Sportsday - Monday, 28 January as it happened

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28 January 2013 Last updated at 18:58 GMT

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  1. 1900: 

    That is it from Sportsday, we will be back at 0700 GMT on Tuesday, 29 January with all the latest transfer news and other breaking stories plus the build-up to four matches in the Premier League.

  2. 1853: 

    Ghana and Mali are through to the quarter-finals at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. The final Group B games ended DR Congo 1-1 Mali and Niger 0-3 Ghana.

  3. 1846: 

    Luton Town are confident their history with Millwall will not create an unsavoury atmosphere when the sides meet in the FA Cup fifth round. Away fans rioted at Kenilworth Road in 1985 but Luton chief executive Gary Sweet told BBC Three Counties Radio: "Nobody should have any fears about it. Millwall have moved on. They have done an awful lot of work to convert Millwall."

  4. 1841:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 live

    On tonight's Monday Night Club at 1900 GMT, Mark Chapman is joined by pundits John Motson, Robbie Savage and Ian McGarry to review a remarkable weekend of FA Cup action and looks forward to the final days of the January transfer window.

  5. 1835: 

    Real Madrid are preparing to offer Cristiano Ronaldo a new contract as a present for his 28th birthday on 5 February, Spanish paper El Mundo reports. The deal will be reportedly worth 15m euros a year.

    President Florentino Perez has been working on a new deal for months, according to the paper. The Portuguese has been in a rich vein of form during the last few weeks and has 31 goals to his name this season, bringing his total to 179 in 176 appearances for the Spanish champions.

  6. 1830: 

    Former Leeds United winger Max Gradel rules out a return to the club before the end of the transfer window. Gradel, who is currently at the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast, has been strongly linked with a move back to Elland Road. But he has told BBC Sport, that although he loves the club, he has no plans to return to Leeds.

  7. 1823: 

    Who do you want your club to sign in the next three days? Use the hashtag #bbctransfernews on Twitter to send us your thoughts.

    Tomer Weider on Twitter: "How about Luis Suarez in a striking partnership with Jermain Defoe. AVB, spurs need a striker!"

    Joe McKenzie on Twitter: "For the right price, get Torres to Arsenal. Chelsea was the worst thing for his career."

    Richard Stanton on Twitter: "If I say that Benteke and Westwood are decent, guess how many more we need!"

  8. 1817: 

    Warrington coach Tony Smith says a "reality check" of Super League club finances may help improve the game.

    "Sometimes we need to make some hard decisions to make things better. It hurts to see it [the game] going through difficult times but sometimes we need shake-ups and reality checks," he said.

  9. 1812: 
    TRANSFER LATEST - Wigan Athletic

    BBC Radio Manchester's Paul Rowley: "Three players have already come in, two of them on loan, with the possibility of one more arrival. The deals for Roger Espinoza and Angelo Henriquez were sealed before the transfer window opened. The arrival of keeper Joel Robles from Athletico Madrid was timely with veteran reserve keeper Mike Pollitt suffering a hip injury in the FA Cup victory at Bournemouth.

    "A central defender is a priority (Wigan play with three of them) with Ivan Ramis out for the season with a twisted knee and Antolin Alcaraz not yet fully fit after a groin injury which has kept him out for five months. Wigan will hope to keep their most prized asset, midfielder James McCarthy, for their annual "great escape" in this, their eighth season in the top flight.

    "Despite Roberto Martinez's public criticism of the transfer window, he has recruited Victor Moses (now at Chelsea), current skipper Gary Caldwell and Jean Beausejour at this stage in recent seasons - all key figures in their previous survival missions."

  10. 1805: 

    Manchester Evening News reporter Stuart Brennan on Twitter: "Looks like things finally moving with Mario (Balotelli). Pulled from squad travelling to London and we've been told he has flown to Italy this afternoon."

  11. 1759: 

    Williams development driver Susie Wolff will be the first person to drive the team's 2013 car as part of an expanded role this season. The 30-year-old said: "I'm showing that women can play a role at the top level of motorsport."

  12. 1753: 
    TRANSFER LATEST - Birmingham City

    BBC Radio WM's Mike Taylor: "Birmingham's financial problems are well-known and so also is their willingness to do business in this transfer window for any player in their squad. So far it would seem the phone hasn't exactly been ringing off the hook.

    "Some of the polite enquiries may yet become more serious in the final days before the deadline, with the talented goalkeeper Jack Butland the most valuable asset.

    "By turning down a modest offer for Chris Burke from Nottingham Forest, Blues showed they won't just accept any bid, but there may yet be some hardball negotiating to be done in January's final hours. Lee Clark has suggested he has a loan player or two in mind to bring in, if the situation allows."

  13. 1747: 

    Half-time at the Africa Cup of Nations and Ghana and Mali are heading into the quarter-finals. The scores in the final Group B games are Niger 0-2 Ghana and DR Congo 1-1 Mali. There is live text commentary on the BBC website.

  14. 1741: 

    Arsenal have opened formal talks with Barcelona to sign David Villa, claims It says manager Arsene Wenger is a long-time admirer of the 30-year-old and is prepared to pay up to £13.8 million to sign him on a permanent deal and match his £110,000-a-week wages.

  15. 1739: 

    Scotland international Scott Robertson is hoping to rebuild his career with Hibernian after a difficult spell with Blackpool. The 27-year-old midfielder joined the Tangerines in the summer but failed to tie down a regular place..

    "I was six months at Blackpool and only got one first-team game. After playing the whole season at Dundee United that wasn't great, so I'm looking forward to challenging for a first-team place," he said.

  16. 1734: 

    Swansea winger Wayne Routledge has agreed terms on a new long-term contract with the Welsh club.

  17. 1729: 

    Who do you want your club to sign in the next three days? Use the hashtag #bbctransfernews on Twitter to send us your thoughts.

    Tom Daniels on Twitter: "Newcastle need to bring back Andy Carroll! Joleon Lescott would be a good signing as well."

