Sportsday - Wednesday, 9 January as it happened

Transfer news and speculation, reaction to Bradford beating Villa, plus other breaking sports stories.

9 January 2013 Last updated at 18:47 GMT

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  1. 1845: 
    SPORTSDAY

    That is it from Sportsday. We will back at 0800 GMT on Thursday, January 10 with the latest breaking sports news and transfer news. Tonight there is live text commentary of the League Cup semi-final first leg between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge.

  2. 1840: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Rotherham United sign Peterborough United winger Daniel Kearns on a loan deal until the end of the season, subject to Football League ratification. Millers manager Steve Evans told the club website: "Our supporters will enjoy watching this young man; his ability to take on defenders and deliver a telling pass will become obvious to all."

  3. 1834: 
    OLYMPICS

    There are just five days left to relive London 2012's greatest moments in video on the BBC Sport website.

    From 14 January, BBC Sport online will no longer be able to broadcast footage from the Games.

    To mark the deadline, we are counting down our 50 most-watched videos from the Olympics, before revealing the video with the most views on Sunday.

  4. 1828: 
    OLYMPICS

    The giant bell, rung by cyclist Bradley Wiggins at the start of the London Olympic Games opening ceremony last July, has been removed from the Olympic Stadium and is being prepared to be put on public display in the Olympic Park later this year.

  5.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Stefan Harries on Twitter: "Why is there no movement at Villa yet? Surely they should be looking to buy as fast as possible after the recent dire results!"

    Oliver Thompson on Twitter: "If Welbeck is for loan then Everon should definitely go in for him, we need a finisher."

    Jack Snart on Twitter: "I must be the only Chelsea fan who isn't that bothered whether Lampard stays or goes."

    Your reaction on all today's news and rumours are welcome on #bbcsportsday.

  6. 1814: 
    FOOTBALL

    Italian public security officials will be given the power to stop or interrupt football matches in the case of racist behaviour by fans, the government's watchdog for sports events (ONMS) said. It comes after AC Milan midfeilder Kevin-Prince Boateng walked off in a friendly with Italian lower division club Pro Patria after racist chants.

  7. 1807: 
    FORMULA 1

    New McLaren signing Sergio Perez says his ambition is to fight for the Formula 1 championship in his debut season. "I don't feel the pressure but obviously you have to deliver here in McLaren," said the 22-year-old.

  8. 1800: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Interim Scotland coach Scott Johnson says he has not decided who will replace half Mike Blair following his international retirement. "When you lose a bloke with 80-odd caps, it is not easy to replace him," he said.

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    TRANSFER LATEST

    Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp has been told he can leave Nottingham Forest, according to Sky Sports. The 28-year-old has been linked with a move to Premier League side Reading.

  10. 1749:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tonight there is live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live of the League Cup semi-final first leg between Chelsea and Swansea City from Stamford Bridge with coverage starting at 1900 GMT. There are highlights on The League Cup Show at 2305 GMT on BBC One, which will also feature action from Bradford City's thrilling victory over Aston Villa on Tuesday.

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    Phil Durrant on Twitter: "If Man United are serious about loaning out Welbeck, Spurs should definitely get him since Ade is going away."

    Toby Trumper on Twitter: "Reading really need Welbeck as the Pog hasn't been doing as well as we hoped."

    Sanjay Mistry on Twitter: "Am i the only one who sees the similarities between Lampard/Chelsea and Pirlo/Milan in 2011? Can see United doing a Juve..."

    Your reaction on all today's news and rumours are welcome on #bbcsportsday.

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    Motherwell sign Huddersfield Town forward Kallum Higginbotham on loan until the end of the season. The 23-year old told the club's website: "Things haven't quite worked out as well as I would have liked at Huddersfield but with 18 months left on my deal there, this is a great opportunity to show what I can do at a great club in a strong, competitive league."

  13. 1730: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Tranmere Rovers sign 21-year-old winger David Amoo on a six-month contract. The former Liverpool trainee, who made 24 appearances for Preston before his contract was cancelled by mutual consent, said: "I heard about the interest and I was all over it. I wanted to be involved in a club that was on the up and ambitious, wanting to move forward."

  14. 1725: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Coventry City cancel the contract of defender Chris Hussey by mutual consent. The former Wimbledon full-back has started just one game for the Sky Blues this season.

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    TRANSFER LATEST

    Millwall sign winger Martyn Woolford from Championship rivals Bristol City for an undisclosed fee. The 27-year-old, who has scored three goals in 17 appearances this season, signs a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Lions.

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    Mike Fisher on Twitter: "Walcott wants Arsenal, Arsenal want Walcott, but somehow these contract talks have been very long and very painful!"

    Alex Wilson on Twitter: "With Adebayor going away Spurs definitely need another striker."

