Gossip column: Pogba, Gundogan, Ronaldo, Allardyce

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Tottenham are monitoring Benfica's £20m-rated, 24-year-old Argentine winger Eduardo Salvio and are also expected to revive their long-standing interest in Southampton's Jay Rodriguez, 25, in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Midfielder Paul Pogba, 21, has been encouraged to leave Juventus for Chelsea by former Blues striker Nicolas Anelka. (Daily Express)

Manchester United are ready to sign Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan if the 24-year-old midfielder fails to agree a new deal to stay at Westfalenstadion. (Metro)

Ilkay Gundogan
Ilkay Gundogan: Manchester United-bound?

Real Madrid will let either Pepe, 31, or Raphael Varane, 21, leave the club, with Chelsea and Manchester United keen on the central defensive pair. (Daily Star)

Swansea boss Garry Monk has identified Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 20, as Wilfried Bony's replacement and will move for him in the summer. (The Sun - subscription required)

Serie A side Bologna are planning to bid again for Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, 23, after a deal collapsed in January. (Daily Express)

Former Paris St-Germain forward Nene, 33, is undergoing a medical before a move to West Ham. (Daily Star)

OTHER GOSSIP

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has jetted in to hear new Villa manager Tim Sherwood's plan to save the club from relegation, but will have left the country on business by the time they host Stoke City on Saturday. (Daily Mirror)

Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha has warned Radamael Falcao, 29, that he is running out of time to earn a permanent move to the Old Trafford club. (Daily Telegraph)

Reds winger Ashley Young, 29, insists the dressing room spirit under Louis van Gaal is just as strong as it was under Sir Alex Ferguson. (Manchester Evening News)

Wednesday's Daily Mirror back page
Wednesday's Daily Mirror back page

David Beckham has backed Luis Figo's bid to become the next Fifa president. (Sun - subscription only)

Newcastle caretaker boss John Carver has been handed a boost in his bid to get the job on a permanent basis after a run of three games unbeaten earned the praise of the Magpies' managing director Lee Charnley. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, who scored 228 goals in 376 appearances with the Gunners, has been offered the chance to start his coaching career at the club.(Daily Mirror)

West Ham will make checks on the availability of Real Sociedad boss David Moyes and Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic as the club line up possible replacements for Sam Allardyce, whose contract expires in the summer. (Daily Telegraph)

Millwall's former Everton winger Magaye Gueye, 24, has been told he will not play for the club again unless he loses weight, after failing a routine body fat ratio test. (Mirror)

Former Norwich coach Mark Robson is set to join Tim Sherwood's new-look backroom team at Aston Villa after Scott Marshall left the club.(Daily Mail)

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson made a surprise visit to Chelsea's team hotel ahead of their Champions League clash with Paris St-Germain to have coffee with manager Jose Mourinho. (The Sun - subscription required)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Wayne Rooney had better stay clear of WWE wrestler and Preston fan Wade Barrett after his "dive" to earn a penalty in the 3-1 FA Cup win at Deepdale on Monday. Barrett tweeted: "He won't need to dive when I catch up with him."

Wade Barrett twitter

But the England and United striker took Barrett's tongue-in-cheek post in good spirit with his reply.

Wayne Rooney twitter

It was not just the return of the Champions League that got people talking on Twitter, it seems #whokilledlucy in Eastenders has also caught the attention.

QPR striker Charlie Austin has turned detective, tweeting "so Lucy was killed at home" followed by "no surely Abi didn't kill Lucy .... Jane or Bobby?".

AND FINALLY...

Former Chelsea and Everton striker Samuel Eto'o, 33, has spent £18.5m on a mansion in Italy near the Sampdoria training ground which is said to be haunted by curse of Tutankhamun.(Daily Mail)

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