Sportsday - Tuesday's transfer news as it happened

The latest transfer news, build-up to Tuesday and Wednesday's Premier League action, plus other breaking stories.

29 January 2013 Last updated at 18:45 GMT

Get involved

To get involved contact us in any of the following ways

As it happened

  1. 1835: 
    FOOTBALL LATEST

    Just like Mario Balotelli moving closer to an exit from Manchester City, so we move closer to the end of this Sportsday live.

    There is plenty of live Premier League action to follow this evening: Aston Villa v Newcastle, QPR v Man City, Stoke v Wigan and Sunderland v Swansea, as well as lots of league matches.

    Final Score on the Red Button, online and on mobile devices will also keep you up-to-date.

    Sportsday live returns on Wednesday to count down the final 48 hours of football's transfer window. Ciao for now, as Balotelli might say.

  2. 1828: 
    WINTER OLYMPICS LATEST

    British alpine skier Ed Drake has switched to ski cross in an attempt to qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

    The 27-year-old competed in downhill, giant slalom, super-G and the super combined at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, with a highest finish of 29th.

    But he is now trying out ski cross, where four skiers race against each other over a one kilometre course.

  3. 1823: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    BBC WM is reporting that Nottingham Forest have made a second bid for Birmingham City winger Chris Burke. The Reds had previously had an offer of £300,000 turned down, and though the exact figure of the new bid hasn't been revealed, the Blues say it's being considered.

  4. 1819: 
    FORMULA 1 LATEST

    F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone says a potential buyer for the defunct HRT team is unlikely to be given a place on the 2013 grid. Scorpion Racing are understood to be made up of a group of Canadian and American investors.

    But the entry deadline for this season closed at the end of November and it's unlikely governing body, the FIA, would bend the rules to allow them to race.

    "They want to buy all the bits from HRT, then form a company and ask for an entry," Ecclestone told the Press Association. "But I personally don't think it will happen. It's all a bit too late. Maybe they could do it for next year."

  5. 1814: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Norwich have announced goalkeeper Declan Rudd has joined Preston on loan until the end of the season as cover for the injured Steve Simonsen.

  6. 1811: 
    SIX NATIONS LATEST

    Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees is set for his England debut after being included in the 23 for their Six Nations opener against Scotland on Saturday.

    Jonathan Joseph and Ben Foden among players omitted. England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: "We've had to make some tough calls with a lot of competition for places."

  7. 1808: 
    FOOTBALL LATEST

    Motherwell's match at home to Dundee United tonight has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch, the Fir Park club have confirmed.

  8. 1806: 
    BALOTELLI TRANSFER LATEST

    BBC Sport's chief football correspondent Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Think there will be real sadness from Mancini that he did not get the best out of Balotelli. Could not have done more to indulge/help him."

  9. 1803: 
    GOLF LATEST

    Lee Westwood says he feels much sharper after swapping the snow of Britain for the sunshine of Florida and joining the US PGA Tour.

    "I played a lot more this winter than I would normally play and there's no rust," Westwood said.

    "Last week I had shorts on and was out playing with Luke Donald. Living in England I've always finished the year, gone home, packed the clubs away and came back out trying to catch everyone else.

    "My short game is sharper from being out there especially my putting."

  10. 1755: 
    BALOTELLI TRANSFER LATEST

    Plenty of debate on Mario Balotelli's move to AC Milan. Join in on Twitter using the hashtag #bbctransfernews

    George Muscat on Twitter: "I am sure many City fans are pleased to see Balotelli go, but as a neutral I will be gutted to see him gone."

    Nick Robertson on Twitter: "Balotelli has gone from Inter, to Man City, now to former rivals AC Milan, what are the odds on him going to Man United..."

    Tommy Mogs on Twitter: "Gutted Balotelli is going, I fear Manchester council will have to increase council tax to cover the loss of his parking fines..."

  11. 1743: 
    FOOTBALL LATEST

    Goalkeeper Jason Brown has left Aberdeen with immediate effect.

    The Wales international made 28 appearances for the Dons after arriving from Blackburn 18 months ago, but has been unable to displace Jamie Langfield his season.

    Aberdeen chief executive Duncan Fraser told the club's official website: "Jason made it clear to us he was keen to return to England and continue his career.

    "He is a proud member of the Welsh international team and in order to maintain his place in the squad he feels it is vital for him to be playing every week. The club wish Jason all the best with his future career."

  12. 1738: 
    SIX NATIONS LATEST

    Andy Farrell has dismissed comments by former Scotland coach Jim Telfer that England are "too arrogant."

    Telfer maintained that England, who finished second at last year's Six Nations, are not as good as they believe they are.

    England backs coach Farrell responded: "I definitely don't recognise anything he has said."

    Scotland play England in the opening match of their Six Nations campaign at Twickenham on Saturday

  13. 1735: 
    FOOTBALL LATEST

    Wolves manager Dean Saunders has confirmed that the club has turned down bids for top scorer Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and defender Stephen Ward, BBC WM reports.

    Ebanks-Blake, 26, is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a move away from Molineux this transfer window. Republic of Ireland international Ward, 27, is the only recognised fit left-back at the club.

    "We've turned a bid down for Sylvan and Wardy," Saunders told BBC WM. "The club has shown their intentions and we are not prepared to give our players away."

  14. 1728: 
    FOOTBALL LATEST

    Motherwell fans, there will be a second pitch inspection ahead of their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dundee United.

    Club spokesman Alan Burrows has said on Twitter: "Pitch is wet but weather forecast is to dry up. Referee is still here at the ground."

  15. 1723: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Spanish football expert Andy West tells BBC Sport: "It's still very quiet in Spain. Without being disrespectful to Alan Hutton, when his loan switch from Aston Villa to Mallorca is one of the biggest deals of the day, you know there's not a lot going on.

    One possible move involves Barcelona's reserve team striker Rodri, who has been tipped to end his disappointing loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday and join Real Zaragoza until the end of the season.

    But the majority of the Spanish media's sports coverage is dominated by tomorrow evening's Clasico, which will see Barcelona travel to the Bernabeu for the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final against Real Madrid.