    Adnan Nazim on Twitter: "Chelsea need a composed holding midfielder. Marouane Fellaini or Paulinho would be great additions to our squad."

    Max Evans on Twitter: "Fulham need a new centre half, left back, goalkeeper, creative midfielder and striker. Get busy Martin!"

  18. 1722: 

    Queens Park Rangers striker Rob Hulse is poised to join Millwall on loan, reports Sky Sports. The striker has not featured for Rangers this season after being left out of their 25-man Premier League squad and spent three months on loan with Charlton.

  19. 1716: 

    Championship leaders Cardiff City are expecting to complete the signing of Simon Lappin, who has been released by Norwich City, according to WalesOnline. The 30-year-old Scot was on loan at Cardiff at the end of last year.

  20. 1710: 
    TRANSFER LATEST - Leicester City

    BBC Radio Leicester's Leicester City correspondent Ian Stringer: "Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson is always very quick to emphasis his desire to "do his transfer business early" and with that in mind I wouldn't expect too much late business at The King Power Stadium.

    "The addition of Chris Wood on New Year's Day is already paying dividends - he's netted seven goals in five games with the reported fee of £1.75m seemingly a bargain. Pearson is now blessed with six recognised strikers and I wouldn't be surprised to see one go out on loan.

    "If Pearson does strengthen, the good money suggests cover in defence would be a priority. The treatment room has been busy with centre-backs recently and although Zak Whitbread and Sean St Ledger are on their way back, it's a lot of pressure on the very able shoulders of 20-year-old Manchester United loanee Michael Keane."

  21. 1705: 

    Bristol Rovers extend the loan deal of Colchester midfielder John-Joe O'Toole from by a further two months.

  22. 1700: 

    The final Group B games - DR Congo v Mali and Niger v Ghana - have kicked off at the Africa Cup of Nations. There is live text commentary on the BBC website.

  23. 1656: 

    New Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is targeting an upset when his side to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the Premier League.

    "All games are key and the glamour factor does not dictate how we play, the main thing is that we go out with a winning mentality and we want to win every single game, we always respect our rivals but our aim has to always be to get the three points," he said.

  24. 1652: 

    Former Blackburn Rovers chairman John Williams is to become the new chairman of Professional Game Match Officials Limited, which is in charge of officiating all games in the Premier League, Football League and FA competitions.

  25. 1646: 

    Barcelona Xavi signs a contract extension, which will keep him at the Catalan club until June 2016. The 33-year-old Spain international follows captain Carles Puyol, who extended his deal last week, and Lionel Messi, who renewed his contract, until 2018.

  26. 1641: 

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers tells his young players to learn from Steven Gerrard or risk becoming a lot more familiar with League One after their shock FA Cup defeat to Oldham.

    "This is a harsh school. This isn't a club where a young player can come in and have lots of time to settle, this is one of the biggest clubs in the world, so you need to understand that every game you play is a cup final," he said.

    "And yesterday we had one or two that were too soft, simple as that. If you want to have a career at a club like this, you've got to be tougher than yesterday."

  27. 1637: 

    Who do you want your club to sign in the next three days? Use the hashtag #bbctransfernews on Twitter to send us your thoughts.

    Matt Justice on Twitter: "Hoping Balotelli deal doesn't happen. His character will be missed in the EPL."

    Glenn Smith on Twitter: "Liverpool need another cb would love to see Ashley Williams in a Liverpool shirt."

    Jamie Johnson on Twitter: "I think Man Utd should get a new midfielder now like Kevin Strootman or Christian Erikson to replace Scholes for the summer "

  28. 1632: 

    Kidderminster Harriers sign midfielder Danny Jackman, 30, from League Two side Gillingham. He was named the Gills player of the season last year but has moved to Harriers after turning down several Football League clubs.

  29. 1627: 

    Norwich City manager Chris Hughton is confident he can turn things around after seven losses in 10 games, including Saturday's embarrassing defeat to Luton where they became the first Premier League team to be knocked out of the FA Cup by a non-League side.

    "We just need to get back to winning ways and picking up points again. A good result in the next game sees things in a different light," he said.

  30. 1621: 
    TRANSFER LATEST - Ipswich Town

    BBC Radio Suffolk's Graeme Mac: "It has already been a busy January for Ipswich Town as Mick McCarthy has brought in three strikers. Frank Nouble joined on an 18-month contract, while both David McGoldrick and Aaron McLean have arrived on loans. Both deals could be made permanent if they impress between now and May.

    "While Bradley Orr's loan was extended recently, the new Blackburn boss Michael Appleton wants him back at Ewood Park so McCarthy may look to strengthen again at right-back. Both a goalkeeper and creative central midfielder may also be sought following the recent departures of Stephen Henderson and Nigel Reo-Coker.

    "As far as departures are concerned, Jason Scotland has already left the club by mutual consent and there have been question marks over Michael Chopra's future, although the striker has done well when called upon from the bench in recent weeks, and scored in Ipswich's recent FA Cup defeat away at Aston Villa."

  31. 1614: 

    BBC Sport's Lee James in Durban ahead of Monday's games between Mali and DR Congo: "Proud father Bert le Clos became one of the stars of the Olympics after his emotional response to his son Chad's gold medal-winning performance. Bert used to play in goal for the same team as the South Africa Coach Gordon Igesund. He told me 'he's a disciplinarian - it's his way or the freeway and that's what this country needs'."

  32. 1609: 

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez expects a tight battle to the end of the season for the Premier League's bottom 10 clubs as they try to secure top-flight survival.

    "I know that now people are looking at the table but I don't think it shows the reality of the teams that are involved. There will be a lot of twists and turns from now until the end of the season," said the Spaniard.

    "When you go to the last third of the league season, where you are in the table is just a starting point, but I do believe it is going to be a ferocious fight until the end of the season."

  33. 1602: 

    Opta's statisticians on Twitter: "Lewis Holtby has seven assists in the Bundesliga this season, only Thomas Mueller and Marco Reus (eight each) have more. Creative."

