Chelsea reject £30m bid from Man City for defender – report

Chelsea have rejected a £30m bid from Manchester City for David Luiz, according to The Sun.

City boss Roberto Mancini is keen to sign a defender and is reported to have made an offer for the Brazilian.

Luiz missed the Reading win.

It is claimed that Luiz was axed from the Blues’ win over Reading while Chelsea and City tried to thrash out a deal.

Meanwhile, Liverpool want to sell Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing in order to fund the signing of Clint Dempsey from Fulham, according to the Daily Mirror.

It is claimed the Anfield club are struggling to afford to pay £7.5m for Dempsey so are offering Adam in a part-exchange deal.

Everton are reported to be interested in Adam, with the Scotland midfielder apparently reluctant to move to London.

The Daily Mail say Fulham are interested in Roma goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

The Holland international only moved to the Italian capital last summer but is said to be available for around £6m.

He played for Ajax under Fulham boss Martin Jol, who the Mirror suggest is willing to pay £8m for him.

A source is quoted as saying: “Even though Maarten is happy in Italy and is not actively seeking a move, he would relish the chance to work with Jol again and play in the Premier League.

“He enjoys the style of attacking football that Jol likes his teams to play, and he knows how much the Fulham coach admires him.

“Roma is good for Maarten, but a possible move to England to be reunited with Jol would intrigue him.”

The Mail say QPR’s proposed signing of Michael Dawson from Tottenham is in danger of collapsing after they failed to agree personal terms with the defender, so Rangers are likely to target Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross.

The Sun report that Brighton boss Gus Poyet wants to sign out-of-favour QPR striker Jay Bothroyd.

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