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  1. Transfer news as it happens
  2. Aston Villa & Leicester charged by FA
  3. Former Wolves owner Sir Jack Hayward dies at 91
  4. Aston Villa sign Carles Gil from Valencia
  5. O'Sullivan equals Stephen Hendry's record of 775 centuries
  6. Your views on Roy Hodgson's Ballon d'Or top three #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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That's the end of another edition of Sportsday, but in less than 24 hours there'll be more transfer gossip and sports news to keep you entertained throughout the day. In the meantime, why not join Neil Johnston for

live text commentary of the FA Cup third-round replays - featuring West Ham versus Everton.

Latest gossip


Gareth Bale

Manchester United are ready to make a £117m bid for Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, according to the

Daily Star.

Chelsea are also said to be interested in the Welshman, who joined the Spanish club in 2013.

Knox-Johnston wins sailing honour


Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has been named as the

Yachtsman of the Year by the Yachting Journalists' Association.

The 75-year-old sailing legend finished third in class in the transatlantic Route du Rhum race last year.

Knox-Johnston's award is the fourth time he has won the title, with his first coming back in 1969.

Luzon appointed Charlton coach


Charlton have named Guy Luzon as their new head coach. The 39-year-old has signed an initial contract at The Valley until the end of the 2015/16 season and replaces Bob Peeters, who was dismissed on Sunday evening.

"I am happy to have joined Charlton and will work as hard as I can to try and make the club successful," said Luzon.

"We have talented players in the squad and it is my job to try and bring the best out of them."

Clarke set to become ECB president


Giles Clarke is set to become the England and Wales Cricket Board's first president, and Colin Graves his replacement as chairman, following a strategy meeting recommendation.

Representatives from all 18 first-class counties, and the MCC, unanimously agreed to the creation of the new role of ECB president after a two-day meeting.

The proposed changes will be sent in writing to ECB members later this month, and it has been further recommended that the nominations committee put forward current chairman Clarke as the board's prospective president.

Latest gossip


David De Gea
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Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has suggested the Spanish giants have no need to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.

De Gea has been linked with a move back to his homeland while the Red Devils have this month brought in another high-profile keeper in-ex Barcelona man Victor Valdes.

But asked if he could see Real recruiting De Gea, Calderon told talkSPORT: "I don't know, but what I do know is we already have the best goalkeeper in the world, which is Iker Casillas.

"We also have just bought Keylor Navas. I don't see any need to get any other goalkeeper."


Tottenham v Burnley (Wednesday, 20:00 GMT)

Erik Lamela

Tottenham will still be without Erik Lamela and Ryan Mason for the

FA Cup third-round replay against Burnley on Wednesday.

Lamela has been sidelined since 31 December with a calf problem, while Mason sustained a hamstring injury in Spurs' 5-3 win against Chelsea on New Year's Day.

Smith rules out Rangers return


Former Rangers manager Walter Smith says he will never return to Ibrox in an official capacity and regrets joining the troubled club's board.

Smith returned to Ibrox in November 2012 as a non-executive director under then chief executive Charles Green and became chairman six months later.

"I still go to the games now and again, but I would not go back on to the board again," said the 66-year-old. "I learned it's an environment I'm not particularly comfortable in."

O'Sullivan's record-equalling ton


Ronnie O'Sullivan v Stephen Hendry

As has already been reported, defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan

equalled Stephen Hendry's all-time centuries record of 775 as he beat Ricky Walden 6-4 in the Masters.

You can watch O'Sullivan's century break - which included a remarkable fluke - by

clicking here.

Memories of Sir Jack


Sir Jack Hayward (right) with Dave Jones
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Former Wolves owner Sir Jack Hayward has

died at the age of 91, BBC Sport's Pat Murphy remembers the "ideal chairman".

"His love affair with Wolves began before the Second World War," says Murphy. "He was born near Molineux and would slip under the turnstile as a young boy and get in for nothing. He used to joke that he owed Wolves for all those freebies.

