Sportsday - Thursday as it happened

All the latest transfer news, plus reaction to the apparent bust-up between Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli.

3 January 2013 Last updated at 19:01 GMT

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  1. 1900: 

    It's time to end this evening's edition of Sportsday. All that's left to do is to remind you that you can listen to full commentary of Hearts v Hibs from 19:45 GMT this evening on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Mark Chapman is in the 5 live hot seat from 19:00 and will be joined by summariser Pat Nevin and Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail. Italian football journalist Max Evangelista will join the team to talk about Mario Balotelli and Kevin-Prince Boateng.


    Patrick Vieira on Twitter: "It was brave of Kevin Prince Boateng to do what he did today, and it was the right thing. We need to stand up and stand together. Well done."


    Daily Mail's Lee Clayton on Twitter: "West Ham very close to signing Marouane Chamakh from Arsenal. Details soon on the site."

  4. 1846: 

    Anti-racism campaigners have praised AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng after he walked off the field in protest at racist abuse during a friendly.

    Piara Powar, executive director of European anti-discrimination group FARE, demanded strong action from the Italian FA.

    He told the Press Association: "We salute Kevin-Prince Boateng for his actions and his team-mates for their support. This is the not the first time a player has walked off in Italy - if the situation continues it may not be the last."

  5. 1841: 

    Waterford United chairman John O'Sullivan says 18-year-old Irish striker Sean Maguire, who is joining West Ham, reminds him of Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

    "I'm a great fan of Lionel Messi at Barcelona. When I look at Seanie, he really reminds me of him," said O'Sullivan.

    "Seanie has the same kind of balance, burst of speed and he's powerful on the ball.

    "He has a great shot from any range and he's good in the air. He has everything going for him. He still has to build up a bit of muscle, but there's no doubt West Ham will help him do that.

    "If Seanie keeps progressing the way he is, it won't be long before he's getting first-team football at West Ham. There is no question whatsoever he will be a star one day for the Republic of Ireland."


    Ziyad Ghali on Twitter: "Mancini is frustrated with Balotelli for a late tackle and therefore grabs his bib, this is clearly bad managing."

    Joe Llewelyn on Twitter: "Mancini didn't keep his integrity when he said Tevez would never play again, I wonder how he'll handle the Balotelli bust-up."

    Mair on Twitter: "Don't tell me this is the first time Mancini has had words with Balotelli. It's just the first time we've seen it."

    Send us your thoughts on the apparent bust-up between Mancini and Balotelli via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  7. 1833: 

    You can catch up with all the day's sporting news on Sportsday, which is live on the BBC news channel and BBC Sport website. BBC Sport's Dan Roan is currently at Manchester City's training ground, talking about the apparent bust-up between Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli.

  8. 1827: 

    Damon Hill believes the arrival of Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes could transform the team from also-rans into genuine contenders for regular race victories.

    "In the old days there was only ever one team worth driving for, so you had the two best guys in the same team fighting over attention," Hill told Autosport.

    "Now you have more than one team (capable of winning races) and four guys with their own teams.

    "You could look at 2013 like this: Jenson Button's got McLaren, Lewis has got Mercedes, Fernando's got Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel's got Red Bull, and Kimi Raikkonen's got Lotus.

    "The reality of the situation is that any of them could win."

  9. 1817: 

    Bournemouth have completed the permanent signing of striker Brett Pitman - who had been on loan from Bristol City - on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

    The Jersey-born player, 24, made his Bournemouth debut in 2005 before joining City in 2010, and has now returned to the south coast club, who visit Wigan in the FA Cup on Saturday.


    Mally G on Twitter: "Mancini grabs Balotelli, who tries to push him off. Doesn't look like its Balotelli with the attitude problem to me!"

    Steven Gilroy on Twitter: "Beckham, Nistelrooy, Keane. Just a few of Fergie's casualties. Mancini must start putting the club before players."

    Kit Marsden on Twitter: "Balotelli - huge attitude problem & no respect for his manager. He could be the best in the world & I wouldn't keep him."

    Andy Glover on Twitter: "When a player crosses a manager there should only be one winner, no matter how good or big of ego they have."

    Keep tweeting your thoughts on the apparent bust-up between Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  11. 1809: 

    Tottenham signing Zeki Fryers returns to England six months after he left Old Trafford for Belgian side Standard Liege in the summer.

    The full-back, who has been capped at England youth level, is set to initially link up with Spurs' development squad after his transfer was announced this evening.

  12. 1802: 

    Sauber's challenger for the 2013 Formula 1 season will be unveiled on 2 February. The Swiss team will take the covers off the new C32 at their Hinwil base, three days prior to the opening pre-season test at Jerez in Spain.


    Louis Baker-Stroud on Twitter: "Final straw of Mancini-Balotelli saga. No player is worth that much trouble. Off he goes in January, back to Italy I reckon."

    Lurez Naidoo on Twitter: "Mario has good football skills, he just needs to play consistently. A move to Italy will suit him."

    Liam Stones on Twitter: "Lots of people slating Balotelli but how do they know Mancini didn't start the argument? Facts need to be established first."

    Send your thoughts on the apparent bust-up between Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  14. 1756: 

    West Ham's new signing Sean Maguire finished joint-top scorer in the League of Ireland First Division in 2012.

