Gossip column: Benitez, Moyes, Guardiola, Ibrahimovic

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Former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez has been targeted by Newcastle to replace Steve McClaren as boss. (Daily Mirror)external-link

As well as Benitez, former Manchester United manager David Moyes is also being considered as a potential successor to McClaren. (Sky Sports)external-link

Ex-Newcastle striker Micky Quinn says everyone at the club - including the owner, managing director, chief scout, head coach and players - are to blame for their predicament. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Daily Mirror back page
Wednesday's Daily Mirror back page

Pep Guardiola is set to target Arsenal's England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 22, as one of his first signings at Manchester City. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Alternatively, Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 25, was top of the agenda as the Manchester City hierarchy met in Amsterdam.(Daily Mirror)external-link

PSV Eindhoven defender Jetro Willems is also a potential signing for City with Guardiola keen on the 21-year-old full-back. (De Telegraaf via Talksport)external-link

But Guardiola will allow striker Wilfried Bony, 27, to leave to the highest bidder in the summer. (Daily Star)external-link

Manchester United are interested in signing three Bayer Leverkusen players, including defender Omer Toprak, 26, midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, 22, and striker Karim Bellarabi, 25.(Bild - in German)external-link

Louis van Gaal is set to stay as Manchester United manager next season to see out his three-year contract at Old Trafford.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Paris St-Germain's Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, is so certain he will be signing for Manchester United in the summer that he is already planning for life in the Premier League.(Le Sport 10 via Manchester Evening News)external-link

Borussia Dortmund have told Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea that Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 26, will not be heading to the Premier League this summer.(Sun)external-link

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Wednesday's Daily Telegraph Sport front cover

Inter Milan will offer Arsenal the chance to sign 23-year-old midfielder Marcelo Brozovic for £15m as the Italian club look to free up funds.(Tuttosport via Talksport)external-link

Everton could move for Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda as the 30-year-old stalls on signing a new deal with the French club.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde could return to France in the summer - either to former club Lyon or to become technical director at the national football federation. (Sun)external-link

Leicester midfielder N'Golo Kante, 24, has been called up to the provisional France squad for the upcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Russia.(Le Parisien via Leicester Mercury)external-link

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Northern Ireland coach Michael O'Neill - who led the nation to Euro 2016 - has the capabilities to be a Premier League manager. (Belfast Telegraph)external-link

England's 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks thinks Roy Hodgson's side cannot win Euro 2016 as they are "little bit behind" the other teams. (Express and Star)external-link

Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross, 28, could face Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday after missing the past eight games with a back injury. (Stoke Sentinel)external-link

Bournemouth defender Charlie Daniels feels team-mates Simon Francis, 31, and Steve Cook, 24, could work their way into Roy Hodgson's England plans. (Bournemouth Echo)external-link

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A former star player returned to visit his old club Liverpool at their training ground on Monday. The Anfield side tweeted:external-link

Luis Suarez

Paris Saint-Germain have upped the ante before their Champions League last-16 tie decider against Chelsea - posting a video that suggests Blues striker Diego Costa is a "fraud"external-link and another of Chelsea fans being nutmegged outside Stamford Bridge.external-link

And finally

Former Manchester United players Nani and Robin van Persie have revealed their favourite thing about life at Fenerbahce...the doner kebabs. (Sun)external-link

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