    Certainly it will be fascinating to witness another clash between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who are both on top form. Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Getafe on Sunday, only for Messi to trump him by netting four against Osasuna a few hours later."

  16. 1715: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Everton boss David Moyes believes new Dutch signing Leroy "The Bouncer" Fer will be a real asset for the club. The Toffees announced yesterday they had agreed an £8.6m deal with FC Twente for the midfielder.

    "He's someone who we've liked for a long time," said Moyes. "He's young and he's certainly an up-and-coming prospect, which we like the sound of. He is somebody who we think can help us."

    If everything goes smoothly with Fer's medical, he could make his debut against Aston Villa on Saturday.

  17. 1703: 
    FOOTBALL LATEST

    The FA has today [Tuesday 29 January] charged Sir Alex Ferguson in relation to post-match media comments made following Manchester United's game at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 20 January 2013.

    It is alleged the Manchester United manager breached FA Rule E3 in that he implied that the match official was motivated by bias.

    Ferguson has until 4pm on Friday 1 February 2013 to respond to the charge.

  18. 1700: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    French football expert Matthew Spiro tells BBC Sport: "Newcastle may have signed five French players this month, but it looks like the Magpies will miss out one of their targets, Florian Thauvin.

    The 20-year-old Bastia winger, who has also caught Arsene Wenger's eye, is en route to Lille where he is expected to sign for the 2011 French champions."

  19. 1657: 
    BALOTELLI TRANSFER LATEST

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein reports: "Manchester City are refusing to comment on Mario Balotelli's impending move to AC Milan until the transfer is completed, not even off the record.

    They say manager Roberto Mancini is likely to say something about the situation tonight, when City travel to QPR."

  20. 1650: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Rafael Benitez is not expecting Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to dig deep for any new signings before the transfer window closes.

    Asked if he anticipated any movement in the final 48 hours of the window, the Chelsea boss said: "I don't think so but my job is to improve my squad and manage the situation we have."

    He was, however, coy about suggestions an approach had been made for Birmingham's England Under-21 goalkeeper Jack Butland, who, if he signs, could be swiftly loaned straight back to Birmingham.

  21. 1645: 
    BALOTELLI TRANSFER LATEST

    European football expert James Horncastle tells BBC Sport: "And it's done. The Milan Channel and club director Umberto Gandini have confirmed that a transfer agreement for Mario Balotelli has been signed with Manchester City. The Italy international will undergo a medical tomorrow and put pen to paper on a contract until 2017 thought to be worth €4m (£3.4m) a year.

    Considering Balotelli's history with Inter, it's a fascinating transfer. He has never hidden his affection for Milan. Marco Materazzi revealed earlier this week how Balotelli would every now and again turn up for training at Inter wearing Milan socks. As playful punishment, he'd take the scissors to them. Knowing this and that, on occasion, he attended Milan's games at San Siro, the TV show Striscia la Notizia caught up with Balotelli and even got him to pull on a red and black shirt. Now he gets to wear one for real.

    Attention switches to February 24, the date of the next Derby della Madonnina when Balotelli will face his old team Inter.

  22.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Your thoughts on Mario Balotelli? Keep them coming our way on Twitter using the hashtag #bbctransfernews

    Simon Turner on Twitter: "Absolutely gutted Balotelli is leaving, what a character."

    Joe Hulbert on Twitter: "He was a great talent but his attitude definitely got the better of him, hope he makes it big though"

    Anmal Chibber on Twitter: "City have done well to get rid of Bal, over-rated and a distraction. Worried who they will bring in to replace him! Cavani?"

  23. 1630: 
    BALOTELLI TRANSFER LATEST

    Milan director Umberto Gandini has confirmed a deal for Balotelli via Twitter, saying: "Transfer agreement for Balotelli signed with Manchester City. Medicals tomorrow in Milan, then personal terms until 2017 signing."

    And according to the Italian news agency, ANSA, AC's Milan's TV channel is already broadcasting confirmation of the Balotelli deal. They are also saying that he is due to fly in to Milan tomorrow.

  24. 1623: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Belgian side Zulte Waregem say their striker Habib Habibou has met with championship side Leeds United but they are yet to receive an offer for him.

    The Central African Republic striker has scored six goals in 14 games this campaign.

    The club's communication officer Cedric Tack believes Leeds are one of several English clubs interested in the 25-year-old: "He left our winter training camp to meet with them but we haven't had an official offer from any club so we are just waiting."

  25. 1616: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    A more bit on Balotelli from La Gazetta dello Sport. The Italian newspaper reports a deal between AC Milan and Man City has been done but Balotelli himself needs to sign before an official announcement is made.

    The 22-year-old striker is being offered a deal worth 4m euros (£3.4m) a year plus bonuses until 2017.

  26.  
    GET INVOLVED

    So, has the deal finally been done for Mario Balotelli? Will Manchester City miss his mercurial talent or will it be good riddance? Let us know your thoughts using the hashtag #bbctransfernews

  27. 1601: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Press Association Sport understands a deal has been agreed for Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli to join AC Milan.

    The Serie A team have agreed to pay around £20m for the player, with some of the fee being made up by bonuses.

    City have so far made no comment on the matter.

  28. 1556: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Richard Stearman has joined Ipswich Town on loan from Wolves for the rest of the season, reports Ipswich's official club website.

    The 25-year-old defender trained with Ipswich this morning with the paperwork now completed over the move.

    Stearman says: "I have obviously worked under Mick (McCarthy, Ipswich manager) and TC (Terry Connor) before and that was a big factor in me coming here."

  29. 1552: 
    FOOTBALL

    Motherwell have called a pitch inspection ahead of their SPL match with Dundee United.

    Heavy rain in Lanarkshire has put tonight's game in doubt.

    A Motherwell statement says: "Due to the severe weather, the club have called a precautionary pitch inspection. An SFA official will have a look within the hour."

  30. 1547: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    BBC Sport's Pat Murphy reports from West Brom:

    "Steve Clarke still hopes to have Peter Odemwingie at West Brom when the transfer window closes.

    "Clarke says: "We've turned down two bids from QPR and the ball's now in their court. We're entitled to ask for an acceptable price. Peter's head has been turned by some agents but if he's still with us on Friday, then different bridges have to be mended."