    "People tend to say my best trait is my movement so hopefully I can show that here," Maguire, who has signed a two-and-a-half year contract, told West Ham's official website.

    "I haven't been told yet which squad I will be in but I presume I'll be going into the reserves so I'll try to work my way up like I did at Waterford."

  15. 1750: 

    West Ham have signed Republic of Ireland Under-19 striker Sean Maguire from Waterford United.

  16. 1749: 

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage answers your tweets in this week's Savage Says.

    On the agenda this week are third round FA Cup shocks, the January transfer window and Daniel Sturridge's £12m move from Chelsea to Liverpool - with Savage stating the striker needs to become "more of a team player" if he is to flourish under Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.

  17. 1744: 

    Tottenham have signed England youth international defender Zeki Fryers, 20, from Standard Liege. He began his career at Manchester United.

  18. 1743: 

    Ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson says "bust-ups" like the one involving Manchester City's Mario Balotelli happen "at every club in the world".

    "At any football club in the world this sort of thing happens, it just never comes out into the press," said Eriksson, who managed City in 2007-08.

    "The difference with City is that people can photograph training."


    Secret Footballer on Twitter: "The Balotelli / Mancini handbags is nothing to get excited about, I bet this has happened half a dozen times elsewhere already this week."

  20. 1737: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said defenders Johan Djourou and Sebastien Squillaci could leave the club this month.

    "Squillaci, if he finds a club, he will certainly go," said the Frenchman. "Djourou might go somewhere as well, that will be decided in the next 48 to 72 hours."


    BBC Radio 5 live's Conor McNamara on Twitter: "I'm in Edinburgh tonight for the Hearts v Hibs derby with Roddy Forsyth & Dr. Pat Nevin. Full commentary on @bbc5live."

    Live commentary on Hearts v Hibs starts on 5 live at 19:45 GMT

  22. 1730: 

    New signing Jamie Murphy is hoping his move from Motherwell to Sheffield United will help him realise his ambition of becoming a full Scotland international.

    The 23-year-old, equally at home on the wing or as a central striker, has signed a three-and-and-a-half year contract at Bramall Lane and is determined to help the club win promotion this season to the Championship.

    "I've never left the city of Glasgow to stay, so coming down here was a big decision, but it's definitely the right decision at this time and I'm looking forward to it," he said.

    "I'm an ambitious person myself and the club is; the club wants to push on and get higher and to be a part of that will be good."

  23. 1727: 

    Liverpool striker Adam Morgan is set to join League Two side Rotherham United on a youth loan until 9 February, subject to Football League and Football Association ratification.

  24. 1717: 

    More from Stoke boss Tony Pulis after defender Ryan Shawcross signs a five-and-a-half-year contract with the club: "I think the world of Ryan. I think he's a great lad.

    "We've signed Asmir (Begovic), we've signed Marc Wilson and now Ryan. Steven Nzonzi's on a long-term contract, so that's four top young players.

    "And that's what we want to do - keep improving it, keep getting younger players and players who will grow together at the football club."


    Vijay Raman on Twitter: "I would say Balotelli has to go. Zero Respect shown. Then again we said that about Tevez."

    Billy Speakman on Twitter: "Mancini and Mario B will need to go - Man city are 2nd and were last in Champions League and Mario does too many stupid things."

    Connor Brown on Twitter: "Mancini grabs Balotelli and people think that Balotelli is to blame. He may be involved but that doesn't make it his fault."

    Jamie Graham on Twitter: "No need to exaggerate the Balotelli Mancini bust up. That will be resolved very quickly. It happens."

    Keep sending us your thoughts on the apparent bust-up between Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  26. 1707: 

    From dart throwing to a fireworks failure, BBC Sport charts Mario Balotelli's eventful career in England.

    The striker's career at Manchester City seems to have taken another turn for the worse following what appears to be a bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini.

  27. 1701: 

    Manchester United have confirmed Bebe has joined Portuguese side Real Ave on loan until the end of June and Sir Alex Ferguson is hopeful the move will prove to be a beneficial one for the attacker.

    "We feel the boy has got to get good experience at a better level than our reserve team," Ferguson told MUTV.

    "He's gone to Real Ave who are fifth in the Portuguese league at the moment - they have a young coach [Nuno] who has a very good reputation."

  28. 1654: 

    Nottingham Forest have signed left-sided winger Stephen McLaughlin from League of Ireland club Derry City on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

  29. 1652:  
    Dan Walker, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "Kevin Prince-Boateng has done something many have been promising to do in a while. Hopefully it makes a difference."


    Raif Clarke on Twitter: "say what you like about Mario but you'll miss his antics if he leaves. He excites everyone. You never know what he'll do next"

    Paul Beard on Twitter: "Glad to see people not just blaming Balotelli. Mancini is highly paid, but management of star players seems to be beyond him!"

    Marty Shields on Twitter: "Balotelli has to go. If that happened in an office he would be fired. No doubt. Total lack of respect and control"

    Let us know what you think of the pictures on an apparent bust-up with Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  31. 1645: 

    Stoke boss Tony Pulis hailed Ryan Shawcross as the bedrock of the club after the Potters captain today signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract. He said: "It's fantastic for us as a football club. We're really, really pleased to have him. He's been the bedrock of what we've been trying to do over the past five or six years and we're really pleased that he's finally agreed."

