Sportsday - as it happened - Thursday, 24 January

Zaha to have medical at Manchester United, Azarenka and Li reach Australian Open final, plus the latest transfer news.

24 January 2013 Last updated at 19:12 GMT

As it happened

  1. 1905: 

    That is it from Sportsday for today, we will back at 0700 GMT on Friday, 25 January with all the latest transfer news.

  2. 1900: 

    Everton defender Sylvain Distin says he had no reason to leave after a signing a a new one-year deal, keeping him at Goodison Park until the summer of 2014.

    "I'm happy here. It's a great club, I've said that from day one," said the 35-year-old.

    "I didn't have any reason to leave and the club wanted me to stay, so I'm happy that we could figure it out and that I'm staying for another season. It's not only about football and it's definitely not just about money."


    Let us know what you think of all the latest transfer news on Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Jon Harvey on Twitter: "Very concerned at the lack of transfer action from Villa. Can't see the youngsters having enough to keep us up."

    Jason Harrison on Twitter: "Great to see Zaha come to United. Young, talented exciting prospect is exactly the type of player want to see at Old Trafford."

    Matty Hughes-Short on Twitter: "If Man Utd signed promising players from the French league they'd be "bargain buys" or "prospects". Cut #nufc some slack."

  4. 1848: 

    Half-time at the Africa Cup of Nations and it's goalless between Niger and DR Congo. You can follow live text commentary on the BBC website.

  5. 1842: 

    Leicester reach an agreement with Manchester United to keep defender Michael Keane, 19, on loan for the rest of the season, reports Sporting Life. Foxes boss Nigel Pearson said: ""He has done well for us and he has played well. This is a good chance for him to get more league experience."

  6. 1837: 

    US Masters champion Bubba Watson pulls out of this week's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines because of flu.

  7. 1831: 
  8. 1825: 

    The Football Association says it is continuing to review footage of the incident involving Chelsea's Eden Hazard and a ball boy. The Belgian is set for an automatic three-match ban for violent conduct but it can be increased in "exceptional circumstances".


    Massadio Haidara is Newcastle's fourth signing of the January transfer window. Let us know what you think on Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Conor Matchett on Twitter: "I think we should start a game called 'Name the Random French Footballer', and then guess when they will sign for Newcastle."

    Femi Ogunbodede on Twitter: "Sissoko, Debuchy, Yanga Mbiwa,If these guys r on good in real life as they are on football manager, Newcastle will be awesome."

  10. 1811: 

    Former England player Tracey Neville tell BBC Sport that England's first series win over Australia is a defining moment for the sport in this country.

    "To win the series is massive for England in respect to the kudos that will bring," she said.

  11. 1806: 

    Newcastle United complete the signing of defender Massadio Haidara from Nancy. The 20-year-old told the club website: "It was the desire of the club to sign me up which was the most important factor. I like the club's ambition to strengthen the whole team."

  12. 1800: 

    Group B clash Niger v DR Congo is underway at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. You can follow live text commentary on the BBC website.

  13. 1755: 

    New Newcastle United striker Yoan Gouffran, 26, says he is confident the club can avoid relegation. "I am not worried at all. I know the players who play here at Newcastle already. They are fantastic players," he said.

  14. 1749: 

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter sends a get well soon message to West Ham's Dan Potts via Twitter: "Best wishes & quick recovery to @DanPotts03. Concussion in football is a big issue that FIFA is taking very seriously."

  15. 1742: 

    Reading manager Brian McDermott backs a plan to sing Chris Armstrong's name during the third minute of Saturday's FA Cup clash with Sheffield United.

    Armstrong had five seasons at the Blades and three with Reading before he was forced to retire aged just 28 after he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

    "Considering what he did for both Reading and Sheffield United, what he does as a person, and for football in general. I'd certainly join in," said McDermott.

  16. 1736: 

    French club Toulouse claim on their website that Moussa Sissoko, 23, is set to complete a transfer to Newcastle United.

    "Moussa Sissoko will not finish his contract with TFC," which was due to expire in June, Toulouse announced in a statement.

    "Agreement has been reached with Newcastle for a permanent transfer which takes effect today."

  17. 1733: 

    Sunderland midfielder Adam Reed, 21, has joined Portsmouth on loan for a month. Pompey caretaker boss Guy Whittingham, told the club's official website: "Adam comes highly recommended by Kevin Ball, has played at this level before and will bring us plenty of energy."

    Defenders Yassin Moutaouakil and Sam Sodje have also signed one-month deals at Fratton Park.

    Crawley utility player Shaun Cooper have also arrived on month-long loan deals.

  18. 1729: 

    Uefa is set to insist that Euro 2020 venues must be served by an airport with at least two terminals so rival fans can be kept apart. That would rule out Cardiff's Millennium Stadium as one of the 13 cities for the tournament.

  19. 1724: 

    Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome will begin their seasons at the Mallorca Challenge and the Tour of Oman respectively, Team Sky reveals. Wiggins is also due to compete at at May's Giro d'Italia and Froome will be at the Criterium du Dauphine in June. Both riders will line-up at the Tour de France (29 June 21-July) with the aim of securing a victory.

  20. 1717: 

    Wakefield centre Lee Smith will miss the start of the new Super League season after badly dislocating his thumb. Wildcats coach Richard Agar said: "It was a bad injury late on in training. We're hoping it will be around a four-week injury. It's a real blow for Lee."

  21. 1711: 

    Plymouth Argyle extend 19-year-old striker Isaac Vassell's contract until the end of the season. Winger Joe Lennox, whose deal ran out at the same time, has been released.

  22. 1704: 

    Ghana beat Mali 1-0 at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa thanks to a goal from Mubarak Wakaso. There is reaction on the BBC Sport website followed by live text commentary of the second Group B game Niger v DR Congo, which kicks off at 1800 GMT.

  23. 1701:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 live

    And at 2100 GMT, Matt Dawson presents a Six Nations preview with guests Brian Moore, Gavin Hastings and Ben Kay. They'll take a look at all the teams ahead of the tournament which starts on 2 February.

