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Summary

  1. Blackburn's Gestede has Villa medical
  2. West Ham v Astra (19:45), Southampton v Vitesse (20:05)
  3. GET INVOLVED #epicawaydays

Live Reporting

By Mandeep Sanghera and Elizabeth Hudson

All times stated are UK

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Sportsday

That's it for Sportsday for Thursday but there is still plenty of sporting action to enjoy.

A reminder that you can follow the last few overs of Thursday's play at Edgbaston via

the BBC Sport website.

And keep up to date with

Thursday evening's Europa League third qualifying round games involving West Ham and Southampton.

Sportsday will be back again on Friday at 08:00 BST.

Coe earns key support for IAAF presidency bid

Athletics

Sebastian Coe
Reuters

Seb Coe has edged closer to securing the presidency of athletics's governing body, the IAAF, after winning public declarations of support of 12 European countries.

Lord Coe is running against Sergey Bubka, the former Olympic pole vault champion from Ukraine, with the election to take place on 19 August in Beijing.

The double Olympic 1500 metres gold medallist and former London 2012 chairman has been promised the support of Athletic Association Small States of Europe, a group of nine countries - Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro and San Marino - plus Estonia, Ireland and Italy.

Hibs to seal McGinn deal

Football

John McGinn
SNS

Hibernian hope to

complete the signing of former St Mirren midfielder John McGinn within the next 24 hours.

The Easter Road club have agreed a development fee with their Championship rivals and opened contract discussions with the 20-year-old.

The Scotland Under-21 international held talks with MLS side Houston Dynamo earlier this summer and has been training on his own.

Injury concern for Anderson

Cricket

While it is looking good for England in the third Ashes Test against Australia, there has been some bad news with pace bowler James Anderson forced off the field on day two

with what appears to be a side strain.

Anderson visibly winced after two balls of his ninth over, bowled one more delivery and then left the field, with spinner Joe Root finishing his over.

Although England are in a commanding position at Edgbaston, it could make Anderson doubtful for the next Test which begins at Trent Bridge on Thursday 6 August.

WICKET

Cricket

And Steven Finn strikes again at Edgbaston for his fifth wicket of the third Test - Mitchell Johnson goes for 14 to leave Australia on 153-7, leading England by eight.

Croatia fans 'attention seekers, not racists' - Bilic

Football

The pitch in Split
Reuters

According to the London Evening Standard, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes the Croatia fans responsible for painting a swastika on the pitch in June's Euro 2016 qualifier were not racist but attention seekers.

The incident in Split during Croatia's draw against Italy led to Uefa docking Croatia one point, fining them and ordering them to play their next two matches behind closed doors.

But Bilic, a former manager of Croatia, said: "I do not think [they] are racist. They are doing it just for the sake of doing it.

"Nowadays, with this media, if you do something you are on YouTube all over the world, and you find yourself a hero for that group of people."

Nadal wins in Hamburg

Tennis

Rafael Nadal
EPA

Spain's Rafael Nadal eased into the Hamburg Open quarter-finals after a 6-4 7-6 (7-2) win over Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.

Nadal, who claimed his 23rd clay-court win of the year, will face fifth seed Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay as he bids to finish a disappointing season on a high.

Spurs agree to sell Chiriches

Football

Tottenham Hotspur say they have reached an agreement with Napoli to sell defender Vlad Chiriches.

The 25-year-old Romania international signed from Steaua Bucharest in August 2013.

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Adam Sams: Monaco away 14/15. Tripped through a glass window in Monte Carlo, 600 euro bill and Arsenal out of the Champions League.

Andrew F-J: Champions league final 2012. 18 hours each way in a 1980's coach that stank of vomit by the time we got to Calais...

Daniel Docherty: Ash cloud forces thousands of us Fulham fans to travel via train to Hamburg all for a nil nil draw, return leg was much better.

Fulham won that second leg 2-1 in 2010 to earn a place in the Europa League final

Luiz hopes for Di Maria reunion

Football

Angel Di Maria (left) and David Luiz right
Getty Images

David Luiz "hopes" Angel Di Maria will join him at Paris St-Germain, describing the Manchester United winger as "one of the best players in the world".