  32. 1640: 

    Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has opened the door to a possible move away from Spain when his contract with the La Liga leaders expires at the end of next season.

    Valdes did not rule out the possibility of trying "other cultures, other leagues and other countries".

    "I renewed my contract in 2009 and it has never been an issue for me since," he said. "It's not the moment to think about it now, there's still time. I am focused on winning games and time will tell."

  33. 1639: 

    Britain's leading competitor Alex Thomson, who is competing in the Vendee Globe, tweets: "Looking forward to passing Cape Horn and getting back into the Atlantic"

  34. 1629: 

    Andy Murray fought back from the loss of the second set against qualifier John Millman to reach the third round of the Brisbane International. He has been speaking following the early scare.

    "For a first match of the year, that was a perfect match in many ways to go through some tough moments, a lot of long rallies, close games, and important points," Murray said.

    "It was great to play in an atmosphere like that for the first match of the year, to get back into the swing of playing in front of large and loud crowds."

  35. 1624: 

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has reacted to AC Milan players walking off during a game due to racist chanting. He said on Twitter: "Act of racism against Boateng during Milan's friendly. How about becoming extremely intolerant towards racist idiots? They need to be told."

  36. 1622: 

    Southampton manager Nigel Adkins plans to bring in new faces this month but has ruled out signing another goalkeeper.

    Kelvin Davis, Paulo Gazzaniga and Artur Boruc have all started this season, with all three guilty of notable errors. However, Adkins, himself a former goalkeeper, has vowed to stand by them, ending talk of a move for Birmingham's Jack Butland or Blackburn's Paul Robinson.

    "They are the three goalkeepers we've got now and I do not anticipate another goalkeeper coming in during this window," said Adkins.

  37. 1617:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "Everton have agreed new contracts with Coleman and Jagielka in recent days - presume manager David Moyes will be next on the agenda."

  38. 1612: 

    Bolton are trying to land Barnsley striker Craig Davies in a bargain deal according to the Bolton News. The Tykes front man has a release clause in his contract.

  39. 1610: 

    Former British number one Mark Petchey would be willing to replace Roger Draper as Lawn Tennis Association chief - and for "substantially" less money.

    Draper received a £640,000 salary last year, despite Sport England criticising the LTA's plans for participation. "If the LTA board agreed with my vision for British tennis, it's a job I would want to do," Petchey told BBC Sport.

  40. 1602: 

    England's world number three, Laura Massaro, has caused a major upset at the World Series Squash Finals in London with a 12-10 11-9 win over seven-times world champion Nicol David. The Malaysian beat Massaro to retain her world title last month, but was beaten in 29 minutes at Queen's Club on Thursday.

  41. 1558: 

    Ian Holloway today said Crystal Palace have received no bids for Wilfried Zaha - but admits he has little control over the talented winger's future. Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are all understood to be on the trail of 20-year-old Zaha.

    Asked if there were any bids for Zaha, the Palace boss said: "No, it's all pretty boring at the moment.

    "Has anybody got any say in it? Did Wigan have any say in losing Victor Moses to Chelsea? What chance have you got when these clubs are getting richer and richer?"


    Clem Eastel on Twitter: "Should look at this Balotelli thing from other side - Mancini has seemed frustrated recently in interviews, maybe he lost it"

    Matthew Dreze on Twitter: "Macini has shown great belief and trust in Balotelli, but surely even his patience must be waring thin now? Cash in now"

    Colin Edmunds on Twitter: "Inconsistent, bust ups with players, never taking responsibility, always someone else's fault - time for Mancini to go!"

    Let us know what you think of the pictures on an apparent bust-up with Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  43. 1549: 

    New signing Daniel Carrico is being lined up to make his Reading debut in the Premier League clash with West Brom on Saturday week. Manager Brian McDermott has indicated that Carrico will miss this weekend's FA Cup third-round tie at Crawley after only completing his £600,000 move from Sporting Lisbon on New Year's Eve.


    AC Milan director Umberto Gandini on Twitter: "Very proud of the Milan players who decided to walk off the pitch today for racist abuse from few idiots! No racism, no stupidity!"

  45. 1543: 

    Phil Jagielka has signed a new contract at Everton keeping him at Goodison Park until 2017.

  46. 1541: 

    Britain's Jonny Marray and Germany's Dustin Brown have been narrowly beaten 7-5 6-7(5) 10-6 by Austrian Julian Knowle and Slovakian Filip Polasek in the Qatar Open semi-finals.

  47. 1536: 

    Port Vale have signed Trinidad and Tobago's Chris Birchall until the end of season, subject to international clearance, according to the club's official Twitter account.


    Hisham Habib on Twitter: "City should send Balotelli on loan. It would be a shame to lose the talent permanently, but they could use a break from him."

    Cory McLeod on Twitter: "Let's not forget that Balotelli's pass won City the league last year. Keep him."

    George Painter on Twitter: "Has to be the final straw for Mario, but why would any good side buy him? Ego too big to work with a team or to drop leagues"

    Let us know what you think of the pictures on an apparent bust-up with Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  49. 1528: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and striker Mario Balotelli appear to have had a training ground bust-up today. You can view the pictures on the BBC Sport website's picture gallery.

