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Summary

  1. Valdes to sign for Manchester United
  2. Evans agrees Oldham deal say sponsors
  3. Enrique declines to deny Messi rumours
  4. Barcelona president calls early presidential elections
  5. LA Galaxy confirm Gerrard move
  6. GET INVOLVED: Tell us how Premier League referees can improve via #bbcsportsday

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By Andy Cryer and Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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So, that is everything from what has been a busy day of sport.

Thank you for your company and we will be back nice and early at 08:00 GMT on Thursday for all the latest transfer news and breaking stories. Have a good night and we will see you again soon.

Saints to sign Munster's Hanrahan

Rugby Union

Northampton Saints

will sign Munster fly-half JJ Hanrahan at the end of the season on an undisclosed contract.

The 22-year-old is in the final year of his deal with the Irish province, where he has played 51 games since his debut in September 2012.

"Like Munster, Northampton is a club that has a proud history, great structures and a passionate local supporter base. I am really looking forward to testing myself in a new environment," he said.

Cricket

Captain Jonathan Trott hit 79 from 127 balls as England Lions drew their opening tour game against a Gauteng Invitation XI in Soweto, South Africa.

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It was his first game for an England side since he left the 2013-14 Ashes tour with a "stress-related illness".

Kent batsman Sam Billings hit 53 before retiring as Trott eventually declared at 176-5 to set Gauteng 441 to win. The Lions' pace attack reduced the hosts to 57-5 but they were 120-8 when a draw was agreed with a storm approaching.

Clubs breaking salary cap - Diamond

Rugby Union

Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond

believes some Premiership clubs are paying out up to £2m over the salary cap.

There have been

reports that both Saracens and Bath are being investigated for wage-cap breaches.

"One would suggest that some clubs are spending in excess of £2-£2.5m more than the cap - they'd have to be," Diamond told

BBC Radio Manchester.

"I wouldn't say they're ignoring it. I think they're using creative accountancy to get round it."

Ched Evans latest

Football

Oldham Athletic owner Simon Corney says there is an "80% chance" that the

League One club will sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.

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Speaking to the Jewish Chronicle from New York, Corney said the deal could happen "at any time", but that it "wasn't straightforward" and there were "some legal issues" to overcome first.

"We believe he has served his time," Corney said.

Club sponsors have been told to prepare for confirmation of the Evans deal.

Wasps' Varndell wings in to Bristol

Rugby Union

Wasps winger

Tom Varndell has agreed to join Championship leaders Bristol at the end of the season.

Capped four times by England, Varndell has made 125 appearances for the Premiership outfit, scoring 350 points.

Having begun his career at Leicester, he was the joint-top try scorer in the English top-flight in 2013 and has scored six in 11 games this season.

Best videos

Fancy some entertainment on your way home? Well, here are a selection of the best videos on the BBC Sport site at the moment. Enjoy.

Football: Our latest FA Cup memory sees

Blackpool beat Bolton 4-3 in the 1953 FA Cup final in a game known as the 'Matthews Final' because of the contribution of legendary winger Stanley.

Darts: Darryl Fitton

eliminates number two seed Alan Norris to reach the quarter-finals at the BDO World Darts Championship after a thrilling match at the Lakeside.

Ronnie O'Sullivan
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Snooker: Steve Davis charts the

history of century breaks in snooker, with contributions from Ronnie O'Sullivan, Stephen Hendry and Judd Trump.

Rugby union: BBC Sport looks into why

Saracens players wore impact sensors behind their ears in Saturday's win against London Irish.

Cricket: Head coach Peter Moores insists

England "can beat anybody" at next month's Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Stoke signing

Stoke confirm the signing of German international central defender Philipp Wollscheid, 25, on loan with a view to a permanent move to the Britannia Stadium.

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Manager Mark Hughes said: "Philipp is a player we've been aware of and have been tracking for some time and he will add to the competition for places in the centre of our defence.

"He's got presence, technically he is good, he has played at a high level and he has gone for big money in the past. To get a German international at relatively young age is a good deal for the club."

