Sportsday - 21 January 2013 as it happened

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21 January 2013 Last updated at 19:10 GMT

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  1. 0700: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday from the BBC Sport Centre in Salford Quays. We'll have updates on Andy Murray's bid to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals later, he's due on court against Frenchman Gilles Simon around 0700 GMT, but we begin with a look at some of the top stories on the BBC website.

  2. 0705: 

    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is furious with assistant referee Simon Beck following Tottenham's late equaliser in the Premier League game at a snowy White Hart Lane yesterday.

    Ferguson insists that Wayne Rooney was fouled by Steven Caulker in the penalty area and says of Beck: "There was no way the linesman was going to give that - he gave them everything. He had a really poor game. We have not had a good record with him."

  3. 0706: 

    England's Mark Selby wins the Masters title for the third time with a 10-6 victory over former world champion Neil Robertson of Australia at Alexandra Palace.

  4. 0708: 

    Andy Murray begins his match against Gilles Simon in the last 16 of the Australian Open and you can follow live text commentary on the BBC website.

  5. 0710: 

    Now for some items from today's Gossip Column on the BBC Sport website and Arsenal are weighing up a last-minute move for 23-year-old Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, even though Newcastle have already agreed a fee with Montpellier for the France international. (Daily Mirror)

    Mario Balotelli's Manchester City future could be decided this week, with talks expected between the champions and AC Milan on Monday. The clubs are yet to agree a fee for the 22-year-old striker. (The Guardian)

    QPR are looking into a move for Chelsea's 32-year-old French midfielder Florent Malouda. (Daily Mail)

  6. 0715: 

    Our live text commentary of the Australian Open will continue on the BBC website throughout and overnight there has been defeat for Rory McIlroy's girlfriend, also known as 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki, wins for Victoria Azarenka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plus Frenchman Jeremy Chardy is through to his first Grand Slam quarter-final and awaits the winner of Murray against Simon.

  7. 0717: 

    Andy Murray and Gilles Simon trade breaks of service in a scrappy start to their Australian Open last 16 encounter and it is one game each in Melbourne. You can follow the match with our live text commentary on the BBC website.

  8. 0721: 

    The Daily Express reports that Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who has not been offered a new contract at Stamford Bridge, is still assessing offers from European clubs and is not yet certain to join American side LA Galaxy.

  9. 0725: 

    On the BBC website this morning you can watch Jonathan Pearce's interview with Sir Alex Ferguson following Manchester United's draw at Tottenham yesterday.

  10. 0726: 

    Andy Murray now leads 3-1 against Gilles Simon in the Australian Open and you can follow live text commentary on the BBC website.

  11. 0727: 

    Today's meeting at Kempton has been abandoned but they go ahead as scheduled on the all-weather at Wolverhampton.

  12. 0731: 

    Manchester United have flown to Qatar for a four-day training camp and midfielder Michael Carrick tells the club's website: "I think it will be an important break for us. It's a busy season and there are busy times ahead."

  13. 0734: 

    With all the snow around the British Isles we have compiled a video of some sporting snow shots from yesteryear, including some footage of John Motson is various wintry scenes.

  14. 0737: 

    The Northampton Chronicle reports that Northampton's leading scorer Adebayo Akinfenwa has not ruled out a move. "This is my second home away from my home in London, but as I said, some things do happen because they are meant to. That's how it is," he says.

  15. 0744: 

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who collected the Football Writers' Tribute Award at a ceremony in London last night, is labelled the "greatest player ever" to play for the club, by teammate Jamie Carragher.

    "There are guys like Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Ian Rush, all world-class players, but the difference was they were in a world-class team - and Stevie has not played in a world-class team," Carragher says. "Stevie's one strength is he has no weakness, he can run, tackle, pass and score goals."

  16. 0746: 

    Andy Murray wins the first set 6-3 against Gilles Simon in the last 16 of the Australian Open. Live text commentary continues on the BBC website.

  17. 0750: 

    The Daily Record reports that Norwich are preparing an increased offer of £7m for Celtic's 24-year-old English striker Gary Hooper.

  18. 0756: 

    We're asking for your transfer do's and don'ts this morning, please send them in using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Chelsea in America on Twitter: "We need only one more signing, assuming the Cole contract is done, and that is Frank Lampard. Nothing more."

  19. 0800: 

    New Blackburn boss Michael Appleton hopes to bolster his squad this month and tells the Lancashire Telegraph: "I think it will give everyone a lift, players, staff and supporters if there are two or three new faces in there."

  20. 0804:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Chapman from 1900 GMT comes from St Mary's where Southampton play their first game under new manager Mauricio Pochettino against Everton.

    The Premier League match kicks off at 2000 GMT and Simon Brotherton and Ali Bruce-Ball will be your commentators, with much-travelled former striker Steve Claridge providing the summaries.

  21. 0809:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraTENNIS

    Britain's Andy Murray looks to be in command against Gilles Simon, a set and 4-1 up in the last 16 encounter which you can listen to now on 5 live sports extra, with live text on the BBC website.

  22. 0813: 

    Former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen writes in his Daily Telegraph column that Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea "has a frailty and a weakness when the ball is in the air" and adds: "if he makes one more mistake that costs them like that, Sir Alex has got no alternative but to take him out and bring back Anders Lindegaard."

  23. 0818: 

    Which realistic targets would you like to see your club bid for? And who do you think will be the big signings in the remaining 10 days of the transfer window? Send in your thoughts please, using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Thabo Ramohala on Twitter: "Arsenal should sign Edinson Cavani."

  24. 0823: 

    Nigel Adkins is linked with the vacant managerial position at Blackpool following his dismissal by Southampton.

    Blackpool slipped to their third successive defeat under caretaker boss Steve Thompson against Cardiff on Saturday and Thompson tells the Liverpool Echo: "There's always going to be speculation but I think it needs sorting, especially for the lads because they need stability around the club."

  25. 0826: 

    The Sheffield Star says Rotherham are considering the possibility of signing Huddersfield defender Liam Ridehalgh on a permanent basis in the summer, having extended his loan until the end of the season.

  26. 0832: 

    Also on the BBC website this morning you can watch Arsene Wenger's interview following Arsenal's 2-1 defeat at Chelsea and the reaction of Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand after his team conceded that late equaliser at Tottenham.

  27. 0834: 

    Plain sailing it would seem for Andy Murray, two sets ahead and 3-2 up in the third against Gilles Simon in the last 16 at the Australian Open. A reminder it's 5 live sports extra for the live uninterrupted commentary and the BBC Sport website for the live text.

  28. 0838: 

    Robert J Campbell on Twitter: "Spurs need a world-class striker. Is Balotelli too much of a risk?"

    Balotelli divides opinion, and frequently makes the news, please send us your thoughts on the mercurial Italian, using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  29. 0844: 

    All over in Melbourne as British number one Andy Murray secures a quarter-final with Jeremy Chardy with a 6-3 6-1 6-3 victory over Gilles Simon. Read all about it on the BBC Sport live text and listen to reaction on 5 live sports extra.