  50. 1522: 

    Tottenham's bid for a top-four finish has taken a blow with the news that defender Younes Kaboul may not be fit until the end of February. The defender has not featured this season because of a knee injury.

  51. 1518: 

    Former Morecambe left-back Laurence Wilson has joined Accrington Stanley on a deal until the end of the season, according to local newspaper The Visitor.

  52. 1515: 

    More on the AC Milan players walking off during a friendly against Pro Patria because of racist chanting. Kevin Prince Boateng was in possession on the left wing in the 26th minute, suddenly picked the ball up and smashed it towards the stand behind him.

    The Ghana midfielder then tore off his shirt and walked off the field at the opposite end. On his way, he applauded other sections of the crowd, who then appeared to react angrily towards the corner of the ground from which the chants came.

    Pro Patria's Dario Alberto Polverini attempted to talk to Boateng as he departed, but the midfielder carried on walking and the rest of the players and officials followed him off the pitch.

  53. 1513: 

    Mansfield manager Paul Cox is worried one of the biggest games in the club's history may be a wash-out. The Stags are scheduled to host Liverpool in the FA Cup third round on Sunday afternoon but the state of the pitch at the One Call Stadium is causing concern.

    With forecasters predicting more rain ahead of the weekend, Cox said: "The pitch took a lot of stick against Alfreton on Boxing Day and it is hard for it to recover with all the rain. All we can do is hope for Sunday."


    Rob Rankin on Twitter: "Good luck getting Balotelli out the door. Paid a fortune, absolute liability. Who would take that gamble?"

    Will Moores on Twitter: "Balotelli wouldn't be at a club city if not for Mancini he's average barely a top ten player. More personality than ability."

    Ricky Shoat on Twitter: "Shouldn't get too excited by Balotelli/Mancini bust up, Look what happened after the Tevez saga!"

    Let us know what you think of the pictures on an apparent bust-up with Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  55. 1505: 

    Worcester have taken direct action in an attempt to curb the poor discipline that has impacted on their Aviva Premiership campaign. Warriors go into tomorrow night's clash against Leicester at Sixways on the back of a defeat against Premiership relegation favourites Sale Sharks and collecting two more yellow cards.

    Their total of 10 sin-binnings this season is the Premiership's highest, and Worcester have now turned to former leading English referee Steve Lander for assistance.

    Worcester head coach Richard Hill said: "We've started to work with Steve Lander, and he is helping us to look at the penalties and yellow cards."

  56. 1503: 

    Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling insists he is coping with the pressure of his rapid first-team progress.

    "I try not to take in what people are saying and just listen to the manager and the people who have influenced me to play football," said the teenager. "Hopefully I can just do well and not let it take up too much of my head, just play my normal game and goals and assists will come. I don't really listen to anyone apart from people at the football club."

  57. 1501: 

    Blackpool boss Michael Appleton says Wes Thomas has returned to Bournemouth because his parent club did not want to extend his loan. Nouha Dicko has also left the club to return to Wigan due to "lack of first team minutes", according to BBC Radio Lancashire.

  58. 1459: 

    Hull's Danny East, Liverpool's Henoc Mukendi and Swindon's Chris Smith have all returned to their parent clubs following loan spells at Northampton, according to Sky Sports.

  59. 1456: 

    Darts would not be able to become an Olympic sport until 2024 at the earliest, the International Olympic Committee has confirmed. Former Team GB director of elite sport Sir Clive Woodward has backed darts' claim to Olympic status but it is not even on the list of sports recognised by the IOC yet.

    First it would have to achieve that recognition and then apply to be on the programme for future Olympics - the earliest being 2024.

  60. 1454: 

    AC Milan's players walked off during a friendly against Italian minnows Pro Patria when the team's black players encountered racist chanting.

  61. 1449: 

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is running the rule over Atletico Madrid's Spain Under-21 goalkeeper Joel.

    The 22-year-old was expected to become Atletico Madrid's first-choice number one following David de Gea's departure for Manchester United at the start of last season.

  62. 1446: 

    Former Manchester City striker Rodney Marsh has reacted to the apparent bust-up between Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and striker Mario Balotelli. He tells BBC Sport's Frank Keogh: "It comes down to Mancini really. With Balotelli, it is what it is, you either take it or leave it.

    "Over the last two seasons, Mario Balotelli has been involved in so many incidents on and off the pitch, including scoring magnificent goals to win matches. It's simple for me, you either love him, and cuddle him and embrace him or you dump him."


    Arman Hussain on Twitter: "Balotelli's time is surely up. You can't disrespect the boss, get in a fight and expect to play again"

    Hasib Dewan on Twitter: "You'd have to think the Mancini/Balotelli relationship simply cannot work after the farce this morning. Zero respect"

    Liam Benstead on Twitter: "Balotelli is just a liability and City don't need that or him! I can see him going to France this January"

    Let us know what you think of the pictures on an apparent bust-up with Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  64. 1440: 

    Nasir Jamshed scored another century as Pakistan wrapped up the one-day international series against India with an 85-run win at Kolkata.

