TRANSFER RUMOURS: Wed, Aug 8 -Sunderland’s striker bid, Wolves, Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Spurs

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SUNDERLAND are prepared to meet Wolves’ £12m asking price for striker Steven Fletcher, while Arsenal, Celtic, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Man United, Wigan and Fulham are also making today’s headlines.

The Black Cats, having upped their offer from £10m to £11m in recent days, will finally go to the £12m mark which Wolves have insisted is the lowest fee they would accept before considering the sale of their star asset.

And Martin O’Neill will hope that once the final offer is submitted, progress will be swift on the sale of the Scot to Sunderland.

The fee of £12m, roughly the same sum Sunderland paid for World Cup star Asamoah Gyan, might seem steep for a player who is currently preparing for a season of Championship football.

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Arsenal are considering a move for Celtic’s South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-yeung after the 23-year-old impressed the club’s scouts. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea’s hopes of signing Brazilian striker Hulk from Porto are receding after Zenit St Petersburg made a £40m offer, plus Bruno Alves, for him. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal’s talks over signing Nuri Sahin on loan from Real Madrid have stalled, with Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United said to be looking at the midfielder. (Metro)

Zenit St Petersburg are interested in signing Manchester United striker Bulgarian Dimitar Berbatov, who is on his way out of Old Trafford. (Talksport)

Chelsea are considering using Gael Kakuta as bait in their attempt to sign highly-rated defender Cesar Azpilicueta from Marseille. (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid have increased their offer for Luka Modric to £30m, but Tottenham are holding out for a fee of £40m for the Croatian. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool target Juan Manuel Vargas says he is happy to stay at Fiorentina, despite being linked with the Anfield club for most of the summer. (Talksport)

Sao Paulo vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes says his club have been contacted by Paris Saint German over Lucas Moura, who has also been linked with Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)

Roberto Martinez has told Victor Moses he will be staying at Wigan unless Chelsea increase their offer for the 21-year-old to £10m. (Daily Mail)

Nigel Reo-Coker is considering offers from three Serie A clubs after turning down an offer to join Fulham following his departure from Bolton. (Daily Mirror)

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