Gossip column: Garde, Giroud, Sule, Iwobi, Butland, Ranieri

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Former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is the front-runner to replace Remi Garde at Aston Villa with the Frenchman expected to be sacked. (Daily Mail)external-link

The Football Association is making a late attempt to try to stop Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi, 19, from committing his international future to Nigeria. (Daily Mirror)external-link

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The Times back page

Italian champions Juventus will try to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, 29, this summer if they miss out on their first choice, Paris St-Germain's Edison Cavani, 29.(Tuttosport via Daily Express)external-link

The agent of Napoli midfielder Jorginho, 24, has invited Arsenal to begin negotiations over a potential summer move for his client. (Radio Crc via Metro)external-link

Liverpool have approached Hoffenheim over the availability of 20-year-old centre-back Niklas Sule. (Sports Bild via Daily Star)external-link

Bookmakers say Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 32, is most likely to sign for Liverpool if the Ivorian decides to join another Premier League club this summer.(Metro)external-link

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri is heading to Rome for the international break to escape the pressure of the Foxes' Premier League title chase.(Sky Sports)external-link

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland, 23, says he signed a new five-year contract at the Britannia Stadium because he believes the club will qualify for European competitions in the future. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 29, could get a shock call to the England squad following the injury to Manchester City's Joe Hart. (Lancashire Telegraph)external-link

Manchester United look set to beat Arsenal to the signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, 21, in a £31m deal. (Don Balon via Daily Express)external-link

However, the Old Trafford club may miss out on Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin, 23, whose agent says the Italy international wishes to stay in Serie A.(Radio Kiss Kiss via Daily Star)external-link

World Cup winner Mario Gotze is attracting the interest of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, with the 23-year-old finding himself on the bench again for Bayern Munich. (Metro)external-link

Chris Coleman is no closer to agreeing a new deal with Wales, despite the national team manager's contract running out in the summer.(Daily Mail)external-link

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Marcos Rojo was delighted with the 26th birthday present Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford gave the red half of Manchester on derby day.

Marcos Rojo
Marcos Rojo celebrates his birthday with victory at the Etihad Stadium

Stoke City forward Joselu enjoyed a lazy Sunday in bed after his goal helped the Potters to a 2-1 win over Watford on Saturday.

Joselu gives a thumbs-up at the prospect of a Sunday afternoon in bed

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida apologised for not signing any autographs following the Saints' 3-2 win over Liverpool at St Mary's on Sunday.

Maya Yoshida
Southampton defender Maya Yoshida is on international duty with Japan next week

Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez continued his comeback from the foot injury that has sidelined him since October by scoring a hat-trick for their Under-21 team against Liverpool on Sunday.

Jay Rodriguez
Jay Rodriguez could be available for Southampton's Premier League match against leaders Leicester on 3 April

And finally

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez wore socks depicting South Park character Eric Cartman during Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland. (Independent)external-link

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