Sportsday - Wednesday's transfer news as it happened

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30 January 2013 Last updated at 18:46 GMT

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  1. 1845: 

    That's it for Sportsday live. For all the latest updates on tonight's Premier League action, follow our live text commentary which can be found on our football pages.

    It's deadline day tomorrow which means we'll have a special live text commentary running from 0800 GMT until the window closes.

  2. 1842: 

    The German Grand Prix, due to be held at the Nurburgring, could drop off the 2013 calendar with a switch of venue to Hockenheim unlikely to be possible. "The race is on-off, on-off. It's all a little bit political," said Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.

  3. 1838: 

    Reading sign Sheffield United forward Nick Blackman on a three-and-a-half year deal. The 23-year-old has scored 14 goals for the Blades this season.

    Manager Brian McDermott said: "He had options elsewhere but he knows that we try to develop our players and get them better. He's played a lot of games, and has so much more to come."

  4. 1834:  

    Former Arsenal and Celtic striker John Hartson, who battled cancer, talks to BBC Radio 5 live about Lance Armstrong's cancer fight: "If you read Lance Armstrong's book, say what you like about Lance Armstrong, he didn't cheat to beat cancer. We had exactly the same symptoms.

    "He was begging for more chemotherapy because he knew the chemotherapy was killing the cancer and ultimately making him better and saving his life.

    "I know he's a cheat. He cheated to win his seven Tour de France titles but I still respect the fact that he raised over £500m for charity and a lot of people benefit from Lance Armstrong's story."

  5. 1830: 

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  6. 1827: 

    Uefa fine Lazio 140,000 euros (£120,300) and threaten to make the Italian club play a European home match in an empty stadium after its fans' racist behaviour at Europa League matches against Tottenham and Maribor.

    Uefa also fine Tottenham 10,000 euros (£8,590) and Maribor 17,000 euros (£14,608) for crowd disturbances at the same matches. The clubs can appeal all sanctions.

  7. 1822: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell tells BBC Sport: "Anzhi Makhachkala's title rivals, current champions Zenit St Petersburg, are keen to add to their squad again too after the expensive signings of Hulk and Axel Witsel in September.

    They have been linked with Sevilla's Argentinian centre-back Fazio, who is also a target for Hoffenheim, but coach Luciano Spalletti has refused to be drawn on specific targets. 'All I can tell you is that we have to buy one or two defenders,' he told the club's website after yesterday's friendly win over HNK Split."

  8. 1816: 

    Leicester City have extended Manchester United defender Michael Keane loan stay at the club until the end of the season.

    The 20-year-old centre-back has made six appearances for the Foxes since arriving at King Power Stadium in November.

    City manager Nigel Pearson said: "It's been a steep learning curve for him, but he has done exceptionally well for us."

  9. 1813: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell tells BBC Sport: "It wouldn't be a surprise to see Anzhi Makhachkala make a splash in the market, but one player who won't be coming is Real Madrid's Brazilian midfielder Kaka. 'Even if Kaka is a great person, and he was a brilliant player, Anzhi have never held negotiations with Real or Kaka about his transfer,' club advisor German Tkachenko told Russian TV today."

  10. 1810: 

    British Volleyball president Richard Callicott, who met with UK Sport today in an attempt to secure a funding reprieve for the beach, indoor and sitting disciplines, says he is happy they received a "fair hearing."

    Callicott also told BBC Sport's Nick Hope that UK Sport will review the award of £400,000 for the women's beach volleyball programme in 12 months and may increase that amount if British teams can continue to demonstrate improved performances at World Series events.

    As such they will now await news on Friday regarding just the indoor and sitting programmes, who last month were both told the would receive no support from UK Sport ahead of the Rio Games.

  11. 1806: 

    Leinster and Ireland receive a boost as props Cian Healy and Mike Ross agree new contracts with the Irish Rugby Football Union. Healy has agreed a new three-year deal until the end of the 2015-16 season while Ross has signed a two-year deal.

  12. 1802: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro tells BBC Sport: "Fulham have re-contacted Valenciennes with a view to signing their highly-promising central defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, according to L'Equipe's website.

    "The French club have reportedly told the Cottagers they will only sell the French Under-21 international on the conditions they pay £2.2m up front and allow Isimat-Mirin to remain in Ligue 1 on loan until the end of the season. Fulham had already enquired about the 21-year-old - who was close to joining Lille this week - earlier in the month."


    Tom Adams on Twitter: "Spurs absolutely HAVE to sign a striker tomorrow. If not, I honestly don't think we'll make the Champions League this year."

    Shayam on Twitter: "As an Arsenal fan, we need to be signing quality defenders! Not overloading our squad with strikers."

    Luke Andrews on Twitter: "I'd like a transfer window where Arsenal sign someone! No more rumours! A signature on a dotted line would be good."

    #bbctransfernews is the hashtag for all your tranfer thoughts over the final two days of the transfer window.

  14. 1754: 

    BBC Radio Sheffield are reporting that Reading have signed Sheffield United striker Nick Blackman for £1.2 million.

    The former Blackburn man has scored 14 goals in 33 games since joining in the summer for an undisclosed fee.

  15. 1749: 

    Two-time Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington has called a news conference for next Tuesday to make what is described as a "major announcement".

  16. 1747: 

    Red Bull have dismissed speculation linking team principal Christian Horner with Ferrari, adding the 39-year-old signed a new multi-year contract with the reigning world champions Red Bull towards the end of last year, reports the Press Association.

  17. 1744: 

    Ipswich Town sign Colchester United midfielder Anthony Wordsworth in a deal believed to be starting at £100,000, possibly rising to £200,000.

    The 24-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at Portman Road, with the option of a 12-month extension. Wordsworth said: "It's a big challenge and a big opportunity for me and I can't wait to get going."

  18. 1740: 

    Big-spending Russians Anzhi Makhachkala are set to sign Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willian for £29m, reports the Daily Mail.

    Willian was close to joining Chelsea last summer and the Londoners, along with Manchester City and Tottenham, have been keeping a close eye on the Brazilian since.

  19. 1737: 

    British Basketball met UK Sport in London earlier today in an attempt to reverse the decision to cut all funding support for basketball leading to the Rio 2016 Games.

    GB Performance Chairman, Roger Moreland said: "We have believed all along that we have a strong and compelling case for basketball and we are grateful for all the fantastic support we have received so far.

    "We will wait to hear from UK Sport before making a decision about a formal appeal but we feel confident and optimistic about the outcome after today's presentation."

    British Basketball and six other sports who challenged UK Sport's Rio funding awards revealed last month will learn if they have been successful in earning a reprieve on Friday.

  20. 1733: 

    Frank Schleck, who was third on the 2011 Tour de France, has been suspended by Luxembourg's anti-doping authorities until 14 July after he tested positive for a banned substance during last year's Tour.

