Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Manchester City approach Swansea over striker Bony
  2. Gerrard set to join LA Galaxy in 18-month deal
  3. West Brom star Berahino charged with drink driving
  4. FA Cup third round: Everton v West Ham live on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:00 BST
  5. England need to be exciting - Peter Moores
  6. Who is your cult hero? Tweet #myculthero

Live Reporting

By Jamie Lillywhite and Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

Get involved

See you tomorrow...

Steven Gerrard
Getty Images

And on that light note, we will call it a day for Sportsday.

A live text on the night's FA Cup action starts at 18:30 GMT and we will be back here to review it at 08:00 GMT on Wednesday.

For more developments on January transfers, keep checking the BBC Sport website and app, while there is commentary of Everton v West Ham on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:00 GMT.

Thanks for all your interaction today and farewell for now.



After so many of you tweeted about Adebayo Akinfenwa last night, today we have been asking you who is your footballing cult hero? The response has been huge, so thank you.

Ian Ashbee
Getty Images

Andy Bradley: Ian Ashbee - captained throughout all 4 divisions. Billy Whitehurst - hardman and I was his postman!

Tom Parsons: Has to be Kanu in his prime. Made the hard look easy and the easy look impossible.

Getty Images

A long time coming

Everton v West Ham (Kick-off 19:45 GMT)

West Ham celebrate

Nadal suffers shock defeat


Rafa Nadal
Getty Images

World number three Rafael Nadal made the worst possible start to the new season as he

lost to Germany's Michael Berrer in round one of the Qatar Open.

The Spaniard could not build on a strong start and Berrer, ranked 127th, powered through to win 1-6 6-3 6-4.



Send us your thoughts on today's deals? We are on #bbcsportsday.

Gareth M-J: If Torres was £50m a few years ago when we wasn't prolific the Swans should hold out for nearer £50m for Bony.

Manchester City will have to pay £30m to sign the Ivorian we understand and they are in talks to get their man.

Charlton sign goalkeeper Dmitrovic

Charlton have

signed goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic from Hungarian side Ujpest FC for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old, who is a Serbia Under-21 international, has joined the Addicks on an 18-month deal.

Meanwhile, keeper Nick Pope, also 22, has left The Valley for a loan spell with League Two side Bury, which will run to the end of the season.

Hillsborough Memorial temporarily moved

Hillsborough Memorial
Getty Images

Liverpool will place the Hillsborough Memorial at Anfield into safe storage this week as construction work gets underway on the expansion of the Main Stand.

The club hosted a short service on Tuesday to mark its relocation and to unveil a specially commissioned Temporary Memorial which is located at the entrance of the Centenary Stand.

The Eternal Flame from the Memorial has been transferred to Liverpool Cathedral where it will reside during this temporary period.



Andy Morrison

Today we have been asking who is your all-time footballing cult hero? Let us know at #myculthero.

Gareth Marshall: Andy Morrison. Dragged City up from the third tier kicking & screaming. Hard as nails.

Liam Riley: Own goal specialist Frank Sinclair, his one from the half way line against Boro still makes me laugh when I see it.

Krystian Jones: Jay-Jay Okocha & Matt Le Tissier for me. Entertainers. Played like they could do anything they wanted.

Norris 'found groove' to win opener


Alan Norris was a relieved man after coming through an exciting first-round match against

Swedish qualifier Daniel Larsson at the BDO World Championships.

The 2014 runner-up trailed 1-0 and 2-1 before fighting back to win in a deciding set at Lakeside.

"I know Daniel very well and I feel a little disappointed for him," Yeovil-born Norris told BBC Sport. "Obviously I'm happy to get through. I didn't perform in the first set but I found the groove in the end."

FA Cup preview

Scunthorpe v Chesterfield (19:45 GMT)

BBC Radio 5 live

There is one more match in the FA Cup third round tonight as Scunthorpe, managed by former Cup winner Mark Robins, face Chesterfield at Glanford Park. The Iron are in round three for the first time since 2011 but are unbeaten since October. Chesterfield, who reached the semi-finals in 1997, have lost only one of their last 10.

Updates on this one alongside commentary of Everton v West Ham on BBC Radio 5 live.

No Bony release clause

BBC Radio Wales reporter Dafydd Pritchard has the inside track on

Manchester City's move for Swansea striker Wilfried Bony.

Wilfried Bony
Getty Images

He says: "Bony's future has been under scrutiny for months, with Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool among the clubs believed to be interested in the Ivorian.

"He signed a one-year contract extension in November and, although that couldn't ward off interest from Manchester City, it did get rid of the £20m release clause in the striker's previous deal.

"Swansea can now demand £30m or more for the 25-year-old, not that a fee of that size will put off a club of City's financial power.

"As Bony is currently with Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations, he may well have already played his final game for the Swans."

