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Summary

  1. Liverpool sign Steven Caulker on loan until the end of the season
  2. England midfielder Dele Alli signs new Tottenham contract
  3. Newcastle agree £12m fee for Swansea's Jonjo Shelvey
  4. Vote for the attacking midfielders in your Premier League XI

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By Steve Canavan and Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

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Good evening!

Right then, that is all from Sportsday today. 

But you can head over here for live text commentary of this evening's Premier League affairs, which are:

  • Aston Villa v Crystal Palace
  • Bournemouth v West Ham
  • Newcastle v Man Utd. 

Or if the Football League is more your thing, you'll want to head over here from 19:00 GMT.

And Sportsday will of course be back tomorrow morning, at 08:00. So until then, we'll be seeing you!

Christian will have a Blast

Cricket

Dan Christian
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Nottinghamshire have re-signed former Australia all-rounder Dan Christian for this summer's T20 Blast.

The 32-year-old was with Notts for the second half of last season, playing in the Blast and the Royal London One-Day Cup, hitting three half-centuries.

Ferguson staying a Lion

Football

Shane Ferguson
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Newcastle defender Shane Ferguson has extended his loan spell at Millwall.

The 24-year-old Northern Ireland international joined the League One side in August, and has now extended his deal until 23 January.

Ferguson has made 25 appearances in all competitions for Millwall to date, scoring twice.

New faces in Jones' first selection

Rugby Union

Eddie Jones looks set to select a sprinkling of uncapped talent - and leave out some established names - when his first England squad is announced on Wednesday.

It is understood that the 33-man group will include exciting newcomers like Wasps centre Elliot Daly, Saracens forward Maro Itoje and Harlequins flanker Jack Clifford.

Exeter back Sam Hill and Sale Sharks number eight Josh Beaumont - son of England's 1980 Grand Slam captain Bill Beaumont - are also thought to have made an impression on Jones.

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Countdown to kick-off

Aston Villa v Crystal Palace (19:45 GMT)

Richards
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Aston Villa captain Micah Richards is fit despite limping off with a foot problem against Wycombe on Saturday.

Gabriel Agbonlahor is a doubt with a back problem while Jack Grealish is battling to shake off tonsillitis.

Crystal Palace's Connor Wickham is in contention to feature after returning to training following a calf injury.

Yohan Cabaye will be assessed after suffering a knock against Southampton at the weekend but Yannick Bolasie remains sidelined with a leg problem.

Newcastle sign Shelvey

Football

Newcastle United sign England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey from Premier League relegation rivals Swansea City for £12m.

The 23-year-old passed a medical at St James' Park before the deal was completed on Tuesday.

Shelvey, who had signed a four-year contract extension in 2015, is the first player to leave since Alan Curtis took charge.

He becomes Newcastle's second January signing after Senegal midfielder Henri Saivet's arrival on Monday.

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Countdown to kick-off

Bournemouth v West Ham (19:45 GMT)

Juan Iturbe
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Have Bournemouth managed to complete the paper work on Juan Iturbe's loan transfer in time for the 22-year-old forward to face West Ham?

With line-ups to come in just under an hour, we're perhaps not too far away from knowing, but fellow new signing Benik Afobe is expected to be involved against the Hammers.

Slaven Bilic's side will assess winger Enner Valencia and midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, who both missed Saturday's win over Wolves with minor knocks.

Manuel Lanzini faces up to six weeks on the sidelines after suffering a recurrence of a thigh injury.

England to play in SheBelieves Cup

Football

England's women are to face World Cup winners USA, European champions Germany and France in a new four-team tournament in March. 

The Lionesses - ranked fifth in the world - will take on the top three teams in the world at the SheBelieves Cup, in the USA.

England will now not compete in the Cyprus Cup which they won last year by beating Canada 1-0 in the final.

"We have been working hard now for a number of months to add more matches against top-tier nations," said head coach Mark Sampson.

"The opportunity to compete against the three best teams in the world is a crucial step in providing more opportunities for the team to develop."

England women win bronze at World Cup
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Premier League XI versus World XI

Football

So you have seen the Premier League team, so this, to remind you, is the Fifa team of the year.

How would our Premier League side get on? Well, any collection of players would struggle against a front three of Neymar, Ronaldo and Messi and the World XI would surely score lots against the Premier League defence.

