Manchester United get Fabregas boost, Sunderland could lose out to West Brom on target and Liverpool fight Spurs for Soldado

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SUNDERLAND’S hopes of signing Matej Vydra could be scuppered by West Bromwich Albion.

Reports in Birmingham claim West Brom are hoping to sign the Udinese striker on a season-long loan deal.

The Czech Republic international, 21, scored 20 goals during a loan spell at Watford last season and has also been linked with Swansea and Sunderland.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have targeted a replacement for Luis Suarez.

The Daily Mirror claims Liverpool have made Valencia striker Roberto Soldado their main target as they look to replace Suarez.

Tottenham have had a £22m offer for the 28-year-old Spain international rejected and Valencia want to sell Soldado for £26m by 3 August for tax purposes.

And on Suarez, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says in the Daily Telegraph that his desire to join Arsenal “does not add up” and that he is already at a bigger club than the Gunners.

Other transfer stories:

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has told friends he would like to move to Manchester United. The Premier League champions have failed with two offers for the 26-year-old Spanish international. Full story: Daily Mail

Juventus retain an interest in Manchester City’s Serbia left-back Aleksandar Kolarov, 27, despite moving for Napoli’s Columbia international Juan Zuniga, 27. Full story: Tutto Sport (Italian)

Celtic striker Gary Hooper, 25, has passed a medical ahead of a £5m move to Norwich. Full story: Sky Sports

Lille’s former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou will reject a move to West Ham after being told he would not play through the middle for the Hammers. West Brom have also had a £4m bid accepted for the 27-year-old Ivory Coast international. Full story: Daily Mirror

French winger Charles N’Zogbia, 27, could be set to leave Aston Villa with Hull and Crystal Palace both considering bids. Full story: Metro

Napoli and Spartak Moscow have both moved for Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo. The Paraguay international, 30, was linked with Manchester City earlier this summer and has been close to joining Fenerbahce. Full story: A Bola (Portuguese)

Former Blackpool captain Ian Evatt, 31, is training with Blackburn after leaving the Bloomfield Road club earlier this summer. Full story: Sky Sports