FA Cup preview

Everton v West Ham (Kick-off 19:45 GMT)

BBC Radio 5 live

A reminder about tonight's live FA Cup match on 5 live between Everton and West Ham, with Mark Pougatch presenting live from Goodison Park.

The Toffees have won only one of their last nine matches but the Hammers have failed to beat them in the last 14 meetings between the sides. John Murray is your commentator tonight, with summaries from former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane.



Andy Horncastle: Gerrard to US, conference level, a waste right now. Look at what Beckham and Lampard did since. He could do a job in Italy.

Tweet us your views on Gerrard's move, Bony's possible Man City transfer and Mark Schwarzer finding a new club at the age of 42.

We are waiting on #bbcsportsday.

A quick catch up

So we've had a busy hour or two on Sportsday, if you're just joining us a recap on what has happened:

Foxes sign new stopper

Mark Schwarzer
Leicester City

Leicester City confirm the signing of Mark Schwarzer from Chelsea until the summer of 2016.

The goalkeeper, now at the ripe-old-age of 42, played 12 games for Chelsea last season after joining from Fulham.

Kitchener agrees new Tigers contract

Rugby Union

England Saxons lock Graham Kitchener has

agreed a new contract with Leicester Tigers, reports BBC Radio Leicester.

The 25-year-old, who

captained an inexperienced England XV against the Barbarians in June last year, has started 14 games for the Tigers so far this season.

Will £30m do it?

Garry Monk

A big cheque needed for Bony

More on Manchester City's

talks with Swansea City for Wilfried Bony. Remember the Ivory Coast international is heading to the African Cup of Nations but the Swans want a pretty fee if he is to leave South Wales.

BBC Wales

Reports circulated this morning on Bony's request to Swansea to let him talk to Champions League clubs should they make an offer for his services.

Wood impresses for England Lions


Durham seamer Mark Wood took 4-29 for the England Lions on day two of the opening match of their South Africa tour in Soweto. The Lions were all out for 443 and then dismissed a Gauteng Invitational XI for 179.

In their second innings the Lions struggled to 43-3, a lead of 307, first innings centurion Sam Robson lbw for one, but skipper Jonathan Trott finished unbeaten on 10 with one day's play remaining.

Posh exits

BBC Cambridge Sport tweet: Peterborough duo Tom Conlon and Michael Richens have agreed permanent deals with Stevenage.

Bedene targets Davis Cup for Great Britain


Aljaz Bedene is hoping to be granted British citizenship this week - and has his sights set on representing his adopted country in Davis Cup in March.

It emerged last year that the 25-year-old Slovenian, who has lived in Britain since 2008, was intending to

switch nationalities.

"My solicitor is taking care of it and it should be in the next couple of days," he said.

Leicester closes in on Kramaric deal - reports

Andrej Kramaric in action for Croatia
Getty Images

The Press Association reports that Croatia international forward Andrej Kramaric, 23, is at Leicester putting the finishing touches to a move to the Foxes after travelling to the city with the club's assistant sporting director Ivan Mance.

Value for money?

So Manchester City have

started talks with Swansea City over a move for Wilfried Bony. Will they get their money's worth?

Wilfried Bony

Scottish duo face SFA charges

St Johnstone forward James McFadden and Hibernian striker Jason Cummings have both been issued with notices of complaint by the Scottish FA's compliance officer for alleged offensive gestures.

McFadden appeared to react to goading visiting fans after being sent off last weekend and has been offered a fixed two-match ban, while Cummings has been offered a one-match ban.

Both clubs have until Wednesday afternoon to respond to the charges.



West Ham's Billy Bonds
Getty Images

Who is your all-time footballing cult hero? Let us know at #myculthero

Sir Fran Walsingham: Billy Bonds of West Ham. Gave everything for club and was shunned by country. I'm a Spurs supporter but he was inspiring.

Stuart Collyer: Rodney Jack at Torquay! The man was a magician and even more so an incredibly nice guy from St Vincent.

Aaron Campbell: Easily Dirk Kuyt, the man always performed when it matter, scored some extremely important goals for Liverpool.

Johnson leaves Palace

Crystal Palace confirm that striker Andrew Johnson, 33, has left the club following the completion of his short-term contract. He made only one substitute appearance in the
League Cup defeat against Newcastle in September since returning to the club that month.

Serie A results on Tuesday

Gianfranco Zola suffered a 5-0 defeat in his first game in charge of Cagliari this afternoon. They were mauled at Palermo while AC Milan were humbled at home, losing 2-1 to Sassuolo. That result leaves Milan seventh in the table.

Roma moved joint-top with a 1-0 win over Udinese but Juventus can move three points clear tonight if they beat Inter Milan at home.