    He will miss this year's Tour under the current suspension.

    The 32-year-old has been given a 12-month backdated suspension to last year's Tour, where he tested positive for the diuretic Xipamide. He has denied any wrongdoing.

  21. 1727: 

    The High Court hearing that will decide the future of Portsmouth Football Club has been adjourned for a third time, until 14 February.

    Administrators PKF have agreed to sell the club to Pompey Supporters' Trust (PST), but on the condition they buy Fratton Park from former owner Balram Chainrai.

    In response, PST chairman Ashley Brown said: "Our bid is virtually complete and the additional time will allow the final i's to be dotted and t's to be crossed, before the case is put before a High Court Judge. We remain confident we will take control of the club by early March."

  22. 1720: 

    Four-time world champion John Higgins loses 5-3 to Peter Lines in the first round of the German Masters in Berlin. Earlier, Neil Robertson beat Daniel Wells 5-0 while Masters champion Mark Selby beat Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 5-2.

  23. 1716: 

    Salford City Reds sign free agent Ryan McGoldrick, while Warrington's Rhys Williams has joined the Reds on loan.

  24. 1713: 

    Stuart Broad is confident of regaining his form and fitness on England's forthcoming tour of New Zealand.

    The 26-year-old was dropped for England's third Test against India in December, before leaving the tour early because of a heel injury.

    "I went three innings without taking a wicket in India and lost my place," said Broad. "But I'm quite relaxed, and I know that if I bowl well and hang in there, then wickets come your way."

  25. 1709: 

    Bradford Bulls have been refused permission to play their Super League home game against St Helens on the same night as the World Club Challenge.

    Bradford are keen to switch the game from Sunday 24 February to avoid a clash with Bradford City's appearance in the League Cup final at Wembley and felt they would draw a bigger crowd on the Friday.

  26. 1706: 

    Brentford aim to submit a planning application for a new stadium at Lionel Road to Hounslow Council in May. The Bees completed the purchase of a 7.6 acre site last summer with a view to building a new 15,000-seater stadium.

    Brian Burgess, who is one of two executive directors of Lionel Road Developments Limited, the company Brentford has set up to build the new stadium, says the club must move if it is to progress.

    "We have got to move on to a new purpose-built stadium, like so many other clubs have, to a stadium that generates a lot more revenue," Burgess told BBC London 94.9.

  27. 1703: 

    European football expert James Horncastle tells BBC Sport: "QPR's Alejandro Faurlin leaves one relegation battle for another. Palermo are second from bottom in Serie A and haven't won since November 24. But it looks an excellent fit.

    "The Rosanero love an Argentine playmaker. Just think of Javier Pastore's success there before his move to Paris Saint-Germain. He'll find six of his compatriots in Sicily including former Blackburn player Mauro Formica who, like him, joined Palermo on loan earlier in the window."

  28. 1659: 

    AFC Bournemouth have tabled a bid for Swindon Town winger Matt Ritchie, BBC Wiltshire has learned.

    The Cherries offered Town £400,000 to sign Ritchie on a permanent deal during last year's January transfer window, but their advances were rejected.

    Robins manager Paolo Di Canio said last week that no offers had been made for the 23-year-old former Portsmouth player and he was not for sale. But it is thought Bournemouth made a fresh bid earlier this week.

  29. 1653: 

    BBC Radio Norfolk understands that Leeds striker Luciano Becchio is in Norwich to discuss personal terms. The 29-year-old Argentine has scored 19 goals from 31 games in all competitions this season. He handed in a transfer request last week after failing to agree terms on a new deal at Elland Road.

  30. 1648: 

    Apoel Nicosia are in talks with Blackburn Rovers over a possible loan deal for midfielder Simon Vukcevic, reports the Lancashire Telegraph.

    The Montenegrin international has struggled to make an impact at Ewood since signing from Sporting Lisbon in 2011 and looks set to move to Cyprus until the end of the season.


    Marcel on Twitter: "Everton's made a mistake by not signing Fer! He's a bulldozer with technical finesse who has EPL star written all over him!"

    Matt Smith on Twitter: "It's not going to happen for obvious reasons, but right now Stan Petrov is needed back in the midfield at Villa Park!"

    Alex Thompson on Twitter: "Typical transfer window from an Arsenal fan's point of view. Linked with players, Wenger dismisses links, we sign no one."

    Use the #bbctransfernews hashtag for all your transfer thoughts over the final two days of the transfer window.

  32. 1644: 

    European football expert James Horncastle tells BBC Sport: Striker Mario Balotelli steps off a plane and is interviewed on the tarmac by AC Milan TV with a red and black scarf around his neck.

    "I'd wanted to play for Milan for such a long time," he said, "Obviously I played for other teams and couldn't come. But when there was the chance, I ran." said Balotelli. "I didn't have a good start to the season with City and I hope to do well here at Milan."

    Waiting for Balotelli was Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani who described the deal as "a dream come true." Balotelli is now en route to a hospital in Busto Arsizio for a medical.

  33. 1639: 

    European football expert James Horncastle tells BBC Sport: "Inter seem keen on some wheel-and-dealing and there's a rumour in Gazzetta about a mooted exchange with Tottenham which would see former Porto [and Andre Villas-Boas disciple] Alvaro Pereira go to White Hart Lane with Benoit Assou-Ekotto heading to San Siro.

    "Elsewhere, after landing former Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko on loan from Paris Saint-Germain until the end of the season, Fiorentina have rejected claims they're considering a late bid for Juventus' out-of-favour striker Fabio Quagliarella, who played for the club on loan from Torino a decade ago."

  34. 1636: 

    Speaking about Sierra Leone international Kei Kamara's loan deal, Norwich City boss Chris Hughton said: "I'm delighted to bring Kei to the football club, one of Major League Soccer's best players over the last few seasons.

    "There is no doubt it is a big jump to make into the Premier League, but it is an exciting challenge both for him and us here at the club to prove his talent."

  35. 1633: 

    Norwich City agree a loan deal for Sporting Kansas City striker Kei Kamara, 28, until the end of the season, subject to receiving immigration clearance.

  36. 1631: 

    Chelsea have written to the Football Association contesting its attempt to extend Eden Hazard's suspension for kicking out at a Swansea ball boy.

    The Belgium midfielder, 22, faces a three-match ban for his dismissal, but the FA alleges the standard punishment is "clearly insufficient".

    Chelsea argue a further game would be excessive and will discover this week whether their challenge has succeeded.

  37. 1628: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro tells BBC Sport: "Big-spending PSG may not have finished their January shopping just yet. Carlo Ancelotti has stated several times that Brazil playmaker Lucas Moura will be his only winter recruit, but according to RMC radio, the Ligue 1 leaders have today opened talks with AS Roma's experienced international midfielder Daniele De Rossi.

