Sportsday - Thursday, 10 January as it happened

Transfer window news, details of completed deals and other sports stories

10 January 2013 Last updated at 19:05 GMT

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  1. 1900: 

    That concludes another busy day of Sportsday Live. Thank you for all your contributions, and be sure to join us on Friday when we start all over again at 08:00 GMT. Goodnight.


    Here's some of your views on Michael Appleton, who has been given permission by Blackpool to speak to Blackburn about their vacant manager's job.

    Josh Bond on Twitter: "Don't understand why Michael Appleton is such an in-demand manager; in his career so far, he's only won 15 games!"

    Craig ‏on Twitter: "Two questions, why would anyone want to manage Blackburn? And why is Appleton so popular? His record isn't great?"

    Alex Taylor ‏on Twitter: "I can't imagine Blackburn fans being too excited/happy at the prospect of Michael Appleton."

  3. 1850: 

    Terry Butcher says he stayed at Inverness because he believes he could be on the verge of his greatest season as a manager.

    The 54-year-old former England captain turned down a move to Championship side Barnsley earlier this week.

    He told Moray Firth Radio: "We want the second half of the season to be better than the first. If we can do that it's going to be the best season of my career as a manager, and certainly for a lot of the players as well."

  4. 1847: 

    Stoke City striker Michael Owen has denied he is moving to Australia during the transfer window. When asked if he was moving down under, he said on Twitter: "No. Don't know where these rumours start."

  5. 1844: 

    Darryl Fitton will play Wesley Harms before Robbie Green clashes with Tony O'Shea in the quarter-finals of the BDO World Championships this evening. Highlights of the two matches will be on BBC Two at 23:20 GMT.

  6. 1837: 

    Striker Jamie Reed, 25, has been told he can leave York City during the transfer window if the club receive the right offer for his services, reports the York Press.


    Jonathan Falstrup ‏on Twitter: "Best signing ever has to be the bargain of the century, Peter Schmeichel. £505K and European Champ, 5 EPL titles and 1 UCL."

    Fraser Gibson on Twitter: "Shaun Goater to City for £400k from Bristol City - 101 goals in 184 appearances."

    Ricky ‏on Twitter: "Messi from Newell's Old Boys to Barcelona on a free. Not a bad bit of business."

  8. 1825: 

    A five-team Pakistan Super League will be played at the end of March with around 30 foreign cricketers expected to play.

    The Twenty20 event is being planned by the Pakistan Cricket Board along the lines of leagues in other major Test-playing countries such as India, Australia and England.

    "People do not underestimate the potential that exist for the league in Pakistan," said Haroon Lorgat, the former chief executive of the International Cricket Council. "Many issues are being tackled in parallel, for example your broadcaster, your sponsors, your franchise owners, but I am confident it will happen."

  9. 1821: 

    Tom Daley's synchronised partner Peter Waterfield wants British Swimming to end public criticism of the diver.

    Chief executive David Sparkes spoke out after Daley's appearance on ITV's Splash! programme at the weekend.

    "I don't think that anyone who wants to criticise him should do it through the newspapers," Waterfield told BBC Sport. "I'm sure he [David Sparkes] wants to cover himself in case Tom doesn't get medals, but they should talk to him in person about it because I think it's wrong to do it through the media."

  10. 1812:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTENNIS

    BBC Radio 5 live will air an Australian Open preview show at 1930 GMT on Thursday, which will be followed by a programme about Andy Murray one hour later. Both will be available as a podcast.

  11. 1808: 

    Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway says he would like to bring in up to four new players in the January transfer window.

    In his column in the Croydon Advertiser, Holloway said: "We're looking at every single option - players up and around the country.

    "I think we've got to bring in one, two, three, maybe even four people if I can. I know the positions I would like to strengthen. It's about getting the right person instead of jumping of anything, but I think there will be a mad rush at the end of the month."


    San-Toki ‏on Twitter: "Dietmar Hamann's £400,000 move from Bolton to Man City is one of the best transfers - one day after joining Bolton for free."

    Ali Malik on Twitter: "Worst returns = Shevchenko to Chelsea, Torres to Chelsea, Carroll to Liverpool, Robinho to City. Cost = £140m+, Goals = 56."

    Tom Hitchenor on Twitter: "Tore Andre Flo, signed for £300k, legendary Chelsea supersub and then sold on to Rangers for £12m."

  13. 1800: 

    Southend United are keen to bring in Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Michael Spillane, 23, during the January transfer window, reports the Southend Echo.

    Blues boss Paul Sturrock wants to sign a defensive midfielder after Tamika Mkandawire returned to Millwall following a successful two-month loan spell at Roots Hall.

  14. 1752: 

    England captain Alastair Cook wants big performances from some of his fringe players in the one-day series against India, which begins on Friday.

    England are missing experienced stars Jonathan Trott, Graeme Swann, James Anderson and Stuart Broad in India.

    "If people perform really well, it will be hard to leave them out," Cook said. "[It's up to] those players who've been around a while to try to step up and produce match-winning performances."

  15. 1748: 

    Tottenham are trying to sign Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo, reports the Daily Mail.

    Chelsea are also believed to be interested in the £15m-rated 27-year-old, but Sevilla president Jose María del Nido has flown into London to finalise a deal with Tottenham.

  16. 1742: 

    Monaco Davis Cup team-mates Benjamin Balleret and Guillaume Couillard have gone into the record books after playing out a 70-point tie-break at an ITF third-tier event in Florida.

    Balleret won the match 7-6 (36/34) 6-1 and said: "Neither of us sensed the first set would last so long. We were both really tight, because we know each other so well. We didn't want to lose it. When we switched ends during the tie-break, with the score in the 20s and 30s, we were laughing."


