Real line up De Gea

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David De Gea and Thiago Alcantara Man Utd v BarcaGettyImagesDavid De Gea could be tempted by a return to Spain.

Real Madrid could move for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea over the next year, according to reports in the Spanish press. De Gea, who conceded four goals in the Manchester derby on Sunday, is believed to be considering a return to his home country, although he is not unsettled at Old Trafford. Spanish newspaper El Confidencial says Real will line up De Gea as a replacement for disgruntled captain Iker Casillas, who could force through a move if his fortunes do not change this season. Casillas was given a rare start in the Champions League clash with Galatasaray last week, but suffered an injury early on.

It's only been a matter of hours since Paolo Di Canio's contract at Sunderland was terminated, but the candidates to succeed the effervescent manager have already hit the table. The Daily Mail has listed a series of options for the Black Cats, led by former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo. Other possibilities also include Gus Poyet, Steve McClaren, ex-Stoke manager Tony Pulis and even Rangers coach Ally McCoist who could be tempted to ditch his project in Scotland in favour of greener pastures.

Media reports in Australia list James Troisi as a target for A-League club Melbourne Victory. The midfielder currently plays for Serie A side Atalanta, but has struggled for regular football since making the switch from Turkish outfit Kayserispor last season, only making six appearances in Italy's top flight. Norwich City showed some interest in signing the the 25-year-old during the summer transfer window, but it appears Victory -- who announced Chilean defender Pablo Contreras as their marquee signing on Sunday -- will land the Socceroo.


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