Get involved - refereeing standards

Here's what some of you have been saying on the

BBC Sport Facebook page on how to improve refereeing standards in the Premier League:

Callum Frizzell: The only way that refereeing can improve is if Uefa take control of refs in total and move them across Europe, English refs in Spain, Spanish in Italy and so on. This will improve consistency across the continent. Train them all on the standards at once.

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Creag Arandle: Get with modern times! Get some new young refs to be on the pitch and send the old-timers up to the stands as TMOs, then everyone can see the correct decision and no more moaning at incorrect officiating!

Bob Horton: Part of why we love this game so much is its unpredictability, which stems from human error (either by players or officials), if decisions go against you, that's tough, it's what makes the game exciting and frustrating. Things like that even out over time. Retrospective bans for diving need to be introduced, but nothing more.

Bees consider Griffin Park options

Football

Brentford chief executive Mark Devlin is

hopeful the club may be allowed to play matches at Griffin Park if they are promoted to the Premier League.

The 12,763-capacity stadium, the west London club's home since 1904, does not currently meet top-flight standards.

"Clearly we are not going to meet all of the Premier League's criteria. We can certainly move towards them," he told

BBC London 94.9.

Every Championship club has to submit plans to the Premier League board before 31 January, detailing how they will meet a series of requirements if they go up.

Today's headlines

Here are the sport headlines from today so far.

Football: Convicted rapist Ched Evans has

agreed a deal to sign for Oldham Athletic, according to sponsors of the League One club.

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been

released from a hospital after being admitted last month with a severe urinary tract infection.

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Cricket: England all-rounder

Ben Stokes scored 77 off just 37 balls on his Australia Big Bash debut for Melbourne Renegades.

Tennis: Andy Murray and Heather Watson

suffered mixed doubles defeat as Great Britain lost 2-1 to Poland in the Hopman Cup.

Darts: Darryl Fitton

beat number two seed Alan Norris in a deciding set tie-break to reach the quarter-finals of the BDO World Championships.

Football: Former Barcelona goalkeeper

Victor Valdes has accepted an offer to join Manchester United.

Wasps to sign Leinster's Gopperth

Rugby Union

Wasps have signed Leinster fly-half

Jimmy Gopperth on a contract which will start before the 2015-16 season.

The New Zealand-born 31-year-old previously played in the Premiership with Newcastle, with whom he won the league's Golden Boot in 2010 and 2011.

Wasps have also confirmed that wing Will Helu, 28, will leave in the summer, and that 34-year-old former England international Andy Goode has been offered a coaching role at the club.

Leicester close in on striker

Football

Ben Smith

BBC Sport

"Leicester City are close to finalising the signing of Croatia striker Andrej Kramaric for a club-record fee.

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"The deal, thought to be worth in excess of £9m, is set to go through subject to the 23-year-old being granted a work permit. Chelsea were also known to be interested in Kramaric, who has scored 28 goals in 24 appearances for Rijeka and the Croatian national team this season.

"Leicester are not commenting, but a statement on FC Rijeka's website has confirmed the move is close to completion."

Bony's City move hit stumbling block.

Football

Swansea striker Wilfried Bony's move to Manchester City has hit a stumbling block because the clubs cannot agree a fee for the Ivorian,

reports ESPN.

They claim Swansea are hoping to get £30 million for the 26-year-old, who was the Premier League's top scorer in the calendar year 2014 with 20 goals, while City are yet to offer that much.

Luton deals for Stockley and Rooney

Football

Luton Town have signed Bournemouth striker Jayden Stockley on a one-month loan and extended midfielder Luke Rooney's contract until the summer.

Stockley's only games this season came during a spell at the Hatters'

League Two rivals Cambridge United.

The 21-year-old scored twice in four games for the U's, but has not played since September, even though the deal only expired this week.

Rooney, 24, has three goals in his last four games.

Wolves prop Wood joins Featherstone

Rugby League

Championship side Featherstone Rovers

have signed Warrington Wolves prop Paul Wood on a two-year deal.

He made international headlines in 2012 after

playing on in the Grand Final after suffering a ruptured testicle which later had to be removed.

"After I spoke to the guys here it was an easy decision to make because I could see the passion that they have and the ambition they have to get to Super League," Wood told

BBC Radio Leeds.

