Today's newspaper gossip: Chelsea want Antonio Conte, Manchester United want Ahmed Musa

Published on: 29 January 2016

Chelsea want Italy boss Antonio Conte, 46, as the long-term replacement for Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in December. (Mail)

Manchester United want CSKA Moscow's 23-year-old Nigeria forward Ahmed Musa, who is already a target for Premier League leaders Leicester.(Express)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is considering an £11m move for Udinese's Poland midfielder Piotr Zielinski, 21. (Mirror)

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, who is worried about his England place at Euro 2016, is wanted by Italian Serie A side Roma. (London Evening Standard)

The 30-year-old former Aston Villa and Bolton player would be a perfect fit for Liverpool, according to ex-Reds midfielder Danny Murphy.(Talksport)

The future of Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal features prominently in most of Friday's national newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph

Barcelona forward Neymar, 23, says he would "love" to play under Pep Guardiola. The Bayern Munich manager, 45, is widely expected to take over at Manchester City in the summer. (Mirror)

West Bromwich Albion are in talks with Queens Park Rangers over a loan deal for 26-year-old former Tottenham midfielder Sandro. (Telegraph)

New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga, 20, was in London on Thursday to have a medical at Chelsea. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal have had a new bid for Leicester's 19-year-old defender Ben Chilwell rejected. (Football Insider via Express)

Newcastle United are ready to abandon plans to sign West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino and pursue alternative options. The Magpies are willing to pay in excess of £20m for the 22-year-old but have received no encouragement for the Baggies. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Chelsea's Loic Remy, 29, is the forward Newcastle want to sign if they cannot get Berahino. Remy scored 14 goals in 26 Premier League games during a loan stint at Newcastle in 2013-14. (Telegraph)

West Ham United and Norwich City are keen to sign Inter Milan defender Davide Santon, 25, on loan. (Mail)

Hammers midfielder Reece Oxford's proposed loan move to Charlton is off - because Addicks boss Jose Riga does not know who the 17-year-old is. (Sun)

Bournemouth's American investor Matt Hulsizer says manager Eddie Howe is "not going anywhere". Howe, 38, has been linked with the permanent Chelsea job when interim manager Guus Hiddink leaves at the end of the season. (Daily Echo)

The back page of Friday's Daily Express

Louis van Gaal's Manchester United future is also on the back page of the Daily Express

Hull City are close to signing Slovakia goalkeeper Dusan Kuciak, 30, from Poland's Legia Warsaw. (Hull Daily Mail)

Blackburn Rovers are close to signing Charlton Athletic's former Celtic striker Tony Watt, 22, on loan. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Winger Andros Townsend, who has joined Newcastle from Tottenham in a £12m deal, interested Watford but the 24-year-old was too expensive, according to Hornets boss Quique Sanchez Flores. (Watford Observer)

Barnsley have turned down a six-figure bid from Leeds United for 25-year-old top scorer Sam Winnall, who has netted 14 times in 27 League One games this season. (Yorkshire Post)

A number of Premier League clubs ignored Carlisle United when the League Two club wrote requesting auction prizes for a flood fundraiser.(Sun)

Social media

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has wished former Wales striker Robert Earnshaw well in retirement. "Grew up watching @RobertEarnshaw and had the opportunity to play alongside him. What a great player! Good luck in the new role #legend," he tweeted.

Everton forward Gerard Deulofeu praised the near-8,000 travelling fans who backed the team in their League Cup semi-final defeat at Manchester City. "Disappointed not to get the result last night & make it to the final. Thanks for all the support Toffees," the Spain-born player tweeted on Thursday.

Port Vale midfielder Michael Brown

Port Vale midfielder Michael Brown dishes out ice creams to his team-mates

Port Vale midfielder Michael Brown surprised his team-mates by hiring an ice cream van to celebrate his 39th birthday. The former Manchester City, Tottenham and Wigan player organised for the van to turn up for an hour after training on Thursday. "Yes, this is Michael Brown serving ice cream at Vale Park," tweeted the League One club.

And finally

Comedian and Crystal Palace fan Kevin Day says he will "donate £100 to charity and swim naked across Thornton Heath pond" if new signing Emmanuel Adebayor scores 10 goals. (London Evening Standard)

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling said he was not a fan of the fireworks let off before his team's League Cup semi-final with Everton. "They weren't the best idea for me," he said.(Manchester Evening News)

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