    "Odemwingie is not in the squad for tomorrow night's game at Everton. He hasn't trained for several days, as he looks after his wife and new born baby."

  31. 1534: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Reading have agreed a fee with Sheffield United for striker Nick Blackman, according to SkySports.

    Reading look set to beat Crystal Palace to the 23-year-old's signature after the Championship club made a bid.

  32. 1531: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Ipswich Town have extended the loan deal of Leeds defender Patrick Kisnorbo until the end of the season.

    The 31-year-old Australian joined Town for a month at the start of January.

    He has played once in that time - an FA Cup defeat by Aston Villa - as he continues his recovery from a knee injury suffered 12 months ago.

  33. 1527: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle have signed 19-year-old Queens Park Rangers midfielder Jordan Gibbons on loan until the end of the season.

    Gibbons has been with the Loftus Road side since he was 15 and recently signed a contract extension to take him through to June 2014.

    He joins a Caley Thistle side sitting second in the Scottish Premier League.

  34. 1522: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    ESPN are reporting that Blackpool have rejected Reading's bid for winger Tom Ince.

    Reading boss Brian McDermott said earlier on Tuesday that an official bid had been put in for the 20-year-old and that he was awaiting a response.

  35. 1517: 
    FOOTBALL

    Everton are set to be without Kevin Mirallas and Seamus Coleman for Wednesday's Premier League match against West Brom at Goodison Park.

    Winger Mirallas again limped off with a hamstring problem during Saturday's FA Cup win over Bolton, his second attempted comeback from the injury he first suffered two months ago.

    Full-back Coleman is expected to be out for at least another two weeks with a thigh injury while midfielder Darron Gibson has suffered a slight setback in his own recovery from a thigh problem.

  36. 1516: 
    AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS

    Ahead of their sold-out Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final against Mali, South African captain Bongani Khumalo has praised the support of the nation in getting Bafana Bafana through the group stages.

    Khumalo said "Everybody wants to come and watch us whenever we play and that is just great. Hopefully they will give us the boost we need on Saturday. Playing in front a big crowd like the one we saw against Morocco is as a positive sign that we are doing something right, because in any case pressure is there in every game we play."

    Goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune added: "We know it's not going to be easy and we cannot afford to take Mali lightly. They did well to get this far and they are a dangerous side. We are hungry to achieve more."

  37. 1514: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    La Gazetta dello Sport says: "Happy ending in the negotiations between Milan and London. Shortly, it will be officially announced on the Milan Channel (the club's tv channel). Mario has sent a text message to friends saying: "I'm coming"

  38. 1512: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says that he is confused about the situation with midfielder Mohamed Diame.

    The 25-year-old issued a statement last week saying he was happy at the club but he continues to be linked with a move away.

    Allardyce says: "I am as confused as anyone by what is happening. I am sat there listening to what is going on [in the media], but deep down inside behind the scenes I speak to the chairman and where we are at the moment we are relatively comfortable regarding Mo Diame.

    "However, whatever Diame says to me today might change in an hour's time - if Manchester United ring up in one hour's time, he's not going to want to stay is he? It can change between now and 11 o'clock Thursday night. In the flick of a text, or an e-mail."

  39. 1509: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Italian football expert James Horncastle: "There are growing reports in Italy that Milan have reached an agreement with Manchester City to sign Mario Balotelli for €20m plus a further €3m in bonuses. La Gazzetta dello Sport claim an announcement confirming the deal is imminent."

  40. 1505: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Ulster winger Craig Gilroy will make his first Six Nations start for Ireland in Saturday's opening game of the 2013 tournament against Wales in Cardiff. The 21-year-old won his first cap in the November win over Argentina.

    Leinster's Sean O'Brien is back at flanker so Chris Henry is named on the bench despite recent impressive form.

    Full-back Rob Kearney returns after missing the autumn internationals and Brian O'Driscoll is restored to centre for what could be his last Six Nations.

  41. 1501: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    The Independent reports that Harry Redknapp has offered Queen's Park Rangers striker Jamie Mackie to Stoke City as part of the deal to sign Peter Crouch.

    The paper also says that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Scott Parker is a key target for the relegation-threatened club.

  42. 1456: 
    FOOTBALL

    Emmanuel Frimpong is in line to make his Fulham debut in Wednesday's Premier League match against West Ham.

    The 21-year-old joined on loan from Arsenal on Friday and could now face the Hammers, while fellow midfielder Simon Davies is back in training after a sustained period on the sidelines.

    Kieran Richardson (calf), Mahamadou Diarra (knee) and Kerim Frei (pelvis) are all absent for the match.

  43. 1452: 
    AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS

    BBC Sport's Damian Johnson, in Durban for the Africa Cup of Nations:

    "Mali's former Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko, back in the international fold after three years nursing various injuries, is delighted to be through to the quarter finals. He hopes the team brings some joy to his country currently torn apart by religious conflict.

    "He also backs his former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez to turn things around at Chelsea and speaks of returning one day to the Premier League."

  44. 1451: 
    AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS

    Despite being the first team to be eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations, Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic says the future is bright for the North African country.

    Halilhodzic said: "I still believe that the Algerian National Team is promising. Our forward players were not effective during the past matches. I plan to add three or four players to the line-up in future tournaments.

    "My contract with the Algerian football association is still on-going. When I started my tenure I agreed with them that my mission will come to an end by the culmination of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. If I was asked to leave I wouldn't hold them to the contract."

    Algeria lost their first two group matches to Tunisia and Togo and can't qualify for the quarter-finals even if they beat Ivory Coast on Wednesday.

  45.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Have you heard any interesting transfer rumours? Send them our way on Twitter using the hashtag #bbctransfernews

    Scott Lyon on Twitter: "Hearing Danny Welbeck back to Sunderland on loan until the end of the season."

    Matthew Dack on Twitter: "Pretty sure I just saw Curtis Davies around Madejski stadium, unsure though. Maybe something going on?"

    Tom Evetts on Twitter: "Just seen Bobby Zamora at Ashton Gate Bristol, signing on loan till the end of the season apparently!!!"