    Nick Bruzon on Twitter: "Great news on Uwe Rosler's new contract at Brentford - a Herr extension?"

    Your reaction on all today's news and rumours are welcome on #bbcsportsday.

  17. 1710: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Sunderland are confident they will beat QPR to the £4m signing of Swansea striker Danny Graham, reports the Daily Mail. The Black Cats claim they would have signed him by now but for a snag over Stoke forward's Kenwyne Jones' proposed move to Swansea.

  18. 1705: 
    FOOTBALL

    Brentford manager Uwe Rosler signs a contract extension which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2014/15 season. The former Manchester City striker told the club's official website: "It was a no-brainer for me to stay here and be part of an exciting future for the club."

  19. 1659: 
    OLYMPICS

    There are just five days left to relive London 2012's greatest moments in video on the BBC Sport website.

    From 14 January, BBC Sport online will no longer be able to broadcast footage from the Games.

    To mark the deadline, we are counting down our 50 most-watched videos from the Olympics, before revealing the video with the most views on Sunday.

  20. 1654: 
    HOCKEY

    Great Britain and England women's hockey assistant Craig Parnham has been appointed as head coach of the United States women's team.

    The former England and GB defender was part of the backroom team behind the bronze-medal success at London 2012.

  21. 1650: 
    BOXING

    A rematch between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler is "very close" to being agreed for May at London's O2 Arena.

    Nottingham's three-time world super-middleweight champion Froch was outpointed by Kessler in 2010.

    And according to a source in Froch's camp he is prepared to relinquish his IBF title in order to make a return match with his Danish rival happen.

  22. 1644: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton does not envisage "massive changes" to the Norwich squad this month, but will continue to work hard to bring in new men.

    "I don't expect to be busy. We are, as most clubs will try to do, looking to strengthen the squad. If there are players there we will endeavour to do that, but I don't envisage massive changes," Hughton said, quoted in the Eastern Daily Press.

  23. 1639: 
    FOOTBALL

    Rangers chief executive Charles Green believes that the club should attempt to quit Scottish football if league reconstruction plans are approved.

    He says the new set-up will render the remainder of the season meaningless and he insists it is only cash that is driving the adoption of the plan.

    He told Rangers TV: "If this does happen what is the point of us finishing the season? We might as well have a winter break now until next August. I can't see any point in carrying on with meaningless matches."

  24. 1632: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Preston winger David Amoo has had his contract cancelled at the club by mutual consent. The 21-year-old signed a one-year deal in the summer and has made 24 appearances for Graham Westley's side.

  25. 1628: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    James Beattie has agreed a deal to remain as player-coach at Accrington Stanley until the end of the season. The 34-year-old former England striker became player-coach in November and has scored four in 10 games for Stanley.

  26. 1621: 
    FOOTBALL

    A survey of Real Madrid fans has suggested that supporters may be losing faith in coach Jose Mourinho.

    Pro-Real Madrid Spanish sports newspaper Marca surveyed 704 supporters before last Sunday's win against Real Sociedad.

    While 54.4% said Mourinho should stay next season, 41.8% said it was time for him to go. Two-thirds of fans polled said the former Chelsea boss's actions were damaging the club's image.

  27. 1613: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Peterborough have confirmed the loan signings of Manchester United duo Davide Petrucci and Scott Wootton until the end of the season.

  28. 1603: 
    CYCLING

    The Oprah Winfrey Network has told the BBC there is to be "no payment of any kind" for the Lance Armstrong interview. Nicole Nichols, from OWN, said: "No payment of any kind for the interview. No editorial control and no question is off limits." Nichols ALSO said the network would not be revealing when filming would take place.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Douglas McConachie on Twitter: "Don't understand why Chelsea didn't recall Lukaku. Him, Ba and Torres would provide three unique options up front for Chelsea"

    Your reaction on all today's news and rumours are welcome on #bbcsportsday.

  30. 1553: 
    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal are ready to stretch their rigid pay structure to push through a new deal for Theo Walcott, which could be signed ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash with Manchester City.

    Press Association Sport understands the Gunners are ready to make Walcott among the highest-paid players at the club with a five-year contract worth around £90,000-a-week, which would be boosted by lucrative add-ons.

  31. 1546: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Newcastle target Loic Remy could be set to stay with Marseille, according to their coach Elie Baup.

    "For a year, every transfer window, we have been talking about his departure," Baup told La Provence.

    "But he is still there. Maybe he still will be in the summer."

  32. 1541: 
    FOOTBALL

    West Ham co-chairman David Gold is in hospital suffering from pneumonia.

    The 76-year-old, who spent several days in hospital in 2011 with septicaemia, is on strong antibiotics, said his daughter Jacqueline.

    "I think he's learnt a very harsh lesson - not to go to football with bronchitis, he now has pneumonia. He is being assessed," she said on Twitter.