  30. 0848: 

    John Bennett, BBC Sport, in Rustenburg for Ivory Coast v Togo: "Togo players at their team hotel tell me Emmanuel Adebayor has settled in well since finally deciding to take part in the Africa Cup of Nations. Striker Komlan Amewou says 'we are so happy to have him back. When I heard he wasn't going to come I phoned him and said he had to play, he's my best friend.'"

  31. 0858: 

    Dundee hope to revive their bid to bring Gary Harkins back to the club from Kilmarnock, the Dundee Courier reports. The move has apparently stalled despite both teams agreeing a deal for the midfielder.

  32. 0903: 

    Ireland will play two home one-day internationals against Pakistan, on 23 and 26 May, with venues still to be decided.

    Pakistan will be based in the country for a week in preparation for the Champions Trophy in England and Wales, which starts on 6 June.

  33. 0906: 

    Some stories from around the world now, courtesy of our friends at BBC Monitoring.

    Former Manchester United player Paul Pogba is the toast of the Italian sporting press at the moment thanks to a strong performance for Juventus in a 4-0 victory over Udinese.

    The Frenchman bagged two excellent goals, the first taken from 35 yards. Despite a stuttering start to 2013, the Turin side still top Serie A with a five point cushion over Lazio.

  34. 0909: 

    German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung sounded encouraged by Arsenal's performance against Chelsea on Sunday, with an eye on the north London side's forthcoming clash with Bayern Munich on 19 February.

    The paper noted that the Gunners looked "weak" without Germany's Lukas Podolski.

  35. 0913: 

    And finally for now in our collection of stories from around the world sourced by BBC Monitoring, former England coach Sven Goran Eriksson has been appointed as Technical Adviser of UAE club Al-Nasr, Sport24 reports.

    The 63-year-old had seemed destined for Germany to coach second division club 1860 Munich, but negotiations broke down.

  36. 0916: 

    As always, Mr Balotelli dividing opinion. Send us your views on what would be the right move for the striker, using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Greig Kelbie on Twitter: "I love Balotelli. He just needs to wise up and get a run of games under his belt to boost the old confidence, and not the ego."

    Craig Shipley on Twitter: "Why would anyone want that moron? He is also nowhere near world-class."

  37. 0921: 

    Wednesday's meeting at Catterick is the latest to fall victim to the weather, but a reminder that racing on the all-weather at Wolverhampton does go ahead today.

  38. 0926: 

    Not surprisingly tonight's Southern League Premier match between Hitchin and Barwell is postponed because of the snow.

  39. 0930: 

    The Liverpool Echo reports that Inter Milan's 20-year-old Brazilian international midfielder Philippe Coutinho is likely to join Liverpool before the end of the transfer window.

    An initial £5m offer was rejected by the Italians but the paper says Liverpool plan to make an increased bid.

  40. 0934: 

    More thoughts on Signor Balotelli and what might happen to him during the transfer window. Keep them coming in please, along with other potential big name moves, using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Jack Kirby on Twitter: "If Balotelli has to leave City, please let him stay in the EPL. Preferably Spurs. Sincerely, an Arsenal fan."

    Mike Thunder on Twitter: "Spurs do need a world class striker, but we don't want Balotelli after the head stamp on Parker last season."

  41. 0936: 

    German driver Timo Glock, 30, has left the Marussia team by mutual consent, having been with them since their inception in 2009.

  42. 0938: 

    Third seed Serena Williams powers into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with a 6-2 6-0 victory over 14th seed Maria Kirilenko of Russia in 57 minutes.

    The five-time champion will next play fellow American Sloane Stephens for a place in the semi-finals. Our live text commentary continues on the BBC website.

  43. 0945: 

    ESPN reports that Russian side Rubin Kazan are likely to beat QPR in the race to sign Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila, 22.

  44. 0948: 

    More thoughts on Mario Balotelli and what might be next for the enigmatic Italian forward. Keep them coming in please, along with other big name signings you think might happen in the transfer window this month. Please use the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Spursthegreat on Twitter: "We need a quality striker to play with Jermain Defoe but not Balotelli. He is like Adebayor. They both play when they want. We need Damiao." on Twitter: "Balotelli is fantastic entertainment and probably world class under the ego. Thank goodness he doesn't play for my team though."

  45. 0951: 

    More Liverpool news and the Echo adds that the expected move for Philippe Coutinho will not deter the club from a bid for Blackpool midfielder Tom Ince, if they can agree a fee with the Championship side.

  46. 0955: 

    Will Downham on Twitter: "Liverpool should resign Xabi Alonso. Rodgers was saying he wanted experience, so who better than a club legend?"

    Will Jarvis on Twitter: "As an Everton fan I would be just as happy not selling any of our players."

  47. 1000: 

    West London Sport says QPR forward Hogan Ephraim could be set for a move to the New York Red Bulls, who are about to be managed by former R's bossPaulo Sousa.

  48. 1000:  
    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    A reminder that you can find out how Southampton begin life under new manager Mauricio Pochettino as they face Everton in the Premier League at 2000 GMT.

    Tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Chapman from 1900 GMT comes from St Mary's, where we have commentary from Simon Brotherton and Ali Bruce-Ball, with summaries from much-travelled former striker Steve Claridge.

  49. 1006: 

    Crewe are set for talks with Arsenal with a view to extending on-loan Chuks Aneke's loan spell at Gresty Road. The midfielder, 19, has scored six goals in his three months with the League One club.

  50. 1011: 

    Celtic could target Burnley striker Charlie Austin as they consider potential replacements for Norwich target Gary Hooper, the Lancashire Telegraph are reporting.

    The Canaries have failed with an opening offer of £5m for Hooper, 24, but Celtic are looking at Austin, 23, who has scored 23 goals in all competitions this season.


    Scott O'Brien on Twitter: "I'm a United fan we need to get rid of De Gea and sign a quality replacement for when the greats eventually retire."

    Karl Fernandes on Twitter: "To be honest Balotelli at Arsenal wouldn't be a bad idea seeing as Arsene wants aggression and technical ability combined."

    Tim Abrams on Twitter: "So Rodgers releases Sahin and is now going to spend £8m on a similar player? It's his money I guess..."

    What do you think? Let us know your thoughts on who might go where before the end of the month at #bbcsportsday.

  52. 1019: 

    Gillingham manager Martin Allen is determined to keep hold of striker Danny Kedwell, who has scored 12 goals this season.

    Allen told Kent Online: "Loads of clubs have rung up about him but he is not going anywhere. He is a good player and part of our squad."

  53. 1022: 

    Jamie Donaldson is at a career-high 29th in the world after winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    The Welshman, also last year's Irish Open champion after going more than a decade without a European Tour title, moves up 18 places.

    You can read BBC Golf correspondent Ian Carter's blog on Donaldson and the European Tour on our golf page.

  54. 1025: 

    The Grimsby Evening Telegraph is reporting that on-loan Grimsby winger Marcus Marshall, 23, is being recalled by parent club Bury in order to join Luton on a permanent deal.