  46. 1441: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Craig Westcarr has signed a deal with Walsall until the end of the season, according to the Express and Star.

    The 28-year-old forward has been training with the Saddlers after leaving Chesterfield by mutual consent earlier this month and also made eight appearances on loan at Walsall earlier this season.

    Westcarr says: "I'm really looking forward to the challenge. Since the very first day I arrived here, this club has always been a perfect fit for me and I believe that I can really progress here."

  47. 1437: 
    FOOTBALL

    Tottenham will have striker Jermain Defoe back from injury in time to travel to face Norwich in the Premier League on Wednesday.

    The England international missed the 2-1 FA Cup fourth round defeat to Leeds with a pelvic injury but has had an injection to help him be fit to face the Canaries and does not require surgery.

    New signing Lewis Holtby is also in contention to make his debut with defender William Gallas fit after a calf problem.

  48. 1434: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Kilmarnock have signed Northern Ireland international midfielder Sammy Clingan.

    The 29-year-old has joined Kenny Shiels' side on an 18-month deal after leaving Doncaster Rovers last month.

    Shiels says: "Sammy is a really good player. He passes the ball well, gets into good positions and knows the game so he is one we need badly."

  49. 1432: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Wigan full-back Jack Murphy has joined Salford on loan and is set to play against his parent club in Friday's Super League opener.

    The 20-year-old, who is Wigan's understudy to England full-back Sam Tomkins, is moving to the City of Salford Stadium initially for a month and trained with his new team-mates today.

    The Warriors say he will be eligible to play against them.

  50.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Are you hearing any transfer rumours? Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #bbctransfernews

    Stuart Day on Twitter: "Some Norwich fans saying Bassong to join West Ham."

    David Marriott on Twitter: "Rumours of Robbie Keane set to join his boyhood club Sunderland, mates just seen him wandering about town."

    Tony Chorley on Twitter: "Sure I've just seen Messi in Oldham Bus Station. Well it looked like him......"

  51. 1426: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington sends this from David Moyes, talking about the potential arrival of Dutch international Leroy Fer from FC Twente.

    Moyes says: "It is somebody who we think can help us and hopefully everything going well, he'll be here."

  52. 1423: 
    FOOTBALL

    Three matches in the Blue Square Bet Premier, which were scheduled for tonight, have been cancelled due to bad weather.

    They are Hereford v Mansfield, Newport County v Braintree Town and Woking v Forest Green.

  53. 1421: 
    FOOTBALL

    Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez says he does not think he will get any more money to spend before the transfer window closes.

    Asked if he anticipated any movement in the final 48 hours of the window, Benitez said: "I don't think so but my job is to improve my squad and manage the situation we have."

  54.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Two and a half days to go till the end of the transfer window and we want to know what rumours you have heard? What's the strangest thing you've heard so far?

    Vladmir Pazdinov on Twitter: "Heard rumours that Laudrup's Madrid connections could see Kaka on loan at Liberty Stadium."

    Liam Kelly on Twitter: "Apparently Riquelme has just been spotted at John Lennon airport."

    Elliott Dowling on Twitter: "Just seen Danny Graham in Norwich outside the train station with what could be his agent on the phone!"

    Use the hashtag #bbctransfernews to send us your rumours.

  55. 1410: 
    QUESTION OF SPORT TEASER

    Today's teaser provided by Question of Sport was: Between 2004 and 2012, six golfers have made their first and only appearance for Europe in the Ryder Cup - who are they?

    And here they are: Nicolas Colsaerts, Ross Fisher, Soren Hansen, Thomas Levet, Edoardo Molinari and Oliver Wilson.

  56. 1406: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    St Johnstone have agreed a deal to sign Queens Park Rangers' 20-year-old midfielder Michael Doughty on loan.

    Doughty has made one first-team appearance for QPR and has previously been on loan at Aldershot and Crawley.

    Saints manager Steve Lomas said: "Michael's a very silky midfielder who is good on the ball and can play in various positions across the middle."

  57. 1404: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Icelandic Under-19 international Emil Asmundssen has joined Brighton on a two-and-a-half-year development contract, until 2015, say the club's website.

    The 18-year-old midfielder joined from national league side Fylkir in his homeland and has already joined up with the youth team.

    Asmundssen says: "It means a lot to me to be joining Albion, as it is a big chance at a big club. Compared to the football in Iceland it is a better level so this is a big step for me and I'm looking forward to the challenge."

  58.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Have you got any transfer news for us? We are asking if you've seen anyone at airports/train stations/training grounds across the country? And what's the daftest rumour you've heard so far?

    Only two and a half days to go till the window shuts - send us your thoughts using the hashtag #bbctransfernews

    James Earl on Twitter: "Just been through Norwich and seen Andre Pirlo with Chris hughton, we're told he's a huge fan of Delia's pies!"

    Metal Face Groom on Twitter: "Just saw Bobby Zamora in an estate agent in Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham...Villa getting a new striker?"

    Dan Nugent on Twitter: "Strangest news. That Arsenal are linked with anyone."

  59. 1358: 
    RUGBY UNION

    New Zealand-born Glasgow wing Sean Maitland will make his Scotland debut against England in their Six Nations opener at Twickenham on Saturday.

    Among six changes made by interim head coach Scott Johnson from the team that lost to Tonga, number eight Johnnie Beattie earns a recall and hooker Dougie Hall returns after six years.

    Sean Lamont moves from wing to centre while Ruaridh Jackson is at stand-off and Greig Laidlaw starts an international at scrum-half for the first time.

  60.  
    GET INVOLVED

    There are two and a half days to go till the end of the transfer window and the excitement is building.

    What is the strangest rumour you've heard this year? Who have you seen at the airport/training ground? Who does your uncle's friend's sister's postman say is signing for Manchester United?

    Get in touch via Twitter using the hashtag #bbctransfernews

  61. 1336: 
    FOOTBALL

    West Bromwich Albion say Darren Moore has been appointed as Blackburn's new first team coach.

    Blackburn approached the Baggies seeking permission to speak to Moore, who was professional development coach at their Academy, after he had been earmarked by Rovers' new boss and his former West Brom team-mate, Michael Appleton.