Di Maria,

a £59.7m signing from Real Madrid last summer, failed to join United's pre-season tour and Louis van Gaal admits he has
"no idea" of the whereabouts of the Argentine.

PSG manager Laurent Blanc has said a deal for Di Maria, 27, is

close.

Defender Luiz, 28, said: "Every single team he plays in, he makes the difference. I hope to see him. He is a great friend, a great player."

Newcastle announce Mbemba signing

Football

Newcastle have officially announced the signing of defender Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht.

The 20-year-old Congo international had already agreed personal terms and was awaiting his work permit.

Europa League update

Football

Aberdeen have lost 2-1 to Kairat Almaty in their Europa League third qualifying round first leg tie in Kazahkstan.

Coming up later, West Ham take on Romanian outfit Astra Giurgui at 19:45 BST, while Southampton make their first appearance in this season's competition against Vitesse Arnhem (20:05)

Pogba could be set for court battle

Football

Paul Pogba
PA

The Daily Mirror claims that Paul Pogba is reportedly ready to head to the courts in order to seal a transfer away from Juventus.

The 22-year-old France international has been linked with Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris St-Germain this summer.

Hockenheim announces cheaper tickets

Formula 1

Hockenheim
Getty Images

Hockenheim is hoping to win back local Formula 1 fans by announcing cheaper tickets for the 2016 German Grand Prix.

This year's German Grand Prix was dropped because of financial difficulties but the race is on next season's 21-round provisional calendar.

The move follows reduced prices introduced by Silverstone for this year's British Grand Prix and which were rewarded with a crowd of 140,000 on race day.

Hockenheim's Sunday attendance in 2014 was 55,000.

Man City 'refocus' after World Cup

Football

Manchester City manager

Nick Cushing attributes their recent good form to the Women's World Cup no longer being a distraction.

City, who had five players involved with England, have won every game since the post-World Cup break, including Wednesday's 5-0 Continental Cup win over Durham.

"With it (the World Cup) round the corner, they were bound to have a focus on it," Cushing told BBC Sport. "We asked for one thing and that was full focus at club level when they came back and I can't fault them."

Away goal for Aberdeen

Football

The fightback is on for Aberdeen as Kenny McLean gets a goal back to make it Kairat Almaty 2-1 Aberdeen.

Follow the closing stages

on the BBC Sport website.

Wicket

Cricket

Australia's challenge in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston is now looking decidedly wobbly.

David Warner has departed for 77 to birthday boy James Anderson and are 111-6, trailing England by 34 runs.

Keep up with the latest

on the BBC Sport website.

West Ham v Astra Giurgiu (19:45 BST)

Football

The Hammers face Romanian side Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League third qualifying round on Thursday and...

6 - West Ham's opponents Astra Giurgiu have won six of their previous seven away games in qualifying for the Europa League (L1). Hopeful.

Europa League latest

Football

They are into the last half-hour in Kazahkstan where Kairat Almaty still lead Aberdeen 2-0 in their Europa League third qualifying round match.

Follow the latest

via the BBC Sport website.

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Todd Wilde: My mate's car bonnet blew open on way to Plymouth v Bournemouth. Was tied down with a cut off seatbelt, just made kickoff. Won 2-1.

Iain Hepburn: 10,000 mile round trip from Abu Dhabi in one weekend to watch Partick Thistle in Challenge Cup final at Almondvale. Does that count?

Craig Hatton: Whilst being an exiled Boro fan in Australia, I flew home to see Boro v Chelsea in the ZDS Cup Final at Wembley in 1990.

'Everything that’s great about cycling'

Road Cycling

Bradley Wiggins
Getty Images

Former Tour de France winner and four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins is taking part in the RideLondon-Surrey Classic on 2 August.

Wiggins, who broke the UCI World Hour Record at the Olympic Velodrome this year, will race with his newly formed Team Wiggins on Sunday.

He said: "For me, it's like a reminder of everything that's great about our sport. I'm looking forward to just being a part of it and to getting my fitness back up."

