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Summary

  1. Transfer news as it happens
  2. Nice prevented from registering Ben Arfa
  3. Wilfried Bony signs for Man City
  4. Messi move is unthinkable - Enrique
  5. Defoe having medical at Sunderland
  6. GET INVOLVED: Who's the best football club owner? #bbcsportsday

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By Steve Canavan and Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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Now for the Cup

That's the end of Sportsday tonight, but if yesterday's FA Cup third-round replays are anything to go by, all the action is yet to come.

Head over to our

live coverage for all the build-up to Ipswich v Sunderland, which is also live on BBC One.

Defoe passes medical

Football

Well that was quick.

Jermain Defoe always had a good turn of pace. And the former England and Tottenham man must have raced through his bleep tests at Sunderland as we now understand he's passed his medical.

The 32-year-old is now even closer to making his return to the Premier League from MLS side Toronto.

Cellino set for appeal hearing

Football

Italian businessman Massimo Cellino will seek to have his disqualification from owning Leeds United overturned at an appeal hearing on Thursday.

Cellino was barred by the Football League's board from being owner and a director of Leeds in December after it ruled his conviction for tax evasion was a "dishonest act".

Cellino's appeal will be heard by a three-person professional conduct committee, chaired by Tim Kerr QC. The outcome is likely to be known next week.

'I hate to lose' - Guzon

Football

Guy Luzon is giving his first press conference since being appointed boss at Charlton.

"I hope that with every game the fans know that we have given 100 per cent," said the new man. "I'm the kind of guy who hates to lose and loves to win. Football is my love, it's my passion.

Guy Luzon
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"I'm a fan of English football. The tempo, rhythm and atmosphere is fantastic."

Israeli Luzon, 39, who has been out of work since leaving Belgian Pro League side Standard Liege last October, has signed a contract at the Championship club until the end of the 2015-16 season.

Liverpool footballer's Kinder Surprise

Football

Dejan Lovren
Dejan Lovren

Dejan Lovren had a surprise for us all on

Instagram. The Liverpool defender has posted a picture of his Kinder Surprise collection - and it seems the defender is quite a collector of plastic figurines.

"Who remembers this? I am a true collector of Kinder eggs. Today, unfortunately, you have to spend five minutes to compile [the] toy," he posted on social media.

Where will he home all the kitsch toys? The 25-year-old probably has enough room in his trophy cabinet for his eyebrow-raising collection, and has had plenty of time to put them together while on the substitutes' bench.

Scarlets duo out

Rugby Union

Scarlets full-back Liam Williams and prop Samson Lee will

miss Friday's European Champions Cup trip to Leicester.

But Williams' shoulder injury should heal in time for Toulon's visit on 24 January, two weekends before Wales' Six Nations opener against England.

Di Maria backs Van Gaal's style

Football

Manchester United united midfielder Angel Di Maria
AP

Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria has

given his full support to the new style of play boss Louis van Gaal has introduced.

Speaking to MUTV, the 26-year-old £59.7m club-record signing says the current squad is "beginning something new" under the Dutchman.

"There are some people saying we're not playing in a particularly good style or it's not the old Manchester United - but it's not," he said. "We've got a new style."

Hitch in Ben Arfa switch

Football

Hatem Ben Arfa
AFP

Nice have been prevented by Fifa from registering new signing Hatem Ben Arfa.

The playmaker, a free agent after his release from Newcastle, joined Le Gym last Monday but was not available for Saturday's win over Lorient as he awaited international clearance.

The problem was due to the clause in Fifa's transfer regulations which states a player cannot play for more than two clubs in the same season.

Get involved - best footie owners

After the death of former Wolves owner Sir Jack Hayward, we asked who is or has been the best football club owner? Here's some of your responses so far...

Luke Wright: His silly outbursts aside, Dave Whelan has done an amazing job with Wigan. He took them from nothing and made them something. Winning the FA Cup was an incredible achievement but for them to stay in the top flight for as long as they did probably tops that in my eyes. Every single season they'd be predicted to go down by almost everyone, but always managed to defy the odds and stay up. Whelan deserves a lot of credit for that.