  24. 1659:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 live

    Tonight at 1930 GMT, How the Games changed me. Eleanor Oldroyd is joined by James Cracknell, Steve Parry and Katharine Merry to find out how life has changed for a number of sportsmen and women since London 2012. Guests include gold-medal winning rower Tom James, 400m hurdler Dai Greene, Paralympic archery gold medallist Danielle Brown and Jessica Ennis's coach Toni Minichiello.

  25. 1653: 

    St Mirren's Portuguese loan signing Esmael Goncalves is eligible to face Celtic after the Rio Ave striker receiving international clearance.

  26. 1647: 

    Barcelona midfielder Xavi, 32, will extend his contract with the Spanish giants until 2016, the club confirms. Forward Lionel Messi and defender Carles Puyol also announced they will sign contract extensions on Wednesday.

  27. 1640: 

    Manchester United striker Federico Macheda is set to join German side Stuttgart on loan for the remainder of the season. The 21-year-old Italian said: "I have followed the Bundesliga and naturally know about Stuttgart. I am glad that I can now play for the club."


    Damien Breffit on Twitter: "Zaha great signing for united, just the player we need, will be new Ronaldo,can't wait to see him next season now."

    Ben Gathercole on Twitter: "Zaha worth £3mil more than Sturridge. He's a player with a big future but he is barely worth half what united are offering."

    John Frankham on Twitter: "Anyone who has seen Zaha regularly over three years will know he's the real £15m deal. I might even stop hating ManU now."

    Keep your views on Wilfried Zaha's proposed move to Manchester United coming using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  29. 1631: 

    Former Celtic striker Frank McGarvey feels Celtic should hold out for more money after reportedly turning a £5million bid from Norwich City for striker Gary Hooper.

    McGarvey said: "He is only 24, he is scoring goals in the Champions League and the Scottish Premier League. He can do no more than he is doing.

    "He could be getting a call-up into the England squad soon because he is scoring goals in the Champions League, which is the top league in world football. For English clubs to offer £5m is an absolute joke."

  30. 1624: 

    Uefa will propose from 2015 that future Fifa presidents to have a maximum of 12 years in office. It also wants an age limit of 72 for elections to the FIFA presidency and executive committee.

    The decision was taken at a meeting of the 53 UEFA member associations at the European body's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

  31. 1619: 

    Irish side Connacht announce the signing of 29-year-old lock Aly Muldowney on a three-year contract from Aviva Premiership club Exeter.

    Muldowney said: "I'm delighted to have signed with Connacht and I'm very much looking forward to joining the club, improving my rugby and adding what I can to the squad. I've really enjoyed my time at Chiefs, they are a great club and have a really good squad."

  32. 1613: 

    Bury sign defender Stephane Zubar, 26, on loan from Bournemouth until the end of the season, subject to league approval. The Guadeloupe international will be available for the game against Shrewsbury on Saturday.

  33. 1607: 

    Motherwell express their pride after manager Stuart McCall was named Scotland's assistant national coach as part of Gordon Strachan's new management team.

    Chief executive Leeann Dempster said: "On behalf of the club, we are delighted that Stuart's success with Motherwell has been recognised by his invitation to join the Scotland national team coaching staff. We are sure his experiences of international football will complement his excellent contribution to Motherwell's ongoing ambitions."

  34. 1600: 

    Norwich City manager Chris Hughton confirms interest in signing Sporting Kansas City striker Kei Kamara. Sierra Leone international Kamara had a trial with Stoke in December, but was not offered a deal, and Norwich could now be ready to offer the 28-year-old a chance to play in the Premier League.

    "Kei Kamara is a player we have made enquiries about, but any progress remains behind closed doors," Hughton said on Thursday.

  35. 1553: 

    The Blackpool Gazette reports that Simon Grayson, sacked by Huddersfield Town, is the bookmakers favourite to be the next boss at Bloomfield Road.

  36. 1548: 

    Mark Cavendish, who is riding at the Tour of San Luis in Argentina, on Twitter: "Time trial this afternoon. Just done a lap of the course for training. Don't know why. It's up & down a highway & I can't time trial."

  37. 1542: 

    Ghana take a 1-0 lead against Mali through Mubarak Wakaso's 38th minute penalty at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

  38. 1538: 

    Blue Square Bet Premier side Stockport County appoint Darije Kalezic as their new manager. The 43-year-old Bosnian, who was born is Switzerland, had previously been head coach of Dutch side De Graafschap and Belgian outfit Zulte Waregem and replaces Jim Gannon, who was sacked last week.


    Batmanu Ebou on Twitter: "Absolutely gutted that Zaha is joining Man Utd. He is just the player Arsenal need to get back into the top four."

    Bill Beedie on Twitter: "Zaha good value at £15m. MUFC buying potential and Fergie's the man to bring the best out of Zaha."

    Jack Green on Twitter: "Zaha has great potential, definitely not worth £15m though."

    Keep your views on Wilfried Zaha's proposed move to Manchester United coming using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  40. 1525: 

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel tells BBC Radio Manchester that Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is exactly the kind of player the club should be trying to sign.

    "It just shows you what this club is all about - we look into the future," he said. "This is something Sir Alex has done ever since he came here. My understanding is if he signs he's going to be loaned straight back so he won't have any kind of impact on this season.

    "But whenever there is a talented, special player out there, I think we are the kind of football club that needs to go out there and try and grab that talent."


    James Stevenson on Twitter: "Huddersfield sack Grayson? Yet another example that the world of football is completely and utterly bonkers."

  42. 1515: 

    Wigan have been dealt another blow a week away from the start of the new season with the news that second row forward Harrison Hansen is struggling with a wrist injury. Hansen picked up the injury in last Thursday's friendly win at Salford and may need surgery.

  43. 1512: 

    Blackburn Rovers defender Jack O'Connell, 18, joins League Two York City on a one-month loan.

  44. 1506: 

    Schalke's director of sport Horst Heldt insists his club will not allow Lewis Holtby to leave chealy as Tottenham continue to push for an immediate transfer of the Germany under-21 captain. Holtby has already agreed a move to Spurs in the summer, when he becomes a free agent, but the Premier League club is keen on completing a transfer this month, particularly after the loss of Sandro for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

    "We are in intensive talks, but Lewis is a young Germany international with the quality that goes with it and you don't just give somebody like that away for a bargain price," said Heldt.