Murphy approached over Liverpool role

Football

Danny Murphy
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Danny Murphy has

told the Liverpool Echo that Brendan Rodgers approached him about becoming Liverpool's first-team coach following the departure of Colin Pascoe.

"A few weeks ago I did have a chat with Brendan about the possibility of maybe working with him and the club again but it didn't quite materialise," said Murphy, a BBC pundit. "It was actually an honour to be thought of by him.

"Being in his company for a few hours was great. He was very impressive and as we know Gary McAllister got that job, who is a friend of mine and is a very bright and experienced coach. He's a good guy and I wish him all the best and the club all the best, but it was nice to be thought of."

WICKET

Cricket

In case you were concerned there hadn't been an Australia wicket at Edgbaston for a while, then worry no more!

Mitchell Marsh has fallen to Steven Finn for six to leave the visitors 92-5, trailing England by 53.

If you want to get the latest,

go to the BBC Sport website.

Newcastle move for Northampton teenager

Football

Pete Cooper

Northamptonshire Live

Newcastle United are closing in on a deal for Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney.

The 19-year-old, who became Northampton's youngest ever player aged 16 in 2012, is

expected to be in the north east on Friday ahead of any potential transfer.

Watts faces biting charge

Rugby League

Hull prop Liam Watts could face a heavy suspension after being charged with biting fellow front rower Adam Walker in the Hull derby a fortnight ago.

The 25-year-old former Hull KR forward was charged by the Rugby Football League's match review panel, which normally makes its recommendations on the Monday after each game but were forced to wait for the findings of a formal investigation into the incident.

Watts is facing a grade E offence, which carries a ban of between four and eight matches and will appear before an independent disciplinary tribunal next Tuesday.

Blackpool fined £50,000 for pitch invasion

Football

Blackpool have been fined £50,000, subject to any appeal, following the pitch invasion which caused their Championship game against Huddersfield Town in May to be abandoned.

The Football Association have also confirmed the club will be forced to play a match behind closed doors next season if there is another similar incident during the 2015-16 campaign.

Real overcome Milan on penalties

Football

Cristiano Ronaldo (centre) in action against AC Milan
EPA

Real Madrid beat AC Milan 10-9 on penalties after their pre-season friendly in Shanghai finished goalless after 90 minutes.

As the shoot-out went to sudden death, it go to the stage where the keepers had to take penalties.

Real stopper Kiko Casilla scored before saving the effort of AC Milan counterpart Gianluigi Donnarumma, 16, to give the Spanish side victory.

England claim key wickets

Cricket

Play is back underway after tea at Edgbaston on day two of the third Ashes test between England and Australia and there has already been lots of drama.

Having started the session on 75-2, captain Michael Clarke and Adam Voges fell in consecutive balls to Steven Finn and the visitors are now 76-4, trailing their opponents by 69 runs.

There are plenty of ways to keep up with the latest action -

check out the BBC Sport website.

Europa League latest

Football

Actually, Aberdeen are now 2-0 down at Kazahkstan's Kairat Almaty in the first leg of their third qualifying round tie.

Follow the latest

via the BBC Sport website.

Europa League latest

Football

It's a busy night of Europa League action with the third qualifying round taking place.

But already Aberdeen are up against it after making the long trip to Kazahkstan and are 1-0 down to Kairat Almaty in a game which kicked off at 15:45 BST.

Follow the latest

via the BBC Sport website.

Big Orange wins Goodwood Cup

Horse racing

Jamie Spencer on Big Orange
Reuters

The 6-1 chance Big Orange outbattled his rivals to claim a thrilling victory in the Qatar Goodwood Cup - the feature race on day three of Glorious Goodwood.

Jamie Spencer's mount edged out the 9-2 favourite Quest For More with Trip To Paris (5-1) in third.

Earlier, Frankie Dettori added to his Goodwood successes when the 11-8 favourite Shalaa took the Richmond Stakes while the Lillie Langtry Stakes went to Simple Verse (11-1)

Livingston sign Gallagher pending jail term

Football

Scottish Championship club Livingston are to re-sign defender Declan Gallagher pending the result of his appeal against a three-year jail term for attacking a man with a baseball bat.