"If you wanted to make up component parts of the ideal club chairman, then Sir Jack Hayward had the lot. He had romanticism but practical common sense, deep pockets, a willingness to be talked around to buying another player by a persistent manager and a respect for supporters.

"The museum at Molineux is one of the best I've ever seen. When Sir Jack came to see it last year he was asked to sign the guest book and simply wrote 'Glad to have helped'. That was typical of Sir Jack. He more than helped, he was Wolves for a long time."

Cipriani undecided over Sale future

Rugby Union

Danny Cipriani
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Danny Cipriani will make a decision over his Sale future in the next couple of weeks but insists his England prospects are not his only consideration.

"The decision I make will not be based purely on England selection," Cipriani, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the season, told BT Sport's Rugby Tonight programme.

"There are other factors like family, the opportunities to play in different places or to stay with a quality team that I have thoroughly enjoyed playing for."

Cazorla likes being in centre of attention


Santi Cazorla

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla says he performs at his best when he's playing in the centre of midfield.

The Spaniard, who scored four league goals last month, told

Arsenal's official website: "I have more space [in the middle], more possibilities to score and assist, and I like this position very much. I always can help the team and I love when I play in the middle.

"I want to continue to play at this level for the rest of the season. I always want to help the team with goals. I hope to score more until the end of the season. It's very important for me and the team."

West Ham v Everton (1945 GMT)

BBC Radio 5 live

There will be live coverage of the FA Cup third-round replay between West Ham and Everton on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:45 GMT.

One of the questions Mark Pougatch and co will be asking is: What's so wrong with Roy Hodgson picking Javier Mascherano as his number one player for 2014 in the Ballon d'Or ballot? Don't forget, you can phone-in with your thoughts after full-time.

'Southampton can shock the world'


Morgan Schneiderlin
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Morgan Schneiderlin

Morgan Schneiderlin says Southampton can

"shock the world" and qualify for the Champions League this season.

The midfielder, 25, believes Saints, currently third in the Premier League, can stay in the top four as "something special is going on" at the club.

"We want to put Southampton in the spotlight. That will be a shock for the country and the world," he said. "We want to reach the Champions League. We want to change this tradition of it being all the big teams."

Hibs suffer £800,000 loss


Hibs players in despair after suffering relegation

Hibernian's turnover fell by more than a quarter last season as they posted operating losses of £800,000.

The Edinburgh club started the season in Europa League qualifying but ended it being relegated from Scotland's top flight.

Turnover fell to £5.8m for the year to 31 July - down from £8m the previous season.

Transfer latest


Mario Balotelli
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Evening Standard says Liverpool strikers Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini will not be returning to their native Italy in January.

Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola has told Mediaset Premium: "Balotelli has a contract with Liverpool and can't really be offered to other clubs."

Borini's representative Marco de Marchi told SportItalia: "Borini will not return to Italy in January."


BBC Sport

Daily Telegraph's

Henry Winter: "Flags at half-mast at Molineux after the sad news that Sir Jack Hayward has passed away."

First day nerves?


Carlos Sanchez (left) with Carles Gil
BBC Sport

Aston Villa FC: "GIL FIRST DAY: Carles Gil is warmly greeted by his former team-mate Carlos Sanchez."

Villa & Leicester charged


Both Aston Villa and Leicester City have been charged by the Football Association for their players' behaviour during their match on 10 January.

It is alleged that during added time at the end of the second half both clubs failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.

The clubs have until 18:00 GMT on 16 January to respond to the charge.

Notts County sign Preston's Hayhurst


Notts County have signed Republic of Ireland Under-19 international winger Will Hayhurst from League One rivals Preston North End

on an 18-month deal.

The 20-year-old made his North End debut in April 2012 and played 48 games for the club.

But Hayhurst only started two league matches for the Lilywhites this season, with just four starts in 11 appearances in total.

Transfer latest


Robert Huth
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The Daily Telegraph reports that Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is ready to send defender Robert Huth out on loan and offer Peter Crouch a new two-year deal.

