Football transfer rumours – Thursday, August 16

THE latest football transfer rumours on Thursday, August 16, involve Sunderland, Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham, Aston Villa, Wolves, QPR, Chelsea, Arsenal and Swansea, amongst others.

Sunderland have opened talks with free agent Louis Saha, 34, as negotiations continue with Wolves over 25-year-old striker Steven Fletcher – Full story: Daily Mail

QPR, Aston Villa and Sunderland are all interested in signing Tottenham and England striker Jermain Defoe, 29 – Full story: Metro

With Manchester United set to sign Arsenal skipper Robin van Persie, Old Trafford striker Javier Hernandez, 24, could move the other way – Full story: Daily Mirror

Midfielder Luka Modric, 26, is expected to travel to Spain within the next 48 hours for a medical and to agree personal terms with Real Madrid after Jose Mourinho’s side offered a package that guaranteed Tottenham close to £35m – Full story: Daily Telegraph

Chelsea defender Sam Hutchinson, 23, is wanted on loan by Nottingham Forest – Full story: Daily Star

Arsenal have expressed a willingness to sell 24-year-old midfielder Alex Song, but the club are yet to agree a fee with Barcelona – Full story: Evening Standard

Blackburn have rejected a £500,000 bid from Norwich for 27-year-old goalkeeper Mark Bunn – Full story: Lancashire Telegraph

Everton are preparing a move for Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam, 26, who will be allowed to leave Anfield for £5m – Full story: Daily Mirror

The Scotland international could be replaced by Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin after Liverpool moved ahead of Arsenal in the race to secure a loan deal for the 23-year-old – Full story: Guardian

Everton’s move for Olympiacos striker Kevin Mirallas has advanced to the stage where manager David Moyes has opened talks with the 24-year-old’s club – Full story: Independent

Swansea have lined up Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez, 27, as a potential replacement for Scott Sinclair if the 23-year-old is sold – Full story: the Sun