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Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Former England manager Steve McClaren, who was sacked by German side Wolfsburg in December, will be West Ham's new manager.
Full story: talkSPORT

Ajax have told BBC Sport that goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, reported to be a possible target for Manchester United, is having discussions with the Dutch club about a new contract.

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Striker Carlos Tevez says the prospect of trying to wrestle the Premier League title from Manchester United's grasp is "a great motivation" for him to stay with Manchester City.
Full story: the Sun

However, the Argentine has also said that he may quit to be closer to his family.
Full story: Daily Star

And Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will demand an answer from Tevez, 27, over his future in the next fortnight.
Full story: Daily Express

West Brom are set to put in a £4m bid for Fulham's Andy Johnson, which would result in the 30-year-old striker being reunited with ex-Craven Cottage boss Roy Hodgson, who is now manager of the Baggies.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sunderland are closing in on Blackpool midfielder David Vaughan, 28, who is a free agent at the end of the season.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sir Alex Ferguson is set to carry out the biggest overhaul of his Manchester United squad in 16 years this summer with Paul Scholes, Tomasz Kuszczak and Michael Owen among those who could leave the club.
Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will go head to head with his board over the issue of transfer cash.
Full story: Daily Mail

Former Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is the number one choice to succeed sacked West Ham manager Avram Grant. Former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton, QPR's Neil Warnock and Hull City's Nigel Pearson are also in the frame.
Full story: Daily Mail

Warnock is thought to be an early favourite to be installed as Hammers manager, despite taking the R's to the Premier League this season.
Full story: the Sun

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was left despondent after Sunday's defeat by Aston Villa with third place in the Premier League - and automatic qualification to the Champions League - now out of his side's hands.
Full story: talkSport

Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty says title rivals Celtic were just not tough enough to prevent the Ibrox side retaining the Scottish Premier League championship. (Various)

Rangers Supporters' Trust spokesman David Edgar has called for manager Walter Smith to be knighted after leading the club to a third Scottish title in a row. (the Sun)

Departing boss Smith has urged new owner Craig Whyte to invest in the side in order to win more trophies. (Various)

Neil Lennon insists he is in the dark about whether Celtic want to retain him as manager next season. (Daily Mail)

But Lennon fears the sack after his side fell one point short of beating Rangers to the Scottish title. (Daily Express)

And the former midfielder says he wants to be retained as Celtic manager next season on merit rather than out of sympathy for a season when his side narrowly missed out on the league title despite death threats against him. (Daily Record)

AND FINALLY

Striker Wayne Rooney missed out on Manchester United's title-winning celebrations on Saturday night in order to spend the night at home with wife Coleen.
Full story: Daily Mail

Sacked West Ham manager Avram Grant was persuaded to travel back to London from Wigan with the players after he suggested he would go home on his own by car.
Full story: Daily Mail



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see also
Monday's Scottish gossip
16 May 11 |  Scotland
Sunday's gossip column
15 May 11 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
15 May 11 |  Scotland
Saturday's gossip column
14 May 11 |  Gossip
Saturday's Scottish gossip
14 May 11 |  Scotland


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