Today's newspaper gossip: Man United vice-chair backs Van Gaal, Townsend to Newcastle

Published on: 26 January 2016

Under pressure Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is to meet with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to discuss his potential exit from a contract that runs until 2017. (Daily Star) 

Mirror back page

Van Gaal offered to quit the club on Saturday after the defeat by Southampton but was talked into staying by Woodward. (The Sun) 

The Dutchman was in the Netherlands for his daughter's birthday and will hold more talks with Woodward when he returns on Tuesday.(Guardian) 

The United players did not train on Monday and Woodward has spoken to a number of them as well as senior figures at Old Trafford about Van Gaal. (Sky Sports) 

However, Woodward is ready to defy public opinion and back Van Gaal to stay on as manager. (Daily Mirror) 

Journalist Miguel Delaney says United are well aware that Jose Mourinho wants the job when Van Gaal leaves and that communications have been ongoing between his representatives and the club for some time. (BBC Radio 5 live)

Other gossip

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, 24, looks set to complete a move to Newcastle after the two sides agreed a compromise over the fee. The Magpies' opening offer of £10m was turned down, with Spurs wanting £14m. (Guardian) 

Liverpool have been unsuccessful in their £28m bid to sign Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira, 26, who has scored 22 goals in just 15 league games this season. (Daily Mail) 

Guardian back page

Guardian back page

West Brom are not interested in signing Liverpool's Italian forward Mario Balotelli, 25, with Serie A side AC Milan keen to end his loan at the club. (Express and Star) 

Newcastle's hopes of signing France striker Loic Remy, 29, from Chelsea rest on whether the Blues are able to recruit 26-year-old Brazilian Alexandre Pato from Corinthians. (Chronicle) 

Sunderland have again been linked with a move for Roma and Ivory Coast striker Seydou Doumbia, 28, who has reportedly turned down a big-money move to China.(Sunderland Echo) 

West Ham United have agreed terms with Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike, 28, but are yet to conclude an agreement with Turkish parent club Fenerbahce or Al Ain in the UAE where he is currently on loan. (Evening Standard) 

Leicester have made an £8m bid for Sampdoria striker Eder, 29, who has scored 12 goals so far this season in Serie A.(Leicester Mercury) 

Watford are moving closer to a deal to sign Fiorentina and Spain midfielder Mario Suarez, 28, who is keen on a switch to Vicarage Road. (Watford Observer) 

Social media

Tottenham midfielder Erik Lamela

https://twitter.com/ErikLamela/status/691733154579742720

— (@ErikLamela)

">posted a picture of a team meal with the Premier League side, who are currently on a training camp in Barcelona.

Erik Lamela

Spurs midfielder Dele Alli, 19, shows fame has not gone to his head

https://twitter.com/Dele_Alli/status/691664344061493250

— (@Dele_Alli)

">by replying to a tweet  from Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale.

Dele Alli

And finally

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Espanyol were a "centimetre away" from signing Lionel Messi - then 17 - when the White Hart Lane coach was playing at the Spanish club. (Goal.com) 

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