  55. 1027: 

    Caterham have confirmed they will launch their 2013 Formula One car on 5 February at the Jerez circuit in Spain.

    The CT03 will be unveiled on the opening morning of the first pre-season test, before taking to the track to start preparations for the opening round of the season in Australia.

  56. 1031: 

    Remember you can stay across all of the action from the Australian Open tennis with our live text commentary. Roger Federer has just won the first set against Milos Raonic and Andy Murray beat Gilles Simon in three sets to reach the last eight.


    Brad on Twitter: "For me we need to see if Tevez will sign a new deal. If not get him off and sign a forward with a killer instinct."

    Masonary on Twitter: "Not much known about Philippe Coutinho, please don't be another Sinama-Pongolle or Bruno Cheyrou. Nightmares."

    Kieran Morrison on Twitter: "Maybe if Balotelli came to Celtic it would fix his ego. A few big games for us and he could get to the level he should be at."

    Get involved in the debate about the transfer window latest at #bbcsportsday.

  58. 1037: 

    Striker Jason Scotland, 33, has been released by Ipswich, according to the Eastern Daily Press. The former Trinidad striker has been linked with Wolves and Doncaster.

  59. 1040: 

    Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann is available after illness for the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Bradford at Villa Park tomorrow.

    But defender Nathan Baker (hamstring) has been ruled out, midfielder Ashley Westwood is cup-tied, while Villa manager Paul Lambert will make late fitness checks on goalkeeper Shay Given (hamstring) and midfielder Fabian Delph (ankle).

  60. 1042: 

    Norwich are closing on a move for Nottingham Forest's Northern Ireland international goalkeeper Lee Camp, 28, according to Sky Sports. Camp could undergo a medical today.


    Miro Ralston on Twitter: "Why are NUFC not in for Gary Hooper? £7m is a decent buy. He'll get goals. Jelavic has shown the gap can be bridged."

    Tony Kibble on Twitter: "Very depressing being an Everton fan reading all these teams trying to spend money to improve. #Notasinglepenny."

    Alex Tait on Twitter: "I'd love to see Norwich sign someone like Graham. As much as love Holt we need goals. Why not give Kane a run?"

    Let us know your view on the latest action in the transfer window at #bbcsportsday.

  62. 1049: 

    Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder, 28, could complete his move to Galatasaray today after the Turkish club announced he was due in Istanbul this afternoon for a medical.

    The Inter Milan midfielder was due to arrive at Ataturk Airport at 1530 (1330 GMT), the club announced in a short statement on the official website.

  63. 1053: 

    Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale would consider a permanent move to Hull at the end of the season.

    On-loan Stockdale, 27, told the Hull Daily Mail: "There's nothing set in stone. If there's an opportunity then you have to look at it. I'm not going to rule anything out."

  64. 1057: 

    Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, 26, damaged his left hamstring in Sunday's 2-0 La Liga win at home to Levante but a scan has revealed the injury was less serious than thought.

    "No sign of a tear was detected in the tests," a club statement said.

  65. 1101: 

    Stuttgart are considering a move for Manchester United striker Federico Macheda, 21, according to their director of sport Fredi Bobic.

    "We have been watching him for a while now," Bobic told the Stuttgart Nachrichten newspaper. "He is one of the players we have on our shortlist."


    Tom Wilson on Twitter: "Leeds get taken over and we have been quiet! We want news! #NeedASquad."

    Neil Cromie on Twitter: "Manchester United should keep faith in De Gea. Madrid and Barca rumoured to want him for a reason. Future star!"

    Matt Flecknoe on Twitter: "Give the lad a chance. De Gea is only 22 and his shot stopping ability is up there as the best in the world."

  67. 1108: 

    Algeria captain Mehdi Lacen speaking to BBC Africa's Hans Masro in Rustenburg ahead of tomorrow's Africa Cup of Nations match against neighbours Tunisia: "It's a very important game for us.

    "We're well prepared. We're aiming at winning this game that is crucial for the continuation. We're ready for physical and psychological duels. There are only three games at the group level, so we're ready to make any effort possible."

    You can follow coverage of Zambia v Ethiopia and Nigeria v Burkino Faso on our live text commentary later.

  68. 1112: 

    Brighton could return with another offer for Groningen defender Virgil van Dijk after failing with a bid on Friday, according to the Argus.

    Van Dijk has also been linked with Everton, Newcastle and Sunderland and manager Gus Poyet said: "I don't know. We will think about it. There are too many rumours, too many things, we'll see."

  69. 1113: 

    Plymouth Argyle Fans' Trust has decided not to take up the chance of buying a 20% stake in the club.

    In January 2012 owner James Brent made the offer to the group but the Trust says there is little interest from its members in raising up to £400,000 which would be needed.

  70. 1116: 

    The Daily Mirror is reporting Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson met Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha on Sunday night after agreeing a £15m fee with the Championship club.

    The England international winger, 20, has also been linked with Arsenal.

  71. 1121: 

    AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani needs Manchester City to lower their asking price for Mario Balotelli before he makes a formal bid for the striker's services.

    Galliani told the Gazzetta dello Sport: "If Balotelli's price comes down then I'll get over to Manchester immediately."

  72. 1128: 

    Arsenal striker Gervinho has been speaking to BBC Sport's Damian Johnson about the failure of Ivory Coast's "golden generation" to win the Africa Cup of Nations: "It's a question that's asked all the time.

    "We need to find a solution to that. It's a big problem for us. We are a strong team. We have the best players in Africa and there's no stress in this group. We have confidence and have prepared well."

  73. 1130: 

    Mark McGhee admits he will have to prove himself to his doubters in his new post as Scotland assistant manager.

    He said: "I see those two episodes (at Aberdeen and Bristol Rovers) as failures. Therefore as far as I am concerned I would imagine that people would be questioning my ability, my motivation to still be doing the job, all those things."

  74. 1133: 

    From BBC Sport's David Ornstein: "Rennes have received bids of around 14m euros for Yann M'Vila from Zenit St Petersburg and Rubin Kazan, both of whom are offering him a salary of 4.5m euros a year.

    "M'Vila would prefer to move to England but the offers from QPR and other potential suitors, including Fulham, are short of what they can get from Russia."

  75. 1134: 

    Walsall winger James Baxendale has agreed a new 18-month contract at the Banks's Stadium.

    The 20-year-old has made 23 appearances for the Saddlers this season since joining in the summer following his release from Doncaster Rovers

  76. 1140: 

    Former Leyton Orient goalkeeper Ryan Allsop, 20, has joined Bournemouth, according to the East London and West Essex Guardian Series ..

  77. 1142: 

    BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright on Twitter: "Bury will hold a pitch inspection at 0930 GMT tomorrow, ahead of Tuesday's game with Sheffield United."

  78. 1145: 

    Bordeaux have rejected a bid from Newcastle for striker Yoan Gouffran, according to reports in France.