Samuel Watkins: Markus Liebherr and his family are the best owners Southampton FC have ever had. They rescued the saints and got us from the bottom of League One to third in the Premier League.

Keep them coming to #bbcsportsday or at the BBC Facebook page.

Bony's best goals

Football

Wilfried Bony
BBC Sport

As you've probably heard, Wilfried Bony has

signed for Manchester City in a £28m deal. If you're unfamiliar with the Ivorian's work, you can watch his
best Premier League goals for Swansea on this website. Our pleasure.

Cazorla has skills to be proud of

Football

Santi Cazorla
BBC Sport

That a Premier League footballer has impressive keepy-uppy skills is not a shock - but we should

doff our caps to Arsenal's Santi Cazorla nevertheless as his footwork with a small ball, called a 'rattan', is stonkingly good.

Ainslie's team making progress

Sailing

Ben Ainslie, Georgie Thompson & Richard Branson
Jack Brockway
Four-time Olympic sailing champion Sir Ben Ainslie and wife Georgie Thompson have been rescued by Sir Richard Branson - while on their honeymoon

He may have been on

honeymoon recently, but Sir Ben Ainslie's America's Cup campaign is making rapid progress with the most successful Olympic sailor of all-time confident his team can bring the Auld Mug back to Britain.

Ainslie's team, Ben Ainslie Racing, is advancing well ahead of the 35th edition of the America's Cup, to be held off the coast of Bermuda in 2017, and a state-of-the-art base in Portsmouth is set for completion next May.

"For us in sailing and me personally, there's no bigger challenge then putting together and running an America's Cup team," Ainslie said. "That's what gets me up in the morning. It is a huge challenge, a huge responsibility."

Broad praises England batsmen

Cricket

Pace bowler Stuart Broad says England's current one-day batting line-up is the most powerful he has played with.

Stuart Broad
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England amassed 391-6 in their win over a Prime Minister's XI in Canberra, which followed a score of 364-6 against an ACT XI.

"Nearly 800 runs in our last 100 overs batting. Without doubt the most powerful batting line-up I've ever played with," Broad tweeted.

England open a tri-series with Australia and India on Friday.

Toure wants African 'joy'

Football

Kolo Toure
Reuters

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure says the Africa Cup of Nations will help bring some much needed joy across the continent.

"You can feel the joy in everybody. For three weeks, nobody will think about Ebola or war, or anything else. They will just focus on the football,"

the Liverpool Echo quotes the Ivory Coast international.

"For me, that's why it's very important to bring the people some joy because the continent deserves that."

'No stopping windsurfing's new star'

Windsurfing

What did you do in the mornings before going to school?

Last-minute homework? A paper round, perhaps? Maybe pack your PE kit?

For 15-year-old Emma Wilson, it is often a case of

spending two hours on the water to hone her windsurfing skills before heading off to lessons.

It has proven to be time well spent for the daughter of former world champion and two-time Olympian Penny Wilson, who won

the Young Sailor of the Year award on Tuesday in recognition of a remarkably successful 2014.

Posh boss Ferguson charged by FA

Football

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson has been

charged by the Football Association for alleged misconduct during
Saturday's 2-0 loss to Colchester United.

The 42-year-old, son of former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, was sent to the stands after remonstrating with referee Jeremy Simpson at half-time.

Balotelli wasting talent - Mancini

Football

Mario Balotelli (left) with Roberto mancini
PA

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has said Mario Balotelli needs to "wake up" and realise he is wasting his talent - or end up like Brazilian Adriano.

"I have not heard from Mario since we worked together at Manchester City," the Inter Milan boss told

Corriere della Sera.

"Mario is at risk of following the same path as Adriano. I hope that he wakes up one morning and realises that he is wasting everything."

Get involved - best footie owners

We asked who is or has been the best football club owner?

Jay Stewart: I don't think there was anyone out there better than Sir Jack Hayward. Possibly Jack Walker at Blackburn comes closest. Wolves was never a business for Sir Jack. He took us from the equivalent of a dungeon to highs we could never have dreamed of. £70m later he sells the love of his life for just £10 with the promise that £30m minimum is put into the club. From every single Wolves fan in the world, Sir Jack -we thank you. Rest in peace.

