LiveFriday's Sportsday as it happened


  1. Latest transfer news as Xabi Alonso joins Bayern
  2. Mourinho - Torres has not told me he wants to leave
  3. Louis van Gaal says Man Utd rebuild will take time
  4. Lallana fit for Liverpool trip to Spurs, Di Maria to feature for Man Utd
  5. Tottenham, Everton and Celtic learn Europa League opponents
  6. GET INVOLVED: Your club's best and worst ever signings

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By Luke Reddy and Michael Emons

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That is everything from today's Sportsday Live. Don't forget to catch our football live text commentaries over the weekend for all the news as it happens.

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'Swansea is the perfect club for me'


Some quotes from 20-year-old Ginacarlo Gallifuoco, who has joined Swansea on a one-year deal.

The Australia-born midfielder was released by Tottenham in the summer after his contract expired.

"I'm very excited," he said. "It's the perfect club for me to take the next step in my career and I can't wait to get started. I had a brief chat with Garry Monk and he said that there are opportunities at this club if I work hard and that's what I intend to do."

Swansea signing


Swansea sign midfielder Giancarlo Gallifuoco on a one-year contract.

Premier League team news

Leicester v Arsenal (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

Leicester could hand a debut to former Inter Milan and Argentina midfielder Esteban Cambiasso if he receives international clearance in time. Definitely unavailable for the Foxes are midfielder Matty James and Matthew Upson, who have shin and foot injuries respectively.

Arsenal are without injured trio Kieran Gibbs, Mikel Arteta and Olivier Giroud. The game may come too soon for David Ospina but Aaron Ramsey returns after serving a one-game European ban.

Other sports headlines


Cricket: India batsman Rohit Sharma has been ruled out for the rest of his side's tour of England with a broken finger.

Equestrian: Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro win their first freestyle dressage world title for Great Britain in France.

Formula 1: A group of ex-Caterham employees have issued employment tribunal proceedings against the team claiming unfair dismissal, their lawyer says.

Rowing: Great Britain win silver and bronze in the non-Olympic class events on day six of the World Rowing Championships.

Premier League team news

Tottenham v Liverpool (Sunday, 13:30 BST)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is expected to recall the senior players who were rested in Thursday's Europa League win against AEL Limassol. Spurs will assess Roberto Soldado, who was unavailable in midweek because of neck and back problems, while new signing Federico Fazio is available.

Liverpool could hand debuts to Mario Balotelli and Adam Lallana. The Reds will assess injured defenders Glen Johnson, Alberto Moreno, Martin Skrtel and Jose Enrique.

Premier League team news

Aston Villa v Hull City (Sunday, 13:30 BST)

Aston Villa defenders Ron Vlaar and Aly Cissokho return for Sunday's visit of Hull, having missed the midweek League Cup defeat by Leyton Orient because of minor injuries. Jores Okore is still sidelined with a knee injury but should be fit after the international break.

Hull's new signing Michael Dawson could make his debut in place of James Chester, who is suspended. Manager Steve Bruce has no new reported injury concerns.

Premier League team news

Everton v Chelsea (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

Everton striker Samuel Eto'o could make his debut against his former club if he can prove his fitness in training. Fellow former Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku may feature despite picking up an injury against Arsenal, but Steven Pienaar is out with a groin problem.

Didier Drogba is on standby to start for Chelsea because Diego Costa is nursing a minor hamstring injury suffered in training. Forward Andre Schurrle is available after overcoming a foot problem.

Premier League team news

West Ham v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

West Ham could be without six first-team players, with midweek goalscorer Diafra Sakho potentially among them because of a back complaint. Matt Jarvis, Carl Jenkinson and James Collins have all joined long-term injury absentees Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has a near fully fit squad available to him. The only likely absentee is midfielder Lloyd Isgrove, who lasted just 30 minutes against Millwall on Tuesday.

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Thomas Bartley: For the Boro Juninho in 1995 was best and worst was Afonso Alves.

Who are the best and worst transfer deals made by your club? Keep them coming to #bestbuyworstbuy.

Premier League team news

Swansea v West Brom (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Defender Federico Fernandez made his Swansea debut against Rotherham on Tuesday and could replace Jordi Amat against West Brom. Knee injuries have sidelined Marvin Emnes and Leon Britton, with the latter out for at least three more weeks.