    Marcus Bird on Twitter: "Best signing was undoubtedly Cristiano Ronaldo - signed for £12.24m, over 100 goals and then sold for £80m. Great business."

    Matthew Ball ‏on Twitter: "Marcelino to Newcastle? Carl Cort to Newcastle? Guivarch to Newcastle? All easily worst signing candidates."

    James Thomason ‏on Twitter: "Worst signing has to be anyone who ever signed Francis Jeffers!"

  18. 1733: 

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez says he will not sell his best players during the January window.

    James McCarthy is a reported target for Everton and Arsenal while Franco Di Santo and Maynor Figueroa have also been linked with moves away.

    "I've always said it's a real compliment when you've got teams looking at our players," he told ESPN. "It doesn't surprise me at all. I think we've got players who could attract anyone's interest. That's not going to bring anything negative to our squad - it's the opposite.

  19. 1729: 

    Crawley Town have signed Huddersfield striker Jimmy Spencer on loan for the rest of the season, reports the Huddersfield Examiner.

  20. 1725: 

    Blackpool manager Michael Appleton has been granted permission to speak to Blackburn Rovers.

  21. 1721: 

    Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has been given a five-match ban by the Spanish football federation after being sent off and insulting the referee in their King's Cup victory over Celta Vigo.

    Spain defender Ramos, who was selected in FIFA's team of the year on Monday, picked up a second yellow card in the 73rd minute in Wednesday's 4-0 last-16 second leg victory at the Bernabeu.

    The 26-year-old directed insults at the referee and his assistant when leaving the pitch, according to the referee's report.


    Alan Curr on Twitter: "Best signing in terms of return on investment has to be Anelka. £500k in 1997, sold to Real Madrid for £22m two years later."

    Richard Jordan on Twitter: "How about the entire Bradford City first team? £7,500 total transfer cost, Wigan and Arsenal beaten, Villa thumped 3-1."

    James Flemming on Twitter: "Has to be Roy Keane to Forest £47,000 and was one of the best midfielders this country has seen!!!"

  23. 1716: 

    Manager Alan Pardew says Newcastle are "beavering away" in the January transfer window. The Magpies still hope to tie up a deal for French striker Loic Remy as well as a centre-back.

    "We are working hard," he said. "I know there are loads of names being thrown about. It will accelerate as we get towards the end of the window."

  24. 1709: 

    Former Olympic sprinter Craig Pickering will make his debut for the British Bobsleigh team at this weekend's World Cup in Konigssee, Germany.

    Pickering, 26, only began full-time training with the squad last month and pushed a bobsleigh for the first time on Monday.

    "I'm excited to be taking part in my first competition," said Pickering. "I have been working hard all week with the coaching team on the technical aspects of the push."

  25. 1705: 

    Fleetwood Town will complete the signing of Kidderminster's Jamille Matt on Friday, subject to the striker passing a medical at Highbury.

    The 22-year-old only signed a new contract with Harriers on 1 January. However, Fleetwood met a release clause in his new deal, meaning he was free to discuss terms with the League Two club.

  26. 1659: 

    Daniel James Cross on Twitter: "Best signing? Kevin Doyle and Shane Long from Cork to Reading in 2005. £80,000. 'Nuff said."

    Josh Bruce on Twitter: "Worst is Woodgate to Real. 13.4m to miss all of 04/05, then scored an own goal & got sent off in his debut & left with nothing."

    Aaron Denton on Twitter: "Kieron Dyer surely must take the mantle for worst signing... And not even for just one club. Wages v games is embarrassing!"

  27. 1652:  
    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    US Olympic diving gold medalist David Boudia will be a guest on tonight's 5 live Sport from 19:00 GMT.

  28. 1649: 

    New Zealand's left-arm seamer James Franklin is ruled out of tomorrow's Test with South Africa in Port Elizabeth because of a hamstring problem. South African-born all-rounder Colin Munro is likely to come into the side and make his Test debut.

  29. 1642: 

    More of your best signings, keep them coming in please, along with the bad ones, using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Harpz D on Twitter: "Surely Joe Hart signing from Shrewsbury Town £600,000, what a capture by City."

    Simon Drew on Twitter: "Guy Whittingham to Portsmouth for free, all-time season record goalscorer and current caretaker manager!"

  30. 1637: 

    BBC Sport's Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Blackpool fans talking about Billy Davies/Paul Ince. Just thinking out loud about Parkinson - getting lavish praise but Wembley in sight."

  31. 1632:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET

    The first one-day international between India and England takes place in Rajkot tomorrow and you can listen to ball-by-ball commentary from 06:15 GMT on 5 live sports extra.

  32. 1618:  
    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    Tonight's 5 live Sport with Eleanor Oldroyd from 19:00 GMT features a tennis special with coach Nick Bollettieiri, former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek and tennis journalist Chris Jones from the Evening Standard.

    From 21:30 GMT there is a programme on the NFL hosted by Darren Fletcher.

  33. 1610: 

    The best and worst signings continue, and you can contribute yours via the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Callen Fahey on Twitter: "Darren Bent bought for 2.5 mil top scorer for CAFC in two consecutive seasons, sold two years later for 16.5 mil."

    Joseph Lachica on Twitter: "Worst signing: Juan Sebastian Veron to Man Utd and then to Chelsea. Over £50m in transfer fees but nothing to show for it."

  34. 1606: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith confirms Liverpool owners John W Henry and Tom Werner are considering offering Kenny Dalglish a role at the club just eight months after sacking him as manager.

