Wednesday's gossip: Mourinho, Mahrez, Lampard, Stones

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Chelsea will hold an emergency board meeting on Wednesday to discuss the future of manager Jose Mourinho. (Daily Mail)external-link

Chelsea's players are turning on Mourinho and themselves.(Sun)external-link

Mourinho, 52, has told his players he should have sold some of them in the summer.(Daily Mirror)external-link

It is a question of when, not if, Mourinho will be sacked, with Chelsea likely to have to pay £10m to get rid of the Portuguese. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

The Sun
The back page of Wednesday's Sun focuses on Jose Mourinho

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, 37, says sacking Mourinho is not going to help the Blues.(Sky Sports)external-link

And Mourinho will not be able to spend his way out of trouble as Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will not sanction a large transfer outlay during the January window. (Daily Star)external-link

A lack of options for a move away from Stamford Bridge means Belgian forward Eden Hazard, 24, will not leave Chelsea in the January transfer window.(BBC Radio 5 live sport)

Chelsea will return with a new £40m bid for Everton defender John Stones, 21, when the transfer window opens in January.(Daily Express)external-link

However, Everton manager Roberto Martinez says Stones knows he has no chance of leaving Everton in the transfer window. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Louis van Gaal is starting to lose the Manchester United dressing room, with players having openly questioned his tactics after the 1-1 draw at Leicester at the end of November. (Sun)external-link

Swansea are hoping to appoint Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa, 60, as Garry Monk's successor before their game against West Ham this Sunday. (Daily Star)external-link

Swansea caretaker manager Alan Curtis is likely to take charge of the home game with West Ham on Sunday, as chairman Huw Jenkins flies to Argentina for talks with former Argentina coach Bielsa. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Leicester City and Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez, 24, says he is staying at the Foxes until the end of the season despite being linked with Arsenal and Tottenham.(French radio station RMC)external-link

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri is on course to receive a huge bonus after being promised an extra £100,000 for every place above 17th that City finish in the Premier League table. The Foxes are two points clear at the top. (Daily Mail)external-link

Southampton want England and Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, 24, who turned out for Spurs' Under-21s on Monday.(Sun)external-link

Daily Telegraph
Front page of Wednesday's Daily Telegraph sports section

Aston Villa will consider offers for club captain Gabriel Agbonlahor, 29, as the forward has fallen out of favour with the club's French manager Remi Garde.(Times - subscription required)external-link

Former Aston Villa defender Paul McGrath says the Premier League's bottom club could end up in League One.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Sunderland and Norwich City want to sign French striker Sebastien Haller, 21, from Dutch club Utrecht in the January transfer window. (Sunderland Echo)external-link

Stoke City have opened talks with Austria forward Marko Arnautovic, 26, and Dutch defender Erik Pieters, 27, over new contracts.(Stoke Sentinel)external-link

Tottenham will learn on Wednesday whether their revised plans for a new £400m 61,000-seater stadium will get the go-ahead. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Brighton boss Chris Hughton is deciding whether to strengthen his promotion-chasing squad by bringing in a winger to the Championship club next month.(Argus)external-link

Gateshead-born former Liverpool and Everton midfielder Don Hutchison believes Newcastle United can all but relegate Aston Villa on Saturday. The ex-Sunderland player says there is no way back for Villa if they lose.(Chronicle)external-link

Former Liverpool assistant Sean O'Driscoll, 58, is favourite to be named manager of League One Walsall.(Express & Star)external-link

Best of social media

Midfielder Alex Song, who is on loan at West Ham from Barcelona, caused a stir when he turned up for trainingexternal-link on Tuesday wearing a suit and...a pair of white shoes.

West Ham United midfielder Alex Song

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech equalled the Premier League clean sheet record on Sunday in the 2-0 win at Aston Villa, with his 169th shut-out in the English top flight. To mark the occasion, his wife baked him a cake depicting the keeper in his full Gunners kit. "Found this in the morning...My wife's baking," he wrote on Twitter.external-link

Petr Cech

Arsenal's attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil is way ahead of the game when it comes to Premier League assists. The German has got 13 so far - six more than Everton's Gerard Deulofeu in second. Even when he's soaking up the sun, setting up goals is very much on his mind - why else would he add the hashtag #alwaysassisting to this Instagram snap?external-link Arsenal play Manchester City next Monday.

Mesut Ozil

And finally

Championship club Huddersfield Town have come up with a new money-making venture - pre-paid funeral plans. A Town-themed funeral costs £4,195 and includes a blue and white coffin or a traditional coffin draped with a Huddersfield shirt, and the name and number of the deceased. (Huddersfield Daily Examiner)external-link

A free bag of crisps produced in honour of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is on offer online for £1m. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

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