Football rumours from the UK media
The latest gossip and rumours from the newspapers and online:
The Sun is reporting that JOSE MOURINHO is planning an audacious swoop to land Manchester City assistant BRIAN KIDD as his new number two if, as expected, he is named Manchester United boss. Former Red Devils full-back GARY NEVILLE may also be in the frame for a backroom role.
Mourinho, meanwhile, was the person who informed LOUIS VAN GAAL his time as Manchester United manager was at an end in a shock phone call, reports the Daily Mirror. The Portuguese is said to have reached out to Van Gaal in an effort to preserve his friendship with the Dutchman.
Leicester striker JAMIE VARDY has a release clause in his contract that would allow him to join a club in the Champions League for £20million, according to the Daily Mail. The 29-year-old is keen to remain at the King Power Stadium but an apparent cut-price fee may alert potential suitors across Europe.
Everton's new majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is attempting to make waves as he plots a sensational £40million bid for Manchester City and England goalkeeper JOE HART, says the Sun. The Iranian would be prepared to offer Hart around £200,000 a week to move to Goodison Park.
The Daily Express is reporting NIGEL PEARSON may be ready to snub the vacant Aston Villa role after learning he was new owner Dr Tony Jiantong Xia's third choice, behind ROBERTO DI MATTEO and DAVID MOYES, both of whom appear uninterested in leading the club's Championship charge.