  45. 1500: 

    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall is named Scotland's assistant national coach as part of Gordon Strachan's new management team, the Scottish Football Association confirm. McCall will remain as Motherwell boss.

  46. 1456: 

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter suggests that relegation would be a suitable punishment for teams whose supporters are guilty of racism. "It is now up to us to take the adequate steps," said Blatter in an interview with Fifa's website.

    "What I feel we should do is give instructions to our national associations and the confederations - specifically to the disciplinary committees - to be very strong. It is not enough to give a fine. Playing a game without spectators is one of the possible sanctions, but the best would be the deduction of points and the relegation of a team, because finally the club is responsible for their spectators."

  47. 1453: 

    Reading winger Jimmy Kebe on Twitter: "I thought if you're French and play football you just pop into Newcastle and sign a contract. Not a chance of leaving."

  48. 1451: 

    Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle on Simon Grayson's sacking: "After exceeding all our expectations in the early part of the season, our results and performances as a team and from individual players have tailed off alarmingly. Worsening displays have accompanied a run of just six points and no wins from the last 12 league games, including some very heavy defeats, culminating at Watford last Saturday.

    "Whilst we would all have hoped for even some modest signs of improvement to begin to emerge as the weeks have passed that has not been the case. This has made the position untenable. We will now seek to recruit a new first team manager who can, in the short term, lead and reinvigorate the team and players for the remainder of this season and also drive us forward towards our long term aims."

  49. 1447: 

    Huddersfield, 18th in the Championship, sack manager Simon Grayson.

  50. 1446: 

    Saturday's meeting at Doncaster, which was due to feature the Skybet Chase and the rescheduled Champion Hurdle Trial, has been abandoned due to snow. The big hurdle race had been rearranged from Haydock a week earlier after that meeting was lost to the weather.

  51. 1445: 

    Reading deny Jimmy Kebe is on his way to Newcastle and say the message on his Twitter account was intended as a joke.

  52. 1435: 

    Reading winger Jimmy Kebe on Twitter: "On my way to Newcastle, having medical then sign a 4 year contract. Thank you all for your support you've been outstanding."

  53. 1433: 

    Reading winger Jimmy Kebe announces on Twitter that he is to join Newcastle United on a four-year contract, subject to a medical.

  54. 1430: 

    Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels will be banned from the touchline for four games after being found guilty of two charges in relation to his allegations that fourth official Andrew Dallas "fabricated" evidence against him.

  55. 1421: 

    Leeds United striker Luciano Becchio hands in a transfer request, according to the club's website. Leeds says the 29-year-old from Argentina has been the subject of bids from two foreign clubs.

    A club statement reads: "The club have sought to agree the terms of a new contract with the player, who is already the highest earner, but the requested terms were beyond a level that we could support, particularly in view of the regulations relating to Financial Fair Play that will be effective in coming seasons.

    "It is disappointing that this situation has occurred when he is under contract until 30 June 2014."

  56. 1407: 

    Scotland's Paul Lawrie sees his defence of the Qatar Masters come to a premature end after a four-putt double bogey on the 15th hole. He misses the cut by a single stroke. Playing partner Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer, Ryder Cup team-mates who both ended 2012 lifting a trophy, are part of a four-way tie for the halfway lead.


    Christian Lawley on Twitter: "£15m is a lot for a Championship player with only 5 goals and 4 assists. Thomas Ince has 13 goals and 10 assists."

    Niall Dean Harris on Twitter: "Fergie has shown time and time again that he can bring the best out of young players. Zaha will be a great move."

    Allan Hand on Twitter: "Zaha another example of English game being overpriced. Song and Alba both cost FCB similar amounts, both proven at top level."

    Keep your views on Wilfried Zaha's proposed move to Manchester United coming using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  58. 1350: 

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein says Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila has disappointed a host of Premier League sides by completing a £9.6m move to Russian club Rubin Kazan. M'Vila was wanted by QPR and Fulham, while the previously unnamed English team keen to sign the 22-year-old France international were Everton. But he has signed a four-year contract with Rubin worth £3.75m a year after tax, including a £16.6m buyout clause.

  59. 1346: 

    Marseille have signed Senegal winger Moudou Sougou from Romanian champions CFR Cluj, the two clubs announce.


    You are sending us your views on Wilfried Zaha's proposed move to Manchester United. Keep them coming using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    Ben Coleman on Twitter: "£15m is a lot of money but peanuts for United. There are no losers because of this deal. Zaha, Palace and United all happy."

    Jack Stevens on Twitter: "Zaha - 5 goals in 30 games this season (26 Championship) is hardly setting the world alight enough to warrant a £15m price tag."

    John Prout on Twitter: "Zaha isn't cheap because he's eligible for England, pure and simple. English youth is overpriced. Look at Henderson, £7m at most."

  61. 1329: 

    AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi says the Italian club will not be signing Manchester City's Mario Balotelli or Real Madrid's Kaka. Both have been linked with a move to the club but asked on Thursday who of the duo was more likely to join this month, Berlusconi replied, "neither of them, it's not possible to play Monopoly in times like this."

  62. 1325: 

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez dismissed as a "lie" a newspaper report that claimed senior players at the club threatened to demand transfers if coach Jose Mourinho was not removed from his post at the end of the season.

    Spanish paper Marca claimed on its front cover that the ultimatum had been issued by goalkeeper Iker Casillas and defender Sergio Ramos during a meeting with Perez. Perez on Thursday took the unusual step of responding directly to the speculation, branding the report an "attempt to destabilise the club" in a press conference convened at short notice at the Bernabeu.

  63. 1318: 

    BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter: "Nicky Henderson on Bob's Worth: We very much wanted to run, but the good thing is it doesn't affect March in any way."

  64. 1315: 

    Rochdale manager Keith Hill makes his first signing since returning to the club after winger Andy Haworth, a free agent after leaving Falkirk in November, signs until the end of the season.

  65. 1308: 

    Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Bobs Worth will miss his intended prep run on Saturday. He will not run in the Argento Chase at Cheltenham and go straight to the big race at the Festival in March. Trainer Nicky Henderson says the horse was found to be "not 100%" after a routine check-up.

