From the Back Pages, May 16: Everton vs Newcastle in transfer race for Tottenham’s Andros Townsend

Everton are lining up a move for Tottenham and England winger Andros Townsend. Roberto Martinez was keen to take the 22-year-old speedster to the Toffees on loan last summer but was rebuffed by Spurs. (The Mirror)

From the back pages
From the back pages

MANCHESTER UNITED have again delayed confirmation of Louis Van Gaal as their new manager. (The Express)

Manchester City are considering Mehdi Benatia at Roma as their next centre-back purchase. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea are ready to offer Romelu Lukaku a new contract, despite him starting only one Premier League game for the club, and may be willing to loan the striker back to Everton next season to help inflate his value. (The Independent)

Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, has confirmed that failure to qualify for the Champions League will result in an expected revenue shortfall of around £35m, the club adding that compensation paid to David Moyes will be a figure of “single-digit million pounds”. (The Guardian)

Danny Cipriani has been named in England’s preliminary squad for next week’s training camp in south-west London, head coach Stuart Lancaster has announced. (The Telegraph)

He had two cards, a mouthful of chocolate tiramisu, managed to resist the strawberry shortcake and said that he would be going to bed early. Not exactly a 27th birthday that will resonate with Andy Murray, but the day after promises the delivery of something rather special. (The Times)