Gossip column: Van Gaal, Hiddink, Suarez, Berahino, Terry, Kouyate

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Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi, 22, says Manchester United made an approach for him in January. (Corriere dello Sport via Metro)external-link

And his Inter team-mate, Japan international full-back Yuto Nagatomo, 29, says he turned down a move to Old Trafford in the same transfer window. (FourFourTwo)external-link

The London Evening Standard's Tom Collomosse denies Louis van Gaal's claims that stories about the Manchester United manager have been made up. (BBC Radio 5 live)

Meanwhile, Van Gaal believes his side have shown title-winning form since the start of the year.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

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The Independent's back page focuses on Leicester City's remarkable rise

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink has warned that his successor may struggle to lure top talent to Stamford Bridge.(Guardian)external-link

Hiddink also says January signings Alexandre Pato, 26, and Matt Miazga, 20, are not yet ready to play in the first team.(London Evening Standard)external-link

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says club captain John Terry, 35, deserves a new contract at Stamford Bridge. (Shortlist)external-link

However, Blues midfielder Willian, 27, believes his Stamford Bridge team-mate Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 20, has "everything needed to become a great footballer". (Squawka)external-link

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has called on Premier League clubs to keep ticket prices affordable for supporters. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

However, Pellegrini is uncertain as to how long Vincent Kompany's comeback from a calf injury will last, with the City captain, 29, due to face Tottenham on Sunday.(Daily Star)external-link

Barcelona forward Luis Suarez, 29, says he would only return to the Premier League to play for Liverpool.(Daily Mail)external-link

Leicester-born former England captain Gary Lineker believes "the whole nation is enjoying" the Foxes' unlikely Premier League title challenge. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Meanwhile, winger Riyad Mahrez, 24, says former Foxes manager Nigel Pearson deserves a share of the praise for the club's recent success. (Daily Mirror)external-link

However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thinks Leicester could be at a disadvantage by playing fewer games than their Premier League title rivals during the end-of-season run-in. (Daily Mail)external-link

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has told England boss Roy Hodgson that Foxes midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 25, is ready to play international football. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

Hodgson is keen to use Tottenham's Dele Alli, 19, and Arsenal's Jack Wilshire, 24, as his midfielder pairing this summer, but fears he is running out of time to watch them together. (Times - subscription required)external-link

The Daily Mirror's back page
The Daily Mirror's back page focuses on Manchester United's succession planning

Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool fans he "is no David Copperfield" and has no magic formula to change the club's fortunes. (Guardian)external-link

Malaga midfielder Ignacio Camacho, 25, visited Liverpool's Melwood training ground with his agent on Thursday. (Read Liverpool)external-link

Meanwhile, Divock Origi, 20, says his Liverpool and Belgium team-mate Christian Benteke, 25, "has fire in him" and will come through his current goal drought. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce says predecessor Dick Advocaat was right when he wrote off the club's chances of Premier League survival, leading to the current manager making four January signings. (Daily Star)external-link

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes his old club's arch rivals Tottenham can win the Premier League title this season. (Sky Sports)external-link

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has urged injury-hit defender Steven Taylor, 28, to prove he is worth a new contract. (Daily Star)external-link

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis says former Baggies boss Steve Clarke was "not far off the mark" in suggesting 22-year-old striker Saido Berahino needs to lose weight. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Senegal international midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, 26, is set to sign a new four-year deal at West Ham United.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Meanwhile, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic admits it will be hard for the club to replicate the Upton Park atmosphere when they move to the Olympic Stadium next season.(Sky Sports)external-link

Best of social media

Brighton & Hove Albion's on-loan Manchester United striker James Wilson, 20, says on Instagramexternal-link that five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi set him the challenge of hitting the crossbar direct from a corner.

James Wilson
Lionel Messi named James Wilson as one of football's 10 hottest prospects last year

Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy shows off his (rather limited!) keepy-uppy skills with a paper ball on Twitter.external-link

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho posted pictures on Twitterexternal-link of his family celebrating his daughter Aida's birthday on Thursday.

Mamadou Sakho
Mamadou Sakho's daughter Aida celebrated her birthday on Thursday

And finally

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink says his wife is sleeping in the spare bedroom because he watches football videos late at night. (Daily Express)external-link

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