  66. 1305: 

    Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood and striker Jordan Bowery will return to the squad for Friday's FA Cup fourth round tie at Millwall. Westwood and Bowery were cup-tied for the midweek Capital One Cup semi-final setback against Bradford at Villa Park after playing in the competition for Crewe and Chesterfield respectively.

    But defender Nathan Baker is again ruled out with a hamstring injury and it is too soon for centre-back Richard Dunne to be considered after recovering from his groin injury.

  67. 1258: 

    The BBC's Matthew Kenyon reports that tickets to Friday's Group C matches at the Africa Cup of Nations - Zambia v Nigeria and Burkina Faso V Ethiopia - are sold out.

    He said earlier today: "Rumours in Nelspruit of yet more Ethiopian fans arriving...they were the best supported team by miles in the first round of games. More colour and noise to follow it seems."

  68. 1252: 

    Athletic Bilbao's Spain forward Fernando Llorente will join Juventus at the end of the season after signing a four-year deal, according to the Italian club's official website.

    27-year-old Llorente, whose deal with Bilbao expires in June, has signed a contract with Juventus to June 2017.

    The striker had been linked with Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City but he will now stay at Bilbao until the end of the season before joining Juventus on 1 July 2013.

  69. 1243: 

    The Football Association says it is reviewing footage of the Eden Hazard incident, where he appeared to kick a ball boy during the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Swansea.

    Hazard was dismissed for violent conduct, which normally carries a three-match ban.

    The penalty can be increased in "exceptional circusmstances".


    We are asking for your views on Wilfried Zaha's expected transfer to Manchester United.

    Samuel Simpson on Twitter: "I'm sorry, but as a massive fan on Wilfried Zaha there is no way that he is worth that much money. Half that at most."

    Tim Miller on Twitter: "Can't help thinking United could have got Taarabt for about half Zaha's price tag and he has already performed in the top league."

    G Remon on Twitter: "You could buy the Bradford squad and manager for £15m. Far too much money for an average selfish player like Zaha."

  71. 1234: 

    League Two side Fleetwood Town are set to sign veteran midfielder Paul McKenna on loan from Hull City.

    BBC Radio Lancashire reports the 35-year-old will be reunited with Cod Army boss Graham Alexander, with whom McKenna played at Preston North End.

  72. 1231: 

    Eden Hazard should not have "taken the law into his own hands" when he tried to retrieve the ball from a ball boy, according to Professional Footballers' Association chairman Gordon Taylor.

    The Chelsea forward was accused of kicking ball boy Charlie Morgan and was sent off during the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg.

    "You can't take the law into your own hands," the PFA chief told BBC Sport. "He lost his head and had to receive a punishment."

  73. 1224: 

    Liverpool have increased their offer for Inter Milan midfielder Philippe Coutinho to 9m euros (£7.6m), report the Liverpool Echo.

    The club have been locked in negotiations with Inter since their initial bid of 6m euros (£5m) was rejected last week.

    The paper say that Liverpool remain confident that an agreement will be reached and they will finally secure the services of the 20-year-old Brazil international.


    We are asking for your views on Wilfried Zaha's expected transfer to Manchester United.

    Gary Prentis on Twitter: "Nani indifferent form, young too predictable, Valencia lacking confidence, Zaha could be a star."

    Tom Quaif on Twitter: "Reckon Zaha could become a 'Ronaldo' like sensation. Reckon Fergie's the right man to bring the best from Zaha."

    Chris Harmer on Twitter: "There's no way Zaha could cost £15m, ridiculous price for a championship player."

    Twitter is the place for your views - just use the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  75. 1214: 

    Tim Bresnan is ruled out of the tour of New Zealand due to an ongoing elbow problem, while Craig Kieswetter is dropped from the one-day squad.

    National selector Geoff Miller has announced a 15-man Test squad for the three-match series, as well as making alterations to the previously announced limited-overs party.

    Bresnan, who has been struggling with his right elbow for some time and underwent an operation at the end of 2011, has been replaced in all three formats by Warwickshire's Chris Woakes, who is uncapped at Test level.

  76. 1212: 

    Officials at Cheltenham are "extremely hopeful" Saturday's Trials Day meeting will go ahead as planned.

    Staff at Prestbury Park have been battling the elements all week as they try to get the track ready for a meeting which is set to feature the likes of Sprinter Sacre and Bobs Worth.

    Cheltenham communications manager Andy Clifton says: "There's been a mammoth effort from the ground staff and the maintenance teams over the last couple of days to clear the covers. I think they have cleared around a third of the snow from the track and most of the remainder will be removed today. We are forecast frost tonight, with temperatures set to drop to minus 4C, but once that's cleared in the morning, we will take the covers off tomorrow afternoon."

  77. 1210: 

    West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame says he wants to stay at the club despite being linked with a move elsewhere, according to the club's website.

    Arsenal are among the clubs reported to be interested in the 24-year-old Senegal international.

    He says: "I know there are people out there saying things about me but I have spoken with the manager and told him that I want to stay here."

  78. 1208: 

    Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper Joe Anyon is among several fringe players who manager Graham Turner will allow to leave the club on loan, report the Shropshire Star.

    Anyon, 26, has only featured once for the club in October's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie with Crewe.

    Turner says: "If I could let Joe go out on loan, I would do, as he needs some decent game time. He came here (from Lincoln) with the hope of getting a first-team place, then has had to watch Chris Weale come through and put in some terrific performances. But his attitude has never changed. He's set a terrific example in training and worked his socks off, so I do sympathise with his situation."


    We are asking for your views on Wilfried Zaha's expected transfer to Manchester United.

    Kris K. Danso on Twitter: "Wilfried Zaha will be a great signing as long as he's less selfish and erratic than Nani and can dribble better than Valencia.

    Victor Chatfield on Twitter: "I'd far rather loan Nani to Palace and give Zaha a chance to perform as a sub against Madrid if our other wingers aren't firing."

    Jonny K on Twitter: "Fergie had to move as Zaha's value may have risen between now and summer. Just hope he's worth it."

  80. 1159: 

    The BBC's John Bennett is following Group D at the Africa Cup of Nations and reports from Rustenburg.

    He says: "We think the England job is tough but being head coach of Algeria must be the hardest job at the AFCON. There are over 120 Algerian journalists here.

    "After today's press conference coach Vahid Halilhodzic argued with one of them as he was leaving the stadium and a big crowd of reporters gathered to film it."