    "With teenager Adrien Rabiot set to join Toulouse on loan, and ex-Liverpool player Momo Sissoko Fiorentina-bound, there would certainly be room in the PSG squad for another midfielder."

  38. 1624: 

    Ferrari's 2013 Formula 1 car, which will be unveiled on Friday, will be called the F138. The name is a combination of the current year and the number of cylinders in their V8 engines.

  39. 1620: 

    Everton confirm they are no longer in dialogue with FC Twente over the proposed transfer of Leroy Fer.

    A club spokesman said: "We are extremely disappointed not to be in a position to complete the signing but we always have to consider what is in the best interests of Everton and its supporters. On this occasion it was not the right thing for the football club to do. David Moyes and his staff are continuing to look at options to bolster our squad before the transfer window closes."

  40. 1616: 

    European football expert James Horncastle tells BBC Sport: "As the clock ticks down, things are getting that little bit more feverish in Italy. In addition to bringing in Sporting Lisbon's right-sided player Bruno Pereirinha, there's speculation that Lazio are in talks with Santos for Brazil under-20 international attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson. The club, however, have so far denied the reports. Parma's fax and phones are ringing too. Real Zaragoza apparently want their Greek fantasista Sotiris Ninis while Inter have inquired about another of their playmakers Jaime Valdes."

  41. 1612: 

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty reports: "Everton's £8.6m move to sign FC Twente's Leroy Fer has collapsed after a medical revealed a problem with his knee.

    "The Merseyside club wanted to restructure the deal based on appearances or clauses - but discussions between the two clubs aimed at finding a resolution broke down on Wednesday afternoon.

    "Everton had given FC Twente a deadline of Wednesday evening to agree to the new deal but the Dutch club insisted on keeping to the original agreement."

  42. 1608: 

    Philippe Coutinho says that Liverpool's sustained interest in him convinced him that it was the place to further his career.

    "Liverpool is a great club with great players. We've always heard about Liverpool's history in Brazil. They are the club that have been interested in me and that have showed this interest so I know they believe in me and my football," he said.

    The 20-year-old, from whom Liverpool paid a fee of £8.5m, was waiting for confirmation of a work permit before the deal could be completed.

  43. 1602: 

    Liverpool confirm the signing of Inter Milan attacker Philippe Coutinho on a "long-term deal."


    Jessie Ocean Bleza on Twitter: "Dear Wenger, we don't need retiring strikers. We need a defence mid and a strong defence. Diame, Hummels and Shaw please."

    Robert Spencer on Twitter: "Kurt Zouma from Saint - Etienne to Liverpool for £5m plus looking at Patrick Herrmann from Borussia Monchengladbach."

    Adam Lunnon on Twitter: "Reading need an experienced defender and Tom Ince and we will stay up!"

    #bbctransfernews is the hashtag for all your transfer thoughts over the final two days of the transfer window.

  45. 1549: 

    Everton tell Sky Sports that their deal to sign Leroy Fer from FC Twente is off after problems with the midfielder's medical.

    "We were very excited at the prospect of Leroy coming to Goodison but unfortunately the transfer did not go smoothly there were some issues," said chief executive Robert Elstone.

    "I think our fans will understand that we had to put the club and the club's finances first. There are other options for us and we will work hard on them. It will not be for want of trying."

  46. 1542: 

    Spanish football expert Andy West tells BBC Sport: "Champions' League chasing Levante are reportedly close to bolstering their strike force - which already contains former Newcastle man Obafemi Martins - by signing former Italian under 21 international Robert Acquafresca from Bologna.

    "Attention is now turning to tonight's Clasico as Real Madrid host Barcelona in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final. Will Madrid's makeshift defence be able to contain Messi? Will Ronaldo inspire his team once again? Will anyone be able to take the ball off Xavi? We'll find out at 2000 GMT."

  47. 1538: 

    Fulham reject a second bid from QPR for defender Brede Hangeland according to the Daily Mail.

    Rangers are close to a deal to bring former Blackburn defender Christopher Samba back to the Premier League from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, but manager Harry Redknapp has not given up on prising Hangeland, out of contract in the summer, away from Craven Cottage.

  48. 1532: 

    Spanish football expert Andy West tells BBC Sport: "There's been little to report today in Spain, but one interesting piece of news is Athletic Bilbao's admission that contract talks have broken down with 27-year-old defender Fernando Amorebieta. The central defender is highly rated and the fact that he'll be available for nothing in the summer will put plenty of Premier League clubs on alert.

    "Granada are attempting to continue their busy transfer window by signing talented Argentine playmaker Diego Buonanotte from Malaga to assist their bid to climb away from the relegation zone.

    "Fellow Andalusians Sevilla have signed Portuguese international goalkeeper Beto on loan from Sporting Braga to fill the gap in their squad following the departure of Diego Lopez to Real Madrid, but their financial problems may force them to sell central defender Fazio to Zenit St Petersburg."

  49. 1527: 

    QPR have agreed a deal to loan midfielder Alejandro Faurlin to Italian side Palermo for the remainder of the season.

    The 26-year-old has made 15 appearances for the Hoops this season, most recently in Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Manchester City.

  50. 1522: 

    West Brom's on-loan winger Yassine El Ghanassy has been loaned out once more - joining Dutch top-flight side Heerenveen until the end of the season.

    The 22-year-old winger moved to Albion on a season-long loan from Belgian side AA Gent last summer, but has been limited to three appearances in the cups.

    "Due to the team's progress this season, Yassine has found first-team chances hard to come by," said Albion's sporting & technical director Richard Garlick.

    West Brom retain their option to make the Belgium international's move to the Hawthorns permanent.

  51. 1515: 

    BBC Humberside Sport on Twitter: "We've had it confirmed that Hull City have had a bid rejected for Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. #hcafc More @RadioHumberside 4.25pm"

  52. 1512: 

    Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony rejects claims that he has tabled a bid for Port Vale's in-form striker Tom Pope according to the Peterborough Telegraph.

  53. 1505: 

    Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Pereirinha is in Rome to have a medical before a proposed three-year deal with Lazio.

    The 24-year-old is likely to cost around 2m euros report Football Italia.

  54. 1453: 

    Lance Armstrong claims that his cheating at the Tour de France should be seen in the context of a tradition that goes back 100 years.

    "My generation was no different than any other. The 'help' has evolved over the years but the fact remains that our sport is damn hard," he told Cycling News as he spoke publicly for the first time since his confessional interview with Oprah Winfrey

    "From hopping on trains a 100 years ago to EPO now. No generation was exempt or 'clean'."

    Armstrong also denied that he protected others and has attacked the UCI president Pat McQuaid as "pathetic".