However, with players like Mesut Ozil, Kevin de Bruyne, Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero in the Premier League side there would be loads of goals and excitement at both ends.

Fifa team
BBC

Your final Premier League XI

Football

So we have been asking for your votes all day trying to pick a potential Premier League XI that could go up against the Fifa/Fifpro World XI side.

Thanks to everyone who has voted and we've had thousands and thousands of votes. These are the chosen men...

Premier League team
BBC

So that team in full...

Goalkeeper: David de Gea (Manchester United)

Defenders: Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Hector Bellerin (Arsenal).

Midfielders: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Ross Barkley (Everton), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City).

Forwards: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester).

Substitutes: Petr Cech (Arsenal), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), John Stones (Everton), Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester), Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

Corbisiero leaves Northampton

Rugby Union

England and British and Irish Lions prop Alex Corbisiero has left Premiership side Northampton Saints with immediate effect.

The 27-year-old, capped 20 times by England, announced in December that he is taking a year out from the game.

He won Premiership and European Challenge Cup trophies in 2014 but knee, shoulder and lower-back injuries have limited club and country progress.

"I've had some amazing highs and some frustrating lows," said Corbisiero.

"I have always been well looked after and supported. It's been an honour to be part of such a special group of players and I wish them all the best."

Corbisiero
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Your Premier League XI

Football

So these are the results for our vote for the three forwards to lead our Premier League XI to go up against the Fifa/Fifpro World XI.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero got the most votes, with Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal and Jamie Vardy of Leicester also in the side.

Forwards
BBC

'Second would have been nice...'

Football

Neymar
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Barcelona striker Neymar has - in the mildest possible way - admitted he is disappointed to finish third behind Real Madrid's Ronaldo and Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi.

"I'd hoped to come second," he told Marca.

"I'm delighted to be here alongside two footballing greats. I hope to come back and for my team to keep winning.

"I don't want to be better than anyone else; I just want to better myself. Now I have to work a little bit more to be among the three finalists again."

Wolves sign Swindon's Randall

Football

Wolves have signed teenage winger Will Randall from home town club Swindon Town for an undisclosed fee. 

The 18-year-old has made three starts in 11 first-team appearances for Swindon since making his debut on the final day of the 2013-14 season.

Will Randall
Empics

Countdown to kick-off

Newcastle v Manchester United (19:45 GMT)

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Let's turn our attention to the three Premier League encounters taking place in a few hours, starting with a bit of early team news.

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini, winger Florian Thauvin and defender Kevin Mbabu are all doubtful to face Manchester United because of injury.

However, Magpies midfielder Jack Colback is expected to return to the side after recovering from a hamstring problem.

Reds midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is out after suffering a knee problem against Sheffield United. 

Morgan Schneiderlin, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young were not involved at the weekend and could all return.

Rocket returns with a bang

Snooker

Ronnie O'Sullivan
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Ronnie O'Sullivan made a winning return in his first major tournament for nine months with a 6-5 victory over Mark Williams in the Masters first round.

The five-time world and Masters champion took a break from the sport after last year's World Championship.

Trailing 4-2, he won three straight frames before securing his place in the quarter-finals after Williams missed a plant in the decider.

Mark Selby faces Ricky Walden at 19:00 GMT at Alexandra Palace in London.

Replaced already?

Football

Well that didn't take long.

.@bbcradiomanc understands #OAFC have appointed a replacement for David Dunn and are finalising terms with his club

.@bbcradiomanc understands #OAFC have appointed a replacement for David Dunn and are finalising terms with his club

Dunn was sacked 40 minutes ago, after just 20 games in charge and with Latics third-bottom in League One.

Sorry Louis, Manuel, Arsene, et al...

Football

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Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has apologised for putting managers under pressure by announcing his intention to move to the Premier League next season.

The Spaniard, who will leave Bayern when his contract expires in the summer, has said he has received several offers from English clubs.

Speaking at Bayern's winter training camp in Doha, he said he was "sorry" if his comments were disrespectful.

"It was not my intention to offend anybody," said the 44-year-old. "Normally in my career as a trainer and as a player, I respect my colleagues a lot."

