)

Veteran defender David Weir, 42, is ready to play for Everton again if needed. (Liverpool Echo)