Transfer Rumours Sunday July 22, 2012: Sunderland, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham, Swansea, Nottingham Forest, Celtic

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SUNDERLAND boss Martin O’Neill is to raid former club Aston Villa for defensive duo Stephen Warnock, 30, and James Collins, 28 – Sun on Sunday

Robin van Persie was ordered to miss Arsenal’s pre-season tour by Arsene Wenger – and Manchester United have now emerged as favourites to sign the Dutch striker, 28, providing they can avoid a transfer auction – Sunday Mirror

United’s move to sign Van Persie is hanging in the balance because Arsenal are refusing to budge on their £30million valuation of the Dutch striker – Mail on Sunday

United have a key advantage in the fight to sign Van Persie as it emerged that the Dutchman would prefer moving to United rather than to rivals Manchester City or Juventus – Sunday Times

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been given the go-ahead to gamble more than £50million to win back the Premier League title next season – Sunday Express

Nicklas Bendtner is set to leave Arsenal this week, with the 24-year-old Danish striker a £7.5million target for both AC Milan and Galatasaray – Sunday Mirror

Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu, 18, is on the radar of both Liverpool and QPR – Sunday People

Ryo Miyaichi, 19, could be set for first-team opportunities at Arsenal after Ajax manager Frank de Boer admitted defeat in his pursuit for the winger –

Everton are on the brink of re-signing midfielder Steven Pienaar, 30, from Tottenham –

Manager Michael Laudrup has revealed he won’t stand in the way of Joe Allen, 22, should the midfielder wish to leave Swansea – talkSPORT

Sean O’Driscoll’s first task as new Nottingham Forest chief will be to run the rule over Kuwait star striker Bader Al-Mutawa, 27 – Star on Sunday

Ambitious QPR are ­making a £6million move for Celtic’s South Korean midfield star Ki Sung-Yeung, 23 – Sunday People