Gossip column: Monk, Ancelotti, Rodgers, Nolito, Rabiot

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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)external-link

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

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

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

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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)external-link

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

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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)external-link

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)external-link

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)external-link

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

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

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)external-link

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

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

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

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)external-link

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)external-link

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

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)external-link

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)external-link

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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)external-link

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)external-link

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