  34. 1557: 
    TRANSFER LATEST - Derby County

    BBC Radio Derby Sportscene presenter Owen Bradley: "It is still very quiet at Pride Park.

    "Derby maintain that there have been no offers for any of their players, despite the rumours linking defender John Brayford with Cardiff and midfielder Will Hughes with just about every Premier League team.

    "And with his squad reasonably injury-free, Nigel Clough says he's not expecting to bring anyone in either."

  35. 1553: 

    Who do you want your club to sign in the next three days? Use the hashtag #bbctransfernews on Twitter to send us your thoughts.

    Chinmay S Barhale on Twitter: "If Fergie can get Victor Wanyama in next 4 days, the treble is on for Man United."

    Chris Reeves on Twitter: "Chelsea need to sign another striker. I hope Falcao. Fellaini would be a great add as well. Mourinho back would be nice too."

    Edward 'Tractor Boy' on Twitter: "Ipswich need to sign a quality centre mid to create chances and run the game!"

  36. 1543: 
    FC Schalke's Lewis Holtby Tottenham agree to sign midfielder Lewis Holtby, 22, from Schalke this transfer window rather than in the summer.
  37. 1539: 

    So Tottenham look to be close to bringing Germany international Lewis Holtby to White Hart Lane.

    He agreed to move in July from Bundlesliga side Schalke but the 22-year-old now looks set to join before Thursday's transfer deadline.

    Holtby, who has a German mother and an English father, should join for £1.5m.

  38. 1536: 

    Tottenham Hotspur on Twitter: "We have reached agreement with FC Schalke 04 for the immediate transfer of Lewis Holtby."

  39. 1531: 
    TRANSFER LATEST - Nottingham Forest

    BBC Radio Nottingham's Colin Fray: "Forest's inconsistency is worrying, and may well be prompting manager Alex McLeish to keep up the pressure on the club's owners to find more cash for players before Thursday night.

    "McLeish himself has already talked about adding three players in order to mount a play-off challenge, and while Darius Henderson may be one of those, I would expect the Reds to go back into the market before the window closes.

    "McLeish may want more defensive cover, while the Reds have been short of a genuine winger all season, and Birmingham's Chris Burke is known to be a target."

  40. 1528: 

    Swansea City goalkeeper Michel Vorm is a target for Barcelona, report talkSPORT.

    Barca's long-standing number one Victor Valdes has said he will not be extending his contract and the La Liga leaders have been linked with Liverpool's Pepe Reina and Manchester United keeper David de Gea.

    But they are now thought to be interested in Vorm, 29, who joined Swansea in 2011 and is contracted at the club until 2016.

  41. 1519: 

    Here is more from Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner's statement backing manager Paul Lambert:

    "In the time that I've come to know Paul what is clear above all else is his strength of character and belief in his approach to football. Fortunes can shift quickly in this game and a sense that one has it right can become grave doubt in a matter of a few games.

    "The Villa Board knew that with Paul we would begin to address the club's multi-year lack of competitive stability by reshaping the squad with seven new signings in the summer. It has been rewarding at times this season although certainly frustrating as well, particularly recently.

    "During January Paul and the Board have discussed a variety of players although nothing has yet materialised, which I know also can be frustrating as fresh players always give at least a sense of progress and optimism."

  42. 1516: 

    Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner publicly backs manager Paul Lambert in a club statement.

    Villa have not won in six league games and were knocked out of the League Cup and the FA Cup last week. Lambert said earlier on Monday that he shared an encouraging and supportive phone call with the club's owner after defeat at Millwall.

    Lerner says: "I would reiterate that Paul has achieved success at many levels of professional football and I believe, given support, he will continue to do so for us."

  43. 1508: 

    Northampton Town have signed 20-year-old Brentford midfielder Emmanuel Oyeleke on a month's loan.

    Oyeleke, who was released from the Chelsea academy in 2008, has made two senior appearances for the Bees but has not featured this season.

    Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd said: "I have watched Manny play a number of times and he will add to our squad. He is a strong, athletic, combative midfield player who can play anywhere across the midfield or at full-back."


    There are just over three days to go until the January transfer window shuts so we want to know who you would like to see your club sign before then. You can send us your views on Twitter using the hashtag #bbctransfernews

    Matt Heneghan on Twitter: "Leandro Damiao to spurs! Need a striker on deadline day, Adebayor not good enough and Defoe needs rests."

    Steph Lill on Twitter: "Ashley Williams would be fantastic signing for Arsenal along with David Villa."

    Rafiki on Twitter: ""For West Ham it'd be nice to get Pogatetz and Olsson for defence, then someone quick on the wing. And Becks if we're lucky."

  45. 1456: 

    Cheltenham have signed midfielder Jason Taylor from League Two promotion rivals Rotherham on a free transfer.

    The 26-year-old has committed to a two-and-a-half-year deal at Whaddon Road after his contract with the Millers was terminated by mutual consent.

    Manager Mark Yates told the club website: "We are delighted to have signed Jason - this was a no brainer. He is a leader, a winner and he will add something extra to our already talented midfield."

  46. 1449: 

    Barnsley have signed former Ipswich Town striker Jason Scotland on a deal until the end of the season.

    The 33-year-old was released by Town earlier this month having scored two goals in 14 games this campaign.

    The former Dundee, St Johnstone, Swansea and Wigan man featured just once for the Portman Road side after Mick McCarthy took over in November.

  47. 1443: 

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will include four of his January signings in the squad for Tuesday night's trip to fellow strugglers Aston Villa.

    Midfielder Moussa Sissoko is likely to start at Villa Park along with full-back Mathieu Debuchy, while defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and striker Yoan Gouffran could also be involved and 20-year-old full-back Massadio Haidara will travel, but will not feature.

    Midfielder Yohan Cabaye (groin) is fit and striker Papiss Cisse is expected to shake off a training ground knock.

  48. 1439: 

    Wigan Athletic confirm Mauro Boselli has joined Italian Serie A side Palermo on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy at the end of the term.