West Brom defender Joleon Lescott is training again after a knee injury but will not face Swansea. Fellow new arrivals Georgios Samaras and Silvestre Varela are lacking match fitness and will not play.

Premier League team news

QPR v Sunderland (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

QPR's Alejandro Faurlin has suffered his third anterior cruciate ligament injury in the last three years and will be sidelined for much of the season. New signing Eduardo Vargas is again unavailable as he is still awaiting a work permit, but Charlie Austin could return after a hamstring strain.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has a fully fit squad available. A host of players are set to return after sitting out the midweek League Cup win over Birmingham.


Newcastle v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 BST)


Neil Warnock managed Crystal Palace from October 2007 to March 2010 and returned to the club this week.

Premier League team news

Newcastle v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Newcastle will again be without midfielder Cheick Tiote and defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who have hamstring and ankle problems respectively. Summer signing Siem de Jong is in line for his first start at St James' Park.

Wilfried Zaha is expected to play for Crystal Palace after returning to the club on a season-long loan deal. Jason Puncheon returns after a one-match ban but Scott Dann remains doubtful with a hip problem and Joe Ledley is out with a groin strain.

Premier League team news

Manchester City v Stoke City (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko has recovered from a thigh injury sustained against Liverpool on Monday. Central defender Eliaquim Mangala is not ready to play.

Stoke forward Bojan Krkic should be involved, having returned to training on Thursday following a rib injury. Phil Bardsley is a doubt with a knee problem and fellow defender Geoff Cameron could be out for a two weeks because of an injury.

Premier League team news

Burnley v Manchester United (Saturday, 12:45 BST)

Burnley manager Sean Dyche will restore a host of players rested for the League Cup defeat by Sheffield Wednesday. Apart from Sam Vokes, Dyche should have a fully fit squad available to him.

Midfielder Angel Di Maria is set to make his debut for Manchester United following his £59.7m British transfer record signing from Real Madrid. Fellow new recruit Marcos Rojo is still awaiting clearance on a work permit so will have to wait until after the international break to make his first appearance for Louis van Gaal's side.

Joshua in series of fights


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The next step in the development of British heavyweight Anthony Joshua has been plotted.

The 2012 Olympic champion will face Russia's Denis Bakhtov for the WBC international heavyweight title in London on 11 October as a follow-on fight from his 13 September meeting with Konstantin Airich in Manchester.

"I believe that the time is right for Anthony to step up and fight for his first title," says promoted Eddie Hearn. Bakhtov has won 27 of his 28 fights.

Barton shows support for team-mate


After the news QPR midfielder Alejandro Faurlin has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury for the third time and will be out for between six and nine months, team-mate Joey Barton says on Twitter: "Devastated for @alefaurlin know how hard he has worked to get back from his injury.

"Words fail to capture my feelings for him right now. We are all with him and have the utmost confidence that a man with his strength of personality and character will get through this.

"As a team and club it's important we rally round him and support him at this difficult time. Puts things in perspective."

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Craig Palmer: Why is everyone saying Ronaldo is best buy, what about Bale bought for £7m sold for £85m.

Forrest Johnson: Best? Arsenal's £500k for Fabregas. Worst? Chelsea's £30m for Shevchenko. He flopped and upset Mourinho/Roman relations.

All day we have been asking you for your best and worst transfers. Our vote highlighted Andy Carroll as the worst and Thierry Henry as the best. Keep your views coming to #bestbuyworstbuy though.

Live long and prosper


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A week is a long time in cricket - especially if you're Zimbabwe off-spinner Prosper Utseya.

Last Friday, he was reported to the International Cricket Council for a suspected illegal bowling action - one of a number of international off-spinners to be reported during 2014.

Today, he has become only the second Zimbabwe bowler to take a one-day international hat-trick and finished with a career-best 5-36 from 10 overs as South Africa were bowled out for 231 in the latest game in their ODI tri-series which also involves Australia.

It was not enough however as Ryan McLaren and Dale Steyn took three wickets apiece to bowl Zimbabwe out for 170 in 38.3 overs.

Utseva is waiting for his action to be analysed but is allowed to bowl until it is.

Al Fayed and Magath bicker


Ex-Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed has hit back at claims by current manager Felix Magath that he is to blame for their relegation last season.

Al Fayed sold the club to American billionaire Shahid Khan last summer after 16 years in charge of the Whites.

"The problem we had was that the owner before had not spent money," Magath, 61, told the Evening Standard.