  33. 1535: 
    FOOTBALL

    Sir Alex Ferguson believes Cristiano Ronaldo has turned into "the complete player" since his departure from Manchester United in 2009.

    "In the six years we had him, you just saw his game grow all the time, and he was a fantastic player," he said.

    "Now you see the complete player. His decision-making, his maturity, his experience, plus all the great skills he has got, they all make him the complete player."

  34. 1530: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov will face no further police action following an inquiry into alleged racist abuse.

    The Serbian player was accused following a dispute with two fans who were holding an Albanian flag at Newcastle's St James' Park on Saturday, 15 December.

  35. 1525: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Former Barcelona and Porto winger Ricardo Quaresma has signed for Dubai-based Al Ahli on a free transfer following his release by Besiktas.

    The 29-year-old Portugal international, who had recently been linked with a move to Liverpool, has agreed an 18-month deal with the five-time UAE League champions and will be formally presented this evening.

  36. 1519: 
    FOOTBALL

    Tottenham have now confirmed striker Emmanuel Adebayor will represent Togo at the Africa Cup of Nations.

    "The striker will be available for this weekend's fixture against Queens Park Rangers before travelling out to South Africa to meet up with his international teammates ahead of the championships," read the club statement.

  37. 1510: 
    BOXING

    Tony Bellew is close to a WBC light-heavyweight title shot after it was confirmed he will fight in a final eliminator against Isaac Chilemba.

    The 30-year-old Liverpudlian will face the Malawian on March 30 at the Echo Arena in his home city in a showdown for the right to challenge champion Chad Dawson.

  38.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Sam Aspien on Twitter: "Seems the entire footballing world is unanimous in thinking it would be madness to let Lampard leave CFC except CFC themselves"

    Charlie Chetwood on Twitter: "Letting Lampard leave in the summer would be madness. Statistically no better midfielder in Prem era + still has much to give"

    Your reaction on all today's news and rumours are welcome on #bbcsportsday.

  39. 1504: 
    FOOTBALL

    On-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku will remain at West Brom for the rest of the season. The forward joined the Baggies until the end of the season but Chelsea had a clause to recall their play if they needed. However, the window to do that passed on Monday.

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    TRANSFER LATEST

    Bradford City have signed veteran striker Andy Gray from Leeds United on an 18-month contract.

    The 35-year-old will join the League Two side for free once the formalities are completed on the cancellation of his deal with the Championship side.

  41. 1453: 
    CYCLING

    British cyclist David Millar fears that Lance Armstrong's appearance on Oprah Winfrey's show next week will be "completely stage-managed".

    Millar, a member of the athletes commission for the World Anti-Doping Agency, told the Press Association: "Only Lance would get to have his moment of truth, if that's what it will be, in front of Oprah Winfrey.

    "My biggest concern is that it will be completely stage-managed, that he will just be 'given the ball', and that it will all be about his emotions rather that concentrating on exactly what he did wrong."

  42. 1448: 
    FOOTBALL

    Emmanuel Adebayor claims he is yet to receive assurances from Andre Villas-Boas that he is fine with the striker playing in the African Nations Cup for Togo.

    Adebayor had initially refused to play in the African Nations Cup due to a row over team security and unpaid bonuses, but following talks with the country's president the Tottenham striker now has his heart set on taking part in the tournament.

    "That is what he said to the press, but not what he said to me," Adebayor told africatopsports.com in response to Villas-Boas' comments to the media saying he was happy for the striker to go.

  43. 1437: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Sunderland confirm they have completed the signing of midfielder Alfred N'Diaye from Turkish club Bursaspor for an undisclosed fee. The 22-year-old has signed a three-year deal at the club.

    "He will give us options and I'm delighted that we have been able to bring him to the club," said Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill.

  44. 1433: 
    FOOTBALL

    Players' union chief Gordon Taylor has branded the Football Association's £18,000-a-year contract offer to England's top women players as "embarrassing".

    On the advice of the Professional Footballers' Association, Hope Powell's squad have opted not to sign their central contracts as Taylor looks to sort out a wrangle over how much time players are able to devote to second jobs in order to supplement their incomes.

    "They are offering to move these central contracts up from £16,000, which has been the figure since 2009, to £18,000," Taylor said. "Come on. That figure is embarrassing. Top Premier League players are earning more in a day."

  45. 1426: 
    FOOTBALL

    Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo says Chelsea "would be mad" to let Frank Lampard leave in the summer, but would love to play alongside him at the Serie A club.

    "They would be mad to let him leave Chelsea, he's still one of the best in the world," Pirlo told Tuttosport. "If he wants to play in Italy I would welcome him to Juventus with open arms. Lampard could have another four years at the top in Italy."