    The 27-year-old striker has made twelve appearances for Wigan this season and has scored four goals in all competitions.

  49. 1435: 

    Scottish football is edging closer to reconstruction after the country's top 12 clubs back proposals for a new league model.

    The SPL clubs agreed on a new set up that would see the current format replaced with two leagues of 12 and one of 18.

    The plans will be put in place for next season if ratified by the Scottish Football League clubs at a meeting on Thursday.

  50. 1429: 

    BBC Sports Lee James in Durban: "Can Bafana Bafana take inspiration from South Africa's Olympic champions?

    "Here in Durban I met Chad le Clos who beat Michael Phelps to gold in the 200 metres butterfly in London. He revealed his ambition was to actually to play football for Manchester United.

    "He says: "I think we will win the title - we're very passionate here it would be great if they can bring it home for us."

    Hosts South Africa finished top of Group A at the Africa Cup of Nations.

  51. 1422: 
    TRANSFER LATEST - Blackburn Rovers

    Phil Cunliffe, BBC Radio Lancashire: "It has not taken new manager Michael Appleton very long to realise that the Rovers squad is imbalanced, with too many players on the margins.

    "Following face-to-face talks with the club's Indian owners Venky's, he is looking to add at least "three or four" new signings.

    "Having missed out to Bolton on West Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson, a centre-back remains a priority, along with wide players. Bournemouth striker Wes Thomas has been linked after playing under Appleton at both Portsmouth and Blackpool this season. Unsettled defender Gael Givet could be one of several heading out, while Mauro Formica has joined Palermo on loan for the rest of the campaign."


    Just over three days to go now till the end of the transfer window - who do you want your club to sign. Use the hashtag #bbctransfernews

    LLoyd Evans on Twitter: "Celtic should go in for Charlie Austin now, rather than in the summer when somebody may have bagged him and Hooper's gone."

    Mark Stevenson on Twitter: "Has every club forgot about Michael Dawson?? Spurs wanted rid of him in the summer. Newcastle/QPR need to pay attention."

    Chetan Gupta on Twitter: "Leighton Baines to Arsenal."

  53. 1414: 

    Earlier we brought you the very first Question of Sport teaser - a new daily challenge provided to us by the Question of Sport team.

    Today's question was: "Seven players have scored in the FA Cup final since 2000 whose surnames end in a vowel (penalty shootouts not included). Who are they?"

    And the answer is... Cisse, Di Matteo, Drogba, Kanu, Ronaldo, Saha and Yaya Toure.

  54. 1404: 

    Metro report that Lewis Holtby, 22, will join Tottenham in time for Sunday's trip to West Brom after Spurs agreed a £1.5million deal for the Schalke midfielder.

    The deal has yet to be rubber-stamped but is expected to be completed before Thursday's transfer deadline.

    Germany international Holtby had signed a pre-contract agreement to move to White Hart Lane in the summer but the deal was fast-tracked after Sandro was ruled out for the rest of the season following an injury at QPR.

  55. 1402: 
    TRANSFER LATEST - Wolverhampton Wanderers

    Nick Clitheroe, Sports Editor BBC Midlands Today: "Wolves manager Dean Saunders has made no secret of the fact he thinks the squad at Molineux is far too big and the club would like him to get the wage bill down.

    "Those who could leave include players approaching the end of their contracts like Christophe Berra and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

    "As for new faces, well clearly Saunders wants to make his own mark on the squad but that might mean looking for bargains lower down the leagues. The need to strengthen in defence has been an issue for a while and there's interest in bringing in a striker."


    It is transfer deadline day on Thursday so we are asking which deals you would still like to see happen. Use the hashtag #bbctransfernews on Twitter to send us your thoughts.

    Andy Mendrys on Twitter: "Arsenal to keep hold of everyone other than Chamakh and Arshavin, and I'll be happy. Anyone in is a bonus!"

    Mark Rigby on Twitter: "Villa need to sign Nigel Reo-Coker back, exactly what we need in the middle of the field, and he's a free agent!"

    Jez Lees on Twitter: "I would like to see some transfer action for Marcus Bent - it wouldn't be the same transfer window if he wasn't involved!"

  57. 1353: 
    TRANSFER LATEST - Peterborough United

    Nick Fairbairn, Sports editor at BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "Darren Ferguson has hinted that he is after another front man to bolster Peterborough's striking options. Dwight Gayle has been prolific since his arrival from Dagenham, but he is one of only two out-and-out strikers who will be considered for selection - the other is 17-year-old Jaanai Gordon.

    "The big story may centre around who is set to leave London Road. Fan favourite George Boyd could be a bargain buy - he is on the transfer list, is out of contract at the end of the season and has attracted interest from Crystal Palace and Reading. Nottingham Forest have already had an offer for the midfielder rejected with chairman Darragh MacAnthony describing the bid as "derisory"."

  58. 1345: 

    Everton have agreed a deal with FC Twente to sign Dutch international Leroy Fer, according to the club website.

    The 23-year-old midfielder will now discuss personal terms and have a medical at the club.

    Fer has scored 10 times in 29 appearances for FC Twente and has two caps for the Netherlands.

  59. 1341: 

    Jack Dearden, BBC Radio Manchester: "Don't expect any big-name arrivals at the Reebok. Manager Dougie Freedman has been busy in the last few days trying to seal a loan deal for West Bromwich Albion defender Craig Dawson, while striker Craig Davies has already arrived from Barnsley for around £300,000.

    "The Wanderers manager has also been linked with a move for his former Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak, but that's a deal which appears to be on hold for the time being.

    "Going out, Martin Petrov has aleady left to join Spanish side Espanyol, while full-back Marcos Alonso is reported to be a target for Nottingham Forest and Fiorentina."


    We are asking which transfers you would like to see happen before the end of the window. Twitter is the place for your views using the hashtag #bbctransfernews

    Taz on Twitter: "Diame to Arsenal? Would certainly give a presence to that midfield, alongside Wilshire."