    The tourists' total of 250 proved enough to give them a second victory in this three-match series, as India managed just 165 in reply.

  65. 1431: 

    World number one Rory McIlroy says he may not play at the 2016 Rio Olympics as he struggles over a decision to represent Great Britain or Ireland when golf returns to the Games.

    "If I could and there was a Northern Irish team I'd play for Northern Ireland," he said.

    "Play for one side or the other - or not play at all because I may upset too many people… Those are my three options I'm considering very carefully."


    So as Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli appears to have a training ground bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini, is his time up at the Etihad Stadium? Let us know what you think via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  67. 1425: 

    Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross has agreed a new five-and-a-half-year contract, Potters manager Tony Pulis has confirmed.

  68. 1424: 

    K-1 Sprint canoe Olympic champion Ed McKeever tells BBC Sport he needs to be "fitter and stronger" if he is to defend his 200m crown in Brazil.

    McKeever also reveals that he believes having a lower public profile than other British London 2012 gold medallists could aid his bid for further success in the sport.

  69. 1423: 

    Manchester City assistant boss Brian Kidd and another member of the Premier League champions' coaching staff race towards Roberto Mancini who appears to have a training ground bust-up with striker Mario Balotelli.

    Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli
  70. 1415: 

    Brian O'Driscoll returns to action for Leinster against Edinburgh tomorrow after recovering from a long-term ankle injury.

    The Irish centre is one of the favourites to captain the British and Irish Lions this summer.

  71. 1414: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini appears to exchange words with striker Mario Balotelli at the club's Carrington training ground. The pair appear to have been involved in a training ground bust-up.

    Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli
  72. 1411: 

    Mario Balotelli appears to be led away after an apparent training ground row with manager Roberto Mancini who is pictured calling the Italian striker.

    Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini

    Jay says on Twitter: "So Mancini grabs Balotelli and it's Balotelli who's getting slated? Some things I'll never understand."

    Ian Stoddart says on Twitter: "Pretty sure if I raised my hands to my boss I'd be down the road before I could say "why always me"."

    Will says on Twitter: "I think he's just trying to take his bib off for him.."


    David Sheldrake says on Twitter: "If past experience is anything to go on, Mancini is clearly just helping Mario to put that bib on."

    Alex Garbett says on Twitter: "Enough is enough, Balotelli out, Sniejder in."

    Stevie Boy! says on Twitter: "I will be surprised if Balotelli is still playing for city in Feb!"


    Fraser MacLeod says on Twitter: "Surely this is the final nail in the coffin for Balotelli's career at Man City."

    Edson Madeira says on Twitter: "Just saw the pictures from Mancini and Balotelli squaring up, can this year get any better for a Man Utd fan?"

    Babajide says on Twitter: "Balotelli. The gifts that keeps on giving."

  76. 1401: 

    Manchester City manager Robert Mancini appears to be held back by coaching staff during an apparent bust-up with striker Mario Balotelli.

    Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli

    "All the coaches ran in to separate them but Mancini was having none of it," an onlooker told the Manchester Evening News. "He kept trying to break free and have a go at him again."

  77. 1343: 

    Roberto Mancini grabs Mario Balotelli's red bib as the pair grapple in training this morning with an eye witness saying the manager grabbed the Italian striker.

    Mario Balotelli Roberto Mancini
  78. 1339: 

    More on Mario Balotelli's bust-up at Manchester City from the Manchester Evening News.

    They report a witness as seeing Roberto Mancini lay into the striker after the striker tackled Scott Sinclair in training.

    "Mancini ran at him - he was furious," said the onlooker. "He grabbed hold of him and appeared to try and throw him on the floor."


    Emery That's Me says on Twitter: "Darren Bent to leave in the coming weeks, QPR."

    Kek Woei Shyong says on Twitter: "Not sure who is Wenger going to sign for Arsenal, but I am pretty sure is someone I never heard of again."

    Sean Clinton says on Twitter: "Anelka to QPR still on the cards? I hope so, would be great to see him back in the premier league!"

  80. 1326: 

    There are dramatic pictures coming out of Manchester City from this morning, with striker Mario Balotelli and manager Roberto Mancini angrily squaring up.

    The Daily Mail has shots of the pair grappling with each other before being pulled apart in a heated row.

    Mancini is reported to have gone mad after a Balotelli tackle on team-mate Scott Sinclair.

  81. 1321: 

    New Zealand are struggling to avoid an innings defeat in Cape Town.

    Having been bowled out for 45 in the first innings, they are already two down for 33 runs in the second.

    South Africa scored 347-8 in their first innings, with opener Alviro Petersen top-scoring with 106.

  82. 1318: 

    Preston are extending the loan of Grimsby striker Anthony Elding for another month, reports the Grimsby Telegraph.

    Elding has played five times for North End but is yet to score.

  83. 1307: 

    India's hopes of beating Pakistan in their second ODI are fading fast.

    Despite skipper MS Dhoni standing firm, they are 105 for six, requiring another 146 runs to win with just four wickets left and 17 overs to go.

  84. 1304: 

    Newcastle are working hard to secure the transfers of Loïc Rémy and Mathieu Debuchy once Demba Ba's move to Chelsea is complete, reports the Independent.

