Gossip column: Allardyce, Pogba, Moyes, Sane, Kroos, Wijnaldum, Costa

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Sam Allardyce will earn a basic salary of £2.5m a year when he is expected to be confirmed as England manager on Thursday, but incentives mean he could receive more than the £3.5m per year his predecessor Roy Hodgson was paid. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Allardyce was the Football Association's second choice, after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger turned down the job, but Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate is unlikely to accept a role as Allardyce's number two. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Former Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes will succeed Allardyce at Sunderland. (Sun)external-link

Sunderland, who are seeking their seventh managerial appointment in five years, are in "advanced" talks with Scotsman Moyes, 53, who was sacked by Real Sociedad in November. (Guardian)external-link

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The back page of Thursday's Daily Mirror

Juventus have accepted Paul Pogba's request to rejoin Manchester United, and the clubs have agreed a world record £100m fee for the 23-year-old midfielder. (L'Equipe - in French)external-link

Meanwhile, United have agreed personal terms with the France international, who will sign a five-year contract worth £220,000 a week after tax. (Daily Mail)external-link

The Red Devils will pay £18.4m to Pogba's agent Mino Raiola to complete the deal. (Guardian)external-link

Manchester United are also expected to sign Brentford winger Joshua Bohui, 17, who will sign a three-year contract. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Manchester City are close to completing the £42m signing of Schalke forward Leroy Sane, 20, who will sign a four-year £100,000-a-week deal. (Sun)external-link

City boss Pep Guardiola wants to sign Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, 26, who he managed at Bayern Munich, and has tabled a £50m bid.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Chelsea have turned down a £14.25m bid from Borussia Monchengladbach for defender Andreas Christensen, 20, who is in the middle of a two-year loan spell at the German club. (Daily Mail)external-link

Meanwhile, Chelsea believe they have won the battle to keep Diego Costa despite Atletico Madrid's attempts to sign the 27-year-old Spain striker, and could move for Benfica's Sweden defender Victor Lindelof, 22. (Daily Star)external-link

Blues boss Antonio Conte has refused to rule out a third move for Alvaro Morata, 23, after a £62.7m bid for the striker was rejected by Real Madrid - although Chelsea are now considering a swoop for their former forward Romelu Lukaku, also 23, now at Everton. (Daily Mail)external-link

Newcastle have had a £5.5m bid accepted for Blackburn centre-back Grant Hanley, 24.(Chronicle)external-link

Meanwhile, Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 25, is closing in on a £25m move to Liverpool. (Sunderland Echo)external-link

And Arsenal have entered the race to sign fellow Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 26. (Talksport)external-link

Guardian sports page
The front page of Thursday's Guardian sport section

Swansea have offered in excess of £10m for Tottenham midfielder Nacer Chadli, 26.(Times - subscription required)external-link

However, Spurs value the Belgian at £15m, which would be a club record for the Swans and more than double what Tottenham paid FC Twente for the winger three years ago.(Daily Mirror)external-link

West Brom will make an improved £10m offer for Leicester full-back Jeffrey Schlupp, 23, after having an initial £9m bid rejected.(Birmingham Mail)external-link

Meanwhile, the Baggies are yet to accept Stoke's £20m bid for striker Saido Berahino, and want to sign a forward before selling the 22-year-old.(Sky Sports)external-link

Liverpool full-back Cameron Brannagan's move to Wigan could collapse because the Championship side cannot guarantee the 20-year-old will play in 75% of games during his loan spell - a clause the Reds insist on with their loanees. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Best of social media

Manchester United target Paul Pogba posted an Instagram pictureexternal-link of himself playing basketball while on holiday in Miami, asking people to "let me rest a bit".

Paul Pogba

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, 34, posted a selfie on Twitterexternal-link captioned "good to be back" as he returned to training following Euro 2016.

Petr Cech

Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, 22, is a compassionate dog owner and lets his labradors cool off from the south east heatwave.

Harry Kane's dogs

And finally...

Former Roma and Real Madrid full-back Cicinho, 36, says Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri won the Premier League by "pure luck" - and failed to remember Leicester's name in an interview. (Goal.com)external-link

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