    Albion's sporting & technical director (designate), Richard Garlick, said: "We didn't want to lose Darren but can understand why he wanted to pursue Blackburn's interest and we wish him and Michael all the best at Ewood Park."

  62. 1332: 
    FOOTBALL

    Huddersfield Town caretaker manager Mark Lillis tells BBC Radio Leeds that he expects to remain in charge for their next two games.

    Lillis took over after Simon Grayson's sacking last Thursday.

    The Terriers host Crystal Palace on Wednesday before travelling to Derby County on Saturday and Lillis said: "I think I'll be in charge at Derby. After that I'll speak to the chairman and see where the land lies. I live in the town and people kept coming up to me on Sunday and asking who the next manager will be. I think it's important that we keep focused on what is happening here at the moment."

  63. 1330: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    The Yorkshire Evening Post says that Leeds United are close to signing left-back Stephen Warnock from Aston Villa.

    United and Villa are in advanced talks to agree a deal which will see the 31-year-old sign an 18-month contract at Elland Road.

    An agreement has not yet been finalised but Villa are expected to sanction a free transfer in return for a switch which removes Warnock's £40,000-a-week salary from their wage bill.

  64. 1326: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Anthony Wordsworth, 24, is set to move from Colchester United to East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town, according to the Daily Gazette.

    The midfielder is due to have a medical with the Championship club over a switch to Portman Road in the transfer window.

    Wordsworth had been linked with a £200,000 switch to Town earlier this month, having been invited to train with Mick McCarthy's squad but the Gazette understands that a fee closer to around £100,000 will be enough to land the U's playmaker, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

  65. 1321: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Midfielder Ramon Nunez has parted company with Leeds United, report the Yorkshire Evening Post.

    The club have terminated the Honduran's contract by mutual consent and he is now free to find an alternative club.

    The 27-year-old, who joined the club in the summer of 2010 and made a total of 25 appearances, was placed on the transfer list last summer by manager Neil Warnock but remained at the club until now.

  66. 1318: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Southend United have ended speculation linking their top goalscorer Gavin Tomlin with a move to League Two promotion rivals Gillingham, report Echo News.

    Southend have already turned down a bid for the 15-goal striker.

    "We have no interest in selling Gavin," said a Southend club spokesman. "He's a very important player in our team and we won't be letting him leave. We're going for promotion and want to keep our team together to try and make that happen."

  67. 1314: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has made Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao his one transfer target for this window, according to the Independent.

    Tottenham chairman Levy has pursued 23-year-old Leandro, who plays for Internacional, since the summer of 2011.

    The report suggests that Spurs are prepared to pay £15m to bring him to the club this month.

  68. 1308: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Here's more from Fabricio Coloccini who last week agreed to stay at Newcastle after initially asking to leave the club for personal reasons.

    He says: "Everybody in life has problems and it is normal. That is life. I am alone here with my family. We don't have grandparents here or uncles and aunties. It does make it difficult, not for me personally because I come to work everyday, but for my kids and wife.

    "Here though, the club and the fans are my family at the moment. The love that they give to me with my song and on the pitch for me is fantastic. It's the best present they can give me."

  69. 1305: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini reaffirms his commitment to the club after agreeing to remain on Tyneside until at least the end of the season.

    The 31-year-old tells the club's official website: "The last few weeks, there has been a lot of talk about my future. But I am staying here, and of course I will give 100 per cent like I always do. I have been here five years and Newcastle has given me a lot and done a lot for me. I have to be true to the club.

    "I will give 100 per cent. I love football and once I am on the pitch, it is different. The problems I have are outside the pitch. I heard in the city and around the club that the fans think I have my head elsewhere thinking about other things, or that I am not the same player as last season. But like I say, for me football is my life, I love it. When I am on the pitch, I give everything to win."

  70. 1247: 
    QUESTION OF SPORT

    Every day BBC television show A Question of Sport will be asking a teaser in Sportsday Live.

    Here is today's question, we'll publish the answer at 1400 GMT, but you can respond by using the hast tag on Twitter: #QSTeaser

    Between 2004 & 2012, six golfers have made their first & only appearance for Europe in the Ryder Cup - who are they?

  71. 1240: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    BBC Shropshire report: "AFC Telford have signed forward Richard Peniket from Premier League Fulham on a one-month loan deal."

  72. 1233: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    European football expert James Horncastle tells BBC Sport: "Italian champions Juventus have spent much of the January transfer window exploring options to get their attack firing on all cylinders ahead of the season's final sprint in Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League where they face Celtic in the last 16 next month.

    After reserving Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente, who will join on a free transfer at the end of this season, they have agreed to loan Nicolas Anelka from Shanghai Shenhua. He is seen as a stop-gap and there are questions about whether the team needs him. Asked if the move was right for Juventus, 76% of readers polled by La Gazzetta dello Sport responded: No.

    "Anelka has passed a medical and is training with his new teammates."

  73. 1218: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    The Edinburgh Evening Post report: "Hearts hope to beat a host of English clubs to the loan signing of Sunderland striker Ryan Noble."

  74. 1215: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    League One Crawley Town have signed Sunderland goalkeeper Jonny Maddison on loan until the end of the season.

  75. 1213: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Bournemouth confirm that striker Frank Demouge has completed a loan move to Dutch Eredivisie side Roda JC subject to international clearance.

  76. 1202: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Harlequins have strengthened their front-row resources for next season with the signing of Paul Doran-Jones, the England prop forward, on a two year contract from Northampton Saints.

  77. 1159: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    The Ivory Coast head coach Sabri Lamouchi has been speaking to BBC Sport's John Bennett about Didier Drogba's move to Galatasaray:

    "He is happy to have signed for the club and we're happy that Didier is happy," said Lamouchi.

    "To see him coming back to play closer to us is a good thing, it's also a good thing for us that he'll be playing Champions League football again. He's chosen a team with a lot of passion and he's a player who needs to finish his career with clear objectives in mind. I'm delighted with the choice he's made and we're all happy for him."