  55. 1443: 

    Jorge Claros agrees an extension to his loan deal that will keep him at Hibernian until the end of the season.

    The Honduran international's deal ended this week, but his club Motagua have agreed to let him remain in Edinburgh.

  56. 1441: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro tells BBC Sport: "Toulouse manager Alain Casanova has just ended speculation over Etienne Capoue's future by insisting the France midfielder, who had been linked with Tottenham, Arsenal, Everton and QPR, will not be following his former team-mate Moussa Sissoko to England. "He's going nowhere," Casanova declared. "We've already lost one player.""


    Samuel Dickeson on Twitter: "Chris Samba could be a great addition to QPR, just need a Remy playing off Crouch now.."

    Tom Osborne on Twitter: "Once again Norwich City continue to underwhelm supporters with uninspiring signings. If we go down, expect major backlash."

    Charlie Hilton-Smith on Twitter: "Villa have no time to lose - sign Carragher on loan, sell Bent, and buy any player aged 28 or over, with #experience"

    #bbctransfernews is the place to send your thoughts and tips for the next 36 hours of transfer business.

  58. 1429: 

    Anzhi Makhachkala boss Guus Hiddink says that Christopher Samba has already set off for England to complete a deal, with Queens Park Rangers set to sign the 28-year-old former Blackburn defender.

    "It's a shame to talk about this but he didn't even say goodbye, he didn't explain anything to us," Hiddink is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.

    '"Whatever happens to you, you should take into account the people with whom you work."

  59. 1423: 

    Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony, who is rumoured to be a target for Newcastle, could be on the move in the next two hours according to his agent.

    "In two days I will be looking to complete a deal. In the last three to five days [of the transfer window] there are always more clubs worrying," Francis Kacou tells Voetbal International

    The 24-year-old, who has scored 33 league goals since the start of 2012, is currently on duty with Ivory Coast.

  60. 1411: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports: "QPR are increasingly confident of signing Christopher Samba from the Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala after it emerged the defender has flown to England to discuss personal terms.

    "The Premier League club are understood to have triggered a release clause in the 28-year-old's contract with an offer of about £10m.

    "On Tuesday, Samba left his team-mates at their winter training camp in Spain and is due in London to discuss the final part of the deal.

    "Redknapp is also pressing ahead with plans to sign Stoke striker Peter Crouch."

  61. 1405: 

    The transfer window is 10 years old this year and BBC Sport has been taking a look back at the hits, misses and maybes of that first set of January sales.

    French World Cup winner Christophe Dugarry, former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler and now-Wigan boss Roberto Martinez were among those on the move.

  62. 1351: 

    Blackpool sign Manchester City's England under-20 international defender Reece Wabara on loan until the end of the season according to the Blackpool Gazette.

    The 21-year-old, who scored against Liverpool in the FA Cup during a successful recent loan spell at Oldham, will go into the squad to face Barnsley on Saturday.

  63. 1345: 

    Dutch club FC Den Bosch says it will do all it can to identify and punish a group of fans who racially abused AZ Alkmaar and United States striker Jozy Altidore during a cup quarter-final.

    Appeals were made over the public address system and the game came close to being abandoned because of the taunts aimed at the former Hull loanee.


    Cerys on Twitter: "My 36hr plan for Villa:1)Sell Bent. Why pay if he doesn't play? 2)Buy a defender/midfielder. 3)Hire a motivational speaker."

    Mike Spence on Twitter: "Gutted about Butland not coming to Chelsea but fair enough, I wish more players would put playing before pay cheques."

    Philipp Thumfart on Twitter: "Transfer window has shown quality of the Prem-when a player who regular starts for AC Milan is signed by Fulham, a mid-table club."

    #bbctransfernews for all your thoughts on the final two day's business in the January transfer window.

  65. 1337: 

    Nuremberg have signed Japan international Mu Kanazaki until 2014 with an option for another two years, the Bundesliga club said on Wednesday.

  66. 1330: 

    Time is up for your answers to today's Question of Sport teaser. Thank you for all your answers to #QSTeaser.

    The question was: since 2000, eight tennis players have won only one Men's Grand Slam Singles Final. Andy Murray is one, who are the others?

    Albert Costa, Juan Martin Del Potro, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Gaston Gaudio, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Johansson and Andy Roddick are the missing men.

  67. 1326: 

    European football expert James Horncastle tells BBC Sport: "Inter president Massimo Moratti has given his reaction to the news that former player Mario Balotelli has joined rivals AC Milan. "It's a gamble for Milan," he said, "a good signing, which we couldn't and didn't want to make because he has already been [here] with us. It could be a good bit of business for them. No, there are no regrets. I see it as a deal that could be useful to Berlusconi for many reasons... We'll see how it goes.""

  68. 1324: 

    Norwich City will sign striker Kei Kamara from Sporting Kansas City, subject to the Sierra Leone international gaining a work permit.

    Canaries manager Chris Hughton has been keen to add attacking options this month and has failed with two bids for Celtic's Gary Hooper.

    Kamara scored 11 in 33 games for the MLS side last season.

  69. 1321: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell: "One caveat to Rolando's impending news to Napoli - the Portugal centre-back trained normally with Porto's first-team squad at their Olival complex this morning. Having already changed him mind over his destination once, the Napoli club shop would be wise not get the name and number printing press to work just yet."

  70. 1319: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro: "Ajaccio have announced the capture of Wolves defender Ronald Zubar. The former Marseille stopper returns to France after three and a half seasons in England, during which time he made 61 league appearances for the West Midlands club. Elsewhere, Lyon forward Jimmy Briand is having a medical at AS Monaco with a view to sealing a six-month loan deal."

  71. 1318: 

    Fulham make a £5m bid for Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone according to the Daily Mail.

    Fulham manager Martin Jol worked with the 26-year-old during his time in charge at White Hart Lane.


    BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright on Twitter: "Preston defender Shane Cansdell-Sherriff joins Rochdale on loan for the rest of the season"

  73. 1312: 

    AC Milan's Dutch midfielder Urby Emanuelson is set to sign on loan for Fulham to the end of the season and is due in London today for a medical according to a report by De Telegraaf in his homeland.

    Urby Emanuelson
  74. 1302: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell: "Media reports in Portugal have confirmed James Horncastle's news below that Porto centre-back Rolando appears to have chosen Napoli ahead of a move to QPR, on loan until the end of the season. Another player heading from Portugal to Italy is Sporting Lisbon's Portugal under-21 international Pereirinha, who is to ink a three-and-a-half year deal with Roma.

    "Former Birmingham City forward Mauro Zaraté is set to seal a permanent move to Dynamo Kiev, according to his agent. Another Premier League alumnus, Emre, looks like rejoining Fenerbahçe from Atlético Madrid after the Turkish giants confirmed that the two clubs have begun negotiations.