But 84-year-old Al Fayed, writing in the same newspaper, said: "To be blamed for that failure is absurd."

Team effort


Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal on transfers: "Of course I shall say what players I want and what players are better to leave and Ed Woodward is doing the transfer market so I don't interfere in that process. I am on the sportive side, he is the side to sell or to buy."

Another Van Gaal showcase

David Ornstein

BBC Sport at Manchester United's training ground

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"Louis van Gaal was on top form, animated and passionate in expressing his desire to succeed at Manchester United. He repeatedly pleaded for time, pointing out that even remembering to drive his car on the other side of the road won't be easy.

"His interaction with journalists is fascinating - there's a real energy in the room when he outlines his philosophy, aims and expectations. On that last point, Van Gaal said he's targeting a top-four finish this season, the Premier League title as his next step and then after that winning the Champions League."

Not for me


Notts County manager Shaun Derry has been speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham about the vacant assistant manager's role at Crystal Palace.

"Would I be interested? No, no, I wouldn't really," he says. "To be involved at Premier League level is a dream, of course it is. But I feel this job has just started, I've only just arrived."

Derry played under new Palace boss Neil Warnock at Queens Park Rangers.

Vote result


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Our vote on the worst ever Premier League signing is now closed and we have a unanimous winner - or indeed loser depending on your viewpoint.

Andy Carroll came out top of the pops with 34% of your votes while the man he replaced at Liverpool - Fernando Torres - is second on 26%

Manchester United's Eric Djemba-Djemba was third with 10%. Thank you for all your interaction.

Leicester "used" our player - Rosler


Wigan Athletic manager Uwe Rosler believes Leicester City "used" the club's midfielder James McArthur.

A fee was agreed for McArthur, 26, to join the Foxes, only for the newly promoted side to sign free-agent Esteban Cambiasso late on Thursday.

"We didn't accept the pay structure and then Leicester left James in limbo," says Rosler. "I feel sorry for James. He got used in a way and we and he have to live with that. It's unusual. I've never experienced that where a club agree a fee and then make no contact over pay structure.

"Now we have to make sure we get James right again. I feel for the lad because he had already said goodbye to everybody at the club."

QPR close to signing goalkeeper


Tony Husband

BBC South Today sports editor

"Reading FC goalkeeper Alex McCarthy set to complete transfer to QPR by the end of the day. Deal believed to be worth around £3m."

Louis van Gaal news conference

Burnley v Manchester United (Saturday, 12:45 BST)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been speaking to the media.

On Saturday's opponents Burnley, Van Gaal says: "It will be a fantastic atmosphere. They'll play with a lot of passion and long balls. We have to fight against that. It shall be a very difficult game but we have to show we can play football."

On his side's poor start to the season, he adds: "I am confident I will succeed here but I need time. We are building up a new team. I have said many times that I need time. It always takes three months. Players are used to other philosophies."

I need to play in the Premier League - Cambiasso

Leicester v Arsenal (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

BBC Radio Leicester's Jason Bourne at the Leicester City news conference: Esteban Cambiasso says: "I need to play in the Premier League. We hope the future will bring great history. I choose to come. I am happy with my choice." Asked whether he is fit enough to face Arsenal, Cambiasso said: "I don't know. It's up to the coach."

Pochettino banter


Tottenham full-back Danny Rose was the target of a cruel joke by his manager before learning the news of his first England call up.

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"The manager texted me at 10 past nine on Wednesday morning and he said 'can you come to my office?' I was thinking 'what have I done?'," says Rose.

"So I went to his office and he sat me down and said 'I've got something to tell you - we've accepted a bid, we're selling you'. I said 'no you're not'.

"But then after that he told me that he was at the Milton Keynes game the night before, against Man United, and he heard a rumour that I might have a chance of being selected. Then later on the England manager called me and he verified it."

Mario show


Ben Smith

BBC Sport at Melwood

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"Brendan Rodgers was, as you would expect, asked about Mario Balotelli. A lot.

"This is what he had to say: 'He is fine. He has settled down very well and has looked fantastic in training. He is a good lad. He has done very well. He is top drawer, a real class act. His concentration is on his football, he is moving to Merseyside. But this is not the Mario Balotelli show. He has got a look of work to do.'"

Liverpool news conference



Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers tells his weekly news conference he expects more movement out of the club than inward during the final three days of the transfer window.

"There are offers in for players to go," he says.

