Gossip column: McClaren, Moyes, Benitez, Rooney, Vardy, Berahino

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Newcastle are preparing to contact potential successors to manager Steve McClaren to gauge their interest in the role. Former Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes, ex-Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez and former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson are among the leading candidates. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Newcastle's hierarchy held a board meeting outside of the city on Monday and "have been considering all of the options". (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Former England manager McClaren, 54, is expected to be sacked within the next 48 hours. (Guardian)external-link

Newcastle board members Lee Charnley, Bob Moncur and Graham Carr held a meeting in York to discuss McClaren's future. (Daily Mail)external-link

Leicester and England striker Jamie Vardy, 29, has a £30m buyout clause in his contract. (Times - subscription required)external-link

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The back page of Tuesday's edition of the Sun

Juventus boss Max Allegri has pledged to stay at the Serie A club, ending speculation linking him with Chelsea and Real Madrid. (the Sun)external-link

Tottenham have opened talks over a new contract with manager Mauricio Pochettino. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 27, has emerged as a surprise target for French champions Paris St-Germain, who are vying with the Spain international's former club Atletico Madrid for his signature. (Daily Star)external-link

Details of Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric's contract have been revealed by website Football Leaks. (Telegraph)external-link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is "bored" with having to convince journalists that he should not be sacked. (Daily Express)external-link

Tottenham Hotspur are ready to offer £24m to finally sign West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22.(Daily Mail)external-link

Leicester's French midfielder N'Golo Kante, 24, is in line for a new deal to see off interest from big clubs. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue, 32, is thought to have agreed a short-term deal with Sunderland, despite missing out on the Premier League club's Under-21 game on Monday. (Sunderland Echo)external-link

Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney, 30, has been pictured without his knee brace for the first time since suffering the injury last month. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

England defender Luke Shaw hopes to return to training next month and could play for Manchester United before the end of the season. The 20-year-old broke his right leg during a Champions League tie against PSV Eindhoven in September. (Telegraph)external-link

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has an increasingly uncertain future at the club amid rising supporter unrest. (NBC)external-link

Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 27, is a "nice guy" who uses "warfare" to win games according to Paris St-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, 23, before the teams' Champions League last-16 second leg. (Guardian)external-link

PSG defender Marquinhos, 21, has said he would like to move to the Premier League in the future. (Squawka)external-link

Best of social media

Everton midfielder Gerard Deulofeu saidexternal-link he had a "really good day at the Everton ladies' lunch".

Danny Simpson and Phil Tufnell
Danny Simpson was on Phil Tufnell's team on A Question of Sport

Leicester City right-back Danny Simpson posted a pictureexternal-link with team captain Phil Tufnell as he took part in an episode of BBC quiz show A Question of Sport.

Injured Southampton striker Charlie Austin has relaxed with "movie night" at home two days running. He recommendedexternal-link Stretch and The Intern.

And finally

Crystal Palace fan Adam Greeves has started a petition calling for Christian Benteke to be banned and Liverpool docked a minimum of six points, claiming the Belgium striker dived to win the Reds' match-winning penalty at Selhurst Park on Sunday. (Metro)external-link

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy says he is keeping calm during the Premier League title race by playing computer game Call of Duty. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

And Foxes fans celebrated their winning goal against Norwich last week so loudly, it registered on the Richter scale. (the Sun)external-link

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