Gossip Column: Allardyce, Rooney, Alderweireld, Evans, Courtois, Areola and Arteta

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Football Gossip Column

Tuesday 15th May 2018

Everton boss Sam Allardyce is being primed for the tin-tack this week and will be helped through the Goodison Park doors by the sharpened elbows of former Watford boss Marco Silva.
Daily Mirror

Wayne Rooney, 32, won’t be staying at Goodison Park; he was hoping for gold to persuade him to stay, not Silva…
Sky Sports

Tottenham are ready to talk to prospective buyers for defenders Toby Alderweireld, 29, and Danny Rose, 27. With £75-100m from their sale, £200m from others, they’ve almost paid for the turnstiles on the new White Hart Lane.
Daily Mirror

Jonny Evans, 30, mum sent West Brom a text saying he couldn’t play on the last day of the season. Oh, and they should expect a phone call from someone at Arsenal. She wasn’t sure who…
Express & Star

Real Madrid will send a belated Valentines of a one-way ticket to Spain and a lovely contract to Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as he comes into the final year of his contract.
Daily Mirror

Another goalkeeper on the move is Alphonse Areola. The 29-year-old is set to leave the banks of the Seine for the fog on the Tyne as Newcastle United make a move for the PSG veteran.
Metro

Southampton outcast Sofiane Boufal, 24, wants to return to France…
SFR Sport

…while the Saints want Celta Vigo wideboy Pione Sisto, 23, but he’ll cost £36m to buy.
Daily Mail

Right, said Fred. I’m joining Manchester United. Or PSG. Or Manchester City. Whoever, so long as they pay the £53m to get me outta here.
Manchester Evening News

David Moyes held the door open for the washroom towels salesman, or so he thought. Turns out it was Paulo Fonseca, Shakhtar Donetsk manager, who is favourite to take over at West Ham.
Daily Mail

OK, so now it’s Arsenal time. Mikel Arteta, who is suddenly one of the best coaches in the country, is the preferred candidate of CEO Ivan Gazidis and majority-shareholder-in-waiting, Josh Kroenke.
Daily Mail

But Juventus boss Max Allegri might still become Arsenal boss if he is given the password to the club’s transfer account.
Daily Star

Although Burnley boss Sean Dyche should be on the shortlist reckons BT Sport know-nothing Chris Sutton, who is intent on proving that he knows nothing.
5Live Sport

Whoever it is might need a new assistant. Steve Bould is weighing up his options after Arsenal handed out the brown envelopes to half-a-dozen of the backroom staff.
Daily Telegraph

Still, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 29, is staying at Arsenal even though he thought Wenger would be at the club for years. He’s the only one, then.
Evening Standard