Gossip Column (March 6): Hull city reject wanted by Liverpool | Ex-Doncaster Rovers boss sacked | Moyes next for Magpies?

Hatem Ben Arfa (left) in his Hull City days. (Picture: PA)
Hatem Ben Arfa (left) in his Hull City days. (Picture: PA)
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Here is the latest gossip for Yorkshire’s clubs and across the Premier League.

Hull City flop Hatem Ben Arfa is wanted by some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Ben Arfa was released by the Tigers last season after a disastrous spell but has resurrected his career on the Cote d’Azur with OCG Nice.

The 28-year-old’s play has attracted the interest of Liverpool, Paris St Germain and both Inter and AC Milan.

Defeat to high-flying Barnsley proved the final act of Sean O’Driscoll’s tenure at Walsall.

The defeat, which saw Walsall drop to fourth in the table on goal difference, was a sixth successive home game they had failed to win.

Walsall have been among the promotion contenders for most of the season but poor from in front of their own fans has cost O’Driscoll - the former Doncaster Rovers manager - his job.

O’Driscoll said: “I am extremely disappointed for the players, their performances over the past month have not gained the points they deserved.

“This is a different phase of the season, and as we have repeatedly seen, teams have recognised the team’s strengths from the first half of the campaign and prepared to counter that when facing us.

“But the players deserve enormous credit for adapting, finding different ways to play and maintaining their performance levels even, at times, in the face of frustration and disappointment.

“They are a close group whose success so far has been built on the trust, understanding and respect among them. I wish them the best for the rest of the season.”

Tottenham will finally complete the signing of West Brom striker Saido Berahino in the summer, according to the Guardian.

The Sun reports Chelsea will have to spend double the £28m they received for Romelu Lukaku if they want to bring the Belgium striker back from Everton.

Manchester United are prepared to pay £70m for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, claims the Daily Mail.

The Daily Mirror says Pep Guardiola will be given £150m to spend at Manchester City this summer, with Luis Suarez, John Stones and Manuel Neuer among his targets.

David Moyes is the man Newcastle have lined up to replace under-pressure boss Steve McClaren, according to the Daily Telegraph.