Football gossip: Benitez, Sandro, Vrsaljko, Silva, Papastathopoulos

Football gossip

West Ham will make an approach for Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez, with Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca also among those under consideration. (Mirror)

West Ham want to interview former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini after Fonseca ruled himself out of the running to replace David Moyes. (Guardian)

Wayne Rooney's move to the United States could be off after Everton sacked manager Sam Allardyce. Former England striker Rooney, 32, wants to speak to the new boss before deciding whether to join DC United. (Sun)

Manchester United are close to sealing a £43.7m deal for Juventus' 27-year-old Brazil defender Alex Sandro, with Italy defender Matteo Darmian, 28, set to go in the opposite direction. (Le Stampa via Football Italia)

Manchester United are also interested in £30m-rated Atletico Madrid and Croatia defender Sime Vrsaljko, 26. (Mail)

Wolves and Monaco are interested in AC Milan's 22-year-old Portugal striker Andre Silva, a £33m signing last summer. (Sky Sports Italy - in Italian)

Manager Mauricio Pochettino will commit to Tottenham for one more season amid interest from Chelsea. (Sun)

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique's hopes of landing the Chelsea job could receive a significant boost after Maurizio Sarri held talks over staying at Napoli. (Telegraph)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola expects to sign only two players this summer. (Express)

Leicester City are close to agreeing a deal to sign Portugal right-back Ricardo Pereira, 24, from Porto for about £25m. (Telegraph)

Arsenal have turned their attention to Borussia Dortmund's 29-year-old Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, whom they believe they could sign for about £17.5m after being put off a bid for Turkey defender Caglar Soyuncu by Freiburg's £35m asking price. (Mail)

Arsenal are also interested in signing 30-year-old Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans in a £3m deal following West Brom's relegation. (Mirror)

Stoke's 25-year-old Austria defender Kevin Wimmer, signed from Tottenham for £18m last summer, is in talks over a move to German side Hannover. (Mail)

Hull City's Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez, 27, could move to fellow Championship side Leeds when his contract expires this summer. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Celtic defender Kieran Tierney, 20, says Atletico Madrid's interest is flattering but claims he could remain at the Hoops for the rest of his career. (Herald)

The seven-year-old son of Watford honorary president Sir Elton John is part of the Hornets' academy side. (ESPN)

Manchester United and Liverpool are among the teams set to be invited to take part in a 24-team Club World Cup. The tournament will take place every four years, with the first edition expected in 2021. (The Times - subscription required)

Chelsea's Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 27, has said he is waiting to see the club's transfer business before he commits to a new contract. (Independent)

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