    The Magpies, who are still searching for a replacement for Demba Ba, are believed to have offered 750,000 euros to the Ligue 1 side for the 26-year-old.

    However, Sud Ouest and L'Equipe both report Bordeaux have turned down the offer as they have put a price tag of one million euros on the former France Under-21 international.

  79. 1147: 

    World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn believes the success of the Masters shows the game can survive without Ronnie O'Sullivan - but he still hopes to welcome the world champion back at the Crucible later this year.

    Hearn said: "He still has a choice of entering the World Championships. The closing date is the end of February; he's got to make a decision before then.

    "If he decides to he's welcome with open arms, because he adds so much. And if he doesn't, I just want to remind him that he wasn't in the Masters, we sold more tickets and we got bigger TV ratings."


    Mike Player on Twitter: "Coutinho would be a good signing for LFC especially at £8M. You don't play for Inter and Brazil at the age of 20 for nothing!"

    Rob McGeever on Twitter: "I would like Newcastle to broaden their search away from France, plenty of other players in higher quality leagues out there."

    James Hulbert on Twitter: "Cannot understand why Fergie would get rid of De Gea. He is a top-quality keeper for his age. I hope we don't get Valdes."

    Get involved in the chat about the latest in the transfer market at #bbcsportsday. What do you think about the reports saying that Manchester United are closing on Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha?

  81. 1151: 

    BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at the Australian Open on Twitter: "Federer wallops Raonic 6-4 7-6 6-2 and looks to be benefiting from his tough draw by playing 'big' matches early on. The man in form."

    You can also follow the action on our live text commentary.

  82. 1156: 

    New Wolves manager Dean Saunders is in no rush to add new faces at Molineux.

    He told the Express and Star: "We need just a bit of tinkering around, I don't think major surgery is needed. The longer we can leave it, the better, because as time goes on I'm getting a clearer idea about what we need.

    "I'm not David Copperfield - I'm not going to change it straight away so we are like Real Madrid."


    Kudzi on Twitter: "If Fergie has met Zaha then the deal is pretty much done. Hopefully Zaha goes back on loan to Palace for rest of the season."

    Will Dinsdale on Twitter: "Tom Ince is a much better player than Zaha and half the price at £6m! Bad call from Fergie?"

    Rich Fay on Twitter: "They might be top of the league but United's wingers haven't impressed this year. Nani out, Fischer or Mertens in for me."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  84. 1204: 

    West Brom manager Steve Clarke has reiterated that Peter Odemwingie will not be joining QPR.

    Clarke told the Birmingham Mail: "I've spoken to Peter, I had a good chat with him and all he wanted to talk about was this (Aston Villa) game.

    "There was interest from QPR - Harry (Redknapp) told everybody! It doesn't unsettle good professionals though. They understand that when it gets to January, it's silly season."

  85. 1208: 

    Carlisle manager Greg Abbott will only move into the transfer market if his squad picks up injuries following the signing of Sean O'Hanlon.

    He told the News and Star: "Nothing is imminent and if we've got everybody fit, we're not bad. The situation regarding ins and outs would probably change if someone was desperate to take one of our players who hasn't been playing regular football."

  86. 1210: 

    Great Britain wheelchair fencer Adrian Derbyshire fears his career could be over after having equipment worth up to £30,000 stolen over the weekend.

    Derbyshire, 38, said: "It's completely devastating and soul-destroying. I had equipment probably worth upwards of £25,000 taken.

    "They've stolen my entire livelihood, they've wiped my kit out completely. It's just disgusting. This could be the end of my career. I can't compete or train anymore."


    Muhammad Kola on Twitter: "I've seen Coutinho once before. He tore Spurs apart before Bale stole the show."

    Ollie Ratcliffe on Twitter: "£15m is a lot but Zaha is a fantastic player. They need to keep De Gea too. Such a talent!"

    Ben Rothwell on Twitter: "Zaha didn't meet Fergie yesterday as they flew straight to Qatar. CPFC are not selling #papertalk."

  88. 1214: 

    The freezing weather has claimed its first victim from Tuesday night's football fixture list, with the Blue Square Bet Premier game between Mansfield and Nuneaton postponed.

  89. 1215: 

    BBC Sports news correspondent Dan Roan on Twitter: "Reliably informed Gillingham are chasing Northampton's 15-goal Adebayo Akinfenwa. It would be a big blow for Northampton who bought him from the Gills."


    Richard Woolley on Twitter: "As a Villa fan I'd say were as good as down unless Mr Lerner gets his wallet out."

    Gene Yew on Twitter: "Hmm Zaha? Don't really rate him yet, well not at least for £15m. He isn't exactly ripping the Championship apart."

    Alex Barsby on Twitter: "Coutinho and Ince rumours getting stronger. If both deals go through and impact Sturridge has made it will be a successful window for LFC."

    What do you think? Get in touch at #bbcsportsday.

  91. 1221: 

    Elche president Jose Sepulchre claims the Spanish club are close to signing Manchester United's Federico Macheda, who is also wanted by Stuttgart.

    He told news agency Efe: "The agreement between the three parties is complete, but we still cannot say that the player will come because nothing has been signed yet."

  92. 1225: 

    Leyton Orient have re-signed defender Elliot Omozusi, 24, who was recently released from prison, on a contract until the end of the season.

    He told the club's website: "I'm grateful to Leyton Orient for this opportunity given to me. I want to make the most of this second chance and I'm looking forward to helping the team over the rest of the season."


    Paul Apentang on Twitter: "Zaha to United is great news for England. He'll get games and Fergie brings the best out of British talent."

    Andrew B on Twitter: "I don't understand why Manchester United think they need another attacking mid, and not a centre mid. Madrid will walk through them."

    Alex Wyman on Twitter: "What happened to Victor Wanyama, why haven't United out a bid in for him?!"

    Let us know your view at #bbcsportsday.

  94. 1233: 

    Barcelona say coach Tito Vilanova will miss a key domestic cup clash with Malaga on Thursday as he undergoes treatment for cancer of the salivary gland.

    "The coach, who is following his recuperation treatment, will not be present for the match against Malaga," a club spokesman said.


    Gareth Soye on Twitter: "Liverpool fans getting all excited over January transfers again. How quickly they've forgotten how Andy Carroll worked out."

    Ryan A on Twitter: "Henderson = £20m. Downing = £20m. Carroll = £35m. Zaha = £10m. I know who I'd rather have."

    Edward Baigent on Twitter: "I don't get this buzz surrounding Zaha. Ince and Will Buckley are as good, if not better and half the price. Check the stats."

  96. 1239: 

    BBC Sports news correspondent Dan Roan on Twitter: "I hear that West Ham are considering move for Ghana defender Samuel Inkoom, currently at Ukrainian Premier League side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk."

  97. 1244: 

    BBC Radio Sheffield reports that Barnsley are giving a trial to former Hereford and Reading striker Mathieu Manset.

    The 23-year-old currently plays for Swiss top-flight side FC Sion after finishing last season on loan at Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.