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    TRANSFER LATEST

    Goalkeeper Mathew Ryan is expected to join Rangers on trial early next week after injury delayed his arrival in Glasgow. The Australian was prevented from travelling to Scotland for a 10-day spell this week due to a shoulder problem.

    The 20-year-old Central Coast Mariners keeper sustained the injury while playing against Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League on Sunday.

  47. 1416: 
    GOLF

    Colin Montgomerie says he has no idea about his chances of becoming Ryder Cup captain again next week - but said: "I am excited and honoured and very flattered really that my name's been put in the frame".

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    GET INVOLVED

    Sam Ellard on Twitter: "Graham to Sunderland would be a good move for both, he will score goals and Sunderland need someone to support Fletcher."

    Your reaction on all today's news and rumours are welcome on #bbcsportsday.

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    TRANSFER LATEST

    Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones is a target for Swansea in the January transfer window according to the South Wales Evening Post.

    Swans manager Michael Laudrup insists that reports that a £4m deal to send forward Danny Graham to Sunderland is already done are wide of the mark however.

    "I haven't heard anything about anyone not being here," the Swansea manager said as his team set off for tonight's League Cup semi-final first leg at Chelsea.

    "Danny is in our squad for the game, of course."

  50. 1350: 
    FOOTBALL

    Reading have signed Crawley midfielder Hope Akpan on a three-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

    The 21-year-old made 60 appearances for the West Sussex club, scoring eight times, and played in their 3-1 FA Cup defeat against the Royals last weekend.

  51. 1345: 
    FOOTBALL

    Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho's public falling out with goalkeeper Iker Casillas looks like continuing with the Portuguese insisting he will recall Antonio Adan between the posts once he has completed his suspension.

    Spanish newspaper Marca also reports that Casillas believes that personal reasons are behind his repeated exclusion from the side.

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    TRANSFER LATEST

    Blackburn Rovers have signed Chelsea under-21 captain Todd Kane on a one-month loan deal.

    The 19-year-old defender made five appearances while on loan to Preston North End earlier this season and is Rovers' second signing of the transfer window after Josh King made his loan spell from Manchester United permanent.

  53. 1330: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Marseille coach Elie Baup has suggested that striker Loic Remy might resist Newcastle's overtures to stay at the Ligue 1 club.

    Magpies boss Alan Pardew has identified Remy as his preferred replacement for Demba Ba, who left Tyneside to join Chelsea earlier this month.

    But Baup believes that Remy, who has been linked with moves to Tottenham and QPR in the past, is not lost to his side just yet.

    ""For a year, every transfer window, we have been talking about his departure," Baup told La Provence.

    "But he is still there. Maybe he still will be in the summer."

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    GET INVOLVED

    Sam Johnson on Twitter: "It's great to see that KP has put all the recent events behind him, by agreeing a new deal with England. Brilliant Stuff."

    Your reaction on all today's news and rumours are welcome on #bbcsportsday.

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    TRANSFER LATEST

    Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo says that he would welcome Frank Lampard to Turin with "open arms" and that Chelsea "would be mad" to allow the 34-year-old leave when his current contract at Stamford Bridge expires in the summer.

    "He's still one of the best in the world," Pirlo told Tuttosport.

    "If he wants to play in Italy I would welcome him to Juventus with open arms. Lampard could have another four years at the top in Italy."

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    GET INVOLVED

    Sailor Alex Thomson, fourth in the 24,000-mile Vendee Globe race, is to do a readers' Q&A with BBC Sport like never before. He is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, single-handedly navigating on the race's last leg, but will take time out to answer your questions. What do you want to know about life on the waves?

    Take advantage of this unique opportunity by sending in a question on Twitter by 16:00 GMT with the hashtag #manintheatlantic. Alex will send the answers overnight and they will be published on BBC Sport on Thursday.

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    TRANSFER LATEST

    German club FC Schalke 04 are interested in Dynamo Kiev's attacker Raffael, according to a report in Germany's Kicker magazine, cited by BBC Monitoring.

    The Brazilian has a long-term contract with the Ukrainian side but Schalke are apparently considering a loan signing until the end of the season.

  58. 1259: 
    CRICKET

    Batsman Kevin Pietersen signs a full central contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board, England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles confirms.

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    TRANSFER LATEST

    Napoli head coach Walter Mazzarri described the challenge of working with Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli as "stimulating", amid reports of a possible approach from the Serie A club.

    President Aurelio De Laurentiis has admitted he would be interested in bringing the unsettled 22-year-old to the San Paolo as either a strike partner or replacement for Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani.

    "Only those who know him well can say what kind of problems he might create in training," Mazzarri told La Repubblica.

    "I've got a bit of experience, though, and it would be stimulating to work with a talent like his."

  60. 1245: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Uncapped pair Billy Twelvetrees and Calum Clark have been named in a 33-man England squad for the Six Nations.

