Gossip column: Stones, Laporte, McClaren, Mahrez, Toprak, Vieira

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Manchester City are planning to make Everton's 21-year-old defender John Stones and Athletic Bilbao centre-back Aymeric Laporte, also 21, the first two signings of Pep Guardiola's forthcoming reign as manager. (Sun)external-link

Steve McClaren, 54, is expecting to be sacked from his role as Newcastle manager in the next 24 hours. (Daily Star)external-link

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Monday's back page of the Daily Mail

Former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes and ex-Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez are candidates to replace McClaren.(Guardian)external-link

Ex-Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and former Leicester manager Nigel Pearson are also in the frame to succeed McClaren at St James' Park. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Former England boss McClaren has pleaded with an aide of Mike Ashley, the Newcastle owner, not to be sacked. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Manager Remi Garde is likely to be sacked for failing to turn around Aston Villa's disastrous campaign - but he could beat the Midlands club to the punch by resigning first. (Daily Express)external-link

Leicester forward Riyad Mahrez, 25, is the number one target for Barcelona this summer, with the Spanish side lining up a £15m bid. (Sun)external-link

Manchester United are lining up a move for Bayer Leverkusen's 26-year-old defender Omer Toprak. (Kicker - in German)external-link

Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira won his first game as a first-team manager, leading New York City to a 4-3 away victory against Chicago Fire.(MLS)external-link

Chelsea defender John Terry will miss Wednesday's Champions League last-16 second leg at home to Paris St-Germain because of a hamstring injury.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, 29, will be a summer transfer target for Chelsea if Antonio Conte is appointed Blues boss at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)external-link

Best of social media

Morgan Schneiderlin

If you're only just reading this now and still haven't got a card... it's too late - Sunday was Mother's Day in the United Kingdom. Plenty of players sent messages of love to the important ladies in their lives, including Morgan Schneiderlin of Manchester United: "Big shout to all these amazing women who rock my world," he posted on Instagram.external-link

West Brom earned their first home league win against Manchester United for 32 years on Sunday - no wonder striker Saido Berahino was celebrating. "Big three points for us! The home support was unreal as always," he tweeted.external-link

After his mistake saw 10-man Liverpool draw level in Sunday's 2-1 defeat, Crystal Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy apologised to the club's fansexternal-link on Twitter. "Football is a game of highs and lows, I'm sorry to all you Palace fans but I didn't mean to slip," he tweeted.

Palace defender Damien Delaney conceded the last-minute penalty Christian Benteke converted for victory, and he too had plenty to say about the result. "I can honestly say I didn't make contact with Benteke today and IF there was slight contact I didn't impede him and certainly didn't feel there was enough to award a penalty in the 96th minute," he wrote in an Instagram post.external-link

Erik Lamela
If you haven't tried drinking 'mate' before, it's not for the faint-hearted... powerful stuff

Meanwhile, Tottenham forward Erik Lamela was enjoying a well-earned rest after the exertions of Saturday's north London derby with Arsenal. Above he is enjoying the traditional Argentine drink of mate (pronounced ma-teh) with a friend, watching former club River Plate's 0-0 draw with rivals Boca Juniors.

And finally

Bouncers at a London nightclub apparently failed to recognise some of Leicester's players and refused them entry, making them stand aside to let some Tottenham players go in. (Mirror)external-link

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