    Right-back Debuchy is having a medical today after agreeing terms on a £5m transfer from Lille. Newcastle are willing to pay £10m to sign forward Remy from Marseilles.

  85. 1259: 

    The transfer window's most wanted man, Wilfried Zaha, could stay at Crystal Palace until the summer says chairman Steve Parish.

    TalkSPORT reports Parish as being confident the promotion hopefuls can rebuff interest from Manchester United and Spurs to hang on to their prize asset.

  86. 1253: 

    No need to panic! Andy Murray has beaten qualifier John Millman in the second round of the Brisbane International.

    Defending champ Murray won 6-1 5-7 6-3.

  87. 1249: 

    West Ham have completed the signing of Joe Cole from Liverpool, says talkSPORT.

    Jole Cole

    They claim Cole, 31, has agreed a two-and-a-half year contract at Upton Park, on around £30,000 a-week, with Liverpool paying him £50,000 a week for the remaining 18-months of his deal at Anfield.

  88. 1245: 

    Alex Wei says on Twitter: "Next big transfer? Moutinho to Tottenham. After that, Willian and Damiao to follow."

    Gooner123 says on Twitter: "I'd like to see Darren Bent at Arsenal. With Arsenal not too strong up front at the moment, he could be a good fit."

    Andrew Reid says on Twitter: "Bring Lukaku back to Chelsea. Ba, Lukaku, and Torres is a pretty devilish front 3!"

  89. 1240: 

    Demba Ba is on the verge of joining Chelsea from Newcastle after agreeing a three-and-a-half year contract, reports the Daily Mail.

    They believe Ba could start in the weekend FA Cup third round clash against Southampton.


    Sheffield United sign winger Jamie Murphy from Motherwell for an undisclosed fee.

    Murphy signs a three-and-a-half year contract at Bramall Lane.

    Blades boss Danny Wilson tells the club's website: "We are absolutely delighted to have secured a deal to bring Jamie to Sheffield United because the lad is a real talent."


    Thomas Whitlock says on Twitter: "Be interesting to see which club Darren Bent joins this January. Be a handy replacement for Demba Ba at Newcastle I think."

    Kevin Baas says on Twitter: "I think Kevin Gameiro to Liverpool will be next."

    Luke Crossman says on Twitter: "Really want to see Dennis Irwin mark 2 (aka Leighton Baines) at Manchester United. Great player."

  92. 1224: 

    Everton record a net loss of £9.1m for the 2011-12 season the club's annual results reveal.

    The loss was an increase of £3.7m from the £5.4m net loss made the season before.

  93. 1221: 

    Ipswich sign Leeds defender Patrick Kisnorbo on a month's loan.

    The Australian, 31, fell down the pecking order at Elland Road with Neil Warnock preferring to use a loan signing of his own in Alan Tate, at the heart of his defence.

  94. 1218: 

    Andy Murray is pegged back in Australia. Having taken the first set off qualifier John Millman 6-1, he loses the second 5-7.

    Murray will need to up his game here if wants to make a successful defence of his Brisbane International title.


    After the excitement of Demba Ba and Joe Cole's moves yesterday, we've gone a bit quiet today.

    In this brief downtime, why not tell us what you think the next big transfer will be using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  96. 1206: 

    England and Lions back rower Tom Croft is back in action.

    Croft returns for Leicester in tomorrow's Premiership match at Worcester after recovering from a serious neck injury sustained last season.

  97. 1205: 

    Blackburn's hunt for a manager has been put on hold.

    The club say caretaker duo Gary Bowyer and Terry McPhillips will remain in charge of first team affairs until the end of January.

  98. 1203: 

    Bad news for India. Virender Sehwag is gone to leave his side 59-3 as they chase Pakistan's 250 in their second ODI international.

    Sehwag scored 31 runs before being trapped lbw by Umar Gul.


    Italian champions Juventus are in talks with Spain striker Fernando Llorente over a summer move from Athletic Bilbao.

    Fernando Llorente

    The forward is also a target for several Premier League teams.

    Llorente, who is a free agent in the summer, has scored 115 goals in 317 appearances over nine seasons for his La Liga team.

  100. 1148: 

    Over in India, the hosts have lost two wickets as they attempt to chase down Pakistan's total of 250 in their second ODI.

    Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli have both gone and India are now 57-2 for two in the 14th over.

  101. 1144: 

    Andy Murray is starting to find it tough to shake off qualifier John Millman as he defends his Brisbane International title.

    He cruised through the first set 6-1 but is only 3-2 up in the second.

  102. 1142: 

    South Africa have declared their first innings on 347-8 on Day 2 of the first test against New Zealand at Newlands.

    It leaves them with a 302 run lead after the Kiwi's were tumbled out for 45 in their first time out to bat.

  103. 1140: 

    Celtic midfielder Rabiu Ibrahim has joined Kilmarnock on a two-year deal.

    The Nigerian international played two games for Neil Lennon's men during his one year stint at the club.

  104. 1131: 

    Toulouse number 8 Gilian Galan is out for six to eight weeks with a fractured tibia, according to Sport 24.

  105. 1129: 

    West Ham are close to signing 18-year-old striker Sean Maguire from Republic of Ireland club Waterford United, says BBC Sport's Frank Keogh.

