Wednesday Football Gossip: Roy Hodgson, Alexis Sanchez, Gael Clichy, Victor Lindelof,Alvaro Morata,Daniel Sturridge, Romelu Lukaku

Former England manager Roy Hodgson has held talks with Leicester City over their vacant managerial position. (Daily Mail)

Caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare will meet Leicester’s owners on Wednesday, with his players backing Claudio Ranieri’s former assistant for the job full time. (Daily Mirror)
Foxes full-back Danny Simpson, 30, has praised the stand-in manager, calling Shakespeare a “top coach”. (Talksport)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will decide on striker Daniel Sturridge’s future in the summer, amid growing fears the 27-year-old England striker is on his way out of Anfield. (Guardian)

Roy Hodgson’s link with the vacant Leicester job
Alexis Sanchez, 28, will leave Arsenal in the summer and return to Spain. The Chile striker has been left frustrated by the Gunners’ lack of progress this season. (Daily Star)

Chelsea have submitted a £34m bid for Real Madrid and Spain striker Alvaro Morata, 24. (Diario Gol – in Spanish)

The Blues are also preparing to sell Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, 23, in the summer. Batshuayi joined Chelsea last summer for £33m from Marseille. (Daily Mirror)

And manager Antonio Conte could face a fight to keep Spain striker Diego Costa amid interest from China which could see the 28-year-old earn £38m a year. (Sun)

Everton are weighing up a deal to encourage Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney, 31, to return to the club, says manager Ronald Koeman. (Daily Telegraph)

Wednesday’s Daily Telegraph back page leads on Newcastle’s win at Brighton and also references Hodgson
Manchester City full-back Gael Clichy, 31, wants to continue playing in the Premier League after the Frenchman’s contract ends in June. The Blues are not planning to extend his current deal.(Sun)

Juventus have turned down a £25m bid from Arsenal for Italy centre-back Daniele Rugani, 22. (Calciomercato)

Manchester City are interested in signing Benfica and Sweden defender Victor Lindelof, 22, despite local rivals Manchester United preparing to launch a bid in July.(Talksport)

And City expect Europe’s big teams to start bidding for Sergio Aguero this summer. But any prospective buyer would have to come up with a near world-record fee for the 28-year-old Argentina striker.(Manchester Evening News)

West Ham have turned down three bids from China for striker Andy Carroll, 28.(Evening Standard)

Meanwhile, the Hammers are expecting to sign Saint-Etienne right-back Kevin Malcuit, 25, for £10m in the summer.(Sky Sports)

The Daily Mirror focuses on potential moves for Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Joe Hart
Leicester are monitoring Norway and FC Basel winger Mohamed Elyounoussi, 22, as they prepare to lose several key players in the summer.(ESPN)

Southampton are preparing a bid for Leeds and Sweden defender Pontus Jansson, 26.(Daily Express)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that his job is on the line if his side don’t improve their form. The Reds have lost five of their past seven matches in all competitions.(Independent)

Klopp will send scouts to watch 19-year-old Juventus striker Francesco Cassata with a view to an £8.5m move.(Daily Star – via ilbianconero)

Romelu Lukaku’s agent is in talks with Everton about extending the Belgium striker’s contract. Lukaku, 23, is contracted with the club until 2019.(Liverpool Echo)

And finally

Manchester United will pay for their fans’ visas when the side travel to Russia to play FC Rostov in the Europa League. The club have said they will refund the £118.20 processing fee for 500 travelling supporters. (Daily Mail)

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