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Garry Monk to be sacked?

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, 42, is set for a return to Swansea with Garry Monk on the brink of losing his job. (Daily Express)

Monk, 36, is certain to be sacked - possibly once Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins returns from collecting his OBE in London on Tuesday. (Guardian)

Swansea could also look at appointing Rangers manager Mark Warburton or former Inter Milan boss Walter Mazzarri. (Telegraph)

The Welsh side will give a £3m payoff to Monk, whose side have won just once in their last 11 league games. (Sun)

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Former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, 56, says he is prepared to wait until 2017 for a return to management - leaving open a move to Manchester United. (Independent)

Meanwhile, the Italian believes Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, 54, is the best candidate to replace Roy Hodgson as England coach. (Independent)

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Can Rodgers hear an SOS? The back page of Tuesday's Daily Express

Italy manager Antonio Conte, 46, has emerged as a leading candidate to replace Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. (Daily Star)

Arsenal have made an enquiry about the availability of Celta Vigo forward Nolito. The Spain international, 29, has scored eight La Liga goals this season. (Daily Mirror)

Paris St-Germain boss Laurent Blanc says he is annoyed that 20-year-old Adrien Rabiot, a reported target for Arsenal, has requested to leave the Ligue 1 champions. (Daily Express)

Liverpool are considering an £18m move for former Manchester United forward Giuseppe Rossi, 28, from Italian side Fiorentina in January. (ItaSportPress, via Daily Star)

Watford are favourites to sign Juventus and Italy striker Simone Zaza, 24, on loan in January. (Daily Mirror)

Leicester City have a chance of winning the Premier League title if they invest in their squad in January, says former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.(Leicester Mercury)

Ferguson also believes Liverpool's revival under recently appointed manager Jurgen Klopp is a concern for Manchester United. (Times - subscription needed)

England goalkeeper Jack Butland, 22, has dismissed speculation about a potential move to Liverpool and insisted he is happy at Stoke. (Sky Sports)

Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna insists his team-mates are not too tired, despite manager Manuel Pellegrini saying the players are lacking energy. (Sun)

New York City manager Patrick Vieira, 39, is being lined up to become Manchester City boss following his "developmental" stint at the Blues' sister club. (Manchester Evening News)

Former Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray is set to take charge of managerless Championship side Fulham for their west London derby against Brentford. (Daily Mail)

Nice winger Hatem Ben Arfa, 28, who was released by Newcastle United in January, is a target for German side Borussia Dortmund. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic are interested in signing Aston Villa striker Libor Kozak, 26, who has played just 48 minutes of first-team football this season. (Birmingham Mail)

Everton and Sunderland are set to make a move for Leeds United's £8m-rated right-back Sam Byram after the 22-year-old refused a new contract.(Daily Mirror)

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Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann, 28, cannot be far away from an England call-up after his display against Everton on Monday, says his former Eagles team-mate Peter Ramage.

Peter Ramage

And finally

Carlisle goalkeeper Mark Gillespie was left stranded in a flooded house by Storm Desmond - while his team-mates thrashed Welling 5-0 to reach the FA Cup third round. (Sun)

An Aston Villa fan will get Remi Garde tattooed on his backside if the manager keeps the rock-bottom claret and blues up. (Birmingham Mail)

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