    "Another departure from Portugal is of the national team's number two goalkeeper, Beto. He is joining Sevilla from Braga on loan until the end of the season, with an option to make the move permanent."

  75. 1259: 

    QPR have met Anzhi Makhachkala's release clause for defender Christopher Samba, the Press Association understands.

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp said yesterday that he did not think that the move was "a goer" as he did not see the 28-year-old leaving Russia.

  76. 1251: 

    Birmingham reject a second offer, understood to be about £500,000, from Nottingham Forest for winger Chris Burke according to the Press Association.

    Forest had a bid of £300,000 knocked back earlier this month and are unlikely to return with a third offer.

  77. 1242: 

    Burkina Faso's hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations for the second time in their history have suffered a blow with an injury likely to rule top scorer Alain Traore out of the competition.

    The Lorient striker, who leads the scoring charts with three goals, pulled a muscle in his left thigh in the goalless draw against Zambia on Tuesday.

    After the match, Traore said: "For me, the Nations Cup is finished. For me, the injury has spoiled the enjoyment [of qualifying] a little."

    The team's doctor, Romaric Toe, added: "He will undergo all the necessary examinations, but his competition I would say, is over."

    Burkina Faso, ranked 92nd in the world, face either Tunisia or Togo in Sunday's quarter-final in Nelspruit.

  78. 1230: 

    Saracens have announced their Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulster on 6 April will be played at Twickenham.

  79. 1228: 

    More on BBC Wiltshire's developing story about a takeover at Swindon Town.

  80. 1225: 

    James Clarke on Twitter: "Fair play to Jack Butland!! Turning down Chelsea is a bold move but he wants to play regularly and that won't happen there."

    John Dykes on Twitter: "If Tony Pulis sells Crouch we need a replacement, Graham would be ideal. Knowing our luck we'll get Ian Rush on pay as you play."

    Get in touch with your views on the transfer deadline at #bbctransfernews.

  81. 1213: 

    Shanghai Shenhua say Didier Drogba remains their player and that his transfer to Turkish club Galatasaray violated the terms of his contract.

  82. 1209: 

    The Rugby Football League announce the appointment of Brian Barwick as its new Chairman.

  83. 1207: 

    BBC Wiltshire are reporting that a local consortium - fronted by the owner of Banbury United Jed McCrory - are close to completing a deal to buy Swindon Town.

    It was revealed earlier this month that owner Andrew Black was putting the League One promotion chasers up for sale because he was no longer willing to invest.

    Worcestershire-based McCrory assumed control of Southern League outfit Banbury earlier this year.

  84. 1205: 

    BBC Sport's Ian Dennis reports: "Norwich City will sign striker Kei Kamara subject to a work permit from Sporting Kansas City. The 28-year-old is a Sierre Leone international."


    BBC Sport'S John Bennett reports from Rustenburg: Salomon Kalou has told me this is the best Ivory Coast squad that he's played in. The Elephants play Algeria in their final group match later but already know they will face Nigeria in the quarter-finals on Sunday.

    "I think we have more experienced players, there are only two players who are at their first tournament," said Kalou.

    "Losing the final in 2012 still hurts but we've learnt from our mistakes. As players we've all known each other since we were teenagers and we know that with this generation we have we can't go finish without winning a trophy."

  86. 1151: 

    London Irish fly-half Shane Geraghty believes the club are finally beginning to find some form after their unbeaten start to 2013.

  87. 1141: 

    European football expert James Horncastle tells BBC Sport: "It would appear that Napoli have beaten QPR to the signing of Rolando.

    "Reports are beginning to emerge that an agreement was reached with Porto last night to loan the player until the end of the season with a right to buy included in the deal for a fee said to be 7.5m euros. The 27-year-old Portugal international defender is expected to fly to Italy tonight and undergo a medical on Thursday."

  88. 1138: 

    The President of the Football Association of Zambia, Kalusha Bwalya, has backed coach Herve Renard to stay in charge and lead the nation to the World Cup Finals in 2014.

    The defending Africa Cup of Nations champions crashed out at the group stage after last night's goalless draw against Burkina Faso.

    Bwalya, who won 100 caps for Zambia in a 20-year playing career, said: "I think he [Herve] is happy to stay and we'll be happy to have him keep going with the team.

    "I think he has a good project for the team. I'm happy and the people are happy with the way the team has been playing."

    Zambia are currently top of their World Cup qualifying group after wins against Sudan and Ghana.

  89. 1134: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports: "Mohammed Diame has been one of the most talked about players during the January transfer window but West Ham are increasingly confident that he will sign a new contract with them in the coming days.

    "Arsenal have been one of a number of clubs linked with the 25-year-old Senegal midfielder because of a release clause in his contract.

    "Contrary to reports, Diame's release clause is closer to £7m than £3.5m, but West Ham are hopeful that any new deal would see that removed and end speculation on his future.

    "The one variable in all this is the player himself, who, according to manager Sam Allardyce, changes his mind from one hour to the next."

  90. 1132: 

    Scotland prop Euan Murray has signed a new long-term deal with Premiership club Worcester.

  91. 1124: 

    European football expert James Horncastle tells BBC Sport: "Tuesday was a bad day for Inter fans. Not only did they see their former player join their greatest rivals, but the deal for Corinthians midfielder Paulinho broke down after he expressed his wish to stay in Brazil and Inter balked at the financials.

    "All of which might make the fans regret the club selling Wesley Sneijder and Philippe Coutinho to fund his purchase. A fall-back option, Zdravko Kuzmanovic, has agreed to join from Stuttgart. An official announcement confirming his signing is expected. And Inter's business isn't done there either.

    "The Argentine-born Italy international full-back Ezequiel Schelotto, who made his debut for the Azzurri against England in August, is arriving from Atalanta in exchange for 3.5m euros and Inter's young striker Matia Livaja in co-ownership."

  92. 1119: 

    Sheffield Wednesday have re-signed Manchester City midfielder Jeremy Helan on loan until the end of the season, but Spanish striker Rodri has returned to parent club Barcelona B.

  93. 1115: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports: "West Ham are closing in on a deal for Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

    "The 33-year-old former England international has fallen out of favour at Ewood Park in recent months and been told he can move on. "

  94. 1113: 

    More from Spanish football expert Andy West: "One player who could be heading out of Spain is former Newcastle midfielder Emre, who has failed to establish a regular place with Atletico Madrid this season and has been heavily linked with a return to Fenerbahce.

    "The major outstanding issue is whether Real Madrid will find any takers for Kaka. The Brazilian has barely featured for Jose Mourinho's side this season and AC Milan and Anzhi have shown interest."

  95. 1112: 

    Arsenal announce that the head of its youth academy, Liam Brady, has decided to leave his current role by May 2014 after 25 years with the club.

