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.

Sportsday will be back on Monday at 08:00 BST. Thanks for joining us and bye for now.

'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.