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Toffees sweet on Pereira
Vitor Pereira has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Rafa Benitez in the Everton hotseat — but fan power may open the door for Frank Lampard.
The Toffees are expected to make an announcement within the next 48 hours after axing Benitez last week.
Former Porto boss Pereira is reportedly in pole position having impressed the Goodison Park hierarchy following an initial chat with club owner Farhad Moshiri.
However, the Everton faithful have made it clear they do not want the 53-year-old tactician to take charge of a team languishing 16th in the Premier League.
And that could clear the way for Lampard, who is also being considered by the Toffees.
He has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea in January 2021.
Arsenal leave Auba at home
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not take part in Arsenal’s training camp in Dubai.
The former Gunners skipper is set to remain in London to work on his fitness instead.
Aubameyang, 32, has not featured in Mikel Arteta’s side since the 2-1 defeat at Everton on December 6 following a disciplinary issue, which also saw him stripped of the captaincy.
And it appears the Gabon striker’s time at the Emirates is up, with the club willing to listen to offers for him before the transfer window slams shut on Monday evening.
Aubameyang, who has 18 months remaining on his contract, has scored seven goals in 15 appearances for Arsenal this season.
Bees ace signs new deal
Bryan Mbeumo has extended his Brentford deal until the summer of 2026.
The 22-year-old attacker signed his new contract, which includes the option of a further year, last week but the Bees only confirmed the news earlier today.
Boss Thomas Frank said: "I am very pleased Bryan has decided to extend his contract with us.
"He has been an important player for us since he arrived in 2019.
"As everyone knows, Bryan has hit the woodwork seven times this season. Margins have gone against him but he has given us a lot. He has been a constant threat to our opponents.
"I am also very pleased that we have a chance to maximise Bryan’s potential. We are only seeing the start of what he will be able to produce.
"He has a brilliant future in front of him."
Toon give up on Jesse
Newcastle are believed to have given up hope of signing Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United.
Struggling Toon were willing to pay a fee and the attacking midfielder's wages in full — but the Premier League clubs have been able to strike a deal.
And while Lingard is keen to find regular football before becoming a free agent in the summer, he is now not expected to strut his stuff at St James' Park.
The England man, 29, enjoyed an impressive loan spell with West Ham last season and has no intention of extending his stay at Old Trafford.
Bruno wants Martial to shine
Bruno Fernandes wished Anthony Martial well after his Manchester United team-mate completed a loan switch to Sevilla.
France international Martial, 26, has joined the LaLiga outfit until the end of the season.
And Fernandes cannot wait to see his pal shine in Spain. Writing on Instagram, he said: "My friend... our connection on and off the pitch was always special.
"Wish you all the best for the rest of the season. Go and shine bro."
Alfredo wants More with Rangers
Alfredo Morelos insists he is happy with life at Rangers.
The striker, 25, has regularly been linked with a move away from Ibrox after impressing since joining the Scottish club from HJK Helsinki in 2017.
But the Colombian and his family are settled in Glasgow and Morelos wants to taste more success with the Gers.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "I'm very happy at Rangers. I was named Player of the Month in December, I've been scoring goals and I feel good physically.
"I'm just thinking about scoring more goals and God will decide what happens in the future.
"I'll keep working hard and fighting. I'm also in the Colombia squad now.
"I feel very happy in Glasgow, as do my family. My daughter is really settled here, I feel very pleased. Rangers really welcomed me when I joined, as did the fans, so I feel really happy here."
Liverpool to amend Hillsborough memorial
Liverpool will add Andrew Stanley Devine's name to the Hillsborough memorial at Anfield this week.
The 55-year-old became the 97th fan to die as a result of the 1989 disaster when he passed away in July 2021 due to life-changing injuries sustained at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium.
The engraving will take place on Friday and his name has already been added to the memorial at Liverpool's Kirkby AXA Training Centre.
A club statement said: "Since the sad passing of Andrew, the club have reviewed all references to Hillsborough, both digital and physical.
"We have renamed 97 Avenue at Anfield, with new signage installed at the stadium, while updates to Liverpoolfc.com have also been finalised with the 97 emblem featuring across our digital channels.
"The club’s playing shirts will be updated for the 2022-23 season with the 97 emblem presented on the nape of the neck."