  96. 1107: 

    Spanish football expert Andy West tells BBC Sport: "There's no sign of the transfer market hotting up in Spain. Less than 10m euros has been spent by Spanish clubs so far in this window, reflecting the widespread financial problems throughout the league.

    "The vast majority of deals have been short-term loans, and one of those is expected to see Newcastle misfit Xisco join Segunda Division promotion-chasers Cordoba until the end of the season.

    "The busiest team in La Liga is relegation-threatened Granada, who have sacked manager Juan Antonio Anquela and replaced him with Lucas Alcaraz. They're also looking to bring in a number of new faces, including former Barcelona forward Nolito on loan from Benfica."

  97. 1104: 

    Here's today's Question of Sport teaser. We'll be publishing the answer at 13:30 GMT but you can have a go at the answer by using our hashtag #QSTeaser

    Q) Since 2000, 8 tennis players have won their only Men's Grand Slam Singles Final. Andy Murray is one, who are the others?

  98. 1053: 

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty reports: "Leroy Fer has returned to Holland while Everton and FC Twente attempt to resolve a hitch holding up his £8.6m move to Goodison Park.

    "Everton want to restructure payment of the fee after the 23-year Netherlands midfield man's medical uncovered a problem with his knee.

    "Fer was on Merseyside on Tuesday hoping to complete the deal and while Everton are still prepared to pay the full fee, FC Twente are refusing to accept the changes in the way it will be paid.

    "Everton have given FC Twente until this evening to agree or they will explore other options - but so far there is no sign of a breakthrough in negotiations."

  99. 1048: 

    Join comedian Tim Vine in discussing the transfer market on Twitter via our hashtag #bbctransfernews

    "I've just pressed one onto my forearm. Picture of a dolphin. #bbctransfernews"

  100. 1045: 

    British sailor Alex Thomson talks to BBC Breakfast about his "amazing" third-place finish in the Vendee Globe race. The 38-year-old finished the 24,000-mile, three-month solo race behind Frenchmen Francois Gabart, who came first and Armel Le Cleac'h in second.

  101. 1040: 

    Blackburn Rovers are attempting to conclude a permanent deal for Colin Kazim-Richards before the transfer window closes on Thursday after agreeing a fee with Galatasaray, report the Lancashire Telegraph.

  102. 1038: 

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is baffled by Blackburn's high valuation of Martin Olsson and admits the Hammers have been priced out of a move for the defender, reports.

  103. 1036: 

    European football expert Raphael Honigstein tells BBC Sport: "Brazilian forward Igor de Camargo has moved to Hoffenheim in a loan-deal until the end of the season.

    "Hannover 96 manager Mirko Slomka has confirmed that he spoke to the agent of Leon Goretzka about a move to the AWD-Arena in the summer. Goretzka, 17, is currently at second division VfL Bochum and is widely seen as one of Germany's most exciting prospects. Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and a host of international clubs are weighing up a move for the playmaker. He is under contract until 2016."

  104. 1030: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro tells BBC Sport: "Lille have beaten Newcastle and Arsenal to the signature of Bastia winger Florian Thauvin, West Ham misfit Alou Diarra could be returning to Ligue 1 with Rennes keen to acquire the former France captain, while relegation strugglers Ajaccio are looking in to the possibility to signing Wolves defender Ronald Zubar."

  105. 1025: 

    The Northern Echo report that "Danny Graham is still expected to seal a £5.5m move to Sunderland despite being subjected to a barrage of abuse at the Stadium of Light last night."

  106. 1021: 

    Spanish football expert Andy West tells BBC Sport: "Contrary to some British press speculation, Barcelona striker David Villa will not be joining Manchester City this week. In fact, can we just get this one straight for the very last time: David Villa will not be going anywhere this week - except to Madrid for tonight's Copa del Rey semi-final at the Bernabeu."

  107. 1015: 

    The Independent report that Stoke City are on the verge of signing United States winger Brek Shea - while uncertainty surrounds the future of Peter Crouch.

  108. 1011: 

    QPR announce that South Korea international Yun Suk-Young has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Loftus Road.

  109. 1008: 

    BBC Cambridgeshire report: "Peterborough United midfielder George Boyd is in talks over a move to Crystal Palace, according to Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony."


    Darren Nokes on Twitter: "What a refreshing attitude from Jack Butland."

    Samuel Dickeson on Twitter: "I've got a lot of respect for Butland not jumping at the chance of more money! Showing his class and getting first team football"

    Get in touch with your views on the transfer deadline at #bbctransfernews.

  111. 0959: 

    Blackburn are trying tie up a permanent deal for Colin Kazim-Richards, who has been linked with Bursaspor, after agreeing a fee with Galatasaray, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.

  112. 0949: 

    Karlsruhe goalkeeper Dan Twardzik is one of three overseas goalkeepers being targeted by Aberdeen following the release of Jason Brown, according to the Aberdeen Evening Express.

  113. 0945: 

    Dundee United will unveil Jackie McNamara as their new manager at 2pm today.

    United have called a media conference at Tannadice for chairman Stephen Thompson to introduce their new boss.

  114. 0944: 

    Kei Kamara, a reported Norwich target, is leaving Sporting Kansas City according to a report in the Pink 'un.


    Stuart Wright on Twitter: "I don't understand why Chelsea have gone for Jack Butland. Yes he's good but we have Courtois as a replacement for Cech!"

    Daniel Simpson on Twitter: "Liverpool need to sign Tom Ince now or risk paying more when he goes elsewhere and is awesome."

    Pipey on Twitter: "You've got to salute Jack Buckland. He could go for the money at Chelsea and hasn't. The game isn't about money for everyone."

    Get involved at #bbcstransfernews.

  116. 0939: 

    From BBC Sport's Ben Smith: "QPR will hold further talks with Stoke today as manager Harry Redknapp pushes ahead with plans to sign striker Peter Crouch.

    "Stoke are willing to sell Crouch but have rejected a player plus cash offer that would have seen Jamie Mackie move to the Britannia Stadium.

    "QPR are now preparing to return with a straight cash offer for Crouch with Stoke attempting to recoup close to the £10m they paid for him in August 2011."

  117. 0936: 

    Reading could increase their offer for Blackpool winger Thomas Ince, 20, to £8m according to the Reading Evening Post. The Royals have already failed with a £6.5m offer.

  118. 0934: 

    Alan Hutton would consider a permanent move to Real Mallorca after joining on loan from Aston Villa.

    Hutton, 28, told the Daily Record: "It would be a brilliant thing for me to stay on. First and foremost I know I need to prove to everybody what I can give to the team and that I deserve to be here.

    "I am happy to be here and looking forward to being involved in what's going on in the future."

