Transfer rumours and paper review this morning.

Posted: August 6, 2012 in Sports

These are the stories making the headlines in the papers and online…

Sir Alex Ferguson missed Manchester United’s pre-season friendly in Norway against Valarenga, opting to stay in Manchester to push the club’s drive for wantaway Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie. (Daily Mail)

And United are leading the chase for van Persie after Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini admitted he has given up hope of landing the Dutch striker. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are also hoping to take advantage of Malaga’s financial crisis to sign Spain Under-21 international Isco. (Metro)

Arsenal, meanwhile, are considering a bid for Olympiakos striker Kevin Mirallas as they await the outcome of the van Persie transfer saga. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham target Salomon Rondon has left troubled Malaga to sign for Russian side Rubin Kazan. (The Sun)

Birmingham are trying to hijack Huddersfield’s £1million move for Norwich striker James Vaughan. (The Sun)

West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison is set to join Birmingham on loan. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool look set to miss out on signing Clint Dempsey this summer after failing to agree a fee with Fulham. (Metro)

Chelsea will step up attempts to add to their squad this week, with an £8million deal for Wigan’s Victor Moses edging closer. (Guardian)

Nottingham Forest are bidding to sign Norwich City’s Spanish youth international central defender Dani Ayala on a season-long loan. (Daily Mirror)

Former Portsmouth midfielder Richard Hughes, 33, is coming out of retirement to join Bournemouth on a two-year contract – one year after hanging up his boots to run a London restaurant. (Daily Mirror)

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