Rodgers could give recently acquired Mario Balotelli his first appearance on Saturday when Liverpool visit Spurs and is keen to play down scrutiny of the Italian.

"It's not the Mario Balotelli show, but we've got a number of top class players. The star of this team is always the team," he adds.

Liverpool news conference


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Glen Johnson is likely to miss their trip to Tottenham on Saturday.

The full-back limped off during the Reds' 3-1 defeat at Manchester City on Monday, as did new signing Alberto Moreno.

"Moreno is recovering well but Glen Johnson is probably the one that will struggle to make the Spurs game," says Rodgers.

Europa League fixtures


The dates for the Europa League fixtures have been released. The games involving British sides are:


18 September: Partizan Belgrade v Tottenham, Red Bull Salzburg v Celtic, Everton v Wolfsburg.

2 October: Tottenham v Besiktas, Celtic v Dinamo Zagreb, Krasnodar v Everton.

23 October: Tottenham v Asteras Tripolis, Celtic v Astra Giurgiu, Lille v Everton.

6 November: Asteras Tripolis v Tottenham, Astra Giurgiu v Celtic, Everton v Lille

27 November: Tottenham v Partizan Belgrade, Celtic v Red Bull Salzburg, Wolfsburg v Everton.

11 December: Besiktas v Tottenham, Dinamo Zagreb v Celtic, Everton v Krasnodar.

Question of Sport answer

Earlier, our good friends at Question of Sport asked you: Since 2000, which five non-Americans have won the US Open Women's Singles Title?

The answer: Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Maria Sharapova and Samantha Stosur.

Well done if you got it right.

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Rafael: Cristiano Ronaldo for £12.24m and sold for £80m has to be the Premeir League's best buy. Worst- Andy Carroll for £30m.

Elliot Barker: Blackburn's Corrado Grabbi - £7m for a striker who scored two goals in three seasons, Tugay £1m from Rangers, club legend.

Who are your best and worst signings? Tweet #bestbuyworstbuy and vote on the right hand side of this page.

Jose Mourinho news conference

Everton v Chelsea (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he has been given no indication Fernando Torres wants to leave the club.

"What we have clear as a club is that we need three strikers to face this season," says Mourinho.

"He is one of them. I like him as a person, I like him as a player so that if he wants to leave, it would be something he didn't say to me until this moment. Our belief for a long time is that the squad is closed."

Torres, who joined Chelsea for £50m, has been linked with a move to AC Milan.

Jose Mourinho news conference

Everton v Chelsea (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho faces the media at a news conference.

On striker Diego Costa, Mourinho says: "We are trying everything for him to play tomorrow. He didn't train for the last two days. Today is the last day. He is a big doubt, let's see. Everyone else is fit. "

Excitement at Melwood

Ben Smith

BBC Sport


"There are dozens of fans waiting outside Liverpool's Melwood training ground as Brendan Rodgers prepares for his weekly press conference.

"Raheem Sterling has just been driven out of the gates but no sign yet of the man they've all come to see - Mario Balotelli. He has, according to most around the training ground, settled very quickly, however but whether he is ready to start against Spurs on Sunday remains to be seen."

Best signing in Premier League history


We asked you to vote for the best signing in the history of the Premier League.

The votes have been counted and there is a clear winner.

You think Arsenal striker Thierry Henry is the best Premier League transfer of all time with 35% of the vote.


Second was Manchester United's purchase of Cristiano Ronaldo with 22% and another United legend, Eric Cantona, was third with 19% of the vote.

Now its time for the worst signing since the Premier League began. Vote to the right side of the page and you have until 14.45 to do so.

Rosberg apologises to Hamilton and F1 fans

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Mercedes' Nico Rosberg posts a message on Facebook apologising for deliberately crashing into team-mate Lewis Hamilton at last week's Belgian Grand Prix.

"I have already expressed my regret about the incident but I wish to go a step further and describe it as an error of judgement on my part," says Rosberg.

"The number one rule for us as team-mates is that we must not collide but that is exactly what happened. For that error of judgement, I apologise to Lewis and the team. I also want to say sorry to the fans who were deprived of our battle for the lead in Belgium."

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Some reaction on Twitter to the Europa League draw (12:40 BST).

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John Pierce: Mega confident Everton will top our Europa League group, it's a long way to qualify for the Champions League though.

Matthew Coote: Not the easiest Europa League draw for Spurs or Everton. Expect Tottenham to progress though. Everton lack experience.