    Lock Joe Launchbury, hooker Tom Youngs and prop Mako Vunipola are officially promoted to the senior squad while Wasps' back-row James Haskell is preferred to Phil Dowson of Northampton.

  61. 1243: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    France striker Guillaume Hoarau has left Paris Saint-Germain and has signed a three-year contract with Chinese club Dalian Aerbin, the Francefootball.fr website reports according to BBC Monitoring. His annual salary will be 4m euros, the report says.

  62. 1233: 
    BOXING

    Thomas Stalker has become the second British Olympic boxer from London 2012, after Anthony Ogogo, to turn professional.

    The 28-year-old Liverpudlian, who was controversially beaten in the quarter-finals of the Games, signs with Matchroom.

    "It is disappointing for us that Tom has decided his future lies away from the GB Boxing squad but he departs with our best regards and we wish him every success in his future career," said GB Boxing performance director Robert McCracken.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Fred Clarke on Twitter: "Terrible journalism to think that the only thing stopping Poyet from going to Blackburn is £2m. He'd never go to them."

    Dan Higgins on Twitter: "If Man United are willing to loan Welbeck out surely there are better options for him than Reading? He is an international!"

    What do you make of today's transfer news and rumours? Give us your thoughts on the likelihood of those rumours turning into reality on #bbcsportsday.

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    TRANSFER LATEST

    The agent of Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder has downplayed the significance of Turkish side Galatasaray announcing that they have opened talks with the 28-year-old.

    "Every day there is a new club linked with Wesley. For that reason I have decided not to answer any more questions," agent Soren Lerby told De Telegraaf.

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    TRANSFER LATEST

    Paris St Germain chief Leonardo says that the Qatari-owned side are ready to fight Europe's biggest clubs for the signature of unsettled Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

    "Cristiano Ronaldo? Paris St Germain have become a club where anything is possible," Leonardo is reported by the Daily Mail as saying in an interview with French media.

    "When we are discussing a possible transfer for a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, there are only four or five clubs that can be taken into consideration. PSG are one of those."

    Leonardo also ruled out the possibility of an approach for either Chelsea's Ashley Cole or Manchester United's Patrice Evra, insisting that the club's existing left-backs are good enough for the moment.

  66. 1155: 
    FOOTBALL

    Blackburn's attempts to bring in Brighton boss Gus Poyet as a replacement for sacked Henning Berg are likely to be foiled by the Seagulls' demands for £2m in compensation for the Uruguayan, report the Independent.

    Sean O'Driscoll, Peter Taylor and Port Vale manager Micky Adams among those now in the frame for the job, it adds.

  67. 1150: 
    FORMULA 1

    The Nurburgring is set to host this year's German Grand Prix and a deal could be agreed this week after further talks, says Formula 1's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone, according to Reuters.

    More Formula 1 tidbits are available on the BBC's Formula 1 gossip column.

  68.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Pipey on Twitter: "Praying this loan rumour of Welbeck to #readingfc is true, would be an awesome move for the club! We can stay up!"

    George Baggaley on Twitter: "Wisdom arguably been as impressive as Sterling this season, his new contract is more good news for #LFC. The future is bright."

    What do you make of the day's transfer news and rumours? Join the debate on #bbcsportsday

  69. 1139: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    St Johnstone have agreed a pre-contract agreement with Ross County skipper Richard Brittain.

    The 29-year-old midfielder will move to McDiarmid Park in the summer unless a deal can be reached to hasten the switch this month.

    He has scored five goals in what is the Dingwall side's debut season in the Scottish Premier League.

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    TRANSFER LATEST

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will investigate the possibility of bringing Nuri Sahin's loan spell from Real Madrid to an early end in January according to the Liverpool Echo.

    Liverpool are able to cancel the loan during the January transfer window but only with the agreement of both Sahin and Real Madrid according to the newspaper.

  71. 1126: 
    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom has signed a new long-term deal with the club.

    The 19-year-old has made another 13 first-team appearances this season after making his debut against Young Boys in September.

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    TRANSFER LATEST

    Watford's attempts to bring in Zambian striker Evans Kangwa on trial have been frustrated by a delay in the issuing of a visa, report the Watford Observer.

    The 20-year-old, who was top scorer in his domestic top flight last season, is currently in an off-season break from his club Nkana.

  73. 1114: 
    FOOTBALL

    Ipswich striker Michael Chopra decides not to challenge British Horseracing Authority charges of suspicious betting activity.

    "Even if I'm found innocent of the charges, the British Horseracing Authority will not refund my legal fees," he said in a statement on the club's website.

    "I have extensive debts and loans and simply cannot afford the amount of money necessary to clear my name, with no prospects of ever recovering my costs.