    West Ham are also keen on Aston Villa left back Stephen Warnock, who was recently on loan at Bolton.

  106. 1128: 

    Samson says on Twitter: "Not happy to see Joe Cole heading back to west ham, when there are free agents like Ricardo Quaresma about worth a punt?"

    Bambi says on Twitter: "Isn't it time he just retired now? He doesn't have the class David Beckham has to keep going. He's had a good career."

  107. 1123: 

    Gillingham have signed midfielder Steve Gregory, 25, on a free transfer.

    Gregory was released by League One Bournemouth last month and agreed an 18-month contract at the Gills.

  108. 1120: 

    Niko says on Twitter: "noooo chanceeee... Lost that bit of explosiveness he used to have and not as creative as 5 years ago."

    James Secker says on Twitter: "Joey is finally coming home where he belongs! Can't wait for his reception, it will be incredible!"

    James Johnson says on Twitter: "I won't be rushing to put Joe Cole in my fantasy football team put it that way."

  109. 1118: 

    Andy Murray is defending his Brisbane International title and has started his second round game well. He has taken the first set 6-1 in his tie with qualifier John Millman.

  110. 1116: 

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce allows loan signing Yossi Benayoun to head back to Chelsea.

    West Ham say on Twitter: "West Ham United can confirm that the loan of @YossiBenayoun15 has ended and he has returned to @chelseafc."

  111. 1111: 

    West Ham midfielder Sebastian Lletget has welcomed the Hammers' move for Joe Cole.

    He tweets: "Training with my man Joe Cole today, top player, looking forward to it #whufc #coyi."

  112. 1107: 

    India have made a steady start in their bid to reach 251 to beat Pakistan in their second ODI in Kolkata. They are currently 27 without loss in the fifth over.


    Joe Cole is on the verge of a return home to West Ham, but is the switch going to see him find the form that made him one of England's brightest young talents? Tell us your views on Twitter using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  114. 1054: 

    Blackburn Rovers want their next manager to accept a contract until the end of the season, with the promise of a longer deal if targets are met. Global advisor Shebby Singh said the club have not set a timescale to appoint a replacement for Henning Berg. He told BBC Radio Lancashire: "If somebody has got the ambition, the knowledge and the experience, there will be people who will take the job."

  115. 1051: 

    South Africa are in a good position on 335-6 at lunch on the second day of the first Test against New Zealand in Cape Town - a lead of 290 runs. AB de Villiers is on 61 not out while Robin Peterson is yet to get off the mark. You can follow the latest on the BBC Sport website.

  116. 1045: 

    Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd confirms that Clarke Carlisle will sign for the club. The defender had been on loan from York but his contract with York ran out on 30 December.

  117. 1038: 

    Wolves have appointed Stuart Webber as the club's new head of recruitment. Earlier, the club's under-pressure manager Stale Solbakken said he needs talks with Wolves' chief executive Jez Moxey and owner Steve Morgan to map out their January transfer policy.

  118. 1030: 

    Huddersfield Giants confirm overseas signing Ukuma Ta'ai is facing problems over his visa. The club say the Tonga forward, 25, will definitely miss the Giants' first pre-season friendly at St Helens next week but they are confident he will soon arrive in the UK.

  119. 1027: 

    Serena Williams beats compatriot Sloane Stephens 6-4 6-3 to reach the semi-finals of the Brisbane International event. Williams will now face world number one Victoria Azarenka, who beat Kazakh qualifier Ksenia Pervak. Williams has an 11-1 record against Azarenka, including five wins in all of the matches they played in 2012.

    Next up, Britain's Andy Murray faces Australian qualifer John Millman.

  120. 1007: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says talks are ongoing with Theo Walcott about a new contract. Walcott's contract expires at the end of the season and he is free to speak to other clubs. "Our priority is to keep players at the club. We want to keep him here. I'm convinced it will have a positive effect on the rest of the team if we sign him," said the Frenchman.

  121. 1003: 

    Swindon chairman Sir William Patey says there will be no money for manager Paolo di Canio to strengthen his squad during the transfer window. The Robins, currently fifth in League One, are now free of a transfer embargo that was imposed last October after they overspent on wages and fees. However, Patey told BBC Wiltshire: "We don't have money to spend on players, that is the reality,"

  122. 0958: 

    Pakistan make 250 in the second ODI against India in Kolkata. Nasir Jamshed hit his third ODI hundred before being out for 106 while Mohammad Hafeez made 76 but India came back well late on. You can follow the latest on the BBC Sport website.

  123. 0955: 

    Aston Villa are waiting to discover the extent of midfielder Ashley Westwood's ankle injury. Westwood limped out of Tuesday's draw against Swansea after a challenge with Michu and was replaced with nine minutes remaining.

    He was assessed at the club's medical department on Wednesday and is set to miss Saturday's FA Cup clash with Ipswich Town.

  124. 0951: 

    Serena Williams wins the opening set of her quarter-final match 6-4 against compatriot Sloane Stephens at the Brisbane International tournament. Victory for Williams, the third seed, would see her face top seed Victoria Azarenka in the last four.

