TRANSFER RUMOURS: August 22 - Sunderland, Adam Johnson, Steven Fletcher, Newcastle

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Sunderland are prepared to spend more than £25m over the next nine days as they chase the signatures of 25-year-old Manchester City winger Adam Johnson, Wolves striker Steven Fletcher, 25, and Blackburn’s 24-year-old defender Martin Olsson – Full story: the Sun

Newcastle and Fulham are looking at FC Twente defender Douglas. The Brazil-born 24-year-old plays under former England boss Steve McLaren in the Dutch Eredivisie – Full story: Daily Star

Arsenal will use the millions gained by selling Alex Song to Barcelona to attempt to sign defensive midfielder Cheick Tiote, 26, from Newcastle United – Full story: caughtoffside.com

Liverpool are prepared for 23-year-old Andy Carroll to spend the season sitting on their bench, rather than sell him for a cut-price fee to a Premier League rival – Full story: Daily Express

However, potential Carroll suitors Newcastle say they will not budge from their £12m offer made for a player sold by the Magpies to the Reds for £35m in January 2011 – Full story: Daily Telegraph

Marseille right-back Cesar Azpilicueta says he is being monitored by Chelsea as a possible replacement for the departed Jose Bosingwa. Azpilicueta, 22, was part of Spain’s Olympic football team at London 2012 – Full story: talkSPORT

French side Rennes expect young midfielder Yann M’Vila, 21, to leave the club this week. The Ligue 1 side say they have received offers from Tottenham, Zenit St Petersburg and a third unnamed side, believed to be Arsenal – Full story: Metro

Tottenham are close to capturing Brazilian striker Willian, 24, from Shakhtar Donetsk for £20m, and also retain an interest in Internacional’s Leandro Damiao, who is 23 and won silver with Brazil at the London Olympics – Full story: Daily Mail

Robert Green’s career as QPR’s No1 goalkeeper could be under threat after just one game, as Hoops manager Mark Hughes seems keen on bringing in 32-year-old former Celtic keeper and current free agent Artur Boruc – Full story: Daily Mirror