    Robbie Newton on Twitter: "Benteke to Spurs please, would fit perfectly in the lone striker role! Can't see villa letting him go cheap though."

    Richard Priest on Twitter: "Get Joey Barton in at Villa Park, we need a strong experienced midfielder."

  61. 1330: 

    QPR defender Ryan Nelsen is set to return to the side for what could be his last QPR game on Tuesday at home to Manchester City.

    Nelsen, who Toronto want to start work as their manager on Friday, and striker Loic Remy were both rested for Saturday's FA Cup defeat to MK Dons, but are likely to feature in tomorrow's game against the champions at Loftus Road.

    Junior Hoilett (hamstring), Shaun Wright-Phillips (knock) and Bobby Zamora (hip) are doubts for the match.

  62. 1327: 

    Sky Italia are reporting that AC Milan have made an official bid for Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

    The report says that they have offered 24m euros which would be paid in six instalments and that the 22-year-old Italian would get a four-and-a-half year contract.

  63. 1322: 

    After Wigan manager Roberto Martinez earlier said that he is looking to bring in a defender, talkSPORT are reporting that they are set to make an improved offer for Barnsley defender John Stones.

    The Latics bid £1m, with half of the fee paid immediately and the rest in the summer, earlier this month but saw that was rejected by the Championship side.

    Martinez has made Stones, 18, one of his top transfer targets during this window and wants to push through a deal to provide competition for Ronnie Stam.

  64. 1316: 
    TRANSFER LATEST - Blackpool

    Phil Cunliffe, BBC Radio Lancashire: "Blackpool's transfer plans are in chaos due to the ongoing managerial uncertainty at the club. Caretaker manager Steve Thompson has made enquiries, but players will not sign up while there is no permanent manager at the helm. The poor state of the Bloomfield Road pitch is also a turn-off.

    "The Seasiders could do with reinforcements after slipping to 15th in the Championship. They are light in attack after on-loan strikers Nouha Dicko and Wes Thomas returned to their parent clubs. Previous manager Michael Appleton had targeted a new right-back before his departure, while Ian Evatt's season-ending injury may prompt a move for a new centre-back."

  65. 1311: 

    Here's some more from QPR manager Harry Redknapp who says his move to sign West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie may not go through as their interest has become "too public".

    He says: "I don't know (whether the transfer will go ahead). It's a bit of a difficult situation for West Brom. It's not worked out in an ideal way. The whole situation has become a bit too public really hasn't it? I am sure West Brom are not too happy with the way it's gone.

    "We made an enquiry. The enquiry leaked out and obviously the player decided he wanted to come to London and that's how it has worked out. I think too many people get involved in Twitter."

  66. 1307: 
    TRANSFER LATEST - Bristol City

    Caroline Chapman, BBC Sport West: "Bristol City fans should not be expecting new boss Sean O'Driscoll to splash the cash during the transfer window. Having recorded a loss of £14m last year, they simply can't afford to.

    "A defensive addition was essential for the Championship's bottom side, who have shipped 56 league goals this season, and they have now bolstered their back line with Brendan Moloney from Nottingham Forest.

    "Crawley's Kyle McFadzean was a target for ex-City boss Derek McInnes, but O'Driscoll, who briefly managed the 25-year-old last year, said their negotiations are on hold until the summer. O'Driscoll admits his side are not "desirable candidates" but if he can coax in a couple of loanees to patch up his side, it could prove crucial in their fight against the drop."

  67. 1259: 

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp, whose team are rooted to the foot of the table and five points from safety, has said he is looking to bring "a few" new faces to the club before January transfer deadline day.

    He cast doubt on a potential move for West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie following his Twitter rant over the weekend, and ruled out signing either Fulham's Brede Hangeland or Jonas Olsson of West Brom.

    "I would like to have them, but I don't see their clubs selling them. They would be impossibilities," said Redknapp.

  68. 1253: 

    Scott Read, BBC Radio Lancashire: "Burnley's transfer dealings are likely to depend entirely on top scorer Charlie Austin. Should he stay, and I expect him to, then Burnley will not be doing a great deal in the window. If he goes, then Sean Dyche will have to act, as it would leave the Clarets short of strikers. Veteran goalkeeper Brian Jensen might want a move away from Turf Moor to find regular first-team football."

  69. 1248: 

    Wasps have signed Worcester and England prop Matt Mullan for the start of next season.

    The 25-year-old said: "I have had a great eight years at Worcester and leaving your home town club is always hard.

    "However, I felt the time was right for a new challenge and I am looking forward to joining up with London Wasps next season."

  70. 1243: 

    England will be without Manu Tuilagi for Saturday's opening Six Nations match against Scotland at Twickenham.

    Head coach Stuart Lancaster said that they had "run out of time" to sort out Tuilagi's ankle injury, but he was confident the centre would be training fully next Tuesday or Wednesday.

  71. 1236: 

    Manchester City have central defensive concerns ahead of their Premier League trip to QPR with captain Vincent Kompany ruled out with a calf injury.

    Matija Nastasic (knee) is also doubtful while Kolo Toure remains on duty at the African Nations Cup along with brother and midfielder Yaya Toure.

    Forwards Mario Balotelli and Samir Nasri have recovered from illness but full-backs Maicon and Micah Richards (both knee) are not yet ready to return.


    John Butterworth on Twitter: "For the first time in a long time I'm happy with the Man Utd squad. Although that could change after the tie with Madrid."

    Al Devon on Twitter: "Gabi Agbonlahor to Newcastle."

    Gary on Twitter: "Cheeky QPR move for Crouchy? End of season loan?"

    stu fennell on Twitter: "Get Joey Barton in at Villa Park just what they need at the moment."

    Who has been linked with your club? Who will go where and what signings would improve your team? You can tweet us your thoughts using the hashtag #bbctransfernews.

  73. 1222: 

    A chain of transfers could be triggered should Manchester City's Mario Balotelli move to AC Milan.