  98. 1248: 

    Blackburn's managing director Derek Shaw has refused to be drawn on claims of a power struggle between himself and global advisor Shebby Singh.

    When asked about the pair's working relationship, Shaw told BBC Radio Lancashire: "I'd rather not go into that in any detail. I think there's been too much said over the situation."

  99. 1251: 

    Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio rewarded volunteers who helped Saturday's match against Shrewsbury go ahead by buying them all pizza.

    He told BBC Wiltshire: "It wasn't easy to handle the situation - it was an emergency. When we decided to order the pizza there were about 60 people but then it became over 200. It wasn't enough because in one minute they had finished the pizza."


    Stephen on Twitter: "Coutinho fits in with FSG's youth policy, and will have significantly lower wages than Sneijder, could be a savvy signing!"

    James Burns on Twitter: "People comparing Zaha with Buckley/Ince need to watch more Championship games. Zaha a phenomenon. The others aren't."

    Richard Ayo Oyome on Twitter: "We don't Need Zaha. We know our problem. It's not wingers. It's a defensive midfielder we need."

  101. 1256: 

    Tom Pope, who has already scored 26 goals this season, says he wants to stay at Port Vale past this summer when his current contract ends.

    "I've had people asking me about rumours from [other] clubs but I just try and distance myself from anything," Pope told BBC Radio Stoke.


    Nick Watson on Twitter: "Liverpool fans remember the Carroll deal, Gareth Soye. They also remember January deals like Suarez & Skrtel."

    Elliot Hackney on Twitter: "Stoke fans don't need to get excited until last 3 days of the window. It's not a secret Pulis waits for cheap last-minute deals."

    Michael Thompson on Twitter: "I'd like to see Newcastle move in another direction when looking for a new striker, other than France. Fernando Llorente?"

  103. 1300: 

    Staff at Portsmouth have been told they face a further pay cut as the club looks to stave off liquidation.

    The club are £61m in debt and have been in administration since 17 February.

    "As part of our ongoing efforts to restructure the club's costs, we have asked staff to take a further pay cut," said administrator Trevor Birch.


    The top transfer stories today revolve around Mario Balotelli, Wilfried Zaha and Florent Malouda - what is your opinion on the trio's potential moves?

    The Daily Mirror report Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson met Crystal Palace's Zaha on Sunday night after agreeing a £15m fee with the Championship club, while Malouda is a transfer target for QPR according to the Daily Mail.

    The Guardian also claim Balotelli could leave for Milan this week, though AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani needs Manchester City to lower their asking price.

    What are your thoughts on these three, and any other potential deals for your clubs? Tweet #bbcsportsday with your views.

  105. 1313: 

    Oldham Athletic announce they have sold out ahead of Sunday's FA Cup tie with Liverpool.

    Liverpool have not played at Boundary Park since January 1994, although they did beat Oldham in the third round of last year's FA Cup.

  106. 1316: 

    Swansea are ready to offer full-back Dwight Tiendalli a new contract at the Liberty Stadium, reports talkSPORT.

    The 27-year-old's current deal expires in the summer after joining Swansea in September following his release from Dutch club FC Twente.

  107. 1321: 

    German magazine Kicker claims Schalke are set to sign Lyon's Brazilian winger Michel Bastos, according to ESPN - although the two clubs are yet to agree a few.

    Bastos' arrival may be funded by the sale of Lewis Holtby to Tottenham, who may move to White Hart Lane this month despite having agreed to join them in the summer.

  108. 1327: 

    Alex Thomson, Britain's leading representative in the Vendee Globe round the world race, gives his update onboard his boat.

    "The next 24 hours will be a little slower for me as the wind is further forwards and I am virtually sailing upwind now," says Thomson, who is currently fourth in the classifications. "Another day of this and then the wind will start to free me and I can start to go faster."

    You can read his accounts of the race on the BBC Sport sailing page.


    Chris Ralph on Twitter: "Zaha reminds me of Cristiano Ronaldo when he arrive at United in 2003. Fergie couldn't possibly do it again, can he?"

    Fulham Source on Twitter: "I'd like to see Tom Huddlestone come to the Cottage we'd get the best out of him."

    Charlie-Taylor Kroll on Twitter: "Spurs need a forward...for me it has to be Leandro Damiao. Also wouldn't mind Moutinho's name being mentioned again."

    With 10 days until the transfer window ends, who has done the best business? Who should your club sign? Tweet #bbcsportsday with your views.

  110. 1335: 

    Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez admits he would love to return home to play for his boyhood idols Boca Juniors, but says that would be 'difficult' in the next two or three years.

    Speaking to an Argentine radio station, Tevez said: "I've got one year left on my contract and they want to renew it for two more - they made an investment. If it was up to me, I'd want to go back, but it's difficult. They're not going to extend my contract for nothing. I'm honest, I'll stay two more years and then I'll head back."

    Manchester Evening News reports there has been nothing more than informal chats about Tevez's future and there is no deal yet on the table, but any offer will be seriously considered.

  111. 1337: 

    BBC Radio Lancashire's Andy Bayes on Twitter: "Michael Appleton says he wants 3-4 new players in before January 31. #rovers"

  112. 1339: 

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan reports: "Reading say they will continue to monitor defender Stopilla Sunzu after he spent four days training with the club last week.

    "The 24-year-old is now back with the Zambian national team for their African Cup of Nations campaign and the Royals will make a decision on whether to sign him permanently after the tournament ends."

  113. 1342: 

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan on Twitter: "#saintsfc confirm the appointment of Jesús Pérez, Miguel D'Agostino and Toni Jiménez to the club's First Team management staff."

  114. 1347: 

    New Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee admits he has to prove himself in the role after the "failures" of Aberdeen and Bristol Rovers.

    "I see those two episodes [at Aberdeen and Bristol Rovers] failures as well therefore, as far as I am concerned, I would imagine that people would be questioning my ability, my motivation to still be doing the job, all those things," said McGhee

    "So yes, I think I have questions to answer and I think I can only do that below the surface."

    McGhee left Aberdeen second-bottom of the SPL when leaving in December 2010, and most recently departed Bristol Rovers with the club 23rd in League Two.

  115. 1349: 

    Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson backs British Swimming to make the right appointment when they appoint a new head coach.

    "If there was a moment in the cycle to take time over making a new appointment then this is definitely it. There's plenty of time. The next Olympics is a long way away," Jamieson told PA Sport.

    The governing body was heavily criticised by Rebecca Adlington last month for the delay in naming a successor to Dennis Pursley, who resigned following Britain's poor showing at the London Olympics last summer.

  116. 1351: 

    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon at the Mbombela stadium for today's Africa Cup of Nations Group C matches: "Just met Sudan coach Mohamed 'Mazda' as an official to see the team who knocked his side out of qualifying, Ethiopia, return to the Nations Cup for the first time since 1982. 'That's football'."

    You can follow today's matches through our live text commentary on the BBC Sport website, with the first game, Zambia v Ethiopia, kicking off at 1500 BST.