Get involved - Refereeing standards

#bbcsportsday

A few more of your thoughts from Twitter on how refereeing standards in the Premier League could be improved:

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Nathan Maxwell: They need to take less flak from players. Rugby refs don't take any. One red card and problem is solved.

Osinuga Doyin: They should be allowed to watch the replay of that incident they couldn't see clearly before making that call.

Sam J. Frampton: Give the referees technology for factual decisions. Give them a margin of error for opinion decisions. They're human.

Barcelona news conference

Football

We seem to be winding up at this news conference with the Barcelona president.

So let's sum that up. Presidential elections will be held in the summer. Manager Luis Enrique remains in charge and Lionel Messi is going nowhere.

Simple. That's the end of it then... Or is it?

Barcelona news conference

Football

More from Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu:

"These news stories are created to try to damage FC Barcelona. They are written with the intention of creating conflicts where conflict does not exist. Ultimately these are questions that you have to direct to Enrique and Messi. Enrique has made clear that these matters are best kept between the squad.

"From the contact I have made they are getting on fine and want to win titles. Enrique has a project that he is working on. Of course, we always want to win, but there is no doubting him.

"All the turmoil around the club will affect the team. That is precisely why we have called an election."

Barcelona news conference

Football

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu:

"Leo Messi this year is not the same as last year. He has more ambition, he seems more enthusiastic, keener to win and that is good news for the club.

"Our new director of football will be someone from the club, or who has been at the club before. They must have Barca DNA."

Barcelona news conference

Football

Barcelona
Barcelona

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu:

"I accept criticism, I accept facts, I like to talk clear and be direct and transparent. But you all know where these rumours are coming from. You know the people and I am asking for the rival candidates to respect fair play in the presidential campaign. People should focus their efforts toward helping the team. When we get to the campaign then people have the right to be critical."

"I am in contact with Enrique and Messi, things are working here. Certain things happen amongst the squad, we don't get involved in the personal relationship between them. In the last few days I have been in contact with them to make sure things are going well."

Barcelona news conference

Football

More from Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu:

"The thing that we have opened a disciplinary inquest into Messi? False. That is a false rumour. This is what I am saying, these unnecessary rumours around the club cause bad feeling about the club. I can't come round here every day and deny rumours. Messi has a contract.

"Remember, just a few months ago we came up with a new agreement. He is here until 2018 he is happy with the club and wants to win more titles. There is nothing to panic about in that regard.

"At the start of this season I said we are rebuilding a team and Messi is the central figure. The team is built around him, he is our best player, he is under contract and we are counting on his services."

Barcelona news conference

Football

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu:

"I've been in close contact with Enrique and Messi in recent days. I am always close to the first team and to ensure that the conditions are adequate for them to contend for titles.

"Luis Enrique has a project that he is working on at the moment. He is restructuring the team, he has a job to do and there is no doubt he is the ideal man for this position. I just think it would be good for the team, for the club, for these elections to be called.

"No. I've not had a meeting with Oscar Garcia. I don't want to confirm or deny things. We are of course looking for a new director of sport."

Barcelona news conference

Football

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu: "I am a solid defender of Andoni Zubizarreta. The team has been renovated, and we will pass judgement at the end of the season depending on which titles we win. There have been changes in the last few weeks, we have lost confidence. It was the right decision for him to go. It was time for a change.

"It has affected Luis Enrique as well, he has been working very closely with him. They have discussed transfers, that is the way it should be at the club. It is time to begin a new era now. The director of football has been dismissed, not the first-team manager. We will bring in someone else."

Barcelona news conference

Football

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu:

"The most important thing is that we seek success. That is always based on the members being behind the team. I ask you to continue your support.

"I wanted to see out our mandate until 2017 but I think now that the club needs tranquility. It is good for the club that the members can vote for a project. There has been an astonishing amount of tension over the last few weeks and that is unacceptable for the club."

Barcelona news conference

Football

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu: "Sorry for the delay! We will call elections at the end of the season. The main reason is because we want to bring down the tension surrounding the club at the moment.

"The tension has been exaggerated, the club is on good solid ground, we are about to start the new project for the new stadium and in all different sports the teams are in contention for titles."