Sir Jack died yesterday at the age of 91.

Keep them coming to #bbcsportsday or at the BBC Facebook page.

Defoe to have medical at Sunderland

Football

Jermain defoe
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Jermain Defoe is nearly back in the Premier League. Sunderland are set to confirm the signing of the former England and Tottenham foward from MLS club Toronto. The striker is expected to undergo a medical in the next 24 hours.

Sampdoria must increase Eto'o offer

Football gossip

Samuel Eto'o
Reuters

The

Daily Mirror says Sampdoria have been told to match Samuel Eto'o's £60,000-a-week wages as Everton sanction the 33-year-old striker's departure.

Edu moves Stateside

Football

Maurice Edu has completed a permanent move from Stoke to Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union.

The 28-year-old United States international midfielder spent the recent MLS season on loan at Philadelphia, making 31 appearances.

'There'll be heated battles'

Golf

Rickie Fowler is relishing the chance to resume his rivalry with close friend Rory McIlroy despite the world number one's dominance over him in the last 12 months.

Fowler has been paired with McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and said: "Rory is the best player in the world right now and proved that last year.

"I'm definitely looking forward to 2015, having some great match-ups with him. I feel like we're going to have some fun and heated battles at times."

The tournament starts tomorrow. We've no idea why but to advertise it, this photograph was taken...

mcilroy fowler
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Wales opposition in action

Football

BBC Wales Sport: Belgium have arranged a friendly with France on Sunday, 7 June - five days before they take on Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

They did something similar back in November before the 0-0 draw in Brussels, when they played a friendly against Iceland four days before.

From a great height

Basketball

Prince Harry
Getty Images

Prince Harry must have been tempted to wear Cuban heels for this meeting, when he was presented with a basketball shirt and size 15 basketball shoe by NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony.

The unusual meeting happened during today's Coach-Core Graduation event at St James's Palace.

The event was held to celebrate the partnership between The Royal Foundation and the NBA, which was announced during The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's trip to the US in December 2014.

Allen beats Higgins

Snooker

Mark Allen progresses to the quarter-finals of the Masters with a 6-4 victory over John Higgins. "Without question the best match of the week," says BBC Sport presenter Hazel Irvine. Two-time champion Higgins made three centuries but still could not get the better of his opponent.

I'm a Celeb's star to play non-league?

Football

Bet you weren't expecting Jake Quickenden of X Factor and I'm a Celebrity fame to be appearing in today's Sportsday, but Conference North side Gainsbrorough Trinity are in

discussions to sign the reality television star.

The 26-year-old was a youth-team player with hometown club Scunthorpe United.

Trinity boss Steve Housham told BBC Radio Lincolnshire: "He's a talented footballer. It's not like he's someone who's not kicked a ball before.

"The chairman is an ambitious guy and wants to get him down for a game."

Higgins misses out on 147

Snooker

John Higgins
BBC Sport

Oof! John Higgins just misses out on a magical 147 at the Masters in Alexandra Palace. The Scot potted 15 reds and 15 blacks but fell short at the very end, having to make do with a 120 break. Mark Allen leads Higgins 5-4.

Bury bring in defender

Football

League Two promotion chasers Bury have signed Bolton Wanderers defender Joe Riley on a two-and-a-half year deal, reports

BBC Radio Manchester.

The 23-year-old had been on loan at Oxford.

West Brom in for Fletcher

Football gossip

West Bromwich Albion have made an enquiry for Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher.

Darren Fletcher
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The Scotland international is out of contract in the summer and has yet to decide his future, reports the

Daily Mail.

Scotland's Rennie retires at age 28

Rugby Union

Bristol flanker Ross Rennie has announced his

retirement with immediate effect because of injury.

The 28-year-old Scotland international has not played since October and had been seeking specialist advice about a neurological problem.

"I feel very privileged to have been a professional rugby player," said former Edinburgh player Rennie, who has 20 international caps.

Get involved - best footie owners

After the death of former Wolves owner Sir Jack Hayward, we asked who is or has been the best football club owner? Here's some of your responses so far...