    "Furthermore, I understand that the only sanction that the British Horseracing Authority could impose on me is to ban me from racecourses and gambling establishments licensed by it. It is well publicised that I have a gambling addiction problem and I see any such sanctions as being a useful mechanism in helping me to address these problems."

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    TRANSFER LATEST

    Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao says his sole focus is his club, but that he would be interested in a move to Italy at some point in his career.

    "I cannot rule out a future in Italy. Juve or Milan? I have a favourite club, but I prefer not to say," the Colombian 26-year-old is quoted as saying by Tuttosport, according to BBC Monitoring.

    Falcao has been linked with Manchester City and Chelsea after a prolific 17 months at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.

  75. 1101:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Another reminder that tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch at 19:00 GMT comes from Stamford Bridge where we have live commentary on the first-leg of the second Capital One Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Swansea, with John Murray and summaries from Graeme Le Saux.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Nick Bryan on Twitter: "Villa fans stay positive, we never make it easy at this stage, remember '94 against Tranmere? then we beat United, keep faith."

    Ash Green on Twitter: "Calls for Lambert's head are just ridiculous. We Villa fans are too fickle, it's about time we had some consistent leadership."

    Jamie Roser on Twitter: "Bradford and Villa might well only be 1 division apart this time next year, barely an upset."

  77. 1054: 
    FOOTBALL

    Ian Broomfield has been appointed chief scout at QPR, joining forces again with Harry Redknapp, with whom he previously worked at Portsmouth and Tottenham.

  78. 1051:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET

    Sydney Sixers are 111-5 with five overs remaining in search of 179 against the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League at the SCG. England batsman Alex Hales blasted eight sixes in his 89 from 52 balls for Melbourne on his debut in the competition.

    You can hear live commentary of the closing stages on 5 live sports extra now.

  79. 1043: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Matt Steer on Twitter: "The demise is well documented, but what a result from a team costing £7,500! #bcafc yet again the people's favourite."

    Graeme Hunter on Twitter: "I know Duke says it felt unreal last night, but it was absolutely real and we were every inch deserving of that result."

    Ryan Blakely on Twitter: "Sensational, the boys were immense, the atmosphere electric! But it it's not an upset yet, the job is only half done."

    Please keep your thoughts on Bradford's win over Aston Villa, and whether they can survive the second leg on 22 January to reach the final at Wembley, via the twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

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    TRANSFER LATEST

    Bolton's official Twitter feed confirms the signing of 27-year-old Welsh international striker Craig Davies on a two-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee from Barnsley

  81. 1037: 
    FOOTBALL

    Barnsley are planning further talks with Inverness boss Terry Butcher over the vacant managerial position at Oakwell, the Yorkshire Post reports.

    The 54-year-old former England international is at his family home in Suffolk during the Scottish winter break and travelled north to begin discussions with Barnsley yesterday.

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    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports that Barnet are keen to sign 20-year-old Crystal Palace striker Ibra Sekajja on loan. Ugandan-born Sekajja returned from a spell with League One side MK Dons and is highly rated by Barnet manager Edgar Davids.

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    The Belfast Telegraph reports that Blackburn are likely to rule out an attempt to persuade Brighton boss Gus Poyet to become their new manager, because of a £2m compensation demand from the Seagulls.

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    Norwich manager Chris Hughton tells the Eastern Daily Press he does not expect a busy transfer window at Carrow Road. "January is notoriously not a great time to bring in players," he says. "You have to make sure they are the right players at the right price and value which is why at this moment not a lot of business has been done."

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    CYCLING

    More from British Cycling President Brian Cookson on the Today Programme regarding Lance Armstrong's forthcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey on 17 January: "What Lance was engaged in allegedly and seems to have been proved, was not just popping a few pills behind the changing rooms, he was involved in sophisticated cheating that would have involved a large number of people doing things that were not just breaking sport rules but were fraudulent and criminal.

    "He really needs to tell the truth about all of that and alleged bribes and covers ups. That's the real issue that needs to come out in the open."

  86. 1008: 
    CRICKET

    England T20 captain Stuart Broad on Twitter: "Great to see our players do well in the Big Bash hell of an impact for Baz Hales!! Smashed it everywhere!"

    You can listen to live commentary from the Big Bash League on sports extra now.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Andy Dobbs on Twitter: "Bradford's win over Aston Villa isn't as big an upset as it might have been three years ago. Villa have gone down the pan."

    Neil Williams on Twitter: "Fair play to Bradford. They took their chances and we didn't. Lambert has to sort our defending out, shocking."

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    Australian international midfielder Tom Rogic, 20, is to have a trial with Celtic at their winter training camp in Spain, STV reports.

  89. 1000: 
    SNOOKER

    The BBC announces an extension of its deal with World Snooker and will continue to screen the sport's three biggest events, World Championship, the UK Championship and the Masters until 2017.

