Gossip column: Mourinho, Courtois, Pulis, Keegan, Sherwood

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Manchester United are ready to offer Jose Mourinho a £60m deal to take over as manager. He would be the highest-paid football boss in history. (Sun)external-link

Meanwhile, United showed interest in signing Inter Milan's Colombia defender Jeison Murillo, 23, but backed out over the Italian club's demands. (Goal Italia, in Italian)external-link

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis and owner Jeremy Peace will have a crunch end-of-season meeting to determine the boss's future, despite a year remaining on his contract. (Mirror)external-link

Former Tottenham and Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has emerged as a contender to become Derby County's head coach next season.(Daily Mail)external-link

Everton and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 22, is at the top of his old club Chelsea's summer transfer plans with prospective new manager Antonio Conte keen to see Lukaku return to Stamford Bridge and lead the attack.(Sun)external-link

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Saturday's final print edition of the Independent features Dele Alli ahead of England's game against Germany

Meanwhile, Everton are interested in signing Ajax's 26-year-old Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen as a replacement for Tim Howard, who is set to return to Major League Soccer. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 23, has offered no guarantees over his Blues future next season amid interest from Real Madrid. (Evening Standard)external-link

Spanish side Sevilla are looking to sign Anderlecht midfielder Dennis Praet, 21, who has been the subject of interest from Liverpool. (Fichajes, in Spanish)external-link

Swansea are in pole position to snap up Reading and Wales forward Hal Robson-Kanu, 26, on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer. (Mirror)external-link

Arsenal and Chelsea made late transfer bids for 16-year-old attacking midfielder Lucas Patanelli, who is set to join Barcelona from Argentine side Independiente. (Marca, in Spanish)external-link

Bolton's ex-England striker Emile Heskey, 38, says he gets stopped "all the time" by people thanking him for his goal in England's famous 5-1 win over Germany in 2001. (Daily Mail)external-link

Former Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan has backed new boss Rafael Benitez to save the club from relegation. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, 21, a summer target for Manchester City, suffered a broken leg and dislocated ankle in France's Under-21 game against Scotland. (Guardian)external-link

Belgium striker Christian Benteke, who has scored eight goals this season, is Liverpool's top earner on £140,000 a week, while Spanish defender Jose Enrique, who has only started two games, is the seventh best paid player at Anfield on £75,000 a week. (Daily Star)external-link

Best of social media

Jordi Cruyff has posted a moving tribute on Twitterexternal-link to his father Johan, who died on Thursday.

Jordi Cruyff's tribute to his father Johan

Former England captain John Terry has gone skydiving in Dubai, posting a picture on Instagramexternal-link and writing: "I can tick this off my bucket list."

John Terry
Terry parachutes in

David Beckham was a dab hand at free kicks during his career and now he has shown he is a dab hand with a needle and thread. Wife Victoria captured the former England captain knitting a dress for one of his daughter's dolls on her Instagramexternal-linkaccount.

On a sunny day in London, Queens Park Rangers midfielder Alejandro Faurlin, 29, posted a photo on Instagramexternal-link of himself relaxing in Richmond Park.

Arsenal's teenage midfielder Alex Iwobi, who played for England Under-18s, has made his competitive international debut for Nigeria against Egypt. The nephew of ex-Bolton star Jay-Jay Okocha tweetedexternal-link afterwards: "Unlucky Not To Win But Happy To Have Made My Competitive Debut For Nigeria. Would Also Like Thank You To England For Giving Me The Chance To Represent Them."

And finally

Injured Clyde midfielder Scott Ferguson, 21, was sent a letter of support and a signed shirt by Borussia Monchengladbach winger Patrick Herrmann, who has just recovered from his own knee problem. (Squawka)external-link

Meryem Ruacan, a 100-year-old fan of Turkish club Besiktas was so desperate to see their new stadium that she asked to be taken there on a hospital trolley. (Sun)external-link

An effigy of Valencia boss Gary Neville was burned as part of the city's Las Fallas festival of fire, featuring fireworks and gunpowder explosions. (Mirror)external-link

Non-League side Hereford want to parade a bull at Wembley before the FA Vase final against Morpeth Town on 22 May and have approached the Football Association for permission. (Guardian)external-link

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