    Italian media report that the defending Premier League champions have already made enquiries about Napoli striker Edinson Cavani. The Italian club are preparing for his departure and have offered AC Milan £24m (30m euros) for rising star Stephan El Shaarawi.

    El Sharaawi has said he would love to play with Balotelli: "He's a great player and we have a good understanding."

  74. 1216: 

    Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is unlikely to be able to welcome any of his injured players back into the fold for Tuesday night's Premier League clash with Swansea.

    Skipper Lee Cattermole (knee) remains sidelined, while defenders Danny Rose and Carlos Cuellar are still recovering from hamstring problems and are unlikely to figure.

  75. 1210: 

    Sven-Goran Eriksson, new technical director at Dubai side Al Nasr, has distanced the club from a move for former England captain David Beckham.

    "This is just speculation," he said. "We wouldn't have time to conclude a deal and already have the four foreign players we are permitted."


    Mitch Wood on Twitter: "@AVFCOfficial need to sign a whole new 11, finishing bottom at this rate."

    Patrick Short on Twitter: "Very concerned by Norwich's lack of success signing a striker. Would love to see Van Wolfkswinkel or Hooper come!"

    Jamie Dubber on Twitter: "Tom Ince to Reading please? Need someone to push McAnuff out of the side."

    What January signings would improve your team and who will go where? You can tweet us your thoughts using the hashtag #bbctransfernews

  77. 1158: 

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has stressed he "won't walk away" from the club's battle for Premier League survival ahead of Tuesday's home match against fellow strugglers Newcastle.

    The Scot admits he has not experienced a run like the one Villa are on at the moment - two points from the last six games and knocked out of two cups by clubs from lower divisions - during his managerial career.

    When asked if there was any chance he would quit, Lambert said: "No. I can only do, or try to do my best. There's no chance I'd walk away from it.

    "You have to fight like anything to get up. You pick yourself up and there's no point in lying down and accepting it. I've never had a run like this as a manager or been hit from pillar to post like this. It's an experience you take on board and you use it."

  78. 1151: 

    According to reports in Italy, Philippe Coutinho's move to Liverpool is a done deal and the Brazilian will have a medical on Monday.

    Inter are resigned to losing him, satisfied by Liverpool's offer of £8.5m (10m euros, plus 2.5m euros in bonuses) and aim to replace him with another Brazilian, Corinthians' Paulinho.

  79. 1142: 

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez says he plans to bring in another defender after losing the injured Ivan Ramis but wants to do his business before transfer deadline day.

    Wigan have been linked with Liverpool's Sebastian Caotes and Wolves's Ronald Zubar, but Martinez would not comment on those players out of respect for their respective clubs.

    He said: "I don't really like going into the last day of the window without our signings done. That's why we brought our two players in really early - Roger Espinoza and Angelo Henrique - but the injury to Ivan Ramis has put us in a position where we should be looking to add a defender."

  80. 1135: 

    Heather Watson and Laura Robson have been rewarded for reaching the third round of the Australian Open with new career-high rankings.

    The pair both rose 10 places courtesy of their fine performances in Melbourne, with Watson climbing to 40th and Robson three places behind.

  81. 1127: 

    Scott Robertson, who has joined Hibernian from Blackpool, tells Hibs' official website: "This is a great move for me and I'm really excited about what we can achieve at Hibs.

    "The club has made a decent start to the season and we are in a strong position in order to be able to kick on and progress even further.

    "There were other options on the table, but as soon as I spoke to Pat Fenlon I was convinced that Hibs were the right club for me."

  82. 1113: 

    It's time for our brand new Question of Sport teaser.

    Today's question is: "Seven players have scored in the FA Cup final since 2000 whose surnames end in a vowel (penalty shootouts not included). Who are they?"

    Each morning we will pose a question kindly provided to us by the Question of Sport team.

    You can tweet your answers using the hashtag #QSTeaser. The answers will be revealed on Sportsday at about 1330 GMT today.

    Watch Question of Sport on Friday at 19:30 GMT. Sue Barker and captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell will be joined by Beijing 400m gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu, London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Beth Tweddle and former England rugby union international Martin Bayfield.

  83. 1100: 

    Hibernian have confirmed that midfielder Scott Robertson has joined the club from Blackpool after agreeing a two-and-a-half year deal.

  84. 1058: 

    Kelly Brown has been appointed Scotland captain for the Six Nations opener against England at Twickenham on Saturday.


    Mike Spence on Twitter: "FA Cup never lost its magic as far as the fans were concerned. It's foreign managers/chairman who don't see it as a priority."

    Chris Parker on Twitter: "Shows how poor the PL has become, if we can't beat Oldham and Brentford what chance do we have against Dortmund and Madrid."

    lcarus on Twitter: "The FA cup is special because anything is possible for lower league teams. As a MCFC fan I pray for premiership opposition."

    What impact did the surprise lower league victories have on the FA Cup? Has the competition regained its sparkle? Get involved on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  86. 1048: 

    BBC Sport's Simon Austin has spoken to AC Milan spokesman Riccardo Coli who has described reports linking Manchester City's Mario Balotelli with a move to the Milan club as "only rumours". He added no negotiations were taking place.

  87. 1037: 

    Turkish top flight club Galatasaray has confirmed that they are negotiating a deal that would bring Ivory Coast and former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to Istanbul.

    "Galatasaray Sports Club has begun official negotiations regarding the transfer of Ivorian professional football player Didier Drogba from FC Shanghai Shenhua," the club said on its website.

    The 34-year-old left Chelsea for China last year after helping the west London side to their first Champions League title.

  88. 1031: 

    Houston, a former Scotland assistant, recently confirmed he would not be renewing his contract when it ended in the summer.

    A brief statement released by the Tannadice club said: "Peter, who recently confirmed he would not be renewing his contract at the club, led Dundee United to Scottish Cup success in 2010 and helped the squad qualify for European football on three consecutive occasions.

    "He leaves with the thanks of everyone at the club and best wishes for the future."