    Matt Jackson on Twitter: "Derby County keeping Will Hughes will be the best piece of business for the Rams."

    Lee Probert on Twitter: "Based on his performances this season I wouldn't mind getting Pogba back #MUFC."

    Glenn Tosek on Twitter: "Who do I want Arsenal to sign? Cavani, Gotze, Mbiwa, Villa, Diame, Gourcuff. Who do I think Arsenal will sign? Nobody."

    Are you happy with your club's work in the transfer window so far? What do you want to see before it closes? Tweet your thoughts to #bbcsportsday.

  118. 1409: 

    Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is set to make his third signing of the January transfer window as he closes in on a loan deal for former Birmingham City striker Mauro Zarate.

    Lazio boss Vladimir Petkovic has already made the Argentinian available for transfer and O'Neill is eyeing a loan switch with the option to turn the deal permanent for £6.7m at the end of the season, reports talkSPORT.

  119. 1415: 

    BBC Sport's Matt Monaghan is in the hot seat bringing you live text commentary ahead of today's Africa Cup of Nations fixtures. First, holders Zambia will meet Ethiopia, before Nigeria face Burkina Faso at 1800 BST.

    The live text commentary is available on the BBC Sport website.


    Aidan Conry on Twitter: "I'd love to see United sign either Hummels or Subotic and Gundogan or Lars Bender. Can't see it happening though."

    Joe K Brown on Twitter: "Lambert needs to make some signings happen, otherwise Villa are a dead cert to go down. We need a CB and a holding mid. Now."

    Rachael Crowson on Twitter: "Chelsea need to get rid of Torres, he's had 2years & is still awful & I'm a Chelsea fan, bring in Gary Hooper!! He's a beast!"

    Keep your thoughts coming in using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  121. 1424: 

    Theo Walcott admits he found it hard to focus on football amid ongoing speculation over his future at Arsenal.

    "It is difficult to play and block out that side of it but I tried to do the best I could and hopefully everyone was happy with what I did," Walcott told London Evening Standard.

    "I always wanted to stay and I am happy that myself and the club have come to an agreement. There has been so much speculation and I am very pleased my future is sorted. But it is all about the present now."

  122. 1427: 

    Serie A side Genoa sack manager Luigi Del Neri after just three months in charge.

    Genoa are currently in the relegation zone and lost 2-0 at home to Catania at the weekend.

  123. 1430: 

    Lincoln City sign Walsall winger Jake Jones on a month-long youth loan.

    The 19-year-old was offered a professional deal with the Saddlers in April 2011 after scoring 12 times for the youth team.

  124. 1433: 

    Former Southampton boss Lawrie McMenemy has questioned the credentials of the club's new coach Mauricio Pochettino.

    "It's not as if they have brought [Jose] Mourinho or [Pep] Guardiola in," 76-year-old McMenemy told BBC Sport.

    "They have brought in a chap, with due respect he might be a nice man and a very good coach, but who nobody has heard of. It is a terrific risk."

  125. 1440: 

    West Bromwich Albion are anxiously waiting to hear over the seriousness of midfielder Claudio Yacob's latest injury setback.

    Yacob returned to the side for Saturday's 2-2 draw against Aston Villa after a six-week absence with a hamstring injury, but he had to be substituted during the latter stages of the first half with a shoulder problem.

    "Claudio has damaged his shoulder. We are not sure how serious it will be, so it's fingers crossed," says West Brom head coach Steve Clarke. "It's a blow to him after just coming back from injury but we have got 10 days to the next game against Everton (on January 30)."

  126. 1444: 

    Rotherham sign Crawley defender Claude Davis after he had his contract cancelled by mutual consent.

    The 33-year-old has agreed an 18-month deal with the Millers that will see him link up with ex-Reds boss Steve Evans.

    "He played a huge part of what we achieved when I was at Crawley and hopefully he will play a huge part now in Rotherham United's promotion race," Evans told the club website.


    Paul Hoad on Twitter: "Surely Tottenham will be looking for someone in midfield I think they are one or two off being title challengers."

    Craig Reed on Twitter: "I'd like to see Willian play for Chelsea and get rid of Torres."

    Johnnyboy on Twitter: "I would like to see Everton sign...someone, get you money out Bill."

    Who do you want your club to sign? Are you happy with your team's activity so far? What rumour excites you most? Get involved on #bbcsportsday.

  128. 1450: 

    Davide Ballardini returns to Genoa to become the Serie A club's new head coach following Luigi Del Neri's dismissal on Sunday night.

    The 49-year-old managed the Rossoblu between November 2010 and June 2011 and returns to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris after a 2-0 home defeat to Catania put paid to Del Neri's three-month stint in charge.

  129. 1456: 

    Louis Smith is unlikely to return to competitive gymnastics until next year - if at all - according to Olympic bronze medal-winning team-mate Kristian Thomas.

    Thomas told PA Sport: "If he gets back into it after the Strictly Come Dancing tour, 2013 will be written off and he will try and kick-start from 2014, as I'm pretty sure it will take him the rest of 2013 to build up his muscles and get back all of the little things you don't really see in the gym that sometimes you have to work on, like body tension and landings.

    "I'm sure if he does make a comeback it will be 2014 before we see him in a competition again."

  130. 1457: 

    Catalan daily Sport says David Villa has asked to leave Barcelona in this transfer window with much interest from Premier League clubs.

  131. 1500: 

    Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson will look to extend Davide Petrucci's loan from Manchester United until the rest of the season, reports

    Petrucci has started both Posh's Championship fixtures since joining the club on a month-long deal on January 9.

  132. 1503: 

    Liverpool are bracing themselves for a bid for Pepe Reina as Barcelona look for a replacement for Victor Valdes, claims talkSPORT.

    Goalkeeper Valdes told Barcelona he won't extend his contract, which expires in 18 months' time, and they are now targeting Reina.


    Lewis Andrews on Twitter: "Unless Wenger signs a top CB like Lescott or Hummels and the likes of M'Vila or Gotze then he should be sacked in the summer!"

    Rupert Alexander on Twitter: "I would like NUFC to buy 11 extremely talented and gifted players to support the current squad. Simple."

    Les Graham on Twitter: "Darren Bent to Newcastle? Surely can't be true. Ashley needs to get his cheque book out if it is though."

    Get involved in the transfer debate at #bbcsportsday.

  134. 1512: 

    Rio Ferdinand admits Manchester United must take Tottenham's last-minute equaliser "on the chin" after seeing his side on the other end of last-minute goals in recent times.

    "It is disappointing," says Ferdinand. "But as soon as you get off the pitch and into the changing room, you think back to how many times we have done that to other teams over the years, and you have to accept it and take it on the chin."

  135. 1513: 

    Aldershot keeper Jamie Young says the next month will define their campaign.

    The Shots are three points above the League Two relegation zone but have only lost one of their last seven league games.

    The 27-year-old told BBC Surrey: "We are in the wrong place in the table but we have a great mentality and confidence at the moment.

