Football transfer rumours – Thursday, August 30

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THE latest football transfer rumours on Thursday, August 30, involve a possible swap deal involving Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko and Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, Chelsea’s bid for Porto striker Hulk, further speculation involving Liverpool’s former Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll, and the Anfield club’s interest in Athletic Bilbao forward Fernando Llorente, amongst others.

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, 26, has emerged as a shock transfer target for Arsenal, as a potential makeweight in a deal taking 23-year-old forward Theo Walcott the other way – Full story: The Metro

Porto have turned down a £39.5m bid from Zenit St Petersburg for Hulk. The 26-year-old striker and winger is also a target for Chelsea – Full story: talkSPORT

West Ham will launch a final attempt to sign Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, 23, before the window closes. This would allow the Reds to move for Walcott – Full story: Daily Mail

Carroll is set to be left out of Liverpool’s Europa League match with Hearts, further fuelling speculation he will leave the club – Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants Carroll to admit his Anfield career his over as he looks to bring in cash to buy Clint Dempsey, 29, and Walcott – Full story: The Times (subscription required)

Liverpool want to sign Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente, 27, if they can sell Carroll before Friday’s transfer deadline – Full story: the Sun

Hamburg say they will do “all they can” to complete the signing of Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, 29, before the window closes – Full story: Metro

Tottenham and Chelsea are locked in a £15m battle for France and Marseille striker Loic Remy, 25 – Full story: Daily Express

Manchester City will step up their interest in Inter’s 31-year-old defender Maicon before the window closes – Full story: The Guardian

Fulham have failed in a bid to sign 25-year-old midfielder Mark Noble from West Ham, as they look for a replacement for Mousa Dembele who has joined Tottenham – Full story: Goal.com

Manchester City have made a formal £6.2m bid for Swansea’s 23-year-old winger Scott Sinclair – Full story: Daily Mail

Meanwhile, Swansea have agreed a record £5.5m deal for Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez, 27, as a possible replacement for Sinclair – Full story: Daily Mirror

Swansea have had a new £5.1million bid for Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez, 27, rejected according to other reports – Full story: the Sun

Malaga are set to beat Real Betis to the signature of 31-year-old Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz, according to reports in Spain – Full story: talkSPORT