Gossip column: Moyes, Van Gaal, Guardiola, Klopp

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DAVID MOYES GOSSIP

Manchester United will attempt to discover the availability of Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola as they start their new search for a manager following the sacking of David Moyes.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola
Guardiola was manager at Barcelona before moving to Bayern Munich

Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has ruled himself out of the running in the race to become United manager.

Full story: Guardian

Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal, 62, is the early front-runner to replace Moyes at Old Trafford.

Full story: Manchester Evening News

Van Gaal, who will leave his current post after the 2014 World Cup, met United representatives 10 days ago, according to reports in his homeland.

Full story: Daily Express

The agent behind the deal which brought striker Robin van Persie to Old Trafford could play a key part in the club hiring Van Gaal.

Full story: Evening Standard

United players were telling friends before Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Everton that Moyes would be sacked.

Manchester United manager David Moyes
United failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 18 seasons under Moyes

Full story: Daily Mirror

United sanctioned Moyes's exit as early as February and can fire the Scot with just a one-year pay-off because of the club's failure to secure Champions League football for next season.

Full story: Independent

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says he is surprised by the sacking of Moyes.

Full story: Daily Star

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Newcastle's on-loan QPR striker Loic Remy, 27, has yet to give the Magpies a decision about his future, with clubs from England and Spain interested in acquiring the France international's services.

Full story: Newcastle Chronicle

Real Madrid are ready to sell striker Karim Benzema, 26, in order to fund a summer bid for Liverpool's Luis Suarez, 27.

Full story: Daily Express

Alternatively, Real may sell Benzema in order to make a move for Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, 25.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Everton will attempt to sign Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverly, 24, at the end of the season, while the Toffees will also try to make 20-year-old Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku's loan move into a permanent switch.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas
Fabregas was linked with a move to Manchester United last summer

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas' future at the Spanish club is in doubt after the 26-year-old was booed by fans of the Catalan outfit during the win over Athletic Bilbao.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibault Courtois is close to signing a two-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge. The 21-year-old Belgian, currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, is contracted to Chelsea until 2016.

Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, 28, is wanted by Italian club Napoli, according to his agent.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)

OTHER GOSSIP

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a broken knee-cap which could hinder the club offloading the 28-year-old during the summer.

Full story: Newcastle Chronicle

West Bromwich Albion's 21-year-old midfielder George Thorne, on loan at Derby, has hinted he could sign for the Rams if they gain promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs.

Full story: Express and Star

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Turkey midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu's father says Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have shown an interest in the 20-year-old midfielder, who currently plays for German side Hamburg and has been linked with a switch to Chelsea.

Full story: As.com (in Spanish)

Montpellier midfielder Benjamin Stambouli has caught the eye of Newcastle and Everton following the 23-year-old's fine performances this season.

Full story: L'Equipe (in French)

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres credits Diego Simeone for Atletico Madrid's recent success, saying the 43-year-old Argentine manager has been able to unite the Spanish side.

Full story: Marca (in Spanish)

Real Madrid will have to pay £20m to beat rivals Atletico Madrid to the signature of Inter Milan's 21-year-old striker Mauro Icardi.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian)

Paris St-Germain are in transfer talks with Italian side Atalanta for 22-year-old midfielder Daniele Baselli, who is also being chased by Juventus and AS Monaco.

Full story: L'Equipe (in French)

Athletic Bilbao's young defender Aymeric Laporte, 19, could cost Bayern Munich £29m if the German giants decide to buy him.

Full story: Bild (in German)

AND FINALLY

Manchester City fans poked fun at neighbours Manchester United by revealing a "Don't Sack Moyes" banner during their 3-1 home win against West Brom on Monday night.

Full story: Daily Express

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