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  1. Newcastle agree a £12m fee with Tottenham for Andros Townsend
  2. West Ham full-back Carl Jenkinson suffers a 'significant' injury
  3. Louis van Gaal did not offer his resignation at Man Utd
  4. Chelsea's Ramires set for £25m move to China
  5. Get involved: #bbcsportsday

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By Steve Canavan and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Sam Morsy and Ryan Colclough

Wigan Athletic sign Chesterfield captain Sam Morsy and Crewe forward Ryan Colclough for undisclosed fees.

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And it's goodnight from us...

That's all folks.

Enjoy the Liverpool-Stoke game - we'll be back at 08:00 GMT on Wednesday for another edition of Sportsday.

See you then.

Stat attack

Liverpool v Stoke (League Cup semi final, 19:45 GMT)

  • In eight previous League Cup semi-final first-leg victories, only once have Liverpool not progressed to the final. Middlesbrough beat them 2-0 in the return leg in 1997-98 after losing 2-1 at Anfield in the first leg.
  • Stoke have played Liverpool six times in the League Cup, drawing one and losing five.
  • Of the teams remaining in the competition, Stoke have scored the fewest goals in this season's League Cup (five).
  • Stoke have not won at Anfield in any competition since March 1959, going 36 visits without a victory (drawn five, lost 31).

Remember there is live text coverage on the BBC Sport website, which gets under way at 18:30 GMT.

'Pushing for it'

Liverpool v Stoke (League Cup semi final, 19:45 GMT)

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Stoke boss Mark Hughes: "We are going to really push for it. You always remember cup finals and semi-finals because of the excitement and the atmosphere and we want to make it a night to remember.

"Hopefully come 10pm on Tuesday we will be in the final of this competition for the first time in 40-odd years, and I will be reminding the players of