Today's newspaper gossip: Kolarov wants to work with Guardiola, Leicester tempted Ronaldinho

Published on: 04 February 2016

Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov, 30, is reconsidering a potential move to a Serie A club this summer because he wants to work with new manager Pep Guardiola. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano "courted" football agent Pere Guardiola to persuade his brother Pep to become the Premier League club's new manager. (Daily Telegraph)

Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama, 24, is stalling on a new contract at St Mary's amid interest from Arsenal and Tottenham. (Daily Mirror)

Championship side Leeds United hope to sign Norwich City and Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty, 28, when the Football League's emergency loan window opens next week. (Yorkshire Post)

Former Barcelona and Brazil forward Ronaldinho won the Ballon d'Or in 2005

Aston Villa are making contingency plans in case Remi Garde quits as manager of the Premier League's bottom club. (Birmingham Mail)

The Daily Mirror back page

The Daily Mirror back page leads on Newcastle's latest defeat

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, 26, has returned to full training but the England international is unlikely to feature in Saturday's Premier League match against Sunderland at Anfield. (Liverpool Echo)

Liverpool target Alex Teixeira, 26, is set to leave Shakhtar Donetsk to join Chinese club Jiangsu Suning in a deal worth £37m. (Calciomercato)

Turkish club Fenerbahce claim Liverpool will not sell Lazar Markovic, 21, even if they offer the Reds £20m for the on-loan Serbian international winger. (Turkish newspaper Sabah - via the Independent)

Leicester City came close to selling Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy, 29, to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday six months ago in a £5m deal. (Football Insider)

The Foxes made an audacious January transfer window bid to sign former Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldinho, 35, who is a free agent since leaving Fluminense in September. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Atletico Madrid plan to sign Chelsea forward Diego Costa, 27, this summer with the money they made selling striker Jackson Martinez, 29, to Guangzhou Evergrande in January. (Daily Mail)

The Daily Star back page

The Daily Star back page

West Ham are in talks with Barcelona about arranging a friendly on 3 August as their first match at the Olympic Stadium. (Sun)

Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, insists he does not deserve his reputation as a disruptive influence and says the club's supporters "already love me". (Evening Standard)

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he invited his successor Jurgen Klopp to his house for a discussion on how the German should approach the job at Anfield.(BeIn Sports)

Sunderland's new signing Dame N'Doye, 30, says his experience of a Premier League relegation battle with Hull City last season will prove invaluable during his loan spell at the Stadium of Light. (Daily Mirror)

West Brom captain Darren Fletcher, 32, says Swansea fans taunted him over his career-threatening bowel condition. (Express & Star)

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster has urged his Hawthorns' team-mate Saido Berahino, 22, to quit social media "and delete all that rubbish".(Birmingham Mail)

Best of social media

It began with what seemed like a gesture of solidarity, but a Twitter exchange between Southampton and Portsmouth escalated into a zesty examination of their south-coast rivalry.

Southampton tweet

This is what Southampton tweeted after Morecambe's goalkeeper equalised in stoppage time against Portsmouth on Tuesday


In reply, Pompey brought up the time they scored a dramatic late leveller themselves - against Saints

Southampton tweet

Saints weren't done - reminding Pompey that they were actually relegated that year (2012)

Portsmouth tweet

But it was League Two Portsmouth who claimed the moral victory, illustrating it with a fishy

Meanwhile, Eric Dier was seemingly in nostalgic mood, posting this picture of fellow Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli on Instagram. ">">Instagram.

Dele Alli aged about 10

Is this Alli's pensive look?

Aston Villa forward Jordan Ayew has apologised on Instagram following his red card for elbowing West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell at Upton Park on Tuesday.


And finally

A French artist has opened an exhibition featuring photos of Zinedine Zidane's last 100 days as a footballer. (AS - in Spanish)

Former England defender Ashley Cole's contract with Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy is worth just £205,000 a year. (LA Times)

New Bayern Munich loan signing Serdar Tasci, 28, missed his own presentation at the club after suffering a minor concussion in his first training session. (ESPN)