    "Were Dalglish to be offered a way back, he would most likely resume the role club ambassador he held from 2009 until he replaced Roy Hodgson as manager in 2011."

  35. 1559: 

    BBC Sport's Phil McNulty on Twitter: "So who would Blackpool go for if Appleton leaves for Blackburn? Bradford boss Phil Parkinson stock high but his dreams may lie at Wembley."

  36. 1558: 

    The West Brom Twitter feed reports: "Gonzalo Jara Reyes has joined Nottingham Forest on loan until the end of the season. Baggies have no right of recall on him."

  37. 1549: 

    Reading boss Brian McDermott plays down rumours of a loan move for Manchester United and England striker Danny Welbeck. "I can't see Sir Alex Ferguson sending Danny out to any club. I don't know where this has came from, it's got nothing to do with me."

  38. 1545: 

    Another batch of your favourite best and worst from the transfer market. Keep them coming in please using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Kyle Fitzpatrick on Twitter: "£185k for Ally Mccoist, 15 years as a player with 251 goals, and on to become a loyal manager when everything went wrong."

    VonBlade on Twitter: "Carroll, Rebrov, Postiga. All good choices as bad signings. But David Bentley is the winner, 40 yarder vs Arsenal wasn't enough."

    Philip Clark on Twitter: "Not enough room on the page to put down Newcastle's worst signings. Been too many unfortunately."

  39. 1542: 

    Red Bull will launch their new car on 3 February. The RB9 is to be unveiled at the team's Milton Keynes factory two days ahead of the first four-day test in Jerez.

  40. 1531: 

    Bolton manager Dougie Freedman hints that midfielder Stuart Holden could make his first-team comeback in next Tuesday's FA Cup replay at Sunderland.

    The USA international has not played since September 2011 after undergoing two knee operations. Freedman tells BBC Radio Manchester that Saturday's game at home to Millwall may come too soon for him, but he could play at the Stadium of Light.

  41. 1519: 

    World number one Rory McIlroy sets up his own foundation to help children's charities around the world. For each of the first six tournaments the 23-year-old plays during the first four months of 2013, his bag will carry the name and logo of a children's charity and will be auctioned.

  42. 1511: 

    The Bristol Evening Post reports that Bristol City boss Derek McInnes hopes to complete the signing of Liam Kelly in time for him to feature in Saturday's home match with Leicester, after Kilmarnock accepted a bid for the 22-year-old Scottish international midfielder.

  43. 1508: 

    Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand holds a three-shot lead after a seven-under-par 65 in the first round of the European Tour's Volvo Golf Champions event at the Durban Country Club. South Africans Ernie Els and Louis Oosthuizen share second, with Padraig Harrington five shots off the pace and Colin Montgomerie on level par.

  44. 1503: 

    More of your best and worst signings. Keep them coming in please via the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Moon on Twitter: "Andy Carroll .... Never has so much money been spent on so little return ... Although Rebrov and Postiga are close!"

    Ian Brennan on Twitter: "Can't believe there's been no mention of Eric 'The King' Cantona as the best signing of all time."

  45. 1459: 

    Crystal Palace confirm on their official website that 20-year-old striker Ibra Sekajja is to join Barnet on a one-month loan and will be available for selection for their game this Saturday against Rotherham United.

  46. 1454: 

    More from Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, who dismisses suggestions of a move for 23-year-old Internacional striker Leandro Damiao. "He's a player that is highly rated in the market, and it's unlikely that he will play for Tottenham."

  47. 1450: 

    Stoke boss Tony Pulis, whose team meet Chelsea on Saturday, says Rafael Benitez needs to be given time to succeed at Stamford Bridge. "He has proved before at football clubs that he can manage at the highest level but he needs the opportunity, and that does not mean weeks or months - you have got to give people time."

  48. 1445: 

    West Brom boss Steve Clarke tells the club's official Twitter feed: "We had a bid from QPR for Jonas Olsson. We rejected it and we don't encourage any more offers from anyone."

  49. 1441: 

    Tottenham target Wesley Sneijder is given 24 hours to decide whether to join Galatasaray. The Turkish club's director Bulent Tulun tells Turkish radio station Radyospor: "Sneijder will give us a response inside 24 hours, but in 99% of these cases the transfer negotiations are already done."

  50. 1432: 

    ESPN reports that San Lorenzo manager Juan Antonio Pizzi is still keen to sign Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini, 30.

  51. 1426: 

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas says the club won't be rushed into the transfer market because of Emmanuel Adebayor's impending departure to the Africa Cup of Nations: "We've been happy with the team - we've been in this situation before when Ade was injured and I think we are able to cope with it."

  52. 1416: 

    On the BBC website today we count down our most watched London 2012 videos from number 50 to number 31, which was Niger rower Hammadou Djibo Issaka finishing one minute and 39 seconds behind the winner at Eton Dorney.

  53. 1410: 

    We're asking for your best and worst signings today. Please keep your thoughts coming in using the twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Peter Chamberlain on Twitter: "Worst signing was £9 mill Bilyaletdinov for Everton, Moyes only mistake."

    Patrick Jack on Twitter: "Henrik Larsson cost Celtic £650,000. 242 goals later and he is now a Parkhead legend. Need I say more?"

  54. 1402: 

    Former Arsenal, Bolton, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka will not be joining Paris Saint Germain on a permanent deal says the club's manager Carlo Ancelotti, despite the French league leaders allowing the 32-year-old to join their training camp.

    "He only asked to train. He played under me and we are friends now. I allowed him to train because of our friendship," said Ancelotti.

    Anelka, who is currently employed by Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, has played for Paris Saint Germain on two previous occasions during his much-travelled career.


