Monday's Gossip Column: Football transfers and rumours
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PAOLO DI CANIO SACKING
Manager Paolo Di Canio's departure from Sunderland came after a bust-up with two senior players.
Sunderland players turned on Di Canio after being called to a crisis meeting at the club's training ground on Sunday following the 3-0 defeat at West Brom.
Members of the Wearside club's squad are believed to have told Di Canio they were unhappy with his man-management methods and his public criticism of them.
Former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo and ex-Brighton boss Gus Poyet are favourites to take over from Di Canio, while former England manager Steve McClaren is an outsider.
Udinese are looking to beat Manchester United to the signing of Desportivo Brasil youngster Bruno Gomes, 17.
Arsenal and Juventus are weighing up a move for Basel centre-back Fabian Schar, 21.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that there is no recall clause in 20-year-old Romelu Lukaku's loan deal at Everton.
Southampton striker Billy Sharp, 27, has chosen to join Reading on loan for three months after turning down three other Championship clubs.
Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant has questioned the way in which Jose Mourinho is marginalising playmaker Juan Mata.
Manchester United manager David Moyes used the 'hairdryer' treatment - which his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson was famous for using - to make his feelings known to his players after the 4-1 drubbing by rivals Manchester City.
David Flitcroft is in a fight to keep his job - after only 36 games as Barnsley manager.
Leighton Baines admits fantasy football banter with Leon Osman inspired his brilliant free-kick brace at West Ham.