  125. 0943: 

    The Lancashire Telegraph reports that England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has been put forward as a candidate for the Blackburn Rovers job - while bookies favourite Peter Taylor has not been contacted.

  126. 0938: 

    Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott tells BBC Radio Leeds that the loss of Ben Jones-Bishop to a blood clot on his lung is a significant blow for the club. "I know this will have rocked him but he is determined to overcome this," said McDermott.

  127. 0931: 

    Former Indian captain Gundappa Viswanath is leading calls to appoint Sourav Ganguly as the country's coach. Former Indian all-rounder Madan Lal has also demanded the sacking of current coach Duncan Fletcher. India have struggled since winning the World Cup in 2011.

  128. 0925: 

    The Slovenian football association has announced that Srecko Katenec has been appointed coach of the national team to succeed Slavisa Stojanovic. Katenec played for the Yugoslavia and Slovenia national teams between 1983 and 1994.

  129. 0924: 

    Action is also under way on day two of the first Test between New Zealand and South Africa in Cape Town. New Zealand suffered the humiliation of being dismissed for just 45 on the opening day and having started the day on 252-3, South Africa are now 287-5 after 76 overs. Alviro Petersen was out for 106 while Faf Du Plessis was out for 15.

  130. 0916: 

    Nasir Jamshed hits his 3rd ODI hundred as Pakistan move on to 205-4 after 40 overs of the second ODI against India in Kolkata. You can follow the latest score on the BBC Sport website.

  131. 0906: 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew confirms that the club are close to signing French international defender Mathieu Debuchy from Lille. The 27-year-old was in the stands at St James' Park for Wednesday night's 2-1 defeat at home to Everton.

  132. 0855: 

    Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp confirms he is interested in signing former Chelsea defender Tal Ben Haim on a short-term deal. The 30-year-old Israel international left Portsmouth in August, but has been training at QPR since early December.

  133. 0854: 

    Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole is set to rejoin former club West Ham United on a permanent deal. The 31-year-old travelled to London for a medical after Liverpool accepted an offer for the player who has struggled to make an impact since joining on a free transfer from Chelsea in 2010.

  134. 0843:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET

    On BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the moment, there is live cricket coverage from the Big Bash League game between the Brisbane Heat and the Melbourne Stars.

  135. 0839: 

    Pakistan are on 169-2 after 32 overs of their one-day international against India in Kolkata. Pakistan won the first of the three ODI by six wickets. Nasir Jamshed is unbeaten on 80.

  136. 0835: 

    Former Australia rugby union coach Bob Dwyer is recovering in hospital after suffering a heart attack. The 72-year-old, who also had a spell coaching in England, was taken to hospital in Sydney complaining of chest pains.

  137. 0827: 

    Sale and England flanker Hendre Fourie has been forced to retire after losing his battle to recover from a shoulder injury.

    The South Africa-born 33-year-old made eight senior appearances for England, with his last coming in the victory over Ireland in Dublin prior to the 2011 World Cup. Fourie joined Sale from Leeds in 2011 but barely saw any action for the club due to injury, and he is to be replaced in the Sharks squad by former All Black Daniel Braid, who has signed up until the end of the season.

  138. 0819: 

    Thursday afternoon's race meeting at Ayr goes ahead after the track passed a morning inspection. Clerk of the course Emma Marley had planned to check the track at 07:30 GMT but she brought that inspection forward and was able to give the go-ahead.

  139. 0813: 

    Leeds and England Knights winger Ben Jones-Bishop faces six months on the sidelines after being diagnosed with a blood clot on his lung. The 24-year-old has been advised to avoid all contact for three months whilst he undergoes a course of treatment after which time he can resume full training.

  140. 0810: 

    Among the highlights from Thursday's gossip column:

    Harry Redknapp is hoping Lyon's France international right-back Anthony Reveillere, will sign for Queens Park Rangers. (Daily Telegraph)

    Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says Manchester City should persist with his former Inter Milan team-mate Mario Balotelli because he can retain the title for Roberto Mancini's team. (Daily Mail)

    Tottenham are close to signing Schalke's Germany international midfielder Lewis Holtby, on a pre-contract deal. (Metro)

  141. 0807: 

    Later this morning, Andy Murray continues his warm-up for the Australian Open as he takes on Australian qualifier John Millman in his first match at the Brisbane International. But British women's number one Heather Watson is struggling with an elbow injury and has pulled out of next week's Hobart International and faces a battle to be fit for the first Grand Slam of the year.

  142. 0804: 

    Sri Lanka are dismissed for 294 on the opening day of the third Test against Australia in Sydney. The home side won the toss and elected to field with Lahiru Thirimanne putting in a strong display before being out for 91. Australia hold a 2-0 lead in the three-Test series.

  143. 0801: 

    First here are some stories from Wednesday evening and early on Thursday morning which you may have missed.

    In Wednesday night's football, the Premier League's bottom side QPR caused a surprise with a 1-0 win over Chelsea thanks to a late goal from former Blues winger Shaun Wright-Phillips. Elsewhere, Luis Suarez scored twice as Liverpool defeated Sunderland 3-0 while Everton beat Newcastle 2-1 to go fifth.

  144. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live from the BBC Sport Centre where we will bring you another day of breaking stories and the latest from the transfer window.

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