TRANSFER RUMOURS... Tues, August 28 - Sunderland race to sign Dempsey, Chelsea chase Sturridge, Man City, Spurs, Barcelona, Liverpool

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Sunderland are hopeful of beating Liverpool to the signing of striker Clint Dempsey after opening talks with Fulham over a transfer – Full story: Metro

Liverpool want Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge and will sell midfielders Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing to raise the funds to buy him – Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole could be set for a shock return to West Ham before the end of the transfer window – Full story: talkSPORT

More transfer rumours...

Manchester City are closing in on Fiorentina’s 19-year-old Serbia defender Matija Nastasic, with Montenegro defender Stefan Savic – plus cash – going the other way – Full story: Gazetta dello Sport

QPR are set to complete the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar from Inter Milan – Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham hope to complete the triple signing of Moussa Dembele from Fulham, Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and Shakhtar Donetsk striker Willian – Full story: The Times (subscription only)

Genk’s 21-year-old international striker Christian Benteke has emerged as a leading target for Aston Villa – Full story: Birmingham Mail

Barcelona will this week sanction the loan departure of dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay, with Arsenal and Tottenham interested – Full story: talkSPORT

Everton have made an enquiry for Dundee United’s highly-rated 22-year-old forward Johnny Russell – Full story: SkySports