    Times journalist Gary Jacob on Twitter: "Thfc AVB on Damiao "extremely likely that we going to sign him"".

    Tottenham have been linked with Internacional striker Leandro Damiao, although the 23-year-old Brazil international has denied that talks have begun.

  56. 1341: 

    Marseille midfielder Charles Kabore says that he would love the chance to prove himself in the Premier League after Stoke and West Ham were linked with a move for the Burkina Faso international.

    "I love English football. I have contacts with some clubs in other leagues, but my priority is to play in the best league in the world," said the 24-year-old according to a report by Sky Sports.

  57. 1336: 

    Former Olympic super heavyweight champion Audley Harrison will make his boxing return on 23 February as part of the Prizefighter series. The 41-year-old previously won the tournament in October 2009.

    London 2012 Olympic captain Tom Stalker will make his professional debut on the same card at London's York Hall.

  58. 1332: 

    Ireland all-rounder Nigel Jones retires from international cricket to take up a role as regional development officer with Cricket Ireland.

    Jones represented Ireland 34 times, being included in the 2011 World Cup and both the 2010 and 2012 ICC World Twenty20 squads.

  59. 1325: 

    Brazilian forward Neymar says that "it is not yet the time" to leave Santos to play in Europe.

    The 20-year-old, who was crowned South American player of the year for the second successive season on Wednesday, has been subject to offers from Barcelona and Chelsea according to Santos president Paulo Schiff.

    "Everyone asks me the same question but I have a contract with Santos until 2014 and I am happy here with my family and my friends," said Neymar, 20.


    Your thoughts on the best and worst signings of this and other seasons are welcome via the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Kaan C on Twitter: "Signing of the season Mohamed Diame on a free."

    Joe Gibson on Twitter: "Zola and Cantona have to be up there. Lampard for £11m is a candidate as well. Won everything you can at club level."

    Paul Cooper on Twitter: "Surely Steve Bull has to be mentioned? 65k from biggest rivals and 306 Goals in 561 Appearances."

    Jertzee on Twitter: "Did anyone make bargain signings like Wimbledon? Wise -free, Beasant - free, Winterburn - free, Cork - free."

  61. 1308: 

    Notts County agree a fee with Luton to sign midfielder Andre Boucaud on a permanent deal according to the Nottingham Evening Post.

    Boucaud, 28, has spent five months on loan at Meadow Lane, playing 23 games.

  62. 1302: 

    Four-time overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn says she is confident that she is back to full fitness after missing three weeks of the season with an intestinal illness.

    The American has missed six races but will compete in at St Anton am Arlberg this weekend.

    "I'm really excited to be back, feeling good, feeling happy and strong," she said.

  63. 1256: 

    BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright on Twitter: "Blackpool winger Tom Ince confirms to BBC Lancashire that manager Michael Appleton didn't take training this morning."

  64. 1248: 

    Leeds United have completed the permanent signing of Michael Tonge from Stoke for an undisclosed fee.

    The 29-year-old midfielder spent the first half of the season on loan at Elland Road, making 22 appearances and scoring five goals.


    As the transfer window begins to get busier, your thoughts on the best and worst football signings of both this season and of all time are coming in on #bbcsportsday.

    Euan Gregor on Twitter: "Best ever Keane to Man Utd for years of service and quality. This season Michu although Ba is a potential gem."

    Jason Worthington on Twitter: "All time PL signing-of-the season? Anelka to Arsenal for £0.5m in 1997 was great value for money. Sold on for £22m in 1999."

    Mrwriterman on Twitter: "So few genuinely awful signings these days (Bebe?). I miss Bosko Balaban, Andrea Silenzi and Ali Dia..."

  66. 1238: 

    Stoke manager Tony Pulis hopes former England striker Michael Owen will stay at the club for the rest of the season.

    Owen has made only five appearances this term, four of which have been as a substitute, and the 33-year-old has been linked with a move to Australia.

    "Michael has got a contract until the end of the season and as far as I'm concerned, he has not come in and said he wants to change it," Pulis said.

  67. 1236: 

    French football writer Matt Spiro on Twitter: "Toulouse confirm Moussa Sissoko can leave for €3.5m (contract up in summer). Hasn't lived up to 'new Essien' tag, but that's a real bargain."

  68. 1234: 

    Australian prop Justin Poore has been cleared to start the new Super League season with Wakefield.

    The 27-year-old, who has joined the Wildcats on a two-year contract from Parramatta, was sent off for punching just 18 minutes into his first appearance for the club in their Boxing Day defeat at Leeds.

    Anything more than a one-match ban would have forced him to sit out Wakefield's opening Super League game against Bradford on 3 February, but he was charged with a minor grade A offence and was able to submit an early-guilty plea to avoid any suspension.

  69. 1230: 

    Liverpool table a bid of £12.2m for Fenerbahce striker Moussa Sow according to Turkish newspaper Fanatik Gazetesi.

    The former Lille forward has scored 18 goals in 41 games in Turkey.

  70. 1224: 

    Real Betis manager Pepe Mel confirms that Swansea are close to signing the club's midfielder Jose Canas, but believes that any deal will happen in the summer, when Canas' contract expires, rather than in January.

    "It has been decided, unless Swansea say something different, that Canas stays here until 30 June," Mel is reported as saying by ESPN Soccernet.

    "As we saw in Zaragoza (last Friday), he is a committed player, he gives everything and he stood out as he always does."

    It is reported that a bid of £1m could convince the Spanish side to sell the player to the Swans this month instead.

