Gossip column: Van Gaal, Shaw, Hart, Lloris, Ramires, Sagna

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MANCHESTER UNITED GOSSIP

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf claims current Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal, 62, has agreed a contract to take over as Manchester United manager. A United spokesman told BBC Sport: "There is nothing to report. We have not signed a new manager. When we have something to report, we will announce it."

Full story: De Telegraaf (in Dutch) 

Manchester United's coaching team (from left) Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and interim manager Ryan Giggs

Giggs (right) is working with former team-mates Phil Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson told the audience at a fundraising dinner this week that he thinks United should pick Ryan Giggs as their new permanent manager.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

Meanwhile, interim manager Giggs, 40, is prepared to play the tough guy at Old Trafford if needed.

Full story: Manchester Evening News 

Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, 37, took his first steps towards following Giggs into management at a youth team game between Dutch giants PSV and Feyenoord on Thursday.

Full story: Daily Express 

Former Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen claims David Moyes never listened to the advice he gave him during his ill-fated 10-month reign at Old Trafford.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required) 

Southampton full-back Luke Shaw, 18, will not agree to a £30m move to Old Trafford until he knows the identity of Manchester United's next manager.

Full story: Daily Mail 

However, Southampton executive director Les Reed has insisted that neither Manchester United nor Chelsea have been given permission to speak to Shaw about a possible transfer, and that manager Mauricio Pochettino - linked with Tottenham - will be staying with the club.

Full story: Daily Express 

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City and England international Joe Hart

Hart joined Manchester City from his hometown club Shrewsbury in 2006

Manchester City are planning to offer England goalkeeper Joe Hart, 27, to Tottenham as long as his French counterpart, Hugo Lloris, 27, is allowed to move to Etihad Stadium.

Full story: Talksport 

Chelsea's Brazil international midfielder Ramires, 27, who is suspended for the remainder of the Premier League campaign, is a shock summer target for Barcelona.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback, 24, is set to become the first player to move directly between north-east rivals Sunderland and Newcastle since Lee Clark 17 years ago.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna, 31, now seems certain to leave Emirates Stadium this summer after contract talks again hit deadlock.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Cagliari defender Davide Astori, 27, will cost Manchester United or Tottenham £8m if they want to prise him away from the Italian club.

Full story: Daily Express 

Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton, 24, is set to sign a new contract with the Midlands club.

Full story: Birmingham Mail 

Swansea midfielder Josh Sheehan, 18, has signed a new two-year contract with the club.

Full story: South Wales Evening Post 

Manager Tony Pulis has been given the go-ahead to ring the changes at Crystal Palace after holding talks with chairman Steve Parish.

Full story: Daily Star 

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is ready to sign a long-term contract with the Anfield club in the summer.

Full story: the Guardian 

Rodgers faces Jose Mourinho's Chelsea on Sunday and says the Portuguese turned him into a winner when they worked together at Stamford Bridge.

Full story: Daily Star 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will stay on at the Gunners despite stalling on a new contract offer.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood believes the club's fans would rather see expensive new signings than home-grown players from the academy.

Full story: the Times (subscription required) 

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has told his players they have no excuses going into their relegation battle with Cardiff City on Saturday.

Full story: Sunderland Echo 

Chief executive Graham Wallace has defended cash-strapped Rangers' intention to spend in order to compete at the top end of Scottish football.

Full story: The Herald 

AND FINALLY

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has promised to treat the Reds' academy youngsters to a meal at a well-known fast food restaurant if the first team beat Chelsea on Sunday.

Full story: Metro 

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