Manchester United are exploring the possibility of a summer move for German legend Bastian Schweinsteiger. Sportsmail can reveal that United manager Louis van Gaal believes the Bayern Munich midfielder would bring experience and European know-how to the centre of his team’s midfield. (Daily Mail)
ECB make official approach to Jason Gillespie over England head coach job: Positive talks with Andrew Strauss on Thursday bring the Australian a step closer to replacing Peter Moores. (The Telegraph)
Raheem Sterling’s relationship with Liverpool has plumbed new depths after scheduled talks with his representative, Aidy Ward, were cancelled once the agent was quoted in a controversial newspaper report saying that his client would “definitely not be signing” a new contract. (The Times)
Ben Stokes and Joe Root each fell just short of Test centuries after their combined rescue act nonetheless gave England the advantage over New Zealand on day one at Lord’s. (The Independent)
LUIS FIGO has pulled out of the race to become FIFA president with an explosive statement citing a “not normal electoral act”. (The Express)
Roy Hodgson has revealed the concerted efforts the Football Association is making to persuade Jack Grealish to abandon the Republic of Ireland and start a new international career with the England team, with the possibility of being fast-tracked straight into the senior squad. (The Guardian)
Sam Allardyce has given his West Ham players the week off ahead of their crucial relegation clash against Newcastle on Sunday. (The Mirror)
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