Manchester City to use Dzeko as Walcott makeweight – Wednesday Rumour Round-up

Manchester City could use Edin Dzeko as bait in their bid to sign Theo Walcott after he emerged as a surprise transfer target for Arsenal. Walcott looks set to leave the Emirates Stadium before the transfer deadline on Friday after talks over a new contract broke down reportedly due to his demands of an increase in salary.

Premier League champions City are interested in bringing the England winger to the Etihad Stadium and Roberto Mancini could twist Arsene Wengers arm into selling the 23-year-old below his £12 million valuation by throwing Dzeko in as part of the deal. Metro

Dembele close to Spurs move – Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on the signing of Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele. A fee, thought to be in the region of £15 million, has been agreed between the two clubs with the Belgian international currently in talks with Spurs. The imminent arrival of Dembele will come as a relief to manager Andre Villas-Boas after seeing Luka Modric leave White Hart Lane this week in a £33m move to Spanish champions Real Madrid. Sporting Life

Magpies won’t let blue chips go cheap – Newcastle United will demand huge fees to part with the top players with several clubs chasing skipper Fabricio Coloccini and midfielders Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye. Manchester City have been linked with Argentine international Coloccini whilst Arsenal are chasing Tiote and Cabaye. However with the transfer window closing on Friday evening the Magpies will demand upwards of £20 million each for the trio with little time to bring in replacements. The Independent

Van der Vaart bound for Hamburg – Rafael van der Vaart could leave the Tottenham before the transfer deadline with former club Hamburg hopeful of pulling off a surprise £9 million deal to bring him back to Germany. The Holland international faces an uncertain future at White Hart Lane after Andre Villas-Boas signed Gylfi Sigurdsson during the summer and is closing in on the signature of Fulham’s Moussa Dembele. It’s understood the Bundesliga side will over the 29-year-old a three-year deal to make a sensational return to the Imtech Arena. Daily Mail

Fulham close to Richardson deal – Sunderland midfielder Kieron Richardson is close to joining Fulham following his admission that he wants to leave the North East club. Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill confirmed they have accepted a bid from the Cottagers for the 27-year-old as Martin Jol aims to strengthen his midfield options with Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey poised to leave West London. Sporting Life