Lions draw opener

Cricket

Jonathan Trott
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Captain Jonathan Trott hit 79 from 127 balls as England Lions drew their opening tour game in South Africa against a Gauteng Invitation XI in Soweto.

It was his first game for an England side since

he left the 2013-14 Ashes tour with a "stress-related illness".

Kent batsman Sam Billings hit 53 before retiring as Trott eventually declared at 176-5 to set Gauteng 441 to win.

Football

We are still waiting for Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu to address his audience. There are many questions needing to be answered, including what is Lionel Messi's future at the club. We will let you know when he makes an appearance.

Gerrard's move to LA Galaxy confirmed

Football

LA Galaxy confirm Steven Gerrard will join them in the summer - that was a well-kept secret wasn't it?

"I'm very excited to begin the next chapter of my career in the United States with LA Galaxy," said Gerrard. "The Galaxy are the most successful club in Major League Soccer history and I am looking forward to competing for more championships in the years to come."

Spurs in for Emenike

Football

The agent of Fenerbahce forward Emmanuel Emenike has said Tottenham are interested in his client, reports the

London Evening Standard.

The Nigeria international has a release clause of £15.7million and his representative Erdem Konyar is reported to have said Spurs have expressed an interest.

Barcelona news conference

Football

Josep Maria Bartomeu
@FCBarcelona_es

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is set to speak to the media shortly.

The club have tweeted that his news conference is set to take place.

BBC Sport's John Bennett ‏on twitter: Moussa Konate replacing Diafra Sakho in the #Senegal squad. Konate was the star man for the team at the London 2012 Olympics. Now at FC Sion.

Goalkeeper Grant signs Derby deal

Football

Derby County goalkeeper Lee Grant has signed a new deal which keeps him

at the club until the summer of 2017.

The 31-year-old has made 74 appearances for the Rams since joining from Burnley for his second spell in May 2013 and has become the first-choice number one.

Ambrose signs to stay on at Ipswich

Football

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Ipswich Town have extended the contract of midfielder

Darren Ambrose until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old started his career at Portman Road and returned on a short-term deal in September.

He has made six appearances in his current spell, but made his first start on Saturday, scoring in the 1-1 FA Cup draw with Southampton.

Top stories

A reminder of the top stories on the BBC Sport website.

Football: A deal has been agreed for convicted rapist Ched Evans to play for Oldham Athletic, the club's sponsors say.

Football: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will join the Los Angeles Galaxy in July, according to the club's coach.

Football: Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has accepted an offer to join Manchester United.

Massaro aims to be world number one

Squash

Former world and British champion Laura Massaro has set her sights on topping the sport's rankings list for the first time in 2015.

"I believe in every training session that I can still challenge for the number one spot and win more titles," she told

BBC Radio Jersey.

Massaro, 31, will compete in the Tournament of Champions later this month, to be played in a glass court inside New York's iconic Grand Central Station.

Sussex coach sweats on Joyce fitness

Cricket

Sussex cricket manager Mark Robinson is keeping his fingers crossed that

captain Ed Joyce returns from the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand unscathed.

Joyce, 36, will be playing for Ireland, who play their first group game against West Indies on 16 February.

"Ed has got to manage his hip and is going into a high-intensity World Cup. I'll be happy when he is back home and safe," Robinson told

BBC Sussex.

Wigan's Riera seals Deportivo loan move

Football

Wigan striker

Oriol Riera has completed a loan move to Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna until the end of the season.

Riera, 28, has scored just one goal in 13 appearances since

joining from Osasuna on a three-year deal in June.

He has featured just once as a substitute since new manager Malky Mackay took over.

Hunt departs Leeds

Football

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Noel Hunt has

parted company with Leeds United.

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

The Republic of Ireland international made 22 appearances for United, but spent the final weeks of 2014 on loan at Ipswich Town where he scored on his debut against Charlton in November.

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Another suggestion on how you think Premier League referees can improve standards:

Jack in Balham: A few referees this season have given the impression that they enjoy impacting games. Despite the vast amounts of coverage, modern referees need to realise that they are there to facilitate the game and are not in fact the stars of the show. Have a look at any recent footage of Mark Clattenberg giving a penalty. He's delighted to be on camera.