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.

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MOTD3 pundits reflect on Paolo Di Canio's sacking at Sunderland

Full story: Daily Mirror

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.

Full story: Daily Mail

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.

Full story: Northern Echo

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.

Full story: The Guardian

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Udinese are looking to beat Manchester United to the signing of Desportivo Brasil youngster Bruno Gomes, 17.

Full story: Daily Express

Arsenal and Juventus are weighing up a move for Basel centre-back Fabian Schar, 21.

Fabian Schar
Arsenal and Juventus are interested in Basel defender Fabian Schar

Full story: insidefutbol

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that there is no recall clause in 20-year-old Romelu Lukaku's loan deal at Everton.

Full story: Daily Mail

Southampton striker Billy Sharp, 27, has chosen to join Reading on loan for three months after turning down three other Championship clubs.

Full story: The Sun (subscription required)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant has questioned the way in which Jose Mourinho is marginalising playmaker Juan Mata.

Full story: Metro

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.

Full story: Daily Mirror

David Flitcroft is in a fight to keep his job - after only 36 games as Barnsley manager.

Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

Leighton Baines admits fantasy football banter with Leon Osman inspired his brilliant free-kick brace at West Ham.

Full story: the Metro

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