  71. 1215: 

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni insists that he never doubted his position as India one-day captain despite back-to-back losses to Pakistan.

    Asked whether he had considered giving up the limited-overs captaincy, Dhoni said: "Never. In team sport it is important that everyone keeps believing in themselves and understands their responsibility.

    India play the first of five one-day internationals against England in Rajkot on Friday.

  72. 1207: 

    Ski Sunday returns this Sunday at 1700 GMT on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website. Ahead of the programme, presenters Ed Leigh and Graham Bell will be hosting a Twitter Q&A. Send your questions, on the competitive or leisure side of all winter sports, to @snowedleigh and @skigrahambell using the hashtag #bbcskisunday.

  73. 1159: 

    Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee leads the way in the first round of the Volvo Golf Champions event in Durban.

    The 43-year-old is six under par after 14 holes, two shots ahead of Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey and four clear of third-placed Richie Ramsey of Scotland


    El Yaro on Twitter: "How about the worst winter signings? Afonso Alves, take a bow!"

    Steven Ash on Twitter: "Forget best signing of the season how about the worst signing? Mine has to be Gaston Ramirez - 11m? Southampton?"

  75. 1134: 

    Carlos Tevez says Manchester City's strikers have been inspired by manager Roberto Mancini's praise of Manchester United forward Robin van Persie.

    Mancini recently expressed his regret City could not sign Van Persie, who has scored 20 goals this term, and said he was the difference between the teams.

    "Those words were a motivation for the strikers," says Tevez, who has scored eight times for City this season. "I'll try to help us to compete in the League and Cup, and try to win both."

  76. 1131: 

    Watford striker Bernard Mensah has signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal with the club, report Sky Sports.

    The 18-year-old has extended his deal, which was due to run out at the end of next season, until 2016.


    We are canvassing your views on the best signing of the season so far and your best signing ever.

    Paul Apenteng on Twitter: "RVP is hardly signing of season. Everyone knew he was good,was just a case of who could afford him. Unlike Michu."

    Si Ellis on Twitter: "Best Prem signing has to be Sami hyypia at £2.6m, won everything except the league. Legend."

    Ben Holloway on Twitter: "Signing of the decade? Tom pope, cost nowt, 25 goals this season and counting!!!"

    Keep them coming using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  78. 1125: 

    Rennes say that Yann M'Vila, who has been linked with a move to England, has asked to leave the club, report Sky Sports.

    Rennes general manager Pierre Dreossi says "Yes, he feels like leaving. But it is not a priority for us to sell. If he has to leave, he will leave. But if it is not worth it for him or for us, he will stay until the end of the season. It is all moving towards England or Russia."

    Arsenal, Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers are said to be interested in the 22-year-old French international midfielder.

  79. 1121: 

    Indian batsman Chiteshwar Pujara celebrates his inclusion in the squad against England with a triple century in a domestic match, according to BBC Monitoring.

    England may have felt relieved after explosive batsman Virender Sehwag was dropped from the side, but Pujara's impressive show is likely to give more strength to the struggling Indian batting line-up.


    Who is your signing of the season?

    Stewart Wallace on Twitter: "Santi Cazorla has to be season signing, automatically fitted into the EPL and the arsenal style of play."

    Mark Dundon on Twitter: "Michu in terms of value for money, RvP has to be up there too! Ronaldo for £12m has to be the best signing ever!"

    Geraint Aubrey on Twitter: "Craig Noone for Cardiff! Amazing player with quick feet, he will be noticed soon enough!"

  81. 1107: 

    Norwich City defender Elliott Ward returns to Nottingham Forest on loan until the end of the season, reports the Eastern Daily Press.

    The 27-year-old made 12 appearances for Forest in an initial nine-week spell that came to an end in December.

    Chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi says: "Elliott proved how valuable to our squad he can be during his initial loan spell with us. He made it clear he wanted to come back to the Club for the remainder of the season and we're delighted to have him here."

  82. 1104: 

    Wigan and England forward Gareth Hock will miss the start of the new Super League season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

    The 29-year-old back rower missed the Warriors' pre-season training camp in Florida before Christmas after having the operation following England's autumn internationals.

    "Gareth will be out for at least six weeks of the new season," coach Shaun Wane told the Wigan Evening Post. "We're fortunate that we have a number of talented second rowers in the squad."

  83. 1059: 

    Chelsea could sign Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini by the end of the week, according to French newspaper L'Equipe.

    They report that the 25-year old will sign a five-year deal with the club, for a fee of £22m. He will earn £4m a year.

    However, Manchester United could still hijack the deal.

  84. 1053: 

    The Rugby Football Union has launched a review of last weekend's Championship fixture between Leeds Carnegie and Plymouth Albion.

    The game, won 34-16 by Leeds, went to uncontested scrums after just 13 minutes. It is understood that match referee Matt Carley made the decision after early scrums collapsed when Headingley Carnegie's new £1million pitch began cutting up.

    In a statement, the RFU said: "The RFU is reviewing the circumstances that led to the RFU Championship fixture, Leeds Carnegie v Plymouth Albion, on Sunday January 6 moving to uncontested scrums after 13 minutes of play. A statement will be made in due course."

  85. 1051: 

    Sport 24 reports that the South Korean football association have given live bans to 41 players over a 2011 match fixing scandal, according to BBC Monitoring.

    Initially the ban had extended only to the domestic league, but Fifa have since extended it worldwide.

  86. 1047: 

    Torquay United have extended the contract of winger Karl Baker until the end of the season.

    Baker, 23, has yet to play a game for the Gulls since signing a short-term deal earlier this season after impressing in local football.