    Algeria were beaten 1-0 by Tunisia in the first round of matches.

  81. 1156: 

    The BBC's Matthew Kenyon reports on Group C at the Africa Cup of Nations in Nelspruit.

    He says: "Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi denies he was called in specially by the Nigerian Football Federation after the last gasp equaliser from Burkina Faso in the first round of matches. He says it was a regular meeting - which is not what the NFF told us.

    "Chelsea's Victor Moses is set to start against champions Zambia after recovering from injury."

  82. 1153: 

    West Brom's new sporting chief Richard Garlick says the club already have a summer transfer hit-list but January signings are unlikely, report the Express and Star.

    Garlick says: "We are very happy with the squad and there are no immediate plans to bring anybody in.

    "If an opportunity presented itself - the right opportunity - we would always be happy to look at that. We don't sit here saying 'we're not looking to bring anybody in so we're not doing anything'."


    We are asking for your views on Wilfried Zaha's expected transfer to Manchester United.

    Nick Douglas on Twitter: "Sir Alex doesn't delve into the January transfer market unless it's for something special. Zaha to become a sensation."

    Kanayo Umeogu on Twitter: "Football is getting crazier everyday. Who buys a player just to loan him back to his former club without even fielding him?"

    Henry Ashman on Twitter: "Zaha, one for the future so loaning him back make sense, still plays regularly and not thrown into the middle of a title race."


    So Wilfried Zaha is only a medical away from joining Manchester United for £15m.

    What do you think of the deal? How good can Zaha be? And what do you think of the fact he will be loaned back to Crystal Palace for the remainder of the season?

    Zaha's transfer will be the biggest of the window so far. With deadline day just a week away, who do your club need to sign?

    Twitter is the place for your views, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  85. 1131: 

    Are you looking forward to tomorrow's Australian Open semi-final between Roger Federer and Andy Murray?

    Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic looks ahead to the match between the 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer and Britain's Andy Murray who won his first slam at the US Open last year.

  86. 1125: 

    Here's the thoughts of Olympic heptathlon Jessica Ennis on the news that the Olympic Stadium will host the London Grand Prix on 27 July.

    She says: "It will give athletes and fans who did not get to experience the amazing venue the chance to go there, and for those of us who had the most incredible experiences on the track and field, an opportunity to re-live a few memories. Hopefully I will be there and using the competition as part of my preparation for the World Championships."

    The London Grand Prix is just two weeks ahead of the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.

  87. 1119: 

    The 2013 British Athletics London Grand Prix will be held in the Olympic Stadium on the anniversary weekend of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games.

    The London Grand Prix is traditionally held at Crystal Palace and is part of the Diamond League series.

    Fans who have already bought tickets for the Crystal Palace event on 27 July will be refunded and will get the first opportunity to buy tickets for the event at the Olympic Park.

  88. 1114: 

    League Two side Barnet have completed the signing of Dartford striker Harry Crawford on a free transfer.

    The 21-year-old, who has scored 12 goals in 24 appearances for the Blue Square Bet Premier club this season, has signed a three-year deal.

    Director of football Paul Fairclough said: "His potential is huge and I believe Edgar Davids and his management team can make him a complete player."

  89. 1111: 

    Blackburn Rovers midfielder Mauro Formica has joined Italian club Palermo on loan until the end of the season, report the club's official website.

    The 24-year-old Argentinean has linked up with the Serie A side on loan until June 30th.

    Formica has made 54 appearances for Blackburn but has not featured since November and does not appear to be in manager Michael Appleton's short term plans.

  90. 1108: 

    The Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling women's team, which is supported by the Bradley Wiggins Foundation, will launch on Friday.

    Riders who will compete for the team this season include Olympic team pursuit gold medallists Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell.

    BBC Sport have spoken to Lizzie Armitstead who says the issue with inequality in cycling "is much bigger than simply putting a few jerseys on a few women's backs".

  91. 1102: 

    Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone, 24, is a target for Napoli, according to the Daily Express.

    The Italian side are looking for a long-term understudy to 35-year-old goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis.

  92. 1058: 

    Leeds United have entered the bidding to sign Stephen Warnock, 31, report the Yorkshire Evening Post.

    They have approached Aston Villa about a loan deal for the out-of-favour left-back.

    The paper says that both Leeds and Wolverhampton Wanderers have expressed a firm interest in Warnock, who spent the first half of this season on loan at Bolton Wanderers.

  93. 1055: 

    West Ham say that defender Daniel Potts will remain in hospital today for further tests after suffering a head injury during last night's 5-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Arsenal.

    The 18-year-old fell to the ground after jumping in a challenge with Gunners defender Bacary Sagna with 18 minutes left.

    A statement on the club's website reads: ""West Ham United can confirm that Dan Potts will undergo scans and further assessment in hospital on Thursday."

    The club also tweeted: "On behalf of Dan, the club would like to thank fans for all their messages of support for the defender and join them in wishing him well."


    We are asking if you think Chelsea's Eden Hazard should face further punishment for kicking a ball boy during the Capital One Cup semi-final against Swansea.

    Dean McNamara on Twitter: "So sad and unfortunate that the Hazard incident is overshadowing a great Swansea achievement."

    Spencer Murphy on Twitter: "Come on guys lets see sense, what he did was wrong and he has apologised. Chapter finished!"

    Graham Jenkins on Twitter: "The FA will look at it but its refreshing to see everyone just admit their mistake, apologize and shake hands, no drama."

  95. 1042: 

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has appealed to fans to continue backing the team after they missed out on reaching the Capital One Cup final this week.

    In his press conference he says: "We will go again and stick together. It's a big wheel and it always turns. No fan can be hurting more than me and we must win them back. No matter what happens we must stick together."

    "We defended well for three clean sheets out of four just a couple of months ago and we must get back to that. The relegation issue doesn't frighten me, there'll be a lot of clubs worried about getting sucked into it. We won't shy away from the challenge."

  96. 1038: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports that Wilfried Zaha will undergo a medical with Manchester United in the next 48 hours ahead of a £15m move from Crystal Palace.

    The 20-year-old is understood to have agreed a five-and-a-half year contract at Old Trafford but will be loaned back to Palace until the summer.