Leicester v Spurs live on BBC One

FA Cup

The #FACup third-round replay between Leicester & Spurs will be live on @BBCOne. bbc.in/1ZXTWWE #bbcfacup

The #FACup third-round replay between Leicester & Spurs will be live on @BBCOne. bbc.in/1ZXTWWE #bbcfacup

That tie takes place next Wednesday, a 19:45 GMT kick-off.

Let's hope it's as good as the first!

Pick your Premier League XI - the forwards

Football

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Right, so who are getting the goals in our Premier League team?

It is time for our last vote and we need to see which three players will be going up front in our Premier League XI to take on the Fifa/Fifpro World XI.

The three with the most votes will be in the team.

The vote is live now and will close at 17:20.

Your choices are..

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke), Diego Costa (Chelsea), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Odion Ighalo (Watford), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) and Jamie Vardy (Leicester).

Our team so far: De Gea, Bellerin, Koscielny, Smalling, Monreal, Barkley, Ozil, De Bruyne.

Vidic available on a free?

Football gossip

According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is now a free agent, having mutually agreed the termination of his contract with Inter Milan. 

The 34-year-old Serb moved to Inter on the expiry of his contract with United in 2014, but has not played this season since undergoing back surgery before in August.

Any Premier League clubs out there interested?..

Nemanja Vidic
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Your Premier League XI - attacking midfielders

Football

The latest results are in and you have emphatically voted for Arsenal's Mesut Ozil to be in our Premier League XI to take on the Fifa/Fifpro World XI.

Ozil will be joined in the side by Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne, who got 10.9% of the vote, compared to 10.7% who voted for Leicester's Riyad Mahrez.

Attacking midfielders
BBC

Dunn sacked by Oldham

Football

Oldham appointed David Dunn as manager on 7 October.

He had been caretaker manager following the dismissal of Darren Kelly the previous month.

 “I would like to place on record my thanks and gratitude to David for his tireless efforts over the past four months under what have been extremely difficult circumstances and wish him all the best for the future," said Oldham chairman Simon Corney.

"David retained his dignity at all times and his hard work and dedication has been commendable.”

BreakingDunn sacked by Oldham

Football

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David Dunn has been sacked as manager by Oldham Athletic.

The club has also confirmed that assistant boss Dean Holden and first team coach Keith Brown have also left their roles.

Oldham have failed to win any of their last eight games and Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Millwall left them third-bottom of League One.

Class of Kompany

Football

7 - Man City have kept 7 clean sheets in 10 games with Kompany starting and just two in 21 without him. Skipper.

7 - Man City have kept 7 clean sheets in 10 games with Kompany starting and just two in 21 without him. Skipper.

'One in a million'

Golf

Christy
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Irish golfer Christy O'Connor Junior has been remembered as one in a million at his funeral.

Thousands of mourners at Galway Cathedral were told he has been reunited with his son Darren, who died in a road accident in 1998 aged 17.

The 67-year-old, best remembered for playing a lead role in Europe's Ryder Cup win in 1989, had been on holiday in Tenerife when he died in his sleep on Wednesday.

Father Michael Kelly,leading the service, said: "His leaving has left our world a poorer place. He was one in a million."

Gatland in pole position for Lions

Rugby Union

Gatland
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Warren Gatland has been described as the "leading contender" to coach the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand next year.

Wales head coach Gatland was in charge of the Lions' Test series-winning tour of Australia in 2013 and the New Zealander is widely expected to retain that post for a 10-game New Zealand trip, which includes three Tests against the world champion All Blacks.

His only competition would appear to be Ireland boss and fellow New Zealander Joe Schmidt, who oversaw two successive Six Nations title triumphs.

Ronald Koeman news conference

Southampton v Watford (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

After all that, the Southampton boss is finally asked about tomorrow's game.

"Watford have had a very good season," he says.

"They are a team playing with very good organisation.

"They have the belief and the spirit and the confidence to try and win every match, and they have two strikers up front who are full of confidence."

And with that, he's off. Should be an intriguing game tomorrow, Saints are desperate for a win but Watford are playing so well ... one to keep an eye on.

Ronald Koeman news conference

Southampton v Watford (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Koeman is asked about defender Steven Caulker, whose loan spell at Southampton from QPR was cancelled in order for him to join Liverpool earlier today.

Steven Caulker
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"He didn’t play a lot and I’m not the type of coach to complain and to stop his opportunity to play for Liverpool," says Koeman.