  78. 1155: 
    FOOTBALL

    The former Newcastle and Portsmouth winger Lomana LuaLua has quit international football after his DR Congo side exited the Africa Cup of Nations on Monday.

    Speaking to BBC Sport's Seth Bennett, the 32 year-old said: "When you don't do well, people start asking questions and sending messages, disrespecting.

    "I love my country, but if I knew it was going to be like this, I would have rather stayed at my club [Karabukspor in Turkey]. I'm finished, done. I've reached a level. For me, I think this is it, I've completely stopped."

    DR Congo's 1-1 draw with Mali on Monday saw them finish third in Group B, having drawn all three matches in South Africa.

  79. 1154: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports: "Inter Milan midfielder Philippe Coutinho will undergo a medical on Merseyside today as Liverpool push to complete the £8.5m deal in the next 24 hours.

    "The 20-year-old Brazilian, who arrived in Liverpool on Monday night, will then travel to London for a work permit hearing. Coutinho is expected to be in the squad for Sunday's Premier League match with Manchester City."

  80. 1153: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Gary Hooper's advisers believe Tottenham could make a bid to take the striker from Celtic to White Hart Lane. (Daily Record)

    For more gossip from north of the border, take a look at BBC Scotland's Scottish gossip column.

  81. 1145: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    BBC Liverpool report: "Teenage striker Cole Stockton has signed a new two-and-a-half year contract with Tranmere Rovers."

  82. 1142: 
    FOOTBALL

    Portsmouth FC on Twitter ahead of their game against Notts County: "There is currently no pitch inspection planned for tonight's game, but we'll let you know if that changes."

  83.  
    TRANSFER LATEST

    European football expert James Horncastle tells BBC Sport: "Across from Milan's offices where talks are said to be continuing for Mario Balotelli, Inter, for the moment, don't look like they're going to get their man in this transfer window.

    "After selling Wesley Sneijder to Galatasaray and accepting an offer from Liverpool for Philippe Coutinho, efforts to sign Paulinho, the Corinthians box-to-box midfielder, appear to have reached an impasse. "Stoppaulinho," quips La Gazzetta dello Sport. Inter are prepared to meet the Copa Libertadores and Club World Cup winners' 15m euro asking price, the money for which they have raised from the sales mentioned above. However, the commission on the deal and various other costs look likely to make it an operation worth between 18m euro and 20m euro, a price Inter apparently aren't prepared to pay. Watch this space.

    "Elsewhere, Napoli hope to beat QPR to signing of Porto defender Rolando. They want to take him on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season."

  84. 1132: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Perry Long on Twitter: "Tom Ince will do what Wilfred Zaha has done and go to a Prem Club but stay at Blackpool for the season he will go LFC."

    James Honeybill on Twitter: "Tom Ince should go to Reading where he would play every game. Liverpool are the best for ruining young English talent."

    Joe Hamer on Twitter: "I'll be disappointed if Tom Ince goes to Reading. He's good enough for Liverpool and I think Rodgers would give him game time."

  85. 1128: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    The Mirror's David Anderson reports: "Philippe Coutinho is expected to be confirmed as Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' second signing of the January transfer window inside the next 24 hours."

  86. 1126: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Wycombe have extended the loan of Queens Park Rangers defender Michael Harriman until the end of the season.

  87. 1116: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Should Tom Ince leave Blackpool? If so, where should he go - Liverpool or Reading? Let us know using the hashtag #bbctransfernews

  88. 1108: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright on Twitter: "Tranmere Rovers striker Cole Stockton signs a new two-and-a-half year contract."

  89. 1106: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Here is more from BBC London on Rob Hulse's move from QPR to Millwall.

  90. 1102: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    BBC Radio Derby Sportscene presenter Owen Bradley reports: "It's 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."

  91. 1100: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    BBC Radio Nottingham's Nottingham Forest correspondent Colin Fray tells BBC Sport: "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'd 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. "

  92. 1053: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United footballer Paul Scholes has had his car stolen after he left its engine running while defrosting the windscreen.

  93. 1049: 
    FOOTBALL LATEST

    Reading Post reporter Jonny Fordham on Twitter: "Brian McDermott confirms Thomas Ince bid."

  94. 1044: 
    FOOTBALL

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew hopes the new additions to his squad will help them "restart" their season ahead of Tuesday's crucial game at Aston Villa.

  95. 1040: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Wolves defender Richard Stearman has joined his former boss Mick McCarthy by agreeing a loan deal at Ipswich Town until the end of the season.

  96. 1037: 
    RUGBY UNION

    London Welsh captain Jonathan Mills and front row forward Arthur Joly have agreed new two-year deals with the club.

  97. 1036: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports: "QPR defender Anton Ferdinand has completed a loan move to Turkish club Bursaspor. The 27-year-old will spend the remainder of the season in Turkey before reviewing his position in the summer. "

  98. 1034: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    On the BBC News Channel on Deadline Day, Football Focus presenter Dan Walker will be presenting a half-hour special at 18:30 BST on Thursday.

  99. 1029: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright on Twitter: "Oldham sign experienced midfielder Paul Murray on a deal until the end of the season."

  100. 1026: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    European football expect Andy Brassell tells BBC Sport: "Turkey is fast becoming the epicentre of this week's transfer action, following Didier Drogba's arrival at champions Galatasaray. Fatih Terim's side will aim to sign a new defender next, with Kolo Toure in the frame, but the next big news in the Super Lig could be a managerial change.

    "Widespread Turkish media reports claim Bursaspor are negotiating with Diego Maradona after long-serving boss Ertugrul Saglam resigned at the weekend. The Argentinian legend would be likely to find a few former Premier League players in the ranks, with Anton Ferdinand and Colin Kazim-Richards set to join Scott Carson at the club.

    "Istanbul's other two giants, Fenerbahce and Besiktas, are looking for their own reinforcements, with Portugal's A Bola reporting their interest in Braga's towering centre-forward Eder. The newspaper claims that Tottenham have also joined the race for the 25-year-old Portugal international."

  101. 1016: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Spanish football expert Andy West tells BBC Sport: "Barcelona forward David Villa has just announced that his wife gave birth to their third child last night, a boy named Luca, which well complicate Arsenal's attempts to lure the striker to the Emirates this week. Barca are also continuing to insist that they have no intention of selling him."