    Sir Alex Ferguson has been closely involved in the talks this week and has agreed United will pay an initial fee of £10m up front, with the fee potentially rising to £15m based on appearances and success.

    Zaha, who joined Palace as a 12-year-old, is expected to win his second England cap against Brazil in February, having made his senior debut in the friendly with Sweden in November.

  97. 1036: 

    Stoke City manager Tony Pulis says that striker Michael Owen will not automatically go into the first team after scoring his first goal for the club against Swansea.

    Pulis says: "He is part of 20 players that I am thinking about. There are other players who are knocking at my door as well as Michael."

    "This club is not just about one player and it will remain that way as long as I am in charge. It is always good to have competition and maybe there are one or two areas we need to get players in just to keep people on their toes."

  98. 1032: 

    Tottenham midfielder Iago Falque has joined Spanish side Almeria on loan until the end of the season, report the London Evening Standard.

    Falque has made 11 appearances for Spurs since joining from Juventus.


    We are asking if you think Chelsea's Eden Hazard should face further punishment for kicking a ball boy during the Capital One Cup semi-final against Swansea.

    Geoffrey Janes on Twitter: "There has to be violence for a violent conduct charge. He simply wanted the ball back. No intent of violence."

    Dominik Ral on Twitter: "If that was Balotelli everyone would be calling for his head! Should be at least a 5 game ban."

    Jack Pape on Twitter: "Isn't it refreshing that people are only talking about the two involved, and not commenting on the referee, who got it right."

  100. 1022: 

    Portsmouth have signed Crawley's Shaun Cooper on a month-to-month loan basis.

    The 29-year-old midfielder signed for Crawley in July 2012 after seven seasons at Bournemouth, but has played just 10 times for the Red Devils having missed three months through injury.

    "He is experienced at the level we are playing at," caretaker boss Guy Whittingham told BBC Radio Solent.

  101. 1016: 

    World number one Novak Djokovic reaches the final of the Australian Open.

    He has beaten Spain's David Ferrer 6-2 6-2 6-1 to earn the right to defend his title in Sunday's final.

    Djokovic will play either Roger Federer or Andy Murray. They meet in the second semi final on Friday which is live on BBC Two, BBC HD and online from 08:15 GMT.

  102. 1012: 

    Tranmere Rovers manager Ronnie Moore has agreed a new contract that will keep him at Prenton Park until 2015.

    The 59-year-old has guided Rovers to the top of League One this season.

    Tranmere have won 25 of their 48 games in all competitions during Moore's second managerial stint and are six points ahead of third-placed Brentford.

  103. 1008: 

    Everton defender Sylvain Distin has signed a new one-year contract with the club, according to the club's official website.

    The 35-year-old's current deal was set to expire at the end of this season but he has now agreed to stay at the club until the summer of 2014.

    Distin joined the club from Portsmouth in 2009 and has made 19 appearances so far this season.


    Joseph Holding on Twitter: "It looks as if no malice was intended by Hazard. However, he shouldn't have got involved in the way he did. He is a professional and should act like it."

    Tom Childs on Twitter: "He kicked a ball boy! Why are people sticking up for him? If that was their kid he had just kicked, they wouldn't be, would they?"

    Dan Nugent on Twitter: "The big question is: Why hasn't Rafa been sacked? Others have gone for less than going out of a cup in the semis."

  105. 0959: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports: "Fabricio Coloccini has reiterated his desire to leave Newcastle for personal reasons during talks this week.

    "The club is increasingly resigned to his wish to return home to Argentina, but officials have told the 31-year-old they want him to stay until the end of the season.

    "Coloccini has now been given until the end of the week to make a final decision."

  106. 0957: 

    Tranmere Rovers manager Ronnie Moore has signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract. Moore returned for a second spell as boss at Prenton Park in March.

    He steered the club clear of relegation at the end of last season, and has taken them to the top of League One.

  107. 0955: 

    Asked if ball boys had been given any special instructions last night to delay play, Curtis says:

    "No, absolutely not. We're not as devious as that."

  108. 0953: 

    Swansea first-team coach Alan Curtis tells BBC Radio Wales Chelsea forward Eden Hazard's confrontation with a ball boy during last night's Capital One Cup semi-final was "unfortunate".

    He tells Good Morning Wales: "I think it was sorted out rather quickly afterwards, I think there were apologies all over. I was an unfortunate incident.

    "You can understand the reaction of the Chelsea player wanting to get the ball back into play as quickly as possible, but you know the bottom line - you can't kick out."

  109. 0949: 

    Novak Djokovic is two sets up in his Australian Open men's semi-final against David Ferrer.

    Defending champions Djokovic leads 6-2 6-2, and you can follow the match live on the BBC Sport website.


    There's divided opinion on Twitter this morning regarding Chelsea forward Eden Hazard's red card for kicking a Swansea ball boy during last night's Capital One Cup semi-final. Amid a fair bit of criticism for Hazard, quite a few people are sticking up for him.

    Ian Purslow on Twitter: "You can clearly see Hazard kicks the ball and accidently catches the lad at the same time. Three-match ban and forget about it."

    Ryan Mills on Twitter: "Hazard is a world-class player who just wanted to play football, he's done nothing wrong."

    Kyle Young on Twitter: "How is Hazard compared to Cantona? Yes he was wrong but he didn't jump into crowd with a kung fu kick. Completely different!"

    What do you think? Let us know via Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  111. 0933: 

    Cardiff Blues winger Tom James has agreed a two-year deal to join Exeter this summer.

    The Wales international, 25, has been with Cardiff for seven years.

  112. 0931: 

    More from Victoria Azarenka's post-match press conference: "It took me too long to call the trainer, which was my mistake.

    "I took it to the point where I couldn't breathe, which was causing from my back problem, and I couldn't really figure out what was going on on the court."

  113. 0927: 

    There's been controversy at the Australian Open too, where Victoria Azarenka left the court for almost 10 minutes to have treatment after letting five match points slip in her semi-final against Sloane Stephens.

    Azarenka, who came back to break in the next game and won the match 6-1 6-4, initially said her frayed nerves had almost prompted "the choke of the year".

    But in her post-match press conference, she denied using the injury timeout rules to settle her nerves, saying: "I'm telling you what happened right now honestly, that my back was bothering me."

