Gossip column: Schweinsteiger, Laudrup, Ideye, Clasie, Icardi

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 30, has said he could leave Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in an extract of his upcoming autobiography, alerting both Manchester United and Chelsea. (Daily Express)

Daily Star
Wednesday's Daily Star back page

Manchester United scouts were in Italy on Sunday to watch Palermo's £30m-rated striker Paulo Dybala, 21, in action against Inter Milan. (Daily Mail)

West Brom's new boss Tony Pulis says £10m record-signing Brown Ideye will not be sold this season. The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to Al Gharafa of Qatar, where their transfer window is open for another week. (Daily Star)

Chelsea are weighing up a summer move for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, 21, who is refusing to sign a new deal with the Italian club. (London Evening Standard)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is considering a move for Argentine centre-half Emanuel Mammana, 19, of River Plate. (Daily Mirror)

Everton have offered their 21-year-old left-back Luke Garbett, out of contract at the end of the season, a new deal.(Liverpool Echo)

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman wants to sign Dutch midfielder Jordy Clasie, 23, in the summer. Feyenoord value him at £10m. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Ex-Premier League striker Pierre van Hooijdonk says "even the biggest clowns are laughing at Louis van Gaal" after the Manchester United boss used diagrams to defend suggestions his side relied on long balls. (Sun - subscription required)

Manchester City want Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone to replace Manuel Pellegrini as the club's manager at the end of the season. (Daily Star)

West Brom boss Tony Pulis says the Baggies are embroiled in relegation trouble only because that is where they deserve to be, based on performances. (Birmingham Mail)

Daily Express
Wednesday's Daily Express back page

Southampton's new loan signing Filip Djuricic has finally linked up with the St Mary's club after his deadline-day move was held up by work permit delays. (Saintsfc.co.uk)

Former Swansea boss Michael Laudrup, currently working in Qatar, has emerged as the favourite to take over from Harry Redknapp as the next manager of Queens Park Rangers. (Daily Mirror)

Ex-Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has ended his interest in becoming the next QPR manager after he failed to receive assurances over the club's plans if they were relegated this season. (Independent)

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has dismissed rumours linking him with a move to Spanish club Barcelona, saying he will honour his contract with the Saints. (Daily Express)

Championship club Brentford will sack manager Mark Warburton at the end of the season because he refused to accept the owner Matthew Benham expanding his coaching team.(Times - subscription required)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli's goal against Tottenham was his first in the Premier League for Liverpool

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, who scored the winner against Tottenham on Tuesday, posted a picture on Instagram saying: "Great game guys. This smile is only for those that always believe and support me. But now head down and keep working hard."

Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie congratulated Mario Balotelli on scoring his first Premier League goal for Liverpool in their 3-2 win over Spurs. "Happy for Balotelli. Can't lie,"he tweeted.

Chelsea defender Filipe Luis has dismissed rumours he is unhappy at the club by posting a picture of himself training with his team-mates saying: "Can't stop smiling. Feels so good to be back".

QPR midfielder Joey Barton praised the team and the fans after their 2-0 victory at Sunderland. He tweeted: "Tremendous team performance. Whole squad effort. Thanks to the fans who made the long journey north on a weekday. Plenty of hard work ahead."

AND FINALLY...

Aaron Lennon's mum joined a legion of fans giving the former Tottenham winger grief over his miserable expression as he posed for pictures after signing on loan for Everton. (Daily Star)

New York City FC fans will forgive Frank Lampard for staying at Manchester City and not joining the MLS club for the start of their season, says their coach Jason Kreis. (Daily Mail)

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