The paper says Hughes has held talks with Huth and agreed to sanction a temporary move away from the Britannia Stadium for the German centre-half.

Champagne unfazed by Prince Ali move


Jerome Champagne
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Fifa presidential hopeful Jerome Champagne insists he is not being squeezed out of the race despite Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein entering the contest.

Champagne, the French former Fifa deputy general secretary, has conceded that gaining the minimum five nominations may not be straightforward but rejected suggestions that the Jordanian prince's decision to run against Sepp Blatter has made things more difficult.

"I am not squeezed at all and Prince Ali has not issued any programme yet, just slogans," Champagne said. "I welcome Prince Ali's candidacy as it is important for the future of football to have an open, democratic process but I am the only one who has placed on the table a detailed, concrete and financially viable list of proposals."

Latest gossip



Daily Star reports that Martin Skrtel, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Jon Flanagan are in line to sign new contracts at Liverpool.

Nastasic no issue with Pellegrini


Matija Nastasic

Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic claims he has no issues with manager Manuel Pellegrini as he

prepares to join Schalke on loan.

The German club have announced the signing of the Serbia centre-back - subject to a medical - on a temporary deal that could lead to a permanent move.

"I think that is the best option for me and I hope everything will be all right," he said. "It was hard for me. In six months I didn't play one game. I wanted to go because for my career it is best at the moment to play a lot of games."

New York City to play two games in Manchester


New York City FC, the newly-formed sister club of Manchester City, are to play two friendlies in Manchester next month.

The American club, who will enter Major League Soccer in March, will take on Scottish side St Mirren and Danish outfit Brondby at the City Football Academy.

St Mirren will be NYCFC's first pre-season opponents on 10 February with Brondby visiting five days later. Former Spain striker David Villa will be NYCFC's star attraction with Frank Lampard now expected to join them in the summer from City.

Farah back on track


Mo Farah
BBC Sport

Mo Farah seems to be recovering from the illness which forced him to withdraw from the

Great Edinburgh Cross Country international challenge.

"On the track this morning.....!!! My boy's helping me out,"

tweeted the double Olympic champion.

Former Wolves owner Sir Jack Hayward dies at 91


Sir Jack Hayward
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Former Wolves owner Sir Jack Hayward has died at the age of 91, the Championship club have announced.

A Wolves statement read: "It is with great sadness and regret that Wolverhampton Wanderers today announce the passing of Sir Jack Hayward OBE, the club's legendary former owner, chairman, life president and one of the country's great philanthropists.

"Sir Jack, who was 91 years of age, had been ill for several months and passed away in Fort Lauderdale on 13th January, 2015.

"Wolves would like to extend its deepest and most sincere condolences to Sir Jack's wife, Lady Hayward, his companion of many years, Patti Bloom, and all his family and friends at home and across the world."

O'Sullivan through to quarter-finals


Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Ricky Walden 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the Masters at Alexandra Palace.

"I'd have to find where my game can get back to where it was 18 months ago, but at the moment I'm just scraping through and you can't keep doing it," says O'Sullivan.

"I'm just going to chill out and just get ready for Thursday. I'm just happy to still be in it."

O'Sullivan the record breaker


Whoops and cheers at Alexandra Palace as Ronnie O'Sullivan joins Stephen Hendry as the all-time leading century-maker in snooker, with 775.

Saints to sign England prop Brookes

Rugby Union

England prop Kieran Brookes

will join Premiership champions Northampton Saints from Newcastle next season.

The 24-year-old tight-head is expected to be a replacement for Salesi Ma'afu, who is

reportedly joining Toulon.

"Northampton Saints' record over the last few seasons speaks for itself and I'm under no illusions of the quality of squad I'm going in to and the challenge that presents," he said.

Get involved #bbcsportsday

Here are a selection of your thoughts on Roy Hodgson selecting Javier Mascherano as his first pick in the

Ballon d'Or ballot.