  102. 1012: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    BBC Sport's Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Having watched Turnbull display for Chelsea at Brentford no surprise whispers linking them with Birmingham's Jack Butland getting louder."

  103. 1010: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    QPR's Head of Media & Communications on Twitter: "Potentially busy day at Loftus Road starts with Rob Hulse leaving QPR to join Millwall on loan for the rest of the season."

  104. 1006: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    French football expert Matthew Spiro tells BBC Sport: "The futures of two high-profile Ligue 1 players, Younes Belhanda and Etienne Capoue, could be determined in the coming hours. Montpellier playmaker Belhanda agreed terms with Fenerbahce earlier this month, but the French champions - who admit they are ready to cash in on France's Young Player of the Year last season - are refusing to accept the Turkish outfit's offer to pay the £10.2m fee over several instalments. Tottenham, Everton and Inter Milan are thought to be monitoring the situation.

    "The same two Premier League clubs have also been put on alert for France midfielder Capoue, whose agents claim he is keen to quit Toulouse this week. Harry Redknapp is another known admirer of the 23-year-old, but Capoue's £12.8m price tag may put QPR off."

  105. 0955: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Daily Mirror football correspondent David Anderson on Twitter: "Stoke closing in on £2.5m signing of midfielder Brek Shea from FC Dallas."

  106. 0953: 
    FOOTBALL

    Arsene Wenger has confirmed David Beckham is training with Arsenal after leaving Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the Major League Soccer season. "He called me," said the Arsenal manager at a news conference ahead of Wednesday's game with Liverpool. "He has asked to come here and to work on his fitness. He has not done anything for a long, long time. "(It's) purely for fitness. There's no speculation about signing or anything."

  107. 0947: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp on reports linking him with defender Christopher Samba and striker Peter Crouch tells BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty: "These are two players whose names have been mentioned, but at the moment we're not close to doing anything. Crouch's name came up in a meeting with the chairman but I don't think Stoke want to sell him.

    "On Samba, again the chairman is dealing with this. At this stage I don't think that's a goer. I like Christopher Samba and he is a very good player but at this stage I don't see him leaving Russia. Things can changes but at this stage we're not close to doing anything."

  108. 0943: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Sam Wallace, chief football correspondent for the Independent, on Twitter at Arsenal news conference: "Wenger on Beckham: 'It's purely for fitness, there's no speculation about him signing."

  109. 0936: 
    TRANSFER LATEST
    Christopher Samba

    Queens Park Rangers have made a £10m offer for 28-year-old former Blackburn Rovers defender Christopher Samba, according to the Daily Mail. Samba is currently playing in Russia for Anzhi Makhachkala.

  110. 0925: 
    HORSE RACING

    BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter: "#Racingweather latest: (Wed) #Leicester to inspect 7-45, #Newcastle OFF; presume various tracks (Thurs) (Fri) (Sat) monitoring rain bands."

  111.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Will you miss Mario Balotelli? Let us know using the hashtag #bbctransfernews

    Matt Barron on Twitter: "Great players train hard, have a boring life, stay out of the media and play well. Balotelli does none of those things."

    Geoffrey Muwonge on Twitter: "Balotelli would not behave the way he does if he was under a Sir Alex or Wenger. Those two could take him places."

    Michael Baldwin on Twitter: "We could look beyond Balotelli's stupidity last year because he was scoring goals and looked exciting. Much has changed."

  112. 0910: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Liverpool have agreed an £8.5m deal for Inter Milan's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho, but the 20-year-old remains a player for the future rather than a star of the present.

    Andrea Ramazzotti, who covers Inter for Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport and has watched all Coutinho's 28 games for the club, told BBC Sport: "He just didn't show his potential in Milan. Coutinho played very well when he was on loan at Espanyol last season, and started well for Inter this season, but they were only brief spells really.

    "For the rest of the time he just showed flashes of his potential and I fear the way of playing in England, which can be very physical, will not suit him, because he has a slight frame."

  113. 0902: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    West Ham United on Twitter: "West Ham United's newest arrival, Austria international defender Emanuel Pogatetz, will wear the No 18 shirt."

  114. 0900: 
    CRICKET

    BBC Sport's Adam Mountford on Twitter: "Chasing 224 to beat New Zealand in their final warm-up game, England's women are 43/2 after 12 overs."

  115. 0858: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Serie A expert James Horncastle on Mario Balotelli's possible return to Italy: "His return to his home country appears closer than ever before. La Gazzetta dello Sport lead their story on him today with the claim that he has sent a text message to one of his closest friends to say he is coming to AC Milan.

    "The pink paper understands that not much separates Milan and Manchester City from reaching an agreement. Balotelli's asking price has tumbled and reports of late interest from Juventus are thought to be a red herring."

  116. 0847: 
    FOOTBALL

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert hopes Austrian striker Andreas Weimann, 21, will commit his long-term future to the club after confirming talks have opened about a new contract. Weimann still has 18 months to run on his present deal, but Lambert said: " "He is without doubt a natural finisher and he's done really really fine. I know the club and Andreas are talking at the moment so we'll see what happens there."

  117. 0841: 
    FOOTBALL

    Tuesday's Birmingham Mail reports that former West Bromwich Albion defender Darren Moore is expected to be announced as first-team coach at Blackburn Rovers, who are managed by former Baggies midfielder Michael Appleton.

  118. 0837: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Report from @LeeClayton_ that QPR have made a serious effort to bring Christopher Samba back to the Premier League."

  119.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Mario Balotelli could have played his last game for Manchester City after the 2011-12 Premier League champions held talks with AC Milan and Juventus about the sale of the controversial striker. Will you be sad to see the back of Balotelli? Are City better off without the Italian? Let us know using the hashtag #bbctransfernews

    Con on Twitter: "Will be glad to see the back of Balotelli. Complete opposite to how we want players to play and act."

    George Maclachlan on Twitter: "Balotelli's logic to celebrating, doesn't celebrate as it's his job. When a postman delivers letters, does he celebrate?

