Fulham in tussle with Newcastle for Villa star Bent as Chelsea get set to bid for Manchester United’s Rooney

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THE future of two England strikers makes the transfer headlines today.

Fulham are set to move for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, 29, after discovering Italy forward Pablo Osvaldo, 27, intends to stay at Roma, reports the Times.

Bent has been linked with a move to Newcastle United, with Fulham believed to have pulled out of the running last week.

Meanwhile, another England striker’s future is discussed today.

The Times also reports that Chelsea will wait until after Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial against Sevilla on 9 August to make a second offer for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney.

The Blues believe that a hostile reaction towards the England striker, 27, will boost the chances of United agreeing to sell.

Other transfer stories:

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is giving midfielder Gareth Bale, 24, the ‘silent treatment’ over Real Madrid’s bid to sign him. Full story: Daily Mirror

Levy has cut short his holiday to return to London to hold talks with Bale. Full story: Daily Mail

Real hope to complete a £95m deal for Bale, offering £51m plus Argentina winger Angel Di Maria, 25, and Portugal left-back Fabio Coentrao, 25, before they finish their tour of the United States on 11 August. Full story: the Sun

Tottenham will move for Paris St-Germain’s Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore, 24, if they sell Bale. Full story: Daily Star

Bayern Munich are ready to offer £40m for Chelsea defender David Luiz, 26 after boss Pep Guardiola put out feelers for the player while he starred for Brazil at the Confederations Cup. Full story: the Sun

Luiz is not pushing to leave Chelsea, but Bayern Munich made contact with the London club over the weekend with a £34.5m bid. Full story: Daily Telegraph

Trabzonspor have confirmed former Chelsea duo midfielder Florent Malouda, 33, and defender Jose Bosingwa, 30, will finalise their respective moves to the club on Monday night. Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool pursue a loan move for versatile Benfica defender Lorenzo Melgarejo, 22, and see him as possible cover for Jose Enrique. Full story: Daily Mirror

Crystal Palace want to sign Arsenal’s Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh, 29, on a six-month loan deal. Full story: the Sun

Arsenal could be disappointed in their chase for midfielder Bernard, 20, after the player’s father confirmed that Brazilian team-mate, 27-year-old striker Hulk, has persuaded the youngster Porto would be a better club at which to develop. Full story: Daily Express

Former West Ham striker Carlton Cole, 29, is set to join French side St Etienne after failing to agree terms on a free transfer to Crystal Palace. Full story: the Sun

QPR midfielder Park Ji-Sung is set to join former club PSV Eindhoven, whom he left for Manchester United in 2005, on a season-long loan deal. The South Korea winger, 32, flew to the Netherlands for a medical over the weekend. Full story: Daily Mail