Ben Jordan: Hodgson's picks were like everyone else. Based on anything but actual ability. Ronaldo and Messi should've been picked by everyone

Robert Sheaf: Get the point about Hodgson but German coach didn't have Messi or Ronaldo in his top three either! No one mentions that

Paddy Emmerson: Why are people shocked by Hodgson's lack of knowledge? Been apparent for years but been hidden by his mates in the media

Gil to add 'creative spark'


Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says new signing Carles Gil will give his team a "creative spark".

The 22-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the club.

Lambert told the

club's official website: "We've been on the lookout for a creative player and he will certainly bring that extra element to the side.

"He's only 22 years of age but he will come here and give us something I don't think we have at the moment. He can play either role, coming in off the sides or playing in behind as well."

Question of Sport teaser

We asked you earlier to name the nine men, other than Cristiano Ronaldo, to have won the Ballon d'Or on more than one occasion.

The answers are Franz Beckenbauer, Johan Cruyff, Alfredo Di Stefano, Kevin Keegan, Lionel Messi, Michel Platini, Ronaldo, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Marco Van Basten.

And the winner is Mr E.V. Lambert of Homeleigh, The Burrows, Oswestry. Thanks for playing along.

Villa sign Gil


Carles Gil
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Aston Villa have signed Spain under-21 winger Carles Gil from Valencia. We will update you with more details as we get them.

Solihull Moors v AFC Flyde match ON!


A bit of housekeeping now to clear up possible confusion over Solihull Moors' Conference North match with AFC Fylde tonight.

Contrary to this website's fixture list (which is in the process of being amended) this match is very much on and will kick-off at the Autotech Stadium at 19:45 GMT.

The game was originally postponed due to Flyde's scheduled FA Trophy tie with AFC Telford, but after that match fell foul of the weather the league meeting with Solihull Moors was restored to the schedule.

Owls 'stable enough' for top flight


Chairman Milan Mandaric says Sheffield Wednesday are stable enough to sell and reach the Premier League shortly afterwards,

as was the case with his previous club Leicester City.

Wednesday, who are currently ninth in the Championship, are

reportedly in "advanced talks" with Thai investors.

"There's always interest in our club and I'll gladly step aside if it can move forward like things at Leicester," Mandaric told

BBC Radio Sheffield. "We've had a good period of stability. It was a very similar situation there, a good buyer came in that could accelerate it and I was so happy to see them promoted."

Who is the masked footballer?


Mario Balotelli (right)

He's one of the world's most recognisable footballers so it's no surprise Mario Balotelli enjoys going under cover.

The Liverpool striker posed for a selfie with his brother, Enoch, wearing a Rey Mysterio mask. (Rey Mysterio is an American wrestler.)

The Italian posted the picture on his

Instagram account, saying: "Rey Mysterio mask. We just don't care with love."

Wallace signs new Harlequins deal

Rugby Union

Harlequins back-row forward Luke Wallace has

signed a new contract with the Premiership club to run until 2017.

The 24-year-old has appeared for England Saxons and featured for an England XV against the Barbarians last June.

"Luke already has a wealth of experience and from my point of view he is just going to get better," director of rugby Conor O'Shea said.

Assaidi leaves Liverpool for Dubai


Oussama Assaidi
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Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi's disappointing spell at Anfield is over after he joined Al Ahli Club in Dubai.

The 26-year-old Moroccan signed for the Reds from Dutch side Heerenveen in 2012 but struggled to hold down a place in the team and made just 12 appearances.

Assaidi spent last season on loan at Stoke, where he scored five goals, and returned to the Britannia this term.

Crawley sign Brazilian goalkeeper


League One side Crawley Town have

signed Brazilian goalkeeper Evandro Rachoni de Lima on non-contract terms.

The 25-year-old has spent the bulk of his career in Brazil, but has also had spells in Angola and Ukraine.

Crawley have just one senior keeper on their books at the moment, with no recognised back-up to Brian Jensen, who suffered a thumb injury on Saturday.