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    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    A reminder that tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch at 19:00 GMT comes from Stamford Bridge where we have live commentary of the first-leg of the League Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Swansea, with John Murray and summariser Graeme Le Saux.

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    FOOTBALL

    Former Chelsea midfielder Nigel Spackman is asked on 5 live about Frank Lampard being linked with a move to Manchester United and says: "I think it's ridiculous that Chelsea aren't giving him a new contract.

    "He's only 34 and if you look at Paul Scholes who's playing at 38 and Ryan Giggs at 39, Manchester United must be very interested in someone like Frank Lampard."

  92. 0950: 
    OLYMPICS

    On the BBC website today we have our video countdown of the most watched moments of London 2012, today from number 50 to 41, including Mo Farah and Usain Bolt trading celebration routines and Manteo Mitchell running with a broken leg.

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    The Journal reports that Swansea are expecting a bid from Sunderland for striker Danny Graham, 27, who is valued in excess of £4m.

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    CRICKET

    Melbourne Renegades score 178-5 from their 20 overs in the Big Bash League against Sydney Sixers at the SCG, England batsman Alex Hales top-scoring on his debut with eight sixes in 89 from 52 balls.

    You can listen to live coverage of Sydney's reply on 5 live sports extra now.

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    Blackburn hope to complete the loan signing of Chelsea's 19-year-old right-back Todd Kane today, the Lancashire Telegraph reports.

  96. 0934: 
    FOOTBALL

    More from former Aston Villa boss Ron Atkinson, who is asked on 5 live whether Paul Lambert should be sacked: "No, Villa have made too many changes managerial wise in the last two years. I think he has to be given the chance to see it through.

    "I think they have gambled too much on young players, young untried players. There is a window now and I think Paul Lambert has to buy some more experienced players who know what the game is about."

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    Metro reports that Sir Alex Ferguson is planning summer moves for Chelsea's Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, who are both out of contract at the end of the season.

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    Leicester midfielder Neil Danns, 30, joins Huddersfield on loan for the remainder of the season, This Is Staffordshire reports.

  99. 0926: 
    FOOTBALL

    The Dundee Courier reports that Cowdenbeath's new loan signing Kane Hemmings, 20, who has joined the club from Rangers for the rest of the month, intends to prove to Gers boss Ally McCoist that he is worthy of a first-team place at Ibrox.

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    The Evening Standard say Arsenal will offer England international forward Theo Walcott, 23, an improved £25m contract this week.

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    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET

    England batsman Alex Hales is caught for 89 from just 52 balls on his Big Bash debut in Australia. The opener fires eight sixes and five fours for the Melbourne Renegades against the Sydney Sixers at the SCG.

    You can hear live commentary on the match now on 5 live sports extra.

  102. 0912: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Andrew Rayner on Twitter: "Watching BCAFC as a Bradford boy but now watching from afar, they are well organised and capable of grabbing another goal."

    Robin Hamilton on Twitter: "A great win for BCFC but only half a job done."

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    CYCLING

    BBC Sport's Tim Franks with more on Lance Armstrong, who is to be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on 17 January: "We understand that Armstrong has been in discussions recently with other cyclists who have themselves confessed to doping."

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    FOOTBALL

    Former Bradford striker John Hendrie on 5 live talking about the first-leg win over Aston Villa: "Phil Parkinson has done a sensational job and I wouldn't be surprised if there were certainly Championship clubs looking at him."

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    The Daily Echo reports that Southampton are hoping not to become embroiled in a bidding war for Cagliari's 25-year-old centre-half Davide Astori, who is valued at around £12m.

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    RUGBY UNION

    Wales prop Scott Andrews signs a two-year contract extension with Cardiff Blues, who also announce back-row forward Josh Navidi will stay with the club until 2016.

  107. 0900:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne ParkTENNIS

    James Ward makes it two out of two for Britain on day one of the Australian Open with a 6-4 6-3 win over Serbia's Boris Pashanski in the first round of qualifying.

    The Londoner remained admirably calm on a cool, blustery Court 15 as his opponent took issue with a number of line calls. Ward will face Germany's Mischa Zverev in round two. Women's qualifying starts on Thursday, with Britons Anne Keothavong and Johanna Konta in action early on.

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    CRICKET

    England batsman Alex Hales hits fifty on his debut in Australia's Big Bash Twenty20 competition.

    You can hear live commentary on Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Renegades on sports extra now.

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    And finally from BBC Monitoring for today, French international Loic Remy, 26, currently at Olympique Marseille would prefer a move to Newcastle over his other Premier League suitors QPR, according to L'Equipe.

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    Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli may rule out a move to AC Milan if the comments of the club's president Silvio Berlusconi are anything to go by.

    Speaking to Italian TV, the former Italian PM said: "If you put a rotten apple in the locker room, it can infect others. I already said what I think of Balotelli."