  89. 1017: 

    Dundee United announce that manager Peter Houston has left the club by mutual consent.

  90. 1016: 

    BBC Sport's Pat Murphy at Aston Villa's news conference ahead of Tuesday's home game to Newcastle United: "Paul Lambert says the message from Aston Villa's owner Randy Lerner is 'keep on fighting'. Lambert said he had another supportive, encouraging phone call from Lerner after Friday's FA Cup exit at Millwall."

  91. 1012: 

    Burnley say they will appeal against the red card shown to Dean Marney during the 2-1 defeat at home by Birmingham City on Saturday.

  92. 1007: 

    Stoke's Glenn Whelan will not face action over his two-footed challenge on Manchester City's Javi Garcia, the Football Association confirms. Referee Howard Webb and his officials were criticised for not having a clear view of the tackle, which happened early in the second half of City's 1-0 win at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

  93. 1002: 

    Everton manager David Moyes tells the Liverpool Echo if he was a betting man he would back himself to bring in a new signing before the January transfer window shuts on Thursday.


    Alan Shearer has been giving his views on the weekend's FA Cup surprises in the Sun. "What a brilliant weekend it has been for the FA Cup," writes the former England striker. "But not for the Premier League. A couple of shock results you could put down as flukes. But when Liverpool, Tottenham, QPR, Norwich and Aston Villa all go out to lower league opposition, it's not a coincidence." So, has the cup won back its sparkle? Let us know using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    James Earl on Twitter: "Of course it's magic, the teams that Norwich and Liverpool put out were extremely strong."

    Jason Garwood on Twitter: "Good to see strong starting XI in the FA Cup this weekend. Makes the upsets this weekend special."

    Zouis Malikson on Twitter: What we need now is for Brentford to beat Chelsea at the Bridge in the replay then this 4th round will be amazing."

  95. 0948: 

    London Welsh announce the signing of Argentina Test centre Gonzalo Tiesi. The 27-year-old has previously enjoyed spells with London Irish and Harlequins.

  96. 0932: 

    West Bromwich Albion reject a second offer from Queens Park Rangers for striker Peter Odemwingie.

    The club's sporting and technical director Richard Garlick says: "As we have repeatedly stated, we have no need or desire to sell our core players.

    "Since we turned down Peter's transfer request, he has made his position clear in a statement to the media and via his personal Twitter account. This matter will be dealt with internally."

  97. 0929: 

    Turkish side Galatasaray has started negotiations with Shanghai Shenhua to buy former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, the club says in a statement to the Istanbul Stock Exchange on Monday.

  98. 0927: 

    Gary Hetherington, chief executive of Super League champions Leeds Rhinos, insists the game is in good shape as clubs prepare to launch the 2013 season. Hetherington responded to a report by sports finance specialist Rob Wilson, from Sheffield Hallam University, for Monday's BBC Inside Out programme which claims Super League club are on the edge of "a financial abyss" with combined debts of more than £60m.

    "There has been some casualties in recent years, but I think the sport will certainly have learnt some lessons from those and it's in a much stronger position now to go forward," Hetherington tells BBC Radio 5 live.

  99. 0922: 

    Bolton Wanderers striker Tom Eaves, 21, has extended his contract with the club until the summer of 2016, the Championship club report on Twitter.

  100. 0916: 

    Wigan Athletic on Twitter reporting from manager Roberto Martinez's news conference ahead of Tuesday's match at Stoke City: "We could do with an extra body and we're working on a number of targets but it's important not to panic."


    "So many players from the Premier League have gone into this weekend with the wrong attitude." So says former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson in Monday's Daily Mirror. Has the sparkle returned to the FA Cup after a weekend of shocks? Lets us know using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    Ab-red on Twitter: "The reason that it's getting its spark back is because teams are featuring their starting 11."

    Bob the builder on Twitter: "The cup magic has lived this weekend, Oldham beating Liverpool is a shock, but for me Luton winning at Norwich is the biggest."

    George Muscat on Twitter: "FA Cup retains its magic for lower league teams, but it has become an inconvenience for mid to lower league PL teams."

  102. 0900: 

    BBC Sport's Nick Clitheroe reports on what we can expect at West Bromwich Albion this week ahead of Thursday's transfer deadline: "Manager Steve Clarke can't wait for the transfer window to shut. He's already said he's hoping there will be no players going in or out permanently before the deadline but the club have already rejected a transfer request from striker Peter Odemwingie.

    "QPR boss Harry Redknapp has also enquired about centre-half Jonas Olsson. It looked like midfielder Graham Dorrans might have been allowed to leave in January but that changed when Zoltan Gera was ruled out for the rest of the season with injury."

  103. 0852: 

    Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen, speaking to the Liverpool Echo after the club's shock FA Cup defeat by Oldham: "It's the worst feeling in football. Everyone in the dressing room is completely devastated. To concede three goals in the manner we did was bitterly disappointing. We wanted to do well in the FA Cup but now we're out.

    "It hurts and I feel sorry for the fans. When you are representing Liverpool, you represent them. Once again they turned up in their thousands and they have gone home very disappointed."

  104. 0842: 

    BBC Radio Manchester's Ian Cheeseman reports: "The most likely transfer activity at Manchester City would be the departure of Mario Balotelli to AC Milan. City say they don't want to sell, and Milan say he's too expensive. If Milan blink first, City could then sign a striker like Edinson Cavani from Napoli close to the deadline. After the home win against Fulham, I asked assistant manager David Platt if he expected any transfer activity. His answer was a very curt: 'No'."

  105. 0834: 

    Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes on Twitter: "Fantastic response from QPR fans. Good chat with Harry. I'm a fighter so if fans want me to stay I stay whatever happens. End of subject. Thank you all."

    Fernandes had indicated over the weekend he was willing to leave struggling QPR if he was unable to "fix" their problems.