Nigel Everett: Elton John. Got on the board of his local club (Watford), bought in and became chairman then hired a young manager who took them from the old Fourth Division to second behind Liverpool in five years, and to Europe and an FA Cup final. Stepped down, then saw things were going downhill and stepped in again. Also brought in the whole family club ethos when the game was wracked with hooliganism and got players out to get involved in the community (despite opposition from the PFA to community work being in players' contracts).

Andy Watton: A few honourable mentions, but as a Rovers fan, there can be only one: 'Uncle' Jack Walker. Poured millions of his own money into the club and the town, creating jobs, memories and a legacy for the locals.

Keep them coming to #bbcsportsday or at the BBC Facebook page.

Massive Madrid bid for Pogba

Football gossip

Paul Pogba
Getty Images

Real Madrid are poised to make a £77m move for Paul Pogba.

The

Daily Star reports that according to media stories in Italy, Madrid want to make the Juventus and France midfielder next summer's Galactico.

Premier League clubs Chelsea, Manchester City and former club Manchester United are monitoring his situation.

African team on Tour

Road Cycling

An African team will take part for the first time in the Tour de France when it starts in Utrecht next July.

The MTN-Qhubeka outfit will be one of 22 teams, each with nine cyclists, that will compete in the 102nd edition of one of the most gruelling events in world sport.

Boss 'happy' despite defeats

Football

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has

declared himself happy with his side's winter training camp in Gran Canaria.

The Scottish champions lost their two friendly games on the trip - 1-0 to PSV Eindhoven and 3-2 to Sparta Prague.

But Deila insists the warm weather camp has proved worthwhile.

Wolves sign Arsenal striker

Football

Wolves have completed the signing of young Arsenal striker Benik Afobe for an undisclosed fee.

Benik Afobe
Getty Images

The 21-year-old Londoner has scored 19 goals in 30 games since starting what was intended to be a season-long loan with League One side MK Dons.

Meanwhile, striker Kevin Doyle, 31, has returned to Molineux from his half-season loan at Crystal Palace, and forward Bjorn Sigurdarson, 23, has joined Danish side FC Copenhagen on loan until the end of the season.

Banned athlete investigation

Athletics

A new doping scandal involving Russian athletes has erupted after the IAAF confirmed it is investigating allegations that race walker Elena Lashmanova, who won gold at the London Olympics, took part in a race in December despite being subject to a two-year doping ban.

Nice confident over Ben Arfa

Football

Nice coach Claude Puel is confident there will be no last-minute setback to prevent the signing of Hatem Ben Arfa.

Hatem Ben Arfa
Getty Images

The playmaker, a free agent after his release from Newcastle, joined Le Gym last Monday but is still awaiting international clearance from FIFA.

Puel said: "We are optimistic and positive that he can return to France, return to Ligue 1 and, I hope, explode with Nice."

Not literally, we hope.

Yeovil sign striker on loan

Football

League One bottom side Yeovil Town

have signed Norwich City striker Jamar Loza on a month's youth loan.

The 20-year-old, who has won five caps for his native Jamaica, made his first-team debut for Canaries against Arsenal last season and has featured four times this season.

'I will return' - Crolla

Boxing

Anthony Crolla
Getty Images

World title contender Anthony Crolla hopes to return to the ring as early as May, less than six months after burglars fractured his skull and broke his ankle.

Crolla, who had to postpone his world title shot against WBA champion Richar Abril as a result of his injuries, said: "I'm 100% certain I'll be back."

However, he added: "I'll probably need brain scans even before I return to sparring. But I honestly think I can be ready for May, late May. We'll see. I really believe that."

Wolves keen on young keeper

Football

Wolves are understood to be keen on signing teenage Shrewsbury Town keeper Callum Burton, reports BBC Radio Shropshire.

The England Under-18 international, has got no further than the bench for Shrewsbury but made an impression when he had three games on loan with Conference outfit Nuneaton over Christmas.

Wolves currently have Tomasz Kuszczak as number two to first choice Carl Ikeme, while Aaron McCarey recovers from injury.