Gossip column: Moyes, Van Gaal, Guardiola, Klopp
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DAVID MOYES GOSSIP
Manchester United will attempt to discover the availability of Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola as they start their new search for a manager following the sacking of David Moyes.
Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has ruled himself out of the running in the race to become United manager.
Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal, 62, is the early front-runner to replace Moyes at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal, who will leave his current post after the 2014 World Cup, met United representatives 10 days ago, according to reports in his homeland.
The agent behind the deal which brought striker Robin van Persie to Old Trafford could play a key part in the club hiring Van Gaal.
United players were telling friends before Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Everton that Moyes would be sacked.
United sanctioned Moyes's exit as early as February and can fire the Scot with just a one-year pay-off because of the club's failure to secure Champions League football for next season.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says he is surprised by the sacking of Moyes.
Newcastle's on-loan QPR striker Loic Remy, 27, has yet to give the Magpies a decision about his future, with clubs from England and Spain interested in acquiring the France international's services.
Real Madrid are ready to sell striker Karim Benzema, 26, in order to fund a summer bid for Liverpool's Luis Suarez, 27.
Alternatively, Real may sell Benzema in order to make a move for Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, 25.
Everton will attempt to sign Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverly, 24, at the end of the season, while the Toffees will also try to make 20-year-old Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku's loan move into a permanent switch.
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas' future at the Spanish club is in doubt after the 26-year-old was booed by fans of the Catalan outfit during the win over Athletic Bilbao.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibault Courtois is close to signing a two-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge. The 21-year-old Belgian, currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, is contracted to Chelsea until 2016.
Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, 28, is wanted by Italian club Napoli, according to his agent.
Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a broken knee-cap which could hinder the club offloading the 28-year-old during the summer.
West Bromwich Albion's 21-year-old midfielder George Thorne, on loan at Derby, has hinted he could sign for the Rams if they gain promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs.
GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)
Turkey midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu's father says Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have shown an interest in the 20-year-old midfielder, who currently plays for German side Hamburg and has been linked with a switch to Chelsea.
Montpellier midfielder Benjamin Stambouli has caught the eye of Newcastle and Everton following the 23-year-old's fine performances this season.
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres credits Diego Simeone for Atletico Madrid's recent success, saying the 43-year-old Argentine manager has been able to unite the Spanish side.
Real Madrid will have to pay £20m to beat rivals Atletico Madrid to the signature of Inter Milan's 21-year-old striker Mauro Icardi.
Paris St-Germain are in transfer talks with Italian side Atalanta for 22-year-old midfielder Daniele Baselli, who is also being chased by Juventus and AS Monaco.
Athletic Bilbao's young defender Aymeric Laporte, 19, could cost Bayern Munich £29m if the German giants decide to buy him.
Manchester City fans poked fun at neighbours Manchester United by revealing a "Don't Sack Moyes" banner during their 3-1 home win against West Brom on Monday night.
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