Declan Gallagher
SNS

The 24-year-old was found guilty in June of leaving a man with a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain after an incident in April 2013. He has, however, been training with Livingston since being released on bail until the appeal is heard.

"We are of the view that whilst he is on bail he should be provided with the opportunity to earn a living and to support his family whilst he continues with the fight to clear his name," a club statement read.

Found: one missing Argentine

Football

Simon Stone

BBC Sport in Chicago

Marcos Rojo
Getty Images

After Louis van Gaal stated he did not know where record signing Angel di Maria is, Manchester United have better news over their second missing Argentine.

Defender Marcos Rojo is now back in Manchester and ready to report for pre-season training.

Like Di Maria, Rojo was expected in San Jose on Saturday. But he too failed to make the flight after it was discovered his passport was not valid for long enough to secure the necessary documentation to gain entry into the USA.

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Cricket

England bowler Steven Finn has picked up the prize wicket of Australia batsman Steve Smith.

Smith mistimed an attempted pull and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler did the rest. The tourists are 62-2 and trail by 83.

Follow the third Test live here

Ranieri makes his move

Football

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester

Charles Aranguiz
Getty Images

Claudio Ranieri is quite clearly chasing a central midfielder, with several interesting names being linked with Leicester City.

Internacional's Chile midfielder Charles Aranguiz is the most prominent (see 12:53 BST), with The Foxes apparently offering a more attractive salary package than the likes of Bayer Leverkusen.

Other options mentioned are Napoli's Gokhan Inler, Alessandro Cannataro of Internazionale and Jordan Veretout, the Nantes player who is reported to be close to signing a deal with Aston Villa (see 12:25 BST).

McClaren impressed with Mitrovic

Football

Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic
Getty Images

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has warned Premier League defences that Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic will be prove to be a "bit of a devil" this season.

According to the Newcastle Chronicle, McClaren was unconcerned after the 20-year-old missed a host of chances in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to York after just one training session with the club.

"He has not trained for a couple of weeks and needs minutes. You could see from his movement and runs he is a good player," said the former England manager.

"He is a good lad and he had a smile on his face. Once he crosses the white line he is a bit of devil."

'Let McClaren manage and coach'

Football

Alan Shearer on ex-club Newcastle United

BBC Sport

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren
Getty Images

"Newcastle will improve, having said that it shouldn't be too difficult. Steve McClaren is a good coach and a good manager, but I hope he's allowed to manage and coach.

"Let's be realistic, Newcastle are not going to finish in the top four. There's only two things Newcastle are going to win and that's the League Cup and the FA Cup.

"I would dearly love to see them have a go in one of them and play their strongest team. Let's hope that changes."

Manager, 11, thwarts Bolton

Football

Daniel Fryer and Dave Challinor
BBC

An 11-year-old ball boy was

promoted to the role of manager for a pre-season friendly.

Daniel Fryer, from Wesham, guided AFC Fylde in the National League North to a 1-1 draw against Championship team Bolton Wanderers on Wednesday night.

A fellow Fylde supporter won the one-off opportunity during the club's end of season awards, but gave Daniel the role when he found he could not attend.

Daniel gave a team talk, held a press conference and made substitutions. He was also given an initialled jacket with 'Boss' on the reverse.

Feeling the heat

Kairat Almaty v Aberdeen (15:45 BST)

Aberdeen players have a stroll on the Kairat pitch ahead of kick-off. It's still very warm here at 7.30pm

Aberdeen players have a stroll on the Kairat pitch ahead of kick-off. It's still very warm here at 7.30pm

BBC Scotland's Al Lamont is in Almaty and will be feeding in to BBC Sport's live text commentary on the Europa League third qualifying round first leg game, which you can follow here.

'Proud' Fonte ready for test

Southampton v Vitesse (20:05 BST)

Jose Fonte
Getty Images

Southampton captain Jose Fonte says leading the team in Europe can be classed as one of the "proudest moments" in his career.

Fonte, 31, was playing for the Saints in League One four years ago and now faces Vitesse in the Europa League third qualifying round on Thursday.

"We have been together for a long time and through all the dark, tough years," the Portugal centre-back said.

You can follow live text commentary of the match on the BBC Sport website