Football transfer rumours – Wednesday, August 29

THE latest football transfer rumours on Wednesday, August 29, involve three of Newcastle United’s main star players, Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, Tottenham, Celtic and West Brom, amongst others.

Newcastle will only accept offers for Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini, 30, Ivorian midfielder Cheick Tiote, 26, or French playmaker Yohan Cabaye, 26, if they are too good to turn down – Full story: Independent

Fulham have made a £6.5m bid for Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 27, who was a target for Newcastle – Full story: Daily Mail

Wayne Rooney, 26, fears Manchester United are preparing to offload him for £40m – Full story: Daily Mirror

England winger Theo Walcott has rejected a new Arsenal contract and could be sold for £15m with Manchester City and Liverpool favourites to sign the 23-year-old – Full story: The Times (subscription only)

Former Chelsea strikers Didier Drogba, 34, and Nicolas Anelka, 33, could be sold by Shanghai Shenhua because of an escalating row among the Chinese club’s shareholders – Full story: Guardian

Turkish club Fenerbache are preparing an £8m bid for Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, 29, and have enquired about his Portuguese team-mate Raul Meireles, 29 – Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham have been warned they may miss out on 22-year-old France international midfielder Yann M’Vila after having a £12m bid rejected earlier this summer – Full story: Daily Telegraph

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas wants to sign 25-year-old Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho from Porto and Russia striker Alan Dzagoev, 22, from CSKA Moscow, but could lose Jermain Defoe, 29, and Rafael van der Vaart, 29 – Full story: Daily Mirror

German club Hamburg hope an offer of around £9m will be enough to tempt Tottenham to sell midfielder Van der Vaart – Full story: Daily Mail

Dimitar Berbatov’s agent is due in Florence to secure the 31-year-old Bulgarian’s switch from Manchester United to Fiorentina – Full story: The Sun

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is hoping to revive his loan deal for Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone, 25 – Full story: Stoke Sentinel

Swansea are to make a £2m bid for Crewe midfielder Ashley Westwood, 22 – Full story: Daily Mail

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is considering a move for 30-year-old Southampton striker, and namesake, Rickie Lambert – Full story: Daily Mirror

SPL side Celtic are eyeing a move for Motherwell winger Chris Humphrey, 24, with Neil Lennon expecting to pay £200,000 – Full story: Daily Record

QPR and West Brom are tracking Argentine Cristian Ansaldi, 25, who is currently on the books of Rubin Kazan – Full story: The Sun

Paul Lambert is paying £2.75m to take Middlesbrough left-back Joe Bennett, 22, to Aston Villa – Full story: Daily Mail