    "This was the weekend when the FA Cup received the kiss of life and a competition that was in danger of becoming all too predictable was reinvigorated." So writes BBC Match of the Day's Alan Hansen in Monday's Daily Telegraph. Do you agree? Join the debate using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    Jon-Paul Blundell on Twitter: "This is what the FA Cup is all about #OldhamFC #LFC."

    Luke Walker on Twitter: "Oldham putting their bodies on the line time and time again! Proper determination to progress to the next round from them."

  107. 0820: 

    BBC Radio Norfolk's Chris Goreham reports: "Norwich City manager Chris Hughton's clear priority is to bring a new striker to Carrow Road. Norwich have already placed bids for Swansea's Danny Graham and Gary Hooper of Celtic. Neil Lennon has spoken of his desire to keep his top scorer north of the border so the pursuit of Hooper could go right up to the deadline."

  108. 0816: 

    England's women reach 270-9 from 50 overs against South Africa in their World Cup warm-up game in Mumbai. Captain Charlotte Edwards top scored with 78 for the defending champions. The tournament starts for real on 31 January.


    You are giving your views on the FA Cup after a weekend of surprises. Does it still retain its magic? Who is going to win it? Can Luton, Oldham and MK Dons progress to the quarter-finals? Let us know using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    Jake Waring on Twitter: "FA Cup is still prestigious. Look at the top PL teams' starting 11s this weekend. Plus we don't all get to play in the CL."

    Humphrey Flange on Twitter: "Dickov's bread and butter is the league. Obviously results not good enough. Chairman's decision in the end."

    Timothy Mutambuki on Twitter: "PL teams are fielding much stronger teams these days and still getting thrashed. That's where the magic is."

  110. 0751: 

    BBC Radio Stoke's Matt Sandoz reports: "Stoke City have ruled out signing US winger Brek Shea. The 22-year-old was expected to be given a week's trial but has remained at FC Dallas. Most attention seems to be on players possibly leaving. Striker Kenwyne Jones is linked with a switch to Swansea although the Welsh club have not matched Stoke's £4m valuation. Speculation continues over the future of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic."

  111. 0744: 

    Oldham Athletic chairman Simon Corney on speculation about manager Paul Dickov's job tells BBC Breakfast: "I think Paul's OK for the time being. Paul and I have a great working relationship and Paul puts pressure on himself. If you lose seven out of eight games [in the league] then you're going to be under pressure. Hopefully this will be the kick-start and we won't be talking about Paul's job again."

  112. 0736: 

    Unsettled West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie is facing disciplinary action after several attacks on the club via Twitter during the past 48 hours, Press Association Sport reports. Sources close to the Baggies have confirmed that Twitter statements by players form part of the club's disciplinary code of conduct.

    Odemwingie again tweeted late Sunday: "Looked through my tweets. Deleted some. Was too much. Only excuses - home alone, dark, son and wife in hospital, frustrated."

  113. 0733: 

    Mike Taylor, BBC Radio WM, reports: "It now appears possible that Aston Villa will make no signings at all during January. Paul Lambert has consistently said in recent weeks that he was not keen to sign players for the short term, or draft in experienced players to assist the youngsters who have been willing, but so obviously floundering, as the team struggles. The long-assumed departure of Darren Bent hasn't happened yet, but suddenly doesn't feel like the most pressing issue."

  114. 0728: 

    Stoke's Glenn Whelan will escape punishment from the Football Association for the two-footed stamp on Manchester City's Javi Garcia, reports the Daily Telegraph. Referee Howard Webb and his officials were criticised for not having a clear view of the tackle, which happened early in the second half of City's 1-0 victory at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, and did not even caution the Republic of Ireland international or award a free-kick.

  115. 0721: 

    Bill Rice, BBC Radio Manchester, reports: "Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has stuck to his line about there being little value in January, and says Manchester United are only interested in players available to compete in European football. Having secured the services of Crystal Palace and England winger Wilfried Zaha, an audacious move to take Frank Lampard on a free transfer from Chelsea is one for the summer."

  116. 0716: 

    Who said the FA Cup is boring and predictable? Luton Town, MK Dons, Oldham Athletic and Leeds United are all looking forward to the fifth round after a weekend of surprises.

    Whose name is on this season's cup? Is the cup still as prestigious as it used to be? And what do you make about Paul Dickov's position at Oldham reportedly being under threat despite steering the League One club to a famous win over Liverpool. Let us know using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  117. 0711: 

    Having masterminded a stunning FA Cup victory over Liverpool. Paul Dickov's position as manager of Oldham Athletic is reportedly under serious threat. Monday's newspapers are full of stories that the former Manchester City player is facing the sack at the League One club.

    The Daily Telegraph reports: "Dickov is set to become the most bizarre and ill-timed of this season's managerial dismissals when he meets chairman Simon Corney at Boundary Park this morning in the aftermath of the club's biggest win for 20 years."

    The Guardian reports: "Dickov's backroom staff have been decimated, and his own future at Boundary Park is in jeopardy even after this glorious high."

    The Daily Mail reports: "Dickov's two-an-a-half-year tenure has been under threat since Corney placed three of his backroom staff, including assistant manager Gerry Taggart, on gardening leave over Christmas."

  118. 0703: 

    The transfer deadline is only just a few days away and the newspapers are crammed full of speculation. Here is a selection of stories from Monday's gossip column on the BBC Sport website.

    Arsenal are set to step up their chase for Barcelona's David Villa, 31, after manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side are short of fire power. (Metro)

    Chelsea are getting ready to make a surprise deadline bid to sign Birmingham City's England under-21 goalkeeper Jack Butland as a long-term investment. (Daily Mirror)

    Queens Park Rangers are preparing an improved £3.25m bid for the 31-year-old West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie, who will be fined two weeks' wages by the Baggies after criticising the club on Twitter. (Daily Telegraph)

  119. 0700: 

    Good morning and welcome to a new week of Sportsday Live, from the BBC Sport Centre in Salford Quays. We will bring you all the latest football transfer news as the clock ticks down to Thursday's deadline while we begin the build-up to rugby union's Six Nations which starts at the weekend.

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