    "Hopefully we can use this period to springboard us into the second part of the season. I believe we definitely can do something."

  136. 1517: 

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is confident his side can turn around their two-goal deficit against Bradford in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday - and says it could turn around their season.

    "We had a lot of chances up at Bradford. If we can create that amount of chances, then we'll be close," says Lambert.

    "If we get through, the confidence will be great. The feeling around the club will be massive.

    "It will be a great thing. It can definitely play a huge part in the season turning."

  137. 1522: 

    Australian midfielder Tom Rogic is granted a work permit following his move to Celtic.

    The 20-year-old joined from Central Coast Mariners, with the fee reported to be about £400,000.

    Rogic had been on trial with Neil Lennon's side and attended their recent training camp in Marbella.

  138. 1526: 

    Ethiopia see a 23rd minute penalty saved against holders Zambia, which they could regret come full time. The score remains 0-0.

    The live text commentary is available on the BBC Sport website.

  139. 1528: 

    Manchester City right-back Pablo Zabaleta expects to overcome a foot injury to feature in next weekend's FA Cup fourth round trip to Stoke.

    The Argentine tells the club website: "I took a kick on the top of my foot which caused me a lot of pain afterwards and that's the reason it was better that I came off.

    "Thankfully, the scan showed there was no serious damage. I should be fine for Saturday but it will be a couple of days before it is 100% again."


    Anthony Palmer on Twitter: "Everton to re-sign Lescott would be good for England also to have two top CB's playing week in week out."

    Charleschip on Twitter: "I'd love to see Wenger bring in David Villa and a strong defensive midfielder in the transfer window. Add some steel and goals."

    Max Hilton on Twitter: "Norwich have needed Gary Hooper's pace & clinical finishing for 2 seasons. Hughton won't 'break the bank' but I'd go bankrupt."

    Who does your team need to sign? Keep your thoughts coming in using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  141. 1537: 

    Remarkable moment at the Africa Cup of Nations as Ethiopia goalkeeper Jemal Tassew is sent off for dangerous play. He hurt himself in the challenge and was lying on the stretcher as the referee brandished the red card. It is still 0-0 but the underdogs have a long 55 minutes remaining against Zambia.

  142. 1538: 

    Striker Fraizer Campbell seals a permanent move from Sunderland to Cardiff City.

    Campbell, 25, joins the Championship leaders for an undisclosed fee on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

    The former Manchester United man was out of contract at the end of the current season and had made 15 appearances during the 2012-13 season, scoring once.

  143. 1546: 

    British Cycling announces the 2013 Elite Men's and Women's National Road Race Championships will be hosted in Glasgow.

    The event, which takes place on Sunday 23 June, will form part of the proposed course for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

  144. 1550: 

    Zambia take the lead against 10-man Ethiopia, with Collins Mbesuma opening the scoring on the stroke of half-time.

    In a game with a missed penalty and a red card, you might want to catch up with everything with the live text commentary, available on the BBC Sport website.

  145. 1554: 

    Norwich City's Anthony Pilkington is the standout name in the Republic of Ireland squad to face Poland next month.

    Pilkington, 24, had been capped at Under-21 level back in 2008. Also included are Derby trio Conor Sammon, Jeff Hendrick and Richard Keogh.

    Ireland host Poland on 6 February at Aviva Stadium, their last game ahead of the crucial double-header away to Sweden and home to Austria on 22 and 26 March.

    Provisional Repubic of Ireland squad: Keiren Westwood, David Forde, Stephen Henderson, Ciaran Clark, Darren O'Dea, Paul McShane, Seamus Coleman, Richard Keogh, Richard Dunne, Greg Cunningham, Stephen Ward, Anthony Pilkington, James McClean, Robbie Brady, Aiden McGeady, Glenn Whelan, James McCarthy, Jeff Hendrick, David Meyler, Wes Hoolahan, Simon Cox, Shane Long, Jon Walters, Andy Keogh, Kevin Doyle.

  146. 1557: 

    Hull KR confirm centre Kris Welham suffered a fracture to his hand during his side's 28-18 win over Hull in yesterday's derby at the KC Stadium.

    Welham will miss the Super League opener against Catalan Dragons.

    "It's obviously very disappointing for the team and for Kris, especially as he'd worked so hard during the off-season to get himself back to full fitness," says Robins' coach Craig Sandercock.


    Jonty Leibowitz on Twitter: "Would happily take Balotelli at Spurs, destined to end in tears but would be worth the ride for goals/class/comedy."

    Toby Stone on Twitter: "If Newcastle get Yanga-Mbiwa, Sign a CM, LM, and get Cabaye and Ben-Arfa playing again, along with Cisse. They'll soon be safe."

    James Gray on Twitter: "Wenger needs a decent defensive midfielder and striker. Wanyama and David Villa would certainy fit the bill..."

    With just 10 days of the transfer window remaining, who would you like your club to sign? #bbcsportsday

  148. 1604: 

    QPR midfielder Shaun Derry signs a one-year contract extension which will see him stay with the club until the summer of 2014.

  149. 1609: 
    Sincil Bank, Lincoln City

    Lincoln City have asked volunteers to bring their shovels and wheelbarrows to Sincil Bank Stadium and help clear the pitch so that Saturday's Blue Square Premier match against Forest Green Rovers can go ahead.

  150. 1613: 

    Fresh snow and freezing conditions have seen both football and racing fixtures fall foul of the weather.

    Monday's race meetings at Kempton and Southwell were abandoned and Friday's meeting at Doncaster is under threat. Check out the BBC Sport pages to find out the latest on how the weather is affecting this week's sporting fixtures.

  151. 1617: 

    Holders Zambia lead Ethiopia 1-0 on day three of the African Cup of Nations. You can follow the latest with our live text commentary on the BBC football pages.

  152. 1619: 

    Shaun Derry, who today signed a one-year contract extension at QPR, moved to Loftus Road on a free transfer from Crystal Palace in June 2010.

    The 35-year-old said: "I'm absolutely delighted. It's changing times once again with Harry (Redknapp) coming in and I find myself playing more now than I did under Mark Hughes. I'm enjoying my football more than ever."

  153. 1623: 

    Athletic Bilbao and Spain striker Fernando Llorente is poised to sign for Juventus in July, according to the Italian club's sporting director Beppe Marotta. "I'm optimistic on his contract. In any case, he will join Juve on July 1," Marotta told Italian radio.

  154. 1628: 

    Bath sign Ireland international scrum-half Peter Stringer as short-term injury cover. The number nine has won 98 caps, played in three Heineken Cup finals and made more than 200 appearances for Munster.

    Bath head coach Gary Gold said: "Peter is a world-class professional and has an incredible amount of experience he can bring to the squad."

  155. 1632: 

    Everton boss David Moyes believes protests from home fans disgruntled with the sacking of Nigel Adkins will have little impact on the club's fortunes against Southampton tonight, reports the Liverpool Echo.