Mike Allen: As a Liverpool fan, it's great to see tough groups for both Spurs and Everton. It puts a strain on both squads.

John McEnerney: Not the worst group for Celtic, big danger RB Salzburg home and away, the other two beatable, could sneak it.

Money, money, money


The transfer window may still have four days to run, but a record amount of £725m has already been spent by Premier League clubs.

A report by accountancy firm Deloitte discovered top-flight clubs have spent nearly three quarters of a billion pounds in the window since it reopened at the end of last season.

That figure smashes last year's record spend of £630m. This year's transfer window closes on Monday, 1 September.

Air miles


Looking at the Europa League draw for the three British interests, Tottenham have been handed the toughest draw in terms of travel.

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Their trips to Besiktas, Partizan Belgrade and Asteras Tripolis will sum up to over 10,000 miles of travel.

Everton will clock around 7,200 while Celtic meet Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb and Romanians FC Astra - opponents which will require around 9,400 miles of travel.

There could be some tired bodies in the days following Europa League exploits it seems.

Pellegrini's Europe push


Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he is confident his side will improve in the Champions League after losing to Barcelona in the last 16 in 2013-14.

Pellegrini said he was targeting a better performance in Europe's elite competition this year ahead of the start of his side's Premier League campaign and hopes "more experience" will help their push.

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"I am absolutely sure we are going to keep improving," says Pellegrini, whose side face Stoke at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

"Last year in our best moment we only won 1-0 - I am sure they will come here to make a tough game for us and we will have to play very well to win."

Other sports headlines

Formula 1: Mercedes take disciplinary action against Nico Rosberg following his collision with team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the Belgian Grand Prix.


Disability sport: Britain's para-equestrian dressage riders retain their world team title to qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Horse racing: Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin racing operation close down one of their smaller Newmarket stables.

Tennis: Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are through to the third round of the US Open after both secured straight-sets victories.

World Rowing Championships


BBC Sport's Lawrence Barretto in Amsterdam: "Hamish Bond and Eric Murray are New Zealand's answer to British rowing legends Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent. The duo came together as a pair after the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and have not lost a race since. That's 18 consecutive titles, 54 race victories and six years of utter domination.

"But they're putting it all on the line this week by doubling up and racing in the coxed pair - alongside their pair event because they felt they needed a new challenge. 'We wouldn't be racing if we didn't think we were capable of winning both,' says Murray. Based on their form in the heats this week, it's going to take a mighty effort to stop them."

Rosberg under fire

Andrew Benson

BBC Sport

"Mercedes have taken disciplinary action against Nico Rosberg following his collision with team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the Belgian Grand Prix.

"Rosberg has accepted responsibility for the collision, the team said in a statement.

"The team met both drivers on Friday to discuss the consequences of the incident and have agreed to let them continue to race free for the world title. But the drivers have been warned that another similar incident 'will not be tolerated'."

Get involved

You can now vote for your best Premier League signing of all-time by clicking on the right hand side of this page. We will have results by the end of the hour and then ask you for your worst buy.

Thanks as ever for all your interaction.

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You have had plenty to say on our bet buy and worst buy debate. Who are your golden signings and head-in-hands buys? Tweet #bestbuyworstbuy.

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Fred Holker: £5m for Berbatov bought world-class football for Fulham. £12m for Mitroglou bought embarrassment and relegation.

Chris Taylor: Best - Shearer £15m 206 goals in 395 apps! Worst - Owen £17m and we still have his imprint on the physio table.

Question of Sport Teaser

Today's Question of Sport teaser: Since 2000, which five non-Americans have won the US Open Women's Singles Title?

Good luck. Answer here later.

India injury blow


India opener Rohit Sharma is to miss the remainder of the Royal London Series against England with a broken finger, and will be replaced by Murali Vijay.

Rohit hurt his right middle finger while fielding in India's 133-run victory over England in Cardiff two days ago. India lead 1-0 after two matches, with the third one-day international taking place at Trent Bridge on Saturday.

World Rowing Championships latest



BBC Sport's Lawrence Barretto in Amsterdam: "The Bosbaan rowing lake is basking in glorious sunshine ahead of a packed day of racing which will see eight non-Olympic-class medals dished out.

"Britain have interest in three of them - the men's coxed pair, the lightweight men's pair and the lightweight women's four. Can they add to the gold and silver the GB para-rowers won yesterday?"