  114. 0921: 

    Former Chelsea forward Pat Nevin tells BBC Radio 5 live that there could be wider consequences as a result of the Hazard ball boy incident.

    "There was a confrontation at a game between Sheffield United and Oldham, when Lee Croft was falsely accused of making racist comments to a ball boy.

    "You know what's going to happen eventually: We're going to have to get rid of ball boys from the game, and that would be really sad."

  115. 0915: 

    Chelsea forward Eden Hazard's confrontation with a Swansea ball boy last night is dominating the sports headlines this morning.

    If you live in the UK and haven't seen the incident, you can watch it on the League Cup Show on the BBC iPlayer.


    More of your thoughts on the Eden Hazard ball boy controversy. #bbcsportsday

    Pete Yates on Twitter: "Sensationalist nonsense being reported. He did not kick the ball boy, he kicked the ball from under him."

    Chris Donnell on Twitter: "Hazard had no right doing what he did, his place is on the pitch. Any time the ball boy wasted would've been added on. Disgrace."

    Stewart Allan on Twitter: "You can't excuse Hazard, he is a 'professional'. The lad is a child. Timewaster or not, Hazard should not be kicking him."

  117. 0907: 

    Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin, meanwhile, tells BBC Breakfast that he has sympathy for Hazard.

    "He kicked at the ball," Nevin says. "The ball boy wouldn't get out of the way."

    Asked on BBC Radio 5 live what he would have done in Hazard's situation, Nevin says: "I would have kicked the ball out from underneath him."

  118. 0903: 

    The focus of attention, though, has been on Chelsea forward Eden Hazard's red card for kicking a ball boy.

    Dineen tells BBC Radio 5 live: "The boy went to pick up the ball and he fell over. He didn't hold on to the ball for a minute; it happened over about 20 seconds.

    "Had it been 2-0 to Chelsea, I don't think Hazard would have been anywhere near the ball. But I don't think Hazard deliberately went to kick him."

  119. 0901: 

    Swansea vice-chairman Leigh Dineen tells BBC Radio 5 live of his delight at reaching next month's Capital One Cup final, where they will face Bradford.

    "I would have thought we had a slim chance of reaching the final at the start of the season, but what Bradford have done is fantastic. It's Roy of the Rovers stuff, isn't it?"

  120. 0849: 

    Some more of this morning's transfer gossip for you.

    Manchester United are close to signing Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay, 26. The Argentine is a likely successor to Rio Ferdinand who may leave the club in the summer. (Marca - in Spanish)

    Birmingham City have cut the initial asking price for goalkeeper Jack Butland, 19, to £3.5million in a bid to generate interest from Premier League clubs. He will be allowed to leave the club this month. (Daily Telegraph)

    West Brom defender Craig Dawson, 22, looks set to join Bolton while Fiorentina are closing in on Marcos Alonso, 22. (Bolton News)


    Sean Clohessy on Twitter: "Hazard only wanted to play on! What other player wouldn't when they only had about 10-15 minutes to turn round a cup tie!"

    Antony Scopes on Twitter: "Kick a player on pitch, and you get a three-game ban. Same for Hazard. BOTH apologised to each other. Lets move on and congratulate Swansea!!"

    Brian Chadwick on Twitter: "I don't agree with what Hazard did and he should be banned like Eric Cantona was all those years ago for kicking a fan. To me, they're both the same."

    Keep your thoughts coming, please, via Twitter. #bbcsportsday

  122. 0840: 

    Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher, meanwhile, tells BBC Radio 5 live that Chris Foy was right to send off Hazard.

    "There was a precedent when Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was sent off for throwing a coin into the crowd against Arsenal at Highbury in 2002," Gallagher says.

    "Referee Chris Foy was absolutely correct to send off Eden Hazard, it is violent conduct. He has quite rightly sent him off. He will report it as an act of violent conduct to the FA."

  123. 0836: 

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup says Chelsea's Eden Hazard can have no complaints over his red card for kicking a Swansea ball boy during last night's Capital One Cup semi-final.

    Laudrup says: "I think he [Hazard] will regret it when he sees it. The ball boy should have let it go but he was pushed first and then he kicks him.

    "I understand as a player when you are behind and you are under pressure you sometimes say or do things you shouldn't but there are some things you cannot do."


    Viv The Red on Twitter: "Hazard was little harsh to the lad. Deserves the punishment and that will in turn educate him."

    Ellis Hatch on Twitter: "If Hazard had kicked a player for time wasting, there would be no debate. Why is there a debate for kicking a ball boy?"

    Will Peatfield on Twitter: "Can't condone Hazard, but he did try to kick the ball - most footballers would have done that or something similar."

    Have you say on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  125. 0829: 

    Asked by BBC Radio 5 live's Nicky Campbell if he will be taking his own ball boys to Wembley for next month's Capital One Cup final against League Two side Bradford, Dineen replies, possibly tongue in cheek: "If we need to. I am sure Wembley will have their own."

  126. 0824: 

    Swansea vice-chairman Leigh Dineen speaks to BBC Radio 5 live about the Eden Hazard ball boy controversy.

    "You can't kick out at anybody. I don't think you can do that. If it was done on the field of play, there would be plenty of questions to be answered."

  127. 0816: 

    There's been plenty of Twitter reaction from within football to Chelsea forward Eden Hazard's red card for kicking a Swansea ball boy last night.

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand: "I'm not the authorities but in my eyes it's a red for all those asking. Us players do put refs in bad spots at times unfortunately!"

    Everton captain Phil Neville: "You can't kick the ball boy that's not right so I again agree with Chris Foy - red card!"

    Tottenham winger Gareth Bale: "Unbelievable decision by the referee to send Hazard off but congrats to Swansea. Who'd have predicted this final?!"


    Ian Russell on Twitter: "Eden Hazard should get a longer ban. In many ways this is worse than the Cantona or Di Canio incidents. Totaly unacceptable."

    Swambi on Twitter: "It was blown completely out of proportion. The red card should be rescinded."

    Lloyd Evans on Twitter: "It's much ado about nothing, they've both apologised, just concentrate on Swansea getting to their first major cup final!"

    Keep your thoughts on the Eden Hazard incident coming via Twitter. #bbcsportsday

  129. 0808: 

    Some more of this morning's transfer gossip for you.