  119. 0929: 

    Northern Ireland journalist Malcolm Brodie, the former sports editor of the Belfast Telegraph, has died at the age of 86. Brodie, a Scot, reported on 14 World Cup football finals, his first in 1954.

    Jim Gracey, the Belfast Telegraph group's sports editor, said: "He was a wonderful man and a wonderful journalist who must have taught generations of sports reporters, myself included.

    "He had a contacts book like no other. Everybody in soccer - from Pele to Sir Alex Ferguson - knew him. The man was beyond a legend."

  120. 0927: 

    European football expert James Horncastle tells BBC Sport: "Balo is back" proclaims the front page of this morning's La Gazzetta dello Sport. A Photoshopped picture shows Milan's €20m new signing with a red mohawk.

    "He is expected to undergo a medical today and sign the paperwork on a four-and-a-half-year contract at Milan's offices in via Turati. Balotelli will be presented to the media on Friday. More than a thousand Balotelli No.9 shirts have already been sold. Unfortunately he won't be wearing that number.

    "The rules state that once assigned a number can't be reallocated until the end of the season. The Milan number nine belonged to Alexandre Pato and technically still does even though he left for Corinthians earlier this month. Balotelli will instead don the number 45 as he did at Inter and Manchester City."


    Edward Lowe on Twitter: "As a Villa fan, anyone. Just anyone."

    George Craven on Twitter: "Levy must have selective hearing to transfer gossip as he never goes along with it. Be a gent and splash that cash for us."

    Ian Sanusi on Twitter: "Chelsea need to sign a keeper before the end of this transfer, because Ross Tumbull is not good at all."

  122. 0919: 

    Huddersfield have promoted former Castleford forward Brett Ferres to their leadership group for 2013.

    The 26-year-old back rower will share the role of vice-captain with Luke Robinson, providing back-up for new skipper Danny Brough, going into Saturday's opening game at St Helens.

    "Brett's a player who commands the respect of everyone in the squad," said Giants coach Paul Anderson.

  123. 0918: 

    FC Dallas winger Brek Shea is heading to Stoke for a medical this morning. The United States international, 22, is closing on a move to the Britannia Stadium.

  124. 0911: 

    Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland has turned down the chance of talks with Chelsea after the Stamford Bridge club had a £3.5m bid accepted. Butland wants to play regular football, according to his agent Gary Mellor.

  125. 0900: 

    West Brom head coach Steve Clarke is optimistic midfielder Zoltan Gera will be back for the start of pre-season training after undergoing surgery on his knee.

    Clarke said: "Zoltan has had his operation, it went very well and his rehab starts this week. We would expect him to be up and running in time for pre-season training."


    Julian Bigg on Twitter: "One striker, go on Mr Levy... just one lovely striker. Spanish maybe, could have a touch of Brazilian. Failing that green hoops."

    Doug Mead on Twitter: "Think Chelsea should and need to spend money before the transfer window shuts."

    Sinclair on Twitter: "After watching Villa last night we are in desperate need of an entire new team."

    Let us know your view at #bbctransfernews.

  127. 0854: 

    Arsenal will play Indonesia in a pre-season friendly on 14 July.

  128. 0852: 

    talkSPORT are reporting that Celtic have rejected a third bid of around £6m from Norwich, for Gary Hooper.


    Adam Whitnall on Twitter: "Why would Wenger bother signing a new striker now that Walcott is hitting form?"

    Myles Warwood on Twitter: "After watching Newcastle last night we're in desperate need for another striker!"

    Richard Brown on Twitter: "I love the way in December Harry said he probably won't be signing anyone, he's already got two now saying they need more."

  130. 0850: 

    Didier Drogba remains under contract with Shanghai Shenhua and his transfer this week to Galatasaray is a violation of those terms, the Chinese club have claimed.

    "The club is deeply shocked," the Chinese Super League team said in a statement on its website. "Drogba is still a Shanghai Shenhua Football Club member as the contract between the two parties is still within its period of validity.

    "The Shanghai Shenhua Football Club is ready to gather evidence and submit the findings to FIFA in order to protect its interests."

  131. 0843: 

    Former Hull striker Jozy Altidore says he will pray for the fans who racially abused him during his Dutch side AZ Alkmaar's 5-0 victory at Den Bosch.

    "It's disappointing these things still happen in this time we're in, but what are you going to do?" said Altidore. "You just hope that these people can improve themselves. You pray for them."


    Mike Spence on Twitter: "I would love to see David Villa come to the Premier League! Team him up with Torres and Mata at Chelsea."

    Lee Richardson on Twitter: "Spurs to tie up Hooper deal tomorrow? Rumours that representatives of both met last night."

    Alex Beck on Twitter: "AVB needs to sign a striker - it could be the difference between third and fifth."

    What is your view on the latest moves ahead of the transfer deadline? Get in touch at #bbctransfernews.

  133. 0836: 

    Luke Burgess' hopes of lining up alongside brother Sam in England's 2013 World Cup team have suffered a serious blow after it emerged that the South Sydney and former Leeds prop will miss most of the NRL season after suffering a serious shoulder injury in a training mishap.

    "This is definitely a setback for Luke but he takes a highly professional approach to his football and we know he will do everything he can to return as early as he can," Souths coach Michael Maguire said.

  134. 0832: 

    Some news from BBC monitoring, Lille have confirmed the signing of French midfielder Florian Thauvin, 20, who had been linked with Arsenal and Newcastle, from Bastia.

  135. 0829: 

    Crawley defender Kyle McFadzean admits he could join Bristol City in the summer despite a move to Ashton Gate falling through this month.

    "A deal had been agreed but then they had a change of manager," McFadzean told Crawley News. "Sean (O'Driscoll) gave me a call and I told him the situation and he told me that Bristol City were expecting me to come into the team that Saturday.

    "I said to him I hadn't trained for weeks, there was no chance I was playing on Saturday. They needed someone short term, but who knows if they came back for me in the summer?"


    James Eaglesfield on Twitter: "Is it possible to make a swoop for Peter Crouch? Surely you'd have to start pretty high up to do so."

    Michael Baggs on Twitter: "We have Martin Keown and Neil Webb's sons in Reading's academy, Tom Ince would feel right at home."

    Get involved at #bbctransfernews.

  137. 0822: 

    Crewe assistant manager Neil Baker is hoping to keep hold of midfielder Luke Murphy, 23, who has been linked with Stoke.

    He told the Sentinel: "There have been no definite inquiries and no offers. People are always speaking to Steve about our players, but I don't think anything is going to happen with Luke or anybody else."


    Harry Chalvet on Twitter: "Funny how feelings change. Before Brighton Wenger said he needed a striker now he's 'fine on numbers' and no one has signed."

    Get in touch at #bbctransfernews.

  139. 0815: 

    You can read Phil McNulty's latest blog, looking at Newcastle's 2-1 win at Aston Villa on our football page.