"Am I disappointed Steven didn’t make more of an impact during his six months? No, he had some injuries.

"We won’t replace him because everybody is looking for centre backs and we need players at the moment who make the team better, and not just to have numbers. We use young ones for numbers."

Mark Hughes news conference

Stoke v Norwich (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Stoke City

Hughes is also asked about Marko Arnautovic. The Stoke boss says talks over a new contract are "ongoing". 

"There are negotiations to be done. We are hoping that they will be done quickly and that will be a benefit to Marko too. 

"It can help him to have the security of a new contract but he's in a good place at the moment. This isn't affecting him adversely in my opinion."

Mark Arnautovic
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Hibs defender heads south

Transfers latest

Plymouth Argyle have signed Hibernian defender Jordon Forster, 22, on loan for the rest of the season.

Ronald Koeman news conference

Southampton v Watford (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

One thing all Southampton fans want to know... will new faces be arriving at the St Mary's this month? Well fans, don't get too excited...

"We are no closer to bringing anyone in," says the boss. "If we bring in a player it will be one, not more. We are not a club that is worried and will bring in more players than we need."

Koeman says there will be no one leaving, then adds "I don't expect".

Jake Hesketh
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He's asked about under 21s midfielder Jake Hesketh (above), rumoured to be a target for Man United.

"I read something in the press about that," says Koeman, who has the marvelous quality of remaining unfazed by whatever he is asked. "We've received no formal bid. I don’t know any more."

Pick your Premier League XI - attacking midfielders

Football

There were no Premier League players in the World Team XI, so throughout the day we are giving you the chance to vote for a Premier League XI that could take on the World side. And our team is nicely taking shape.

Our team already has Manchester United's David de Gea in goal and Arsenal duo Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal at right and left-back respectively with Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny and Manchester United's Chris Smalling as the centre-halves.

The last man to be picked was Everton's Ross Barkley in central midfield.

Now it is time for the flair players. We want you to select two of these 10 options for attacking midfielder. The two players with the most votes will be chosen.

The vote is open now and closes at 16:25 GMT with results announced shortly after.

These are the choices....

Dele Alli (Tottenham), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester), Juan Mata (Manchester United), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), David Silva (Manchester City) and Willian (Chelsea).

Paternity leave for Warner

Cricket

Warner
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Australia opener David Warner will miss the second and third one-day internationals against India to be with his wife Candice for the birth of their second child. He will be replaced by Usman Khawaja.

The second ODI takes place in Brisbane on Friday. Australia won the first of the five-match series by five wickets this morning.

Heck of a ding-dong

Snooker

BBC
BBC

There's an enthralling battle going on between Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark Williams at the Masters.

The Rocket, who has recently returned from an eight-month sabbatical, is level with the Welshman at 4-4 in the best of 11-match.

You can watch the action here.

Picking your Premier League XI - central midfielder

Football

So close! The results are in to find a central midfielder for our Premier League XI.

After thousands of votes, Everton's Ross Barkley is the man who has been chosen, collecting only SEVEN more votes than Manchester City's Yaya Toure. Leicester's N'Golo Kante came third, just ahead of West Ham's Dimitri Payet.

Central midfielder
BBC

Quique Flores news conference

Southampton v Watford (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

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Watford manager Quique Flores has been speaking to the media before Wednesday's Premier League fixture away to Southampton. 

Flores has no new injury worries following the 1-0 FA Cup win over Newcastle and will recall Odion Ighalo in attack alongside skipper Troy Deeney.

Ronald Koeman news conference

Southampton v Watford (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Ronald Koeman: "It has been difficult for me as a manager in the last few weeks because you like to win.

"The Premier league is a tough competition and sometimes difficult to explain. We create more chances than our opponents but lose the game – and it is sometimes difficult to explain why.

"We’ve also been a little bit unlucky.Last season we won some games away 1-0 with one shot on target.

"But we know it will change if you believe in your qualities and you continue to work hard. I have total confidence in the players to turn it around."

Answers are in...

Snooker

A Question of Sport Teaser

Earlier we asked... Name the four snooker players from outside the UK to have won the Masters? 

About time we put you out of your misery. The answer: Perrie Mans, Cliff Thorburn, Ding Junhui and Neil Robertson.