    "Karl has been on the bench once for us and has undoubted ability," said manager Martin Ling. "We just need to see him produce it on a more regular basis between now and the end of the season."

  87. 1041: 

    Stoke manager Tony Pulis says he wants to see striker Michael Owen stay with the club for the rest of the season.

    Owen's has been restricted to four substitute appearances for the Potters and then a start in last weekend's 0-0 FA Cup third-round draw at Crystal Palace. Reports have linked the 33-year-old with a January transfer window switch to Perth Glory.

    Pulis says: "Michael has got a contract until the end of the season and as far as I'm concerned, he has not come in and said he wants to change it. We haven't pulled Michael in and said we want to change that. So Michael will be part of the football club hopefully until the end of the season."


    After Michu's stunning performances for Swansea, we are asking who is your signing of the season?

    Prahalad Prasad on Twitter: "Robert Snodgrass, absolutely brilliant for Norwich, hasn't looked out of place in the Premier League."

    Hugh Williams on Twitter: "Has to be Mo Diame on a free, made our midfield solid and is as close as your going to get to Yaya Toure without cloning him."

    Peter on Twitter: "Signing of the season? Danny Shittu at Millwall. From relegation to play-off contenders because he can defend properly."

  89. 1035: 

    Bristol Rovers boss John Ward is unlikely to add any new faces to his squad before the trip to Fleetwood on Saturday, reports the Bristol Evening Post.

    The manager remains in the market for a striker and a defender, but has missed out on a couple of deals in the last 48 hours.

  90. 1029: 

    Aston Villa have an offer for Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho turned down by Inter Milan, report talkSPORT.

    Southampton have also expressed an interest in the 20-year-old but Villa were the first to act, although their initial bid was rejected, according to the player's agent.

    Coutinho's agent, Cacau Barbosa says: "I can confirm Aston Villa made an enquiry for Coutinho. They want him, but with all due respect for the proposal made to Philippe, at this moment there is still nothing concrete to suggest an exit from Inter."


    We are asking who is the signing of the season so far?

    Toby Coughlin on Twitter: "Got to be RVP as the transfer equivalent of a six-pointer. United didn't just sign him, they stopped City from signing him."

    S.I.T on Twitter: "Ba looking like a bargain at 7 million. Absolute handful in the last 10 minutes. Would love to see a full PL start."

    Tom Egan on Twitter: "Dembele for signing of season. Replaced Modric costing £18million less & has been main reason for Spurs good form this season."

  92. 1021: 

    The Birmingham Mail's West Brom reporter Chris Lepkowski says the Baggies have rejected a bid from QPR for defender Jonas Olsson.

    He has tweeted: "An offer has come in for Olsson from QPR (around £5m). That's been rejected straight away by #wba."

  93. 1018: 

    Blackburn managing director Derek Shaw claims discussions to secure Blackpool's Michael Appleton as the club's new manager remain ongoing.

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports that Blackpool have rejected Blackburn's initial approach.

    When contacted by Press Association Sport with regards to this, Shaw said: "We're in discussion, if that can be adequate."

    Pressed on whether Blackpool had rejected Rovers' initial approach, he added: "I wouldn't like to comment on that. If there's anything later we'll certainly let you know."

  94. 1015: 

    More from David Ornstein on Theo Walcott:

    "Despite suggestions to the contrary, there have been no formal talks between Arsenal and Walcott's representatives since August, when he rejected a fresh five-year contract worth £75,000-a-week (he currently earns £60,000-a-week).

    "However, his stance has softened since being given a run of starts as Arsenal's central striker and, crucially, he does not want to leave the club he joined in 2006. Arsenal are increasingly confident he will extend his stay at Emirates Stadium.

    "Now that the footballing issues have been resolved, if a compromise can be reached on his salary and image rights, it is likely Walcott will sign a new contract. His representatives are expecting Arsenal to call them to the negotiating table in the coming days and, provided a suitable offer is made, this seemingly never ending saga could finally be put to bed."

  95. 1014: 

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein has the latest on Theo Walcott's contract negotiations at Arsenal:

    "There is plenty of speculation that Theo Walcott is about to end the uncertainty surrounding his future by signing a new contract with Arsenal. This may well happen at some stage but, as things stand, it is not true.

    "Reports on Wednesday claimed the Gunners will offer Walcott a new five-year deal worth £25m, including a £90,000-a-week salary topped up by a signing on fee of around £3m. Should this offer materialise, there is a good chance the impasse between the 23-year-old and his club could soon be breached."


    Michu has scored 16 goals for Swansea since his £2m switch from Rayo Vallecano. But is he the signing of the season?

    And who is the best Premier League signing ever?

    James Lee on Twitter: "Demba Ba will go on to prove signing of the season. Finally all the midfield talent have a proper centre forward to work with."

    Alex Cartlidge on Twitter: "How has nobody mentioned Cantona for £1 million?? When Sir Alex gets it right, there's no better."

    Andrew J Lumley on Twitter: "600k for the only English man ever to win the European Golden Boot Super Kevin Phillips! Bargain!"

    Twitter is the place for your views. Use the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  97. 1005: 

    Sport 24 report that Bolton striker David Ngog has chosen to represent the Cameroonian national side, according to BBC Monitoring.

    Ngog has represented France at various youth levels in the past, but has never played for the senior team.

  98. 1001: 

    A BBC Radio 5 live poll has found that around one in five people have been inspired to play sport by the London Olympics.

    Of those polled, 56% also felt there is too much media coverage of football and not enough of other sports.

    Only 35% said they had noticed an increase in non-football stories since the Games ended almost six months ago.

