Manchester United go head-to-head with Real Madrid for Spurs’ Bale while Liverpool look at loaning former Sunderland target

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LIVERPOOL are hopeful of closing a loan deal for Valencia left-back Aly Cissokho, while Real Madrid have offered £85m for Spurs star Gareth Bale.

Cissokho has been linked with a move to Sunderland, who are keen to sigjn a new left-back this summer.

But the Daily Mail reports the Reds will pay an initial loan fee of around £850,000 for the 25-year-old with an agreement to pay a further £3.5m to buy the player outright next summer.

Meanwhile, reports in Spain say that Real Madrid are ready to spend £85m on Tottenham’s 24-year-old forward Bale.

But Manchester United are eager to underline their support to new manager David Moyes by smashing the British transfer record to sign Bale, according to the Times.

Other transfer stories:

Injured Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 27, has been playing golf close to Chelsea’s training ground - fuelling speculation the England international could be on his way to Stamford Bridge. Full story: Daily Star

Tottenham are making a new move for Lyon forward Lisandro Lopez after failing in an attempt to sign the 30-year-old in January. Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes former club Real Madrid will block any attempt by Manchester United to take Cristiano Ronaldo, 28, back to Old Trafford. Full story: London’s Evening Standard

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to test Liverpool’s resolve with a £40m bid for 26-year-old striker Luis Suarez. Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal are on the verge of signing Brazil international playmaker Bernard, 20, for £21m from Atletico Mineiro. Full story: London’s Evening Standard

Lazio have dashed Manchester United’s hopes of signing Antonio Candreva, 26, by stating that the midfielder is not for sale. Full story: Daily Express

Tottenham are ready to break their transfer record this week with an £18m move for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, 28. Full story: Daily Express

Aston Villa’s Scotland international defender Alan Hutton, 28, is poised to re-join Real Mallorca on a season-long loan. Full story: Daily Telegraph

Fulham are chasing West Brom left-back Liam Ridgewell, 29, who has only 12 months left on his contract at The Hawthorns. Full story: Daily Mirror

The Baggies are interested in signing Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones, 28, to improve their attacking options. Full story: Metro

Fulham are set to sign 15-year-old midfielder Foday Nabay from Birmingham City for around £200,000. Full story: Daily Telegraph

Celtic will consider signing Wolves striker Kevin Doyle as a potential replacement for Gary Hooper. Full story: The Sun

Hamburg’s Latvia international Artjoms Rudvens is another forward being assessed by the Scottish champions. Full story: Daily Mail