Gossip column: Poyet, Falcao, Clyne, Di Maria, Lavezzi, Janmaat

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POYET ON THE BRINK?

Gus Poyet's departure as Sunderland manager is imminent following his side's 4-0 drubbing by relegation rivals Aston Villa on Saturday. (Times - subscription required)

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce's contract at the club runs out this summer and he is a contender to take over at Sunderland if Poyet is sacked. (Daily Mail)

Poyet is to hold talks with the Sunderland hierarchy, who have made contact with former Netherlands and rangers coach Dick Advocaat. (Sun - subscription required)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Radamel Falcao, 29, has privately accepted he will not be turning his loan move to Manchester United from Monaco into a permanent switch but is still keen to stay in the Premier League, with Chelsea and Tottenham possible destinations for the Colombian. (Daily Mirror)

Daily Star back page
Daily Star back page

Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne will reject a new contract offer from the club as the 23-year-old England right-back has his heart set on a move to Manchester United. (Sun - subscription required)

Real Madrid will not bid for Manchester United's £50m-rated goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, this summer after River Plate confirmed a loan deal with a view to a permanent move is in place for Argentine Augusto Batalla, 18, to move to the Bernabeu. (Daily Express)

Tottenham face strong competition from Atletico Madrid for the signature of Paris St-Germain's £15m-rated Argentina international striker Ezequiel Lavezzi, 29. (Sun - subscription required)

Newcastle United's Dutch defender Daryl Janmaat could be set for a summer move to Premier League rivals Liverpool. The 25-year-old has caught the attention of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and could be seen as a long-term replacement for Glen Johnson, who looks set to leave the club when his deal expires in the summer. (Daily Star)

Liverpool's hopes of signing Benfica winger Eduardo Salvio have received a boost, with the Portuguese club set to reduce the buy-out clause in the 24-year-old Argentine's new contract. (Ojogo - in Portuguese)

Ayoze Perez, 21, has been told Newcastle United is the perfect platform for his Premier League career to take off, despite Magpies manager John Carver revealing interest from Manchester City in the Spain Under-21 international. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Arsenal are lining up a close-season move for Borussia Dortmund's 26-year-old Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Gunners have been scouting him closely and have added his name to their list of targets. (Fichajes.net - in Spanish)

OTHER GOSSIP

Zenit St Petersburg coach Andre Villas-Boas described Torpedo Moscow fans as a "disgrace" for allegedly racially abusing 28-year-old Brazil striker Hulk during the 1-1 draw in the Russian Premier League on Sunday. (Guardian)

Guardian back page on Monday
Guardian back page on Monday

Premier League leaders Chelsea are seven points ahead of Arsenal with a game in hand but Blues boss Jose Mourinho believes the Gunners are rivals for the top-flight crown.(Daily Mail)

Brendan Rodgers thinks his Liverpool side need to take 23 of the 30 points available in their last 10 games to produce a top-four finish.(Liverpool Echo)

The Reds boss also says he will not pick fit-again captain Steven Gerrard, who will leave the club in the summer to move to MLS side LA Galaxy, out of sentiment.(Independent)

A speech by Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to the squad on Saturday evening helped inspire the side to victory against Tottenham on Sunday. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is not worried by the club's finances and says he leaves all financial decisions to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.(Daily Express)

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is hanging on to his job by his fingernails, according to the club's former defender Danny Mills.(Talksport)

Sunderland's game against derby rivals Newcastle will remain a 16:00 BST kick-off, despite police pleas to the Premier League to change the time of next month's Tyne-Wear derby.(Daily Mirror)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says it will be "difficult" for the club to finish in the top four of the Premier League after Manchester United opened up a six-point gap on them.(Sky Sports)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Wayne Rooney's Man Utd team-mate Juan Mata posted this picture on Twitter in reaction to the striker's boxing celebration:

Juan Mata
'The Boxer', says Juan Mata, who is pictured with team-mate Wayne Rooney

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, meanwhile, wrote: "Class from Rooney #oneofthelads"

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, 25, marked Mother's Day with this tweet for his mum: "Thank you mama for the 9 months you carried me through, all the pain and suffering. Happy Mother's Day to every mother on the planet!!"

AND FINALLY....

Ex-Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is now "officially" Lord Bendtner - after somebody bought him some land in Scotland. (Metro)

West Brom captain Darren Fletcher got team-mate Craig Gardner to organise a secret go-karting session for the Baggies squad to get them back on track after two defeats by Aston Villa. The day out had the desired effect as they beat Stoke on Saturday. (Daily Star)

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