Top five transfer rumours: Spurs eye Willian, United want trio, Villa in for Kiyotake

Attacking midfielder Willian could swap chilly Russia for White Hart Lane.
Attacking midfielder Willian could swap chilly Russia for White Hart Lane. Photo: PA

Even quieter on the transfer front today with only Tottenham's reported signing of Etienne Capoue set to go through. Here are the rumours doing the Thursday rounds:

David Moyes faces a proper race against time to bolster his squad before the season opener down in Swansea next Saturday. After failing with multiple bids for Cesc Fabregas, Moyes is intent on bringing in former charges Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines (Daily Mail), together with Udinese's Luis Muriel to replace wantaway striker Wayne Rooney. Whether the Toffees will part with their two best players remains to be seen, however 22-year-old Colombian Muriel looks better set for Old Trafford. (Metro)

Anzhi Makhachkala's fire sale in Russia, after their larger than life owner pulled the plug on their exorbitant wage bill, could benefit Tottenham in their pursuit of players to replace Gareth Bale. With the Welsh winger seemingly on his way to Real Madrid, Andre Villas-Boas is primed to put in a cheeky bid for Brazilian Willian who he has been tracking for some time. The 24-year-old attacking midfielder would relish a move to White Hart Lane with international team-mates Sandro and Paulinho part of the furniture. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa have already made, arguably, the best move of the summer thus far by persuading star striker Christian Benteke to stay. Boss Paul Lambert now wants Nuremberg midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake to help supply the Belgian with ammunition. The German side appear to be holding out, though, for more than the £10m the wily Scot has put on the table for the Japanese international. (Daily Express)

Barcelona are intent on reinforcing their centre-back slots with the continuing pursuit of David Luiz followed up with a concrete bid for Liverpool's Daniel Agger. The Danish international has been in and out of the team and a bid of more than £10m should see him depart Anfield. (Daily Telegraph)