Elsewhere in Serie A today: Chievo 0-0 Torino, Empoli 0-0 Hellas Verona, Genoa 2-2 Atalanta, Parma 1-0 Fiorentina.

Andy Carroll's birthday wish

BBC Radio 5 live

West Ham striker Andy Carroll turns 26 today as his team face Everton tonight in the FA Cup at Goodison, live on BBC Radio 5 live, and

he tweets: "Thanks for all the birthday messages. A win tonight will make my day!!"

Boro's Williams ruptures Achilles


Middlesbrough defender Rhys Williams will have surgery after scans confirmed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon in

It was his first start since sustaining a similar injury

The injury has been described as "extremely rare" with Boro saying the 26-year-old Australia international has

"damaged another part of the tendon," not related to the previous problem.

Bony talks take place with Man City

The first big deal of the January transfer window could be upon us and BBC Wales Sport are all over it.

BBC Wales Sport
BBC Wales

More on this story as we get it in the coming minutes.



Emma & Dave: Gerrard once again showed his class last night - still LFC's best midfielder by far. Good luck to him at LA Galaxy.

Jack Hawkins: Pretty sad to see Stevie G leave Liverpool. One of those who should have retired with his club.

Is LA Galaxy the right destination for Steven Gerrard? He is close to agreeing an 18-month deal. Tweet us on #bbcsportsday.

Leaving with plenty to show

Liverpool celebrate

Gerrard to earn £6m in US

Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard
Getty Images

More now on Steven Gerrard's

move to LA Galaxy.

The 34-year-old, who netted twice in the FA Cup third round on Tuesday, will earn £6m over the 18-months of his contract.

The 2015 MLS season runs from March through to October with the full fixtures list announced on Wednesday. Gerrard could of course meet ex-England team-mate Frank Lampard in the competition when he eventually joins New York City.

Norwich face boss search 'struggle'


Norwich City will

not find it easy to recruit a top manager under their current structure, according to former striker Iwan Roberts.

Neil Adams, who quit on Monday, was working as part of a four-man football executive board at the Carrow Road club.

"If they won't let that next manager have free reign where he can do what he pleases, they will struggle to get a top-class manager at the club," said former Wales international Roberts, who is third on Norwich's all-time scorers list with 97.

"There is this footballing board that overlooks everything - transfers, footballing matters. That's the manager's job, let him get on with it," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.

Challenge Cup gets new sponsor

Rugby League

The Rugby Football League

announce bookmakers Ladbrokes will succeed Tetley's as the new sponsors of the Challenge Cup.

The new deal is for three years and thought to be worth in excess of £1m a season.

Forty amateur clubs, including representatives of the armed forces and the police, will go into the hat for the first-round draw at Wembley on Thursday, with clubs from higher leagues entering at later dates. This year's Wembley final takes place on 29 August.

Djokovic through in Qatar


Novak Djokovic acknowledges the crowd after his win

Top seed Novak Djokovic beat fellow Serb Dusan Lajovic 6-2 6-1 in the opening round of the Qatar Open.

Joint statement on Evans imminent

Some news on the future of Ched Evans could be imminent.

Oldham and the Professional Footballers' Association are preparing a joint statement over the future of the convicted rapist, according to Press Association Sport.

We will bring you more on that as we get it.



Julian Dicks
Getty Images

Who is your all-time footballing cult hero? Let us know at #myculthero

Dave Hill: Ian "sticks" Ormondroyd at Villa. Not gifted but was the epitome of "Mr 110%".

Nick Poninski: Graham Branch. Played in four different positions over eight years for Burnley. Graham Di Branchio!

Richard Todd: Got to be the Terminator and Hammers legend Julian Dicks. Accomplished left-back, scored some sensational goals and thunderous pens.

Games on the go in Italy - Zola frustration

There is a full fixture list in Itay's Serie A today and several games are underway.

Gianfranco Zola has taken charge of his first game since being named Cagliari boss and it is a dismal day for the diminutive Italian, they trail 3-0 after an hour at Palermo.

Gianfranco Zola
Getty Images

AC Milan are drawing 1-1 with Sassuolo at the San Siro, Parma lead Fiorentina 1-0, while Atalanta are 2-1 up at Genoa.

We will bring you the full results shortly and later today champions and league leaders Juventus host Inter Milan, Napoli visit Cesena. Updates on those games will be in our FA Cup live text commentary from 18:30 GMT.



Lee Parkinson: Great move for Steven Gerrard I wish him luck in his new adventure, they may have trouble understanding him though.

Wayne Andrews MD TT: It's a soft option for Steven Gerrard - LA Galaxy? Why not try Serie A, as Ashley Cole did? Now that would be a challenge.

Has Steven Gerrard made the right call in agreeing to join LA Galaxy? Send your thoughts to #bbcsportsday.