Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, March 21: Pearson in at Aston Villa, England to snare Arsenal starlet?

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…

Remi Garde’s doomed reign at Aston Villa is set to come to an end in the next 48 hours as chairman Steve Hollis continues to wield the axe ahead of relegation. The Frenchman is to pay the price for finding only two wins in 20 Premier League games and being unable to instill any sense of fight in his beleaguered squad, with Nigel Pearson the early frontrunner for the post. (Daily Mail)

The FA are making a last-ditch bid to try to stop Arsenal starlet Alex Iwobi committing his international future to Nigeria. Iwobi – nephew of former Super Eagles captain Jay Jay Okocha – has played in two friendlies for Nigeria, but won’t be officially tied to them until he plays a competitive game. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal have been invited to enter into transfer talks to sign Napoli’s Jorginho by the midfielder’s agent. (Metro)

Juventus are planning to turn their attention to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud should they miss out on Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani in the summer. (Tuttosport)

Liverpool are keeping tabs on Hoffenheim centre-back Niklas Sule. Sule, 20, played alongside Roberto Firmino in Germany and could be tempted to join the Brazilian at Anfield. (Metro)

Mario Gotze is ready to end his frustration at Bayern Munich by joining Liverpool. Gotze is believed to be one of Liverpool’s major summer targets, with the World Cup winner confirming recently he’s been in touch with Jurgen Klopp. (Metro)

Manchester United look to have been given the green light to sign Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez. The Red Devils have been tracking Niguez’s progress for some time and tried to sign him in January but the midfielder was reluctant to leave back then. But latest reports in Spain claim the 21-year-old has had a change of heart and is refusing to sign a new deal. (Daily Express)

And here are the latest headlines…​

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino hails Harry Kane as the Premier League’s best striker

Newcastle United news: Benitez says Magpies show promise but it’s ‘not enough’

Liverpool FC news: Jurgen Klopp reveals why he replaced Lovren with Skrtel at 2-0 up in a game his team lost 3-2

‘We are on the final, home straight – now I want to see how my horses run!’ – Claudio Ranieri on Leicester City’s title charge

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