Today's newspaper gossip: Chelsea to bid for Stones, Martinez faces the sack

Published on: 22 April 2016
Today's newspaper gossip: Chelsea to bid for Stones, Martinez faces the sack
Roberto Martinez

Tottenham are in talks over the use of Wembley Stadium for European games next season while White Hart Lane is renovated. (Times - subscription required)

Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants to make Everton's England defender John Stones, 21, his first signing despite a slump in the player's form. (Mirror)

Blues owner Roman Abramovich would like to bring 22-year-old Everton striker Romelu Lukaku back to the club, two years after selling him for £28m. (Star)

Aston Villa want to sell defender Joleon Lescott, 33, as part of a post-relegation clearout. (Mail)

Jorge Mendes, the agent of Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, wants to represent Manchester United's 18-year-old forward Marcus Rashford. (Times - subscription required)

Rashford is not ready for United's first team, according to boss Louis van Gaal. The teenager has scored seven goals in 13 appearances.(Manchester Evening News)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, 44, will earn a £500,000 bonus if he can steer the club to their first top-flight title since 1961. (Sun)

Everton boss Roberto Martinez, 42, must win the FA Cup to stand any chance of keeping his job. (Mirror)

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Crystal Palace are lining up a cut-price move for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, 28, this summer. (Sun)

Liverpool's Belgium forward Divock Origi, 21, will be out for between four and six weeks with the ankle injury he suffered during Wednesday's win over Everton. (RTBF - in French)

Friday's Daily Mirror

The future of Everton manager Roberto Martinez, Chelsea's pursuit of Toffees defender John Stones and Arsenal's win over West Brom feature on the back page of Friday's Daily Mirror

Liverpool and England forward Daniel Sturridge, 26, wants to remain at Anfield and has set his sights on scoring 100 league goals for the Reds. (Mail)

Reading manager Brian McDermott, 55, does not fear being sacked by the club a second time. The Royals are 15th in the Championship. (Reading Chronicle)

Bolton Wanderers defender David Wheater, 29, has passed up more than £10,000 in appearance fees due to him for the final four league games for the relegated Championship club. (Bolton News)

Former Aston Villa assistant boss Ray Wilkins says his attempts to help striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, 29, get back to match fitness "fell on deaf ears". Villa have suspended former England international Agbonlahor and started an investigation after he was allegedly pictured with laughing gas canisters. (Talksport)

Leeds United boss Steve Evans, 53, has played down speculation linking him with the Celtic job. (Yorkshire Post)

Celtic boss Ronny Deila, 40, says he decided to leave the Scottish Premiership leaders because the job was "killing" him. (Daily Record)

Former Derby County and West Ham defender Igor Stimac, 48, has resigned as head coach of Iranian side Sepahan. (Derby Telegraph)

Former Newcastle United and Everton defender Steve Watson, 42, has applied to become manager of National League side Chester. (Chester Chronicle)


The Times also features Chelsea's pursuit of John Stones alongside a story that Tottenham want to use Wembley for Champions League games

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany called Prince an "eternal genius" after the music star died on Thursday


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Smiling and posing with 16-time world darts champion Phil Taylor, former England international Paul Gascoigne spent Thursday night at the Premier League darts in Bournemouth.

And finally...

Bristol City have given French striker Jonathan Kodjia, 26, a sleep monitor as the Championship club is concerned at his sleeping patterns.(Bristol Post)

Images of Wolverhampton Wanderers' new kits for 2016-17 were leaked when defender Kortney Hause, 20, posted them on Snapchat. (Express & Star)