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Manchester United have spoken to representatives of Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino, 43, about succeeding Louis van Gaal, 64. (Sun)external-link

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 25, will return to Anfield as AC Milan do not want to sign him permanently when his loan expires at the end of the season. (Calciomercato.com)external-link

Chelsea have been told to forget about appointing Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri as their new manager in the summer.(London Evening Standard)external-link

But reports elsewhere say Juventus are ready to give Manuel Pellegrini, 62, a route out of Manchester City this summer - paving the way for Allegri to join Chelsea. (Daily Express) external-link

Wojciech Szczesny, 25, will return to Arsenal this summer after Roma told manager Arsene Wenger they do not want to sign the goalkeeper permanently. (Independent) external-link

West Ham are refusing to be held to ransom over a new contract for summer signing Dimitri Payet, 28, with club officials staggered by his request for a deal worth £125,000 a week - a rise of around £50,000. (Daily Mirror) external-link

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has made a passionate plea for cheaper tickets for Premier League fans and explained why he joined the Anfield walk-out on Saturday. (Daily Mail) external-link

The Sun
Manchester United talk to Mauricio Pochettino's representatives - back page of Tuesday's Sun

Former Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 34, has claimed that he became such an isolated and lonely figure at Manchester United that he feared he could have knocked himself unconscious, swallowed his tongue and no one at the club would have been on hand to help. (The Times - subscription required)external-link

Premier League leaders Leicester City are ready to offer goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, 29, and Danny Simpson, 29, new contracts. (Sun)external-link

Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri has revealed that he struck a deal with his players to limit the amount of tactical changes he would impose on them, enforced rest days upon the squad and turned a blind eye to their eating habits. (The Times - subscription required)external-link

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett, 41, is in the frame to be the next Derby County boss following Paul Clement's sacking on Monday. (Birmingham Mail) external-link

Aston Villa, eight points from safety with 13 games to go, have warned staff of likely redundancies if they are relegated from the Premier League. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Crystal Palace want to sign Hull City's Senegal midfielder Mohamed Diame, 28, in the summer. (Hull Daily Mail)external-link

Bayern Munich will attempt to sign Juventus' Argentina striker Paulo Dybala, 22, when Carlo Ancelotti officially takes charge of the German club in the summer. (Sport via Gazzetta dello Sport) external-link

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, 43, says he has turned down five jobs - three in the Premier League - since being sacked at Anfield four months ago. (Liverpool Echo via beIN Sports) external-link

West Bromwich Albion are in talks with five players over new contracts - defenders Craig Dawson, 25, Gareth McAuley, 36, and Jonas Olsson, 32, and midfielders James Morrison, 29 and Stephane Sessegnon, 31. (Daily Telegraph) external-link

Meanwhile, the Baggies have dismissed reports that Tottenham Hotspur will be given first refusal on striker Saido Berahino, 22, in the summer. (Express & Star)external-link

Former Leicester City boss Peter Taylor says 25-year-old midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who has played in 23 of the Premier League leaders' 25 games, should be in contention for an England place at Euro 2016. (Talksport)external-link

Ronald Koeman will speak to midfielder Victor Wanyama, 24, about his disciplinary record after the Kenya international's third red card of the season. (Southern Daily Echo)external-link

Former Sunderland manager Paolo di Canio, 47, has applied for the Rotherham job after Neil Redfearn was sacked by the Championship strugglers on Monday. (Press Association Sport via Guardian)external-link

Daily Telegraph
The front page of Tuesday's Daily Telegraph Sport focuses on plans by fans to boycott an entire round of Premier League games over ticket prices

Meanwhile, Redfearn is favourite to take over at League One club Barnsley. (Sheffield Star)external-link

Watford received 500,000 euros (£387,840) from Porto when Mexico defender Miguel Layun, 27, joined the Portuguese club on loan. (Football Leaks via Watford Observer)external-link

Manchester United's Belgium striker Adnan Januzaj, 21, and Uruguay-born defender Guillermo Varela, 22, were injured during an Under-21 game in front of manager Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford on Monday. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Birmingham City striker Wes Thomas, 29, says his career at St Andrew's is "pretty much over" after joining League One Bradford City on loan. (Telegraph & Argus)external-link

Sunderland's Italy-born goalkeeper Vito Mannone, 27, says he almost left the Black Cats in the January transfer window.(Sunderland Echo)external-link

The Leicester City scout who helped discover Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez, 24, has joined Arsenal before Sunday's third-versus-first game at the Emirates. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Qatar is considering special World Cup courts to deal "very gently" with fans breaking rules on public consumption of alcohol, according to the chief executive of the 2022 organising committee. (Guardian) external-link

Best of social media

Is this the key to Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld's excellent form this season? The Belgium centre-back celebrated his club moving up to second in the Premier League table by dressing up in overalls and running around in a wood. Each to their own.

Toby Alderweireld
At least we're assuming this is paintballing. Either that or a trip to Canvey Island gone horribly wrong

Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin tweeted his supportexternal-link to countryman Kurt Zouma after Chelsea's France defender was ruled out for six months. It was against United on Sunday that Zouma suffered a serious knee injury.

Morgan Schneiderlin twitter

Stoke City's Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam had only one word to sum up the Scottish Cup quarter-final draw after one of the balls opened forcing a re-draw. "Shambles," he wrote on Twitter.external-link

Meanwhile, League Two Hartlepool United had some fun at the expense of the Scottish Cup draw going wrong...

Hartlepool Untied tweet

What the? Surely this isn't the diet expected of a Premier League footballer? Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren posted this photo on his Twitter pageexternal-link with the following caption: "A big THANK YOU to my fans in South Korea. Great to see how much love and support I have from there." Right then, that's that explained.

Dejan Lovren with loads of biscuits and sweets
You know you've made it when you're being sent biscuits in the post

Former Derby County midfielder Robbie Savage wants to knowexternal-link what is going on at his old club after the Championship's fifth-placed team sacked manager Paul Clement on Monday.

Robbie Savage twitter

It's official: American rapper The Game is an Arsenal fan - here he is on stage in London - and the Gunners want the world to know. "Yes The Game killed it last night," the club posted on their Instagram page.external-link Does he have a name on the back of that shirt?

Drake performing
The Game has got his work cut out if he wants to be Arsenal's premier celebrity fan - the Queen is said to be a Gooner

And finally

New Bristol City manager Lee Johnson says he will cheer on Barnsley - the club he left 36 hours after steering them to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final - at Wembley on 3 April. (Yorkshire Post)external-link

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