    Jonathan Vanderveken on Twitter: "Balotelli should never leave, a true entertainer & world class player."

  120. 0823: 
    CRICKET

    England are counting down to the start of the ICC Women's World Cup in India and in their final warm-up game Danielle Hazell takes 5-41 as New Zealand are bowled out for 223. England's opening group game of the tournament is against Sri Lanka on 1 February.

  121. 0818: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Express & Star's West Bromwich Albion reporter Steve Madeley on Twitter: "Busy day at Albion. Odemwingie back in training to face his team mates for the first time since 'Twitter-gate'."

  122. 0815: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    So what has been going on in Germany ahead of Thursday's deadline? Here is a taster from Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein: "This year has seen more action than usual. Bayern Munich, as you might have heard, kicked things off by getting the man all top clubs coveted. Highly-rated Mainz defender Jan Kirchhoff, 22, will be plying his trade at the Allianz Arena (along with a certain Pep Guardiola) come July.

    "Champions Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, sold midfielder Ivan Perisic for £6.9m to Wolfsburg. That deal paved the way for Liverpool reject Nuri Sahin's much-cheered return, on loan from Real Madrid until 2014. The Turkish international will provide more depth to the squad."

  123. 0808: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Tuesday's Manchester Evening News reports that Manchester United are weighing up a pre-deadline move for Celtic's 21-year-old midfielder Victor Wanyama. "The Reds have scouted the Kenyan all season with Sir Alex Ferguson's brother Martin a frequent visitor to Parkhead," adds the report.

  124. 0759: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    The Daily Record reports that Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to hijack Norwich City's attempts to sign Celtic striker Gary Hooper.

    "Life-long Tottenham fan Hooper has been informed of the dramatic development and is excited by the possibility of a return to the club which rejected him as a youngster," reads the report.

  125.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Should he stay or should he go? Manchester City have held talks with AC Milan and Juventus about the sale of Mario Balotelli. Are City making a mistake? Or is it good riddance? Let us know your thoughts using the hashtag #bbctransfernews

    Danny Burns on Twitter: "Man City should get rid of Balotelli as he has been given too many chances, but thanks for the memories Balo."

    Jake Toll on Twitter: "Balotelli has moments of pure brilliance, but times of pure arrogance. But I believe he's worth it. Give him time. He's 21."

    Alex Battman on Twitter: "Hope Balotelli doesn't leave Man City. PL would be more boring without him."

  126. 0742: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Daily Telegraph football correspondent John Percy on Twitter: "Leeds have made a late bid to sign Stephen Warnock ahead of West Ham. Longer contract on offer at Elland Road. Should be resolved today."

  127. 0737: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    French football expert Matt Spiro on the Ligue 1 transfer window: "Paris St-Germain kicked off the transfer window by unveiling their latest glamour signing, Manchester United target Lucas Moura joining from Sao Paulo for £34m. However, there have been no further big-money recruits in France as teams continue to feel the pinch. Indeed, the priority for most of this month has been offloading certain high earners.

    In this respect, Newcastle and Queens Park Rangers have proved willing allies. While QPR paid £8m for France forward Loic Remy, who scored just one goal in 14 outings for Marseille this term, the Magpies have swelled their French ranks with the addition of five players. If Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Moussa Sissoko - all current French internationals - look like fine signings, ex-Bordeaux forward Yoan Gouffran and young defender Massadio Haidara also have the potential to succeed."

  128. 0727: 
    TRANSFER NEWS

    Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has moved to sign Peter Crouch for the third time in his career in a deal that would take Jamie Mackie to Stoke City, according to the Times. Crouch has lost his place in the Stoke side to Kenwyne Jones.

  129. 0720: 
    GET INVOLVED

    So is this the end of Mario Balotelli in the Premier League? Manchester City have held talks with AC Milan and Juventus about the sale of the striker before Thursday's deadline. What are your favourite memories of Balotelli? Can Roberto Mancini's side reduce Manchester United's five-point lead at the top of the Premier League without the Italian? Should City keep Balotelli? Let us know using the hashtag #bbctransfernews

  130. 0716: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    A reminder of some late transfer news that happened on Monday. Manchester City have held talks with AC Milan and Juventus about the sale of striker Mario Balotelli, but will only let him go if the Serie A clubs meet their valuation. Galatasaray have reached a deal to sign former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.

    Real Mallorca have agreed to sign out of favour Aston Villa right-back Alan Hutton on loan until the end of the season subject to a medical on Tuesday. And Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has dismissed speculation that striker Danny Graham has asked to leave the Liberty Stadium.

  131. 0710: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    More on that story in Tuesday's Sun about David Beckham linking up with Arsenal to train.

    "The former England superstar, 37, is reporting for duty at Arsenal's state-of-the-art Hertfordshire training HQ this morning determined to prove he can still play at the highest level," reads the report. "There was talk that the midfielder could be heading for big-spending French giants Paris Saint-Germain or Italians AC Milan where he has had two previous loan spells.

    "Premier League clubs QPR and West Ham also showed interest in signing him earlier this season. Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger loves Beckham for his outstanding professional attitude and the influence he would have on the younger squad members."

  132. 0705: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Tuesday's gossip column on the BBC Sport website is full of stories making the back pages of the newspapers. Here is a taster.

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 26, is among Bayern Munich's top summer transfer targets as incoming manager Pep Guardiola begins planning for next season. (Independent)

    Norwich City striker Grant Holt, 31, could be allowed to leave if manager Chris Hughton can sign either Celtic's Gary Hooper, 25, or Sporting Lisbon's Ricky van Wolfswinkel, 24, as a replacement. (Guardian)

    And former England midfielder David Beckham, 37, is joining Arsenal on Tuesday to train with the first-team squad while he ponders his next move. (Sun)

  133. 0700: 
    SPORTSDAY LIVE

    Good morning and welcome to Tuesday's Sportsday Live, from the BBC Sport Centre in Salford Quays. The clock is ticking towards Thursday's transfer deadline and we will bring you the latest moves in addition to other breaking sports news.

Share this story

The BBC Sport app

BBC Sport app now available on tablets

BBC Sport brings you all the breaking news on its free smartphone app for users in the UK