Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, March 9

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

Rafa Benitez has been targeted by Newcastle to replace Steve McClaren. The former Liverpool and Chelsea manager is the biggest name in the frame for a ten game rescue job at St James’s Park. Benitez, who was axed as Real Madrid coach in January, is keen on a return to the Premier League and has had contact from Newcastle. (Daily Mirror)

Louis van Gaal’s coaching staff are convinced he will see out his full term at Manchester United. The Dutchman has one year left on his contract, but could find himself replaced byJose Mourinho this summer if club chiefs decide a change is required. But Van Gaal’s inner circle at United believe the 64-year-old is safe and that he will lead the Red Devils next season – even if they miss out on the Champions League. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a target of Pep Guardiola for when the Spaniard starts his tenure as Manchester City manager this summer. The midfielder would be used on the right wing, with Raheem Sterling on the left. Everton defender John Stones, another young England international, is also under consideration as City look to rebuild under Guardiola. (The Times)

Ilkay Gundogan’s uncle, Ilhan Gundogan, met Pep Guardiola, Manchester City’s manager-in-waiting, and Txiki Begiristain, the club’s director of football, at Amsterdam’s Conservatorium Hotel on Monday as City close in on a summer deal for Borussia Dortmund midfielder. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City will give £28m flop Wilfried Bony the boot this summer. Incoming boss Pep Guardiola is conducting a review of the squad he will inherit and has decided to axe the Ivorian striker. (Daily Star)

Borussia Dortmund last night issued a clear warning to Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea declaring: “Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is not for sale.” (The Sun)

Chelsea winger Willian is the subject of mounting interest from Paris Saint-Germain and a raft of Chinese clubs after a stellar campaign at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mirror)

Everton target Steve Mandanda is refusing to commit his future to Marseille. The France keeper, 30, is out of contract at the end of the season. His club have yet to agree a new deal, and Mandanda insists talks must remain on hold. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal have been bowled over by Rennes starlet Ousmane Dembele and are ready to fight Barcelona for the Frenchman’s signature. (Daily Mirror)

And here are the latest headlines…​

‘Harry Redknapp can bring feel-good factor back to Newcastle’ – Stuart Pearce

Paul Merson’s Arsenal rant: ‘Arsene Wenger bored of criticism? I’m bored with coming fourth every year!’

Newcastle should NOT sack Steve McClaren, former Magpies star Lee Bowyer tells talkSPORT

Hodgson on England future after Euro 2016: If the FA and the country would like me to do it, then I will be happy to

Jack Wilshere’s past performances merit a place in England Euro 2016 squad

Hodgson exclusive: Wayne Rooney WILL be in England’s Euro 2016 squad if fit

Manchester United, Everton and Crystal Palace monitoring Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi

Pep Guardiola keen to sign PSV star for Manchester City in the summer

Arsenal offered Inter Milan midfielder in £15m deal

Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants to sign Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain

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