Transfer Rumours July 5: Anita, Sunderland, Newcastle, Van Persie, Man Utd, Moura, Carroll, Juventus, Balotelli, Anderson, Benfica, Guti, Nunes.

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Sunderland have joined the race to sign Ajax star Vurnon Anita, 23, according to sources in the Netherlands. Newcastle have already had a bid of about £4.5m rejected – Full story: Shields Gazette

Newcastle United are closing in on the signature of Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy, 26, despite Inter Milan’s attempts to try and hijack the deal – Full story: The Metro

Danny Guthrie is prepared to give former Newcastle team-mate Danny Simpson a glowing recommendation if Brian McDermott decides to swoop for him at Reading – Sky Sports

Former Sunderland goalkeeper Ben Alnwick has joined Barnsley on a free transfer following his release from Tottenham – Sky Sports

Blackburn have signed teenage Portuguese winger Fabio Nunes from Portimonese SC for an undisclosed fee – Sky Sports

Robin van Persie’s decision not to sign a new contract at Arsenal could pave the way for a £220k-a-week move to Manchester City – Full story: Daily Mirror

But Manchester United are also interested in the 28-year-old Dutchman and are hoping they can lure him to Old Trafford – Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson wants to splash out £30m on Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas Moura, 19, who is also a target for Chelsea and Real Madrid – Full story: Daily Mirror

Mark Hateley has urged Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, 23, to leave Liverpool and join AC Milan saying he would become a better all-round player if he did – Full story: talkSPORT

Italy star Andrea Pirlo has told Mario Balotelli, 21, to join him at Juventus, after revealing he knows exactly how to get the best out of the Manchester City striker – Full story: The Metro

Swansea’s new manager Michael Laudrup is planning moves for Genoa centre-back Chico, 25, and Villarreal midfielder Jonathan de Guzman, 24, with the pair having played under him at Real Mallorca – Full story: Daily Star

Bradford City have completed their seventh summer signing with the capture of former Liverpool defender Stephen Darby – Sky Sports

Former Real Madrid star Guti, 35, is training with West Ham ahead of a potential free transfer – Full story: Daily Mail

Benfica are weighing up a move for Manchester United midfielder Anderson, 24, according to reports in Portugal – Full story: talkSPORT

Fulham are ready to move for Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson, 32, after his move to Turkish club Besiktas stalled – Full story: Daily Mail

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