Gossip column: Kane, Lloris, Pogba, Salvio, Ings, Pearson

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Real Madrid have watched Tottenham striker Harry Kane three times this season and will continue to monitor his progress, even though the 21-year-old has just signed a new contract at White Hart Lane. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United will look to sign Tottenham's 28-year-old goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in a £25m deal if Real Madrid complete a move for their current stopper David De Gea, 24. (Daily Express)

Paul Pogba's agent has confirmed the 21-year-old France midfielder could leave Juventus this summer, but thinks potential suitors including Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid may have to break the world transfer record to secure his services. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, 20, will not sign the current contract offer from the club, despite Reds boss Brendan Rodgers calling it an "incredible" deal. (Talksport)

Arsenal are planning a move for Lyon forward Nabil Fekir in the summer, although Paris St-Germain are also interested in the 21-year-old. (The Sun - subscription required)

The Gunners are set to pip Manchester United to the £1m signature of 16-year-old Valenciennes defender Dayot Upomecano. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool are looking to bring 24-year-old Benfica midfielder Eduardo Salvio to Anfield this summer. (Metro)

And the Reds are poised to challenge Arsenal for the signature of out-of-favour Malaga keeper Guillermo Ochoa, 29. (Daily Express)

Manchester United have sent scouts to watch 21-year-old Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, who is also wanted by Liverpool. (Inside Futbol)

OTHER GOSSIP

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has mocked Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho's suggestion that Manchester City should not be allowed to be league champions because they broke Financial Fair Play regulations. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City are monitoring Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone as their faltering form under Manuel Pellegrini continues to cause concern. (Daily Mail)

Diego Simeone
Diego Simeone has been in charge at Atletico Madrid since 2011

Leicester chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha told manager Nigel Pearson he was sacked on Sunday - only to be talked out of the change by his son Aiyawatt, a staunch supporter of Pearson. (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur, who was involved in a touchline altercation with Pearson, has downplayed the incident as a joke. (Evening Standard)

However, McArthur says Pearson "scared" him during the incident. (Independent)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has taken on a vocal role in the White Hart Lane dressing room and could even be handed the club captaincy in the future. (Daily Telegraph)

Everton boss Roberto Martinez says he has no issue with Kevin Mirallas despite the 27-year-old winger telling Belgian media he wanted a "new challenge". (Evening Standard)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is sure the Gunners will still qualify for the Champions League despite Saturday's defeat to top-four rivals Tottenham. (The Sun - subscription required)

Newcastle boss John Carver says predecessor Alan Pardew would make a good England manager. (Guardian)

Meanwhile, current England manager Roy Hodgson is set to hand an international call-up to Burnley striker Danny Ings, 22. (Daily Star)

Danny Ings
Danny Ings has scored eight league goals for Burnley this season

Liverpool fear Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva, 28, could be out for up to a month with a thigh strain. (Independent)

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea almost signed for Wigan in 2011 before his move to Old Trafford. (Daily Star)

Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala, 23, has admitted he has been too inconsistent since his summer move from Porto. (Guardian)

West Brom manager Tony Pulis believes new signing Darren Fletcher, 31, can help to monitor the club's young players. (The Times - subscription required)

Wales manager Chris Coleman has leapt to the defence of under-fire Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, 25. (Daily Express)

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has backed team-mate Sergio Aguero, 26, to return to his best form, saying he just needs to find the net. (Manchester Evening News)

Championship side Brentford are set to sack manager Mark Warburton at the end of the season even if he leads them to promotion into the Premier league. (The Times - subscription required)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

QPR striker Charlie Austin hailed retiring legend Tony McCoy as "the best jockey of all time" on Twitter.

Hull striker Sone Aluko expressed on Twitter his hope that elections in his native Nigeria would pass off peacefully.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli commiserated on Twitter with his "original country" of Ghana after their defeat in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations final.

AND FINALLY...

Chelsea's new signing Juan Cuadrado has revealed the secret to his lightning pace - he has nightmares about being chased by a witch. (Daily Star)

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