  140. 0809: 

    Another line from BBC monitoring, Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has said the "door is still open" for goalkeeper Victor Valdes to sign a new contract in Marca.


    Rob Wilson on Twitter: "Redknapp to swoop for Crouch and maybe Defoe?"

    Jamie Grant on Twitter: "I wouldn't mind seeing Victor Wanyama at Manchester United."

    Get involved at #bbctransfernews.

  142. 0802: 

    Bolton manager Dougie Freedman wants to tie up deals for Leicester defender Cian Bolger, 20, and 18-year-old Hamilton midfielder Gary Fraser, 18, before the transfer deadline, according to the Bolton News.

    However the paper dismisses speculation that Bolton will also move for Bristol City winger Albert Adomah.

  143. 0758: 

    Mark Jones has underlined the sense of "steely determination" that exists within the Wales squad to successfully defend their Six Nations title.

    "Every player deals with losing and victory in different ways," Wales attack coach and former international wing Jones said. "I think there is definitely that steely determination here that we are the Grand Slam champions and we want to make sure we give ourselves the best opportunity to retain that mantle."

  144. 0756: 

    The newspapers are full of reaction to Mario Balotelli's imminent move to AC Milan. Roberto Mancini has said he does not expect to replace Balotelli before the end of the transfer window on Thursday but the Daily Mirror is reporting that City could move for David Villa.


    Pete Griffith on Twitter: "I fear relegation for Norwich unless they sign a decent striker today."

    Rob Wilson on Twitter: "Redknapp to swoop for Crouch and maybe Defoe?"

    Alexander Kiteley on Twitter: "Odemwingie unhappy. Somebody else needs to come in as a striker. Hooper/Graham?"

    Get in touch with your views on the transfer window closing at #bbctransfernews.

  146. 0750: 

    According to the Hull Daily Mail, Hull are still chasing Al Ahly's Egypt striker Gedo, 26, after failing to sign QPR's DJ Campbell.

  147. 0745: 

    Sky Sports are reporting that Netherlands international Urby Emanuelson, 26, is set to join Fulham from AC Milan.

    "I will finish the season with a loan deal," he told De Telegraaf. "I have worked in a very good way with him (Martin Jol) at Ajax and am happy as he gives me the chance."

  148. 0741: 

    Interim manager Rafael Benitez has revealed his only concern at Chelsea is keeping his players happy.

    He said: "If I can see my players in training without conviction, I will be worried. We are working with the players every day, and they're happy. We cannot control the perception from outside, but I can influence the players, explain things and analyse things."


    Cam on Twitter: "Villa not signing someone could be the the difference between survival and relegation, like with Bent under Houllier."

    Do you agree? Let us know at #bbctransfernews.

  150. 0736: 

    The Daily Mail features a picture of Inter Milan youngster Philippe Coutinho, 20, holding a Liverpool shirt ahead of his expected £8.5m move to Anfield.

  151. 0734: 

    New Zealand born Sean Maitland insists he will be as proud as any of his Scotland team-mates when he pulls on the dark blue jersey in the Six Nations opener with England.

    Maitland said: "I'm very proud to be given the opportunity. It's very special and I'm very proud. My parents are happy for me too. They are very proud and talking to my dad, he's a man of little emotion, but he definitely showed a lot of emotion when I told him the news."

  152. 0732: 

    BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Murphy on Aston Villa slipping into the relegation zone after a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle: "Paul Lambert is sad, tense and frustrated by the situation.

    "He has a rock solid certainty I admire but the tactics were all over the shop in the first-half last night. Newcastle were stronger and faster and swarmed all over them. The fans are still with them. He's running out of time now, they've won four out of 24 and he knows the 'R' word is no longer banned from the training ground.

    "The inconsistency is maddening and the underachievement is ridiculous. It may be that he won't buy a player before tomorrow and the Villa fans will be in despair about that."

  153. 0727: 

    Jamie Heaslip insists Jonathan Sexton is fully focused on Ireland's Six Nations campaign after ending his contract stand-off with the Irish Rugby Football Union.

    When asked if there was any tension between himself and Sexton, Heaslip replied: "No, not in the slightest. It (France) has always been there, it's not like it's a new ball park. I doubt Jonny's thinking about being a guinea pig for anyone else."

  154. 0724: 

    A line from BBC monitoring, according to L'Equipe, former Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko, 28, is expected to leave Paris St-Germain for Fiorentina.

  155. 0721: 

    The Sheffield Star is reporting that only youngster Reuben Noble-Lazarus will be offered new deal by struggling Barnsley. Other players who have contracts expiring this summer will have to wait to open talks.


    Heather Campbell on Twitter: "If Manchester City buy David Villa I think I might cry."

    Liam on Twitter: "Moyes don't do what Stoke did over Ba, just sign Fer! Everton could do with Charlie Austin or Gary Hooper and a backup keeper."

    Rafeef El Jumaili on Twitter: "I hope we see the talent and eccentricities of Mario Balotelli back at the Premiership again one day."

    Get involved at #bbctransfernews with your views on the latest transfer moves.

  157. 0717: 
  158. 0712: 

    The biggest transfer to go through on 30 January in Premier League history was Scott Parker's £10m move from Charlton to Chelsea in 2004. On this day in 2008, Alan Hutton joined Spurs from Rangers in a £9m deal.

  159. 0710: 

    Stoke manager Tony Pulis has confirmed he has received an enquiry from QPR for Peter Crouch and is closing on the signing of Dallas winger Brek Shea, while Wigan boss Roberto Martinez hopes to sign Paul Scharner on loan from Hamburg.


    What are your thoughts on the latest developments ahead of tomorrow night's transfer deadline?

    Who does your club need and are they likely to get him? Get in touch at #bbctransfernews.

  161. 0707: 

    Elsewhere, Everton's move for Leroy Fer is in doubt after complications with the Twente midfielder's medical. The Blues are hoping to restructure the £8.6m deal for the Dutchman, 23.

  162. 0705: 

    Mario Balotelli is set for a medical with AC Milan today before joining the Italian club in a deal that could reach £22m. But Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has suggested that he may not sign a replacement before tomorrow night's transfer deadline.

  163. 0702: 

    As always we start things off with the the latest from our football gossip column:

    Manchester City have set their sights on Barcelona forward David Villa, 31, to replace Mario Balotelli and have already made an enquiry about the £15m-rated Spaniard. (Daily Mirror)

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is to make one final attempt to sign David Villa after transfer talks with Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis. (Daily Mail)

    West Ham are eyeing a move for 31-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk left-back Razvan Rat. (Sky Sports)

  164. 0700: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live. Today we will bring you all the latest football transfer news as the clock ticks down to tomorrow's deadline and we continue the build-up to rugby union's Six Nations which starts at the weekend.

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