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    Some stories sourced by our friends at BBC Monitoring now, and Fenerbahce look set to pip Tottenham to the signing of Moroccan international Younes Belhanda, 22, from Montpelier, Sport 24 reports.

    The Turkish club have reportedly already fixed an annual salary with the midfielder, with just the transfer fee to negotiate.

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    CRICKET

    West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 38, signs a two-year contract with Derbyshire and is expected to be available for all three formats in the 2013 season.

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    CYCLING

    British Cycling President Brian Cookson, speaking to The Today Programme, is asked if Lance Armstrong should be able to return to cycling if he confesses to doping offences when he is interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on 17 January: "No I think what Lance Armstrong has done has tarnished my sport so much, that I don't want to see him back in any sport.

    "If the tearful confession allows him to look himself in the eye then fair enough but I don't want to see him back in my sport and I think any sport would feel the same."

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    GET INVOLVED

    Ben Edwards on Twitter: "Villa may have all the marking ability of a blancmange, but they still have a Premier League attack. Not easy for Bradford."

    Jake Waring on Twitter: "Fantastic result last night and a proper cupset. Villa have to learn to defend or they are on the way out."

    Please send in your thoughts using the twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

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    FOOTBALL

    Former Aston Villa boss Ron Atkinson tells 5 live his old club can overturn their 3-1 deficit against Bradford in the second-leg of their League Cup semi-final on 22 January: "It is do-able but they are going to have to play an awful lot better than they have been playing recently and certainly better than they did last night."

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    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport's Phil McNulty on 5 live commenting on Bradford's 3-1 win over Aston Villa last night: "Villa lacked leadership and you could see why they have conceded so many goals. For the neutral last night it was almost a Cup throwback and it was great to be there, unless you were an Aston Villa supporter of course."

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    The Liverpool Daily Post reports that Everton remain hopeful of keeping midfielder Marouane Fellaini, despite details of a £22m buy-out clause in his contract.

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    CRICKET

    England batsman Alex Hales is making his T20 Big Bash debut having flown out to Australia yesterday to join the Melbourne Renegades.

    You can listen to live commentary of their match against Sydney Sixers on 5 live sports extra now.

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    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    Tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch at 19:00 GMT comes from Stamford Bridge where we have live commentary for you on the first-leg of the second Capital One Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Swansea, with John Murray and summariser Graeme Le Saux.

  120. 0818: 
    RUGBY UNION

    South Africa-born former England flanker Hendre Fourie, 33, who won eight caps for England, but was forced to retire because of a shoulder injury and consequently had his contract cancelled by Sale, has been told by immigration officials he can stay in the United Kingdom, despite voicing fears he could be deported.

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    The Nottingham Post reports that Forest manager Alex McLeish hopes to have two signings in place before Saturday's match against Peterborough.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Bradford will take a 3-1 lead into the second-leg of their League Cup semi-final with Aston Villa on 22 January, not bad for a team beaten 2-0 at Barnet on Saturday. As the cliche goes, it's only half-time, of course, but how does their victory rank amongst recent Cup upsets, and can they survive at Villa Park to secure a place at Wembley?

    Please send in your thoughts via twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

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    The Sun reports that Reading are keen to take Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck on loan for the remainder of the season.

  124. 0806:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne ParkTENNIS

    The British contingent got off to a strong start at the Australian Open as Jamie Baker beat Ecuador's Julio Cesar Campozano 6-3 7-5 in the first round of qualifying. The Scot will meet American Donald Young in round two, with three wins required to reach the main draw.

    While parts of Australia endure devastating fires and record temperatures, Melbourne has escaped with a cool 20C on Wednesday and Britain's other male in qualifying, James Ward, will hope it stays that way when he plays Serbian Boris Pashanski later.

  125. 0804: 
    GOSSIP

    Liverpool are close to finalising a £6m deal for Blackpool forward Tom Ince, 20, after a breakthrough in negotiations. (Daily Mail)

    Former England captain David Beckham has been offered a two-year deal to join the Qatar Stars League. (The Sun)

    Swansea boss Michael Laudrup wants Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones, 28, to replace Danny Graham, who is being chased by Reading and Sunderland. (Daily Mirror)

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    TOP STORIES

    Bradford goalkeeper Matt Duke says the 3-1 win over Aston Villa in the League Cup semi-final first leg felt "unreal".

    Toby Flood is cleared to play in England's opening Six Nations match with Scotland on 2 February after a citing for an alleged tip tackle was dismissed.

    And finally, banned US cyclist Lance Armstrong will be interviewed by chat show host Oprah Winfrey on 17 January, amid reports that he might publicly admit to doping.

  127. 0801: 
    SPORTSDAY

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday. We'll have all the latest transfer news for you throughout the day but we begin with some of the main stories on the BBC website and some from today's gossip column.

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