Gossip column: Sterling, Clyne, Schneiderlin, Sherwood

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

The Sun
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has called on captain Wayne Rooney to give a Winston Churchill-style speech ahead of Sunday's derby against City, reports the Sun

Manchester City want to sign three players from Liverpool - 22-year-old playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 20-year-old forward Raheem Sterling and midfielder Jordan Henderson, 24.(Daily Star)

Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne, 24, and midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 25, are being watched by Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.(Guardian)

West Brom are lining up a move for 29-year-old Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac and will offer him £75,000 a week to move at the end of his contract. (Sun - subscription required)

Valencia's Portuguese defender Andres Gomes, 21, has denied he is on the verge of agreeing a move to Chelsea. (Daily Express)

Barcelona are to open talks abut a new contract with veteran midfielder Xavi but the 35-year-old has "practically made his mind up" to join Al Sadd in Qatar. (Marca)

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool are struggling to keep players such as Sterling and Henderson because they cannot compete financially with several other Premier League clubs, according to former Reds defender Stephane Henchoz. (Talksport)

Manager Dick Advocaat will be given a one-year contract by Sunderland if he keeps them in the Premier League.(Sun - subscription required)

Daily Express
Philippe Coutinho's winner for Liverpool at Blackburn dominates the Daily Express back page

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, 31, will be fit for Sunday's derby against Manchester City at Old Trafford. (Times - subscription required)

Meanwhile, United manager Louis van Gaal has got his way over the schedule for their pre-season tour of the United States, basing it on the west coast. The Dutchman was unhappy with last year's tour, which he had no say in planning. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City left-back Gael Clichy, 29, says criticism of his side's faltering Premier League title defence is deserved. (Sky Sports)

Disgruntled Newcastle United supporters are planning a boycott of their televised home game against Tottenham. (Daily Telegraph)

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 27, will wear a mask to protect his nose from further damage after it was broken in a challenge with Stoke's Charlie Adam. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood says his old club Tottenham were "telling porkies" last season when they say they did not contact other potential managers while Sherwood was still in charge at White Hart Lane. (Daily Mirror)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and winger Angel Di Maria showed off their basketball and table tennis skills in a YouTube video posted after the pair visited an academy in Burnage, south Manchester.

Team-mate Van Persie tweeted he was back training with the rest of the United squad following an absence with an ankle injury that had sidelined the Dutch striker since February.

AND FINALLY

Stoke manager Mark Hughes is planning to complete the Potters' transformation from the Tony Pulis era - by making the Britannia Stadium pitch bigger to suit their passing game. (Daily Express)

Liverpool midfielder Henderson dashed from his partner's bedside following the birth of their baby daughter to join up with his team-mates just a few hours ahead of their FA Cup victory over Blackburn Rovers. (Liverpool FC.com)

The Mexico Football Federation has banned Juan Arango of Tijuana for two games for biting the shoulder of Monterrey's Jesus Zavala during a game. (Guardian)

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