    Harry Redknapp wants to sign Blackburn defenders Martin Olsson, 24, and Scott Dann, 25, to help QPR beat the drop. (Daily Mirror)

    Liverpool have stepped up their efforts to sign Inter Milan midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 20, after making an £8m bid and hope to beat Southampton to the signature. (Daily Telegraph)

    Captain Fabricio Coloccini, 31, has told Newcastle he does not want to play for them again. (the Independent)

  130. 0804: 

    Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez says that Hazard and the ball boy apologised to each other after last night's cup semi-final.

    "They both recognise there was a mistake," Benitez says.

    "The boy was apologising for time wasting. Hazard was frustrated and tried to get the ball. He was kicking the ball and getting the ball.

    "We can analyse if for half-an-hour but we know that both are wrong. We will deal with it internally, that's all I can say."


    More of your thoughts on the Eden Hazard ball boy incident during last night's Capital One Cup semi-final between Swansea and Chelsea. #bbcsportsday

    Uche Onuorah on Twitter: "Hazard displayed an unsporting behaviour by kicking the lad. Surely that was not the only ball available to be retrieved!"

    Radio Timao on Twitter: "Hazard kicked the ball."

    Wayne Baynes on Twitter: "If this was Luis Suarez we were talking about, people would be talking about much bigger punishments, and how disgraceful it was..."

  132. 0754: 

    Peter Odemwingie won't be allowed to leave West Brom during the January transfer window, says the club's new sporting and technical director Richard Garlick.

    "We don't have to sell any of our players," Garlick says. "It's only on our terms."

  133. 0753: 

    Britain's Lucy Shuker loses her Australian Open women's wheelchair singles semi-final.

    Shuker lost 7-6 (7-1) 7-5 to German second seed Sabine Ellerbrock.


    Some of your thoughts on Eden Hazard's confrontation with a ball boy as Chelsea exited the Capital One Cup at Swansea. #bbcsportsday

    Mike Spence on Twitter: "I understand Hazard's frustration, we needed to score but as a Chelsea fan, I think it's unacceptable and he deserves his three-game ban."

    CaptainEO on Twitter: "The headlines should be celebrating Swansea's journey to the finals, instead we are left with Hazard's moment of madness."

    Ben Dunbar on Twitter: "Two 17-year-olds on Twitter. The female Australian Open semi-finalist has 54k followers. The ballboy who got kicked has 76k followers."

  135. 0740: 

    Great Britain Olympian Geraint Thomas has retained the lead in the Tour Down Under at the end of stage three.

    Dutchman Tom-Jelte Slagter won the stage to close the gap, with Team Sky rider Thomas finishing fourth in the 139km stage from Unley to Stirling. He has an overall lead of 14 seconds on Slagter.

  136. 0735: 

    Aston Villa are dealing with the fall-out of Tuesday night's Capital One Cup semi-final exit against League Two side Bradford.

    The Birmingham Mail is calling on Villa chairman Randy Lerner to back or sack manager Paul Lambert.

    "If Lerner thinks Paul Lambert is still the man to rescue Villa - and the jury among the fans is very much out - then he must free up the funds to give him a fighting chance of survival," says a comment piece.

  137. 0729: 

    BBC Sport's John Murray commentated on the Hazard incident last night. He tells BBC Radio 5 live: "It is an act of violent conduct. It's a three-match ban. The FA can extend it, and it is very likely that the ban will be longer."


    The back pages of this morning's papers are dominated by Chelsea forward Eden Hazard's confrontation with a Swansea ball boy during last night's Capital One Cup semi-final.

    Hazard was sent off and is set for a three-match ban, but should it be longer? Or should the matter be put to bed now that he has apologised to the ball boy? Let us know your thoughts via Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  139. 0717: 

    The transfer deadline is drawing ever closer, and there is plenty of speculation on the BBC Sport website Gossip page. Here's a selection.

    Liverpool are set to hold showdown talks with goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 30, who has been linked with Barcelona. (Metro)

    Liverpool and Arsenal are set for a summer transfer tussle over Swansea defender Ashley Williams, 28. (Mirror)

    Nottingham Forest are close to signing Millwall striker Darius Henderson, 31. (Nottingham Post)

  140. 0713: 

    On the transfer front, Newcastle have signed striker Yoan Gouffran from Bordeaux on a four-year contract.

    The 26-year-old becomes the club's third signing in January after the arrival of fellow Frenchmen Mathieu Debuchy and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

  141. 0710: 

    England's netballers claimed a first series win over world number one side Australia with a 51-49 victory at Wembley Arena last night.

    It followed Sunday's 58-53 win in the first Test, giving England a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

    Captain Pamela Cookey said: "It's amazing. The girls really put in a performance tonight. I'm so proud of them."

  142. 0708: 

    West Ham defender Dan Potts spent the night in hospital after suffering suspected concussion during last night's match at the Emirates.

    Potts was injured in a clash of heads with Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna and needed several minutes of treatment on the pitch.

    "Hopefully it is concussion and nothing more than that," said West Ham manager Allardyce.

  143. 0706: 

    Arsenal moved to within four points of the Champions League places with a 5-1 home victory over West Ham in the Premier League last night.

    Olivier Giroud struck twice as Arsene Wenger's side scored four times in 11 second-half minutes.

  144. 0704: 

    Defending champion Victoria Azarenka is through to face Li Na in Saturday's Australian Open women's final after beating Sloane Stephens 6-1 6-3 at Melbourne Park.

    Li had earlier put in a superb performance to beat Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-2.

  145. 0702: 

    Chelsea's Eden Hazard has apologised for kicking a ball boy during last night's Capital One Cup semi-final exit against Swansea.

    Hazard, who was shown a straight red card by referee Chris Foy, told Chelsea TV: "The boy put his whole body on to the ball and I was just trying to kick the ball.

    "I think I kicked the ball and not the boy. I apologise."

  146. 0700: 

    Good morning and welcome along to Sportsday, from the BBC Sport Centre in Salford Quays. We'll bring you all the latest transfer news and keep you up to date with the Australian Open, plus the fall-out from last night's Capital One Cup semi-final. We begin with a look at the stories at the top of the BBC Sport website.

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