A round-up of the latest football gossip from Thursday's newspapers.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba are pushing for a place in Manchester United's team against Newcastle this weekend.
Chris Smalling, Jack Wilshere, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott are not in Gareth Southgate's World Cup plans.
Sunderland will up their chase for Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill if Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom rejects the move.
Ryan Shawcross is baffled why Chelsea allowed Kurt Zouma to leave on loan as he rates his Stoke team-mate "the ultimate defender".
Real Betis believe they are close to signing Arsenal's Jack Wilshere for free next summer.
Arsenal are reportedly chasing Borussia Dortmund's in-demand chief scout Sven Mislintat to replace Steve Rowley.

West Brom are close to sacking manager Tony Pulis.
John O'Shea, Glenn Whelan, Jon Walters, Wes Hoolahan and Daryl Murphy are set to announce their Republic of Ireland retirement after failing to reach the World Cup finals.

Sergio Aguero is in line to play for Manchester City at Leicester on Saturday just days after his illness scare while away with Argentina.

Everton have failed with a £10m move for Watford manager Marco Silva.
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Pep Guardiola is open to extending his Manchester City contract beyond 2019.
Dele Alli's family have spoken to Jorge Mendes about signing the player to Gestifute next year.

Jose Mourinho says he is bringing through young players at Manchester United and Scott McTominay is next on the list.
Liverpool now rival Arsenal for the most expensive Premier League ticket.
Everton have been forced to stick with David Unsworth after Sam Allardyce and Marco Silva said no to the role.

Former Rangers defender Henning Berg has applied for the managerial vacancy at Ibrox.
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