  99. 0956: 

    Bolton are close to confirming a season-long loan deal for Slovakia Under-21 international midfielder Jan Gregus, according to the Bolton News.

    The 22-year-old has been in talks with the club for a week over a potential move from Banik Ostrava

    Gregus says: "I am not interested in joining any other clubs. "The facilities at Bolton are superb. The stadium is just beautiful and I'm looking forward to my new spell. If someone had told me during the autumn that I would be at a Championship club in the spring, I would not have believed it."

  100. 0950: 

    Russian cycling team Katusha's urgent request for temporary top-tier status this season has been denied by world sport's highest court.

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport says the main appeal hearing against the International Cycling Union "will be scheduled shortly in order for a final decision to be issued as quickly as possible".

    Katusha is challenging a UCI license commission ruling to deny the team's application for 2013 World Tour registration.


    James Burn on Twitter: "Performance related to value Michu without doubt signing of the season. Cazorla for £15m also good (half the price of Hazard)."

    Garry Meakin on Twitter: "Signing of the season is Emile Heskey to Newcastle Jets. He's even scored a bicycle kick, what are they feeding him?"

    Gavin Howson on Twitter: "Ian Rush £300k 229 goals in 469 appearances that's a proper transfer."

    Send us your views on the signing of the season and the best value signings in Premier League history on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  102. 0945: 

    Readers of Spain's Marca newspaper believe that the top eleven players from La Liga would "thrash" the top eleven from the Premier League, according to BBC Monitoring.

    Fifa recently named its World XI, all of whom play in Spain.

    The paper asked readers to vote on the winners of a hypothetical match between those players, and eleven premiership players chosen by British journalists. Of 81,000 votes, 91% opted for team chosen by Fifa.


    Danny Needham on Twitter: "Michu cost £2m to buy. On average It has cost Chelsea £2m for each of Torres' goals. Michu definitely signing of the season."

    YJP on Twitter: "Signing of season is Michu but all time Wenger must get credit, Viera, Henry, Pires, Kolo Toure, Lauren.."

    Daniel Cocks-Moran on Twitter: "Denis Irwin £625k, 7 league titles, 3 F.A Cups, League cup, Champs league, Cup winners cup and deadly with freekicks & pens."

    Keep your thoughts coming in using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  104. 0927: 

    Fulham's Mahamadou Diarra will not play for Mali at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations because of a knee injury.

    The 31-year-old has not featured for Fulham since the beginning of December and manager Martin Jol has made his frustration clear over the fact the Eagles still intended to call up Diarra for the tournament, which kicks off on 19 January.

    However, after considering the advice of Fulham's medical team, Mali have reviewed the situation and Diarra will miss the tournament in South Africa. He will return to west London to continue his rehabilitation.

  105. 0922: 

    Former AC Milan midfielder Genarro Gattuso says Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli would be "ideal" at the club, according to BBC Monitoring.

    Speaking to Italian radio on his 35th birthday, the midfielder, currently playing in Switzerland, also said that he does not believe that Italy is racist country.

    He says that last week's incident at a friendly between Milan and Pro Patria was the action of a small minority.


    Luis Suarez's hand on Twitter: "Signing of the season is Raheem Sterling to a 5 year contract!"

    Ash Watson on Twitter: "Michu needs to stay at Swansea. Horrible feeling at a big club, he'll do a Francis Jeffers at Arsenal."

    Jonny on Twitter: "In terms of best buys and value for money Tim Cahill Mikel Arteta to Everton and Sammi Hyypia to Liverpool cost about 2m each."

  107. 0912: 

    Swansea City will have to break their transfer fee record if they are to sign Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones, report the South Wales Evening Post.

    Sources in Stoke suggest the Potters are looking to recoup as much of the £8 million they paid Sunderland for Jones in 2010 as possible.

    Swansea's current highest fee is the £5.55m they paid Valencia for Pablo Hernandez in August, and they are thought to have identified 28-year-old Jones as a prime transfer window target.

  108. 0906:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTENNIS

    You can hear the full interview with Ross Hutchins on tonight's 5 live at 19:30 GMT

    The show will also look ahead to the Australian Open and features live appearances from Nick Bollettieri, Pat Cash and Richard Krajicek.

  109. 0905: 

    Britain's Ross Hutchins says his hope of playing Tour tennis in 2013 will drive him through treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer.

    The 27-year-old doubles specialist was diagnosed on 27 December and tweeted his condition on Sunday.

    "I want to play again this year, I want to be on court, in tournaments and winning matches," he tells BBC Sport.


    We are asking if Michu is the signing of the season and where he ranks in terms of all-time Premier League signings.

    Owen Morgan on Twitter: "Laudrup himself is signing of the season, he got hold of the Guzmans and Michus."

    Harry Chalvet on Twitter: "I have to say Frank Lampard is the next gem. I know that he's old but he can score, create and lead, and he'll cost nothing."

    Vladmir Pazdinov on Twitter: "Greatest value for money signing of all time has to be Schmeichel. Next question."

    Send us your views via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    Who will be the next gem to arrive in the Premier League? Will Swansea keep hold of Michu?

  111. 0855: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports that Blackpool have rejected Blackburn's approach for their manager Michael Appleton.

  112. 0854: 

    Bristol City are closing in on a deal for Kilmarnock midfielder Liam Kelly, report the Bristol Evening Post.

    The have submitted an improved second offer for the 22-year-old Scotland international.

    Robins manager Derek McInnes is keen on Kelly, who has scored six goals in his last Scottish Premier League appearances, and is believed to have upped his offer to around £200,000 plus add-ons.

  113. 0847: 

    Sheffield Wednesday are keen on another loan move for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, reports the Sheffield Star.