    "It could benefit us but I couldn't be sure," he said. "You don't know how it works when a new coach comes in. Some players will get a boost from a new manager coming in and there will be a lot really disappointed the old manager has gone."

  156. 1637: 

    Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is refusing to concede the Premier League title race to Manchester United, insisting a winning run would propel the club back into contention.

    The Blues trail leaders Manchester United by 11 points with 15 games remaining.

    "We are more than capable of putting a run together and winning nine out of 10 games," he said. "That's what we need to aim for and see where it takes us."

  157. 1640: 

    Manchester United up their offer for Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha to £17m as they aim to outbid Arsenal, reports

  158. 1645: 

    Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola claims he is not contemplating returning to Stamford Bridge as the next permanent manager and is only focused on making Watford a success, reports London's Evening Standard.

    "I know people have been writing things but my mind is completely on this job. I want to do well until the end here," he said.


    Litt1e McHale on Twitter: "I would love Liverpool to sign another solid midfielder to partner with Gerrard.....someone like Lampard or Busquets."

    Francesca Cox on Twitter: "Aston Villa could really do with bringing someone in before the window closes, even if it is just on loan!"

    Scott Lancaster on Twitter: "Liverpool should sign Eriksen, get him ready to take over from Gerrard in the next few years, or a quality left-back."

    With 10 days until the transfer window ends, who has done the best business? Who should your club sign? Tweet #bbcsportsday with your views.

  160. 1650: 

    Fly-half Steven Shingler has rejoined the Scarlets from London Irish on a three-year deal - on the same day his brother Aaron agreed a three-year extension to his deal at the region.

  161. 1655: 

    Holders Zambia draw 1-1 with Ethiopia on day three of the African Cup of Nations. The evening game sees Nigeria take on Burkina Faso at 1800 GMT. You can follow that game on the BBC football pages.

  162. 1704: 

    Oldham's chances of their televised FA Cup fourth round clash with Liverpool going ahead on Sunday have been boosted after they took delivery of an inflatable pitch cover.

    Boundary Park was covered by several inches of snow over the weekend and temperatures have been predicted to be sub-zero all week.

    But the Football Association have provided a 'bubble' which will cover the playing surface and be filled with hot air to ensure the pitch is protected from the extremes of the weather.

  163. 1710: 

    Reading will continue talks with TP Mazembe in the hope that they can sign Zambia defender Stoppila Sunzu, 24, was on trial at Reading last week, after the conclusion of the African Nations Cup.

    Director of football Nick Hammond: "We had a very good week with him here, we had been trying to bring him across since the summer and this was the first opportunity we had. He was here as a young boy a few years ago so it was great to see him again."

  164. 1715: 

    Stoke have given FC Dallas winger Brek Shea a week-long trial at the Potters with a view to a move.

  165. 1720: 

    Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson says it wasn't the money but his "love of football" that convinced him to become the new technical director of the United Arab Emirates club Al Nasr, reports AP.

  166. 1725: 

    Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda, 32, could be the subject of a surprise bid from west London neighbours QPR, reports Metro.

  167. 1730: 

    Birmingham City confirm they are open to offers for any of their first-team players as they battle financial problems. The club, lying 20th in the Championship, are looking to offload a number of players to reduce their wage bill.

  168. 1736: 

    Ronnie O'Sullivan has until the end of February to decide whether to end his break from snooker and defend his world title at the Crucible in April.

    The four-time champion, 37, said in November he would miss the rest of the season because of "personal issues".

    But he attended the Masters at the weekend as a spectator and World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn said O'Sullivan could still enter the World Championship.

    "He has until 28 February. He knows the date and it's up to him," Hearn told BBC Sport.

  169. 1742: 

    Caterham announce their launch date, Jenson Button spends morning in studio recording voices for a cartoon and Nico Rosberg starts teaching himself the guitar. Those stories and more in today's F1 gossip column.

  170. 1746: 

    Dundee United captain Jon Daly says he is not excited about the Scottish Premier League reform proposal of 12-12-18.

    Teams in the leagues of 12 would play each other twice, then the leagues would split into three sections of eight for a further 14 matches.

    "I don't know whether I'm a fan of the eight-eight-eight split," said Daly. "I don't feel it gives you a good crack of the whip. If you have a poor start to the season you can find yourself fighting relegation."

  171. 1750: 

    Fulham are interested in signing Blackpool midfielder Ludovic Sylvestre, reports Sky Sports.

  172. 1755: 

    Winger Fionn Carr, 27, will return to Connacht next season after a two-year spell with Irish rivals Leinster. He said: "I'm delighted to have re-signed for Connacht. I enjoyed my three seasons there and I can't wait to get back and continue to improve my game."

  173. 1800: 

    Rochdale terminate the contract of manager John Coleman and assistant manager Jimmy Bell and hope to name their replacements before Friday's game against Cheltenham.

    A statement said: "Chairman Christopher Dunphy stated the regrettable decision has been made following the club's recent run of poor form.

    "The club would like to thank both John and Jimmy for all their hard work and endeavours over the last 12 months and would like to wish them well for the future."

  174. 1805:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    BBC Radio 5 live will have full commentary live from St Mary's for tonight's league match between Southampton and Everton. The coverage will be presented by Mark Chapman with commentary from Simon Brotherton, Alistair Bruce Ball and Steve Claridge.

    Build up to kick-off begins at 1900 with analysis of the decision to sack Nigel Adkins for Mr Pochettino, with comment from to former Saints manager Dave Merrington.

  175. 1811: 

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce rules out signing former Arsenal and Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka in the January transfer window, reports the Daily Mirror.

    The French forward left Stamford Bridge to supposedly finish his career with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua at the end of last season - but is understood to be available for transfer following a series of disputes with his club.

  176. 1816: 

    The Football Association has contacted Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson to ask him for his observations in relation to comments he made in the media following Manchester United's draw against Tottenham on Sunday.

    Ferguson accused assistant referee Simon Beck of denying Wayne Rooney a clear penalty as Spurs came from behind to snatch a draw at White Hart Lane.

  177. 1821:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    After Southampton v Everton, BBC Radio 5 live will switch its attention to tennis, with match analysis from today's Australian Open action and an in-depth look at the ATP and why world number one Novak Djokovic has not been drug tested in six months.

  178. 1828: 

    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has until 1800 GMT on Thursday to respond to the Football Association's enquiry in relation to his comments about linesman Simon Beck after the game against Tottenham.

  179. 1831: 

    Refresh your browsers and you'll be able to watch Sportsday on the BBC News Channel in the video player at the top of this page.

  180. 1836: 

    Manchester United striker Federico Macheda, 21, is poised to join Elche on loan, reports talkSPORT.

  181. 1841: 

    Nigeria lead Burkina Faso 1-0 on day three of the African Cup of Nations. You can follow live text commentary of that match on the BBC football pages.

  182. 1845: 

    That is it for another week of Sportsday Live. You can follow live text commentary of Southampton v Everton on the BBC football pages. Sportsday Live will return tomorrow at 0700 GMT.

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