Hull target Ferdinand: Hull City want to extend Rio Ferdinand's Premier League career, according to manager Steve Bruce. The Daily Mail reports that the Tigers boss is mulling over giving the defender a call next week, after he was not offered a new contract by Manchester United.
Paper Round's view: The tone of Bruce's quotes is unclear from the article, although it is conceivable that he has his tongue firmly in cheek when talking of the possibility. He said: "Who knows? If he fancies a game… we’ve got Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday, so let me get over the weekend first, then I’ll see if we’ll give him a call." It sounds as though Bruce thinks Ferdinand could go to a bigger club. Or perhaps he is indeed serious. Only time will tell.
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Giggs to remain a player: Ryan Giggs wants to prolong his career as a player while joining Louis van Gaal's coaching team at Manchester United. The veteran will meet the Dutchman before the end of the week when he will tell him he is keen to be considered for a playing role as well as a coaching job, according to the Daily Mirror. United officials are due in Amsterdam this week to finally complete a deal with Van Gaal, who has offered Alex Ferguson's long-time assistant Rene Meulensteen a route back to United as a member of the support staff.
Paper Round's view: The Mirror's online report refers to Giggs as the "ageless Welsh winger" and while that is not strictly true (he does have an age: 40), he still has plenty to offer as a player, despite his advancing years. There are certain games that are made for Giggs, ones which require a cool, experienced head on the pitch, and there is no one else at the club who can offer what Giggs can in that respect, especially since the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. Van Gaal should grant him his wish, although if he is to be installed as the Dutchman's assistant, his focus must be on coaching from now on.
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Sherwood fell to player power: Tim Sherwood was sacked by Tottenham after several top players told chairman Daniel Levy: "either he goes or we do". Midfielders Paulinho, Sandro and Etienne Capoue, defender Jan Vertonghen and keeper Hugo Lloris were all prepared to quit the club this summer if Sherwood remained manager, according to the Mirror. Adding to Sherwood's downfall was fan opposition to his tenure, while Levy was furious over Sherwood repeatedly ignoring requests to stop publicly criticising the club over the handling of his situation.
Paper Round's view: It seems slightly unfortunate that Sherwood's fate was sealed by factors other than his record as a football manager. Spurs finished the season sixth, with a place in the Europa League, and Sherwood's win ratio was not shabby by any stretch of the imagination, yet he still finds himself unemployed this morning. That has to be down to outside influences and it is not at all surprising to hear that players and fans had a large part to play in his demise.
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Spurs target £2m Pochettino: So to Sherwood's replacement, and most papers have installed Maurico Pochettino as Spurs' number one target. But the Southampton manager will come at a price: the Argentine would cost Tottenham £2m, for the final 12 months of his contract at St Mary's. The Daily Express claims that Frank de Boer remains a candidate, although Levy prefers the more publicity-shy Pochettino, while the Mirror offers up Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti as an outsider for the job.
Paper Round's view: Spurs have not shied away from spending money in recent times - that's partly been the problem - but at £2m Pochettino would represent good value for money. And the Argentine, having done so brilliantly this season in charge of Southampton, must surely be ready to move, given that his successful side is on the brink of breaking up. Call him crazy, but he may well relish the challenge at White Hart Lane.
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Everton find Lukaku Remy-dy: Everton have made a move for Queens Park Rangers-owned striker Loic Remy to fill the hole that will be left by Romelu Lukaku. The Times reports that Lukaku, who spent the last season on loan from Chelsea at Goodison Park, will not return but Roberto Martinez has moved quickly to replace him by targeting Remy. Remy himself is unlikely to return to Newcastle, having completed his loan deal there, and would be available thanks to an £8m release clause in his QPR contract. Arsenal are also interested in the France international, the report claims.
Paper Round's view: Sounds plausible. Everton are not ones to spend big, so in Remy they would be buying a cheaper player than Lukaku, but in Martinez they have a manager capable of getting the best out of his squad. They will be happy to let Spurs take Lukaku, but they may have to fight off the interest from Arsenal for Remy.
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