    The 19-year-old was on loan with the Owls from September to November.

    He scored four goals in 13 appearances for the club.

  114. 0842: 

    Leeds United expect to complete the signing of Michael Tonge in time for Saturday's game at Barnsley after agreeing a fee with Stoke City, report the Yorkshire Evening Post.

    Tonge is set to finalise a two-and-a-half year contract in the next 24 hours.

    The 29-year-old midfielder was on loan at Elland Road until his deal ran out at the end of December.


    Lee Clark on Twitter: "People say RVP is signing of the season, but Michu has scored more, in a worse team, from a deeper position, for 22m less."

    Dean Paton on Twitter: "Plenty of talk about Michu as bargain for £2m but this is what Moyes paid for Arteta & Cahill. Plus Coleman only £60,000!"

    Jas Singh on Twitter: "Surely the best signing of the season is yet to occur... A certain F.Lampard heading to Man Utd."

  116. 0835: 

    One of the big transfer stories in the papers today is that Manchester United lead the chase for the signature of Crystal Palace midfielder Wilfried Zaha.

    It is on the back page of both the Daily Mirror and the Times.

    They say that Sir Alex Ferguson has prepared a £12m package for the 20-year-old.

  117. 0831: 

    17-year-old Luke Shaw looks set to sign a new deal at Southampton, according to the club's official website.

    Various reports had linked him with a move to Arsenal.

    But he says: "I have spoken with the Chairman about a long term plan for me at the Club. To put an end to all the speculation, I will be committing my future to Southampton. I'm not going anywhere."

  118. 0827: 

    West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke says that Swedish defender Jonas Olsson is not for sale, report the Birmingham Mail.

    Reports in today's papers claim QPR have made a £5m bid for the 29-year old, claims Albion have so far played down.

    However, the Birmingham Mail say there has been an inquiry for him.


    We are asking if you think Michu is the signing of the season, after he scored his 16th goal in all competitions in Swansea's 2-0 win at Chelsea.

    Shoaib Salam on Twitter: "Forget Michu as signing of the season, possibly the signing of the millennium."

    Stevie B on Twitter: "If Michu isn't signing of the season, I don't know who is. The only other real contender is RVP, who's consistently class."

    Nathan Garnett on Twitter: "Definitely the signing of the season and a bargain at £2millon, he'll end up being sold at silly £££."

    Keep your opinions coming using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  120. 0821: 

    Former Swansea manager Terry Yorath says that Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez is clinging on to his job at Stamford Bridge after their League Cup semi-final defeat to Swansea last night.

    He tells BBC 5 live: "If you take the manager's job at Chelsea, you take your passport with you and say "well I'll be gone in about three weeks anyway," it doesn't make any difference what the results are."

    "What do you hope for? Guardiola has put his name back in there, so as far as Benitez is concerned it's how long he's going to be there."

  121. 0819: 

    Michu's performances for Swansea have raised inevitable questions about his future but manager Michael Laudrup says he is staying where he is - for now.

    He said: "Michu likes it here. He's happy where he is, so I'm really not afraid because I'm so sure he will stay with us for the next five or six months. I don't know in the summer."

    "We all know the economic situation in the world, so there really aren't that many clubs who can buy him. There are some here, in Spain there are only two teams (Barcelona and Real Madrid)... Italy, I don't think so. They're trying to sell... Bayern Munich in Germany... so only a few, few clubs."


    So Michu scored again last night as Swansea won 2-0 at Chelsea to take a precious lead into the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-finals.

    It was his 16th goal in all competitions for Swansea this season, since he joined for just £2m from Rayo Vallecano in the summer.

    Is he the signing of the season? Where does he rank in a list of great all-time Premier League signings? Can you think of a player who has provided better value for money?

    And who is the next hidden gem out there? Who should your club bring into the Premier League this transfer window?

    Twitter is the place for your views. Join the debate using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  123. 0814: 

    To kick-start our transfer updates for today let's take a look at some of the rumours in today's papers. Here are a few snippets from the BBC football gossip column.

    Manchester United are leading the chase for Crystal Palace's England winger Wilfried Zaha, 20, and hope to tie up a £12m deal. (The Times)

    QPR have made a £5m bid for West Brom's 29-year-old Swedish defender Jonas Olsson. (Daily Mirror)

    Manchester United are lining up a double bid for Chelsea stars Frank Lampard, 34, and Ashley Cole, 32, who are surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. (Metro)

  124. 0808: 

    Johanna Konta battled her way into round two of qualifying at the Australian Open but fellow Briton Anne Keothavong went out in straight sets.

    Konta, the British number four, beat Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova 6-3 6-7 (8-10) 6-4 in a gruelling two hours and 41 minutes.

    Keothavong served for both sets but lost 7-5 7-5 to American Grace Min.

  125. 0806: 

    Blackburn Rovers have approached Blackpool for permission to speak to Tangerines boss Michael Appleton about the managerial vacancy at Ewood Park.

    Appleton, 37, only joined Blackpool from Portsmouth in November as a replacement for Ian Holloway.

    Rovers managing director Derek Shaw said: "He is the only candidate we have approached."

  126. 0806: 

    Let's start by having a look at the main stories from overnight and this morning.

    Goals from Michu and Danny Graham gave Swansea a two-goal advantage in their Capital One Cup semi-final against Chelsea. They won at Stamford Bridge for the first time in 87 years. The second leg is on 23 January.


    Good morning and welcome along to Sportsday Live from the BBC Sports Centre. We will bring you all the latest transfer news as well as any breaking sports stories throughout the day.

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