SOCCER: Tottenham players are not happy with manager Jose Mourinho if the morning papers are to be believed.
The Daily Mail are reporting that Spurs stars are baffled and angry after Jose Mourinho claimed Toby Alderweireld did not train before Newcastle despite images showing him at sessions.
When asked about Alderweireld and Serge Aurier's absence from the match-day squad at Newcastle, Mourinho said: 'They were fit, but they reported for training only yesterday."
However, according to the Daily Mail, sources claim Alderweireld underwent a COVID test upon his arrival from international duty on Wednesday, while there is photographic evidence of the defender on the training pitch at the club's Enfield HQ on Thursday.
Furthermore, the club posted a video of Friday's training session on its official Twitter page, footage that included Alderweireld.
When Mourinho, whose sides are famed for defending leads, was asked why Spurs could not do so against Newcastle, he replied: "same coach, different players".
The Daily Mail also report that should owner Daniel Levy choose to part ways with Mourinho, the compensation will be under £30million due to performance clauses linked to European qualification.
Haal off. Red Devils have other priorities
And according to The Athletic, the Red Devils are keen to see their money go further.
They report that Raphael Varane has emerged as a top target for United as they look for a central defensive partner for Harry Maguire.
Other players linked include Brighton's Ben White and Sevilla's Jules Kounde.
United also want a right-winger, with another bid for long-term target Jadon Sancho mooted.
However, there are fears David de Gea is ready to quit Old Trafford
The Sun quote his former team-mate Rio Ferdinand as saying: I don't see him staying here and saying, 'right, Dean Henderson has the shirt, I'm going to sit and wait'. No chance, I don't see it, he's going to want to go."
Real Madrid have been consistently linked with the Spanish keeper but Paris Saint-Germain are seen as his most likely summer destination at 3/1.
Howe but not now at Celtic?
SOCCER: Celtic hope to name Eddie Howe as their new boss this week - but he may not take charge until the summer.
Howe's desire to work with Bournemouth first team technical director Richard Hughes has complicated the talks.
Howe wants to bring trusted ally Hughes in as director of football at the Scottish giants.
However, Celtic are believed to have had their own plans in place, with Manchester City's Fergal Harkin one of the names on the shortlist.
The details are not being seen as a major sticking point, with The Scottish Sun reporting that a deal with Howe has been agreed in principle.
Former Cherries boss Howe remains the overwhelming favourite to be the next Hoops boss.
Howe still retains an interest in the Premier League betting markets, though, and is 4/1 favourite to be the next permanent Southampton manager, 6/1 to be the next Newcastle boss and 10/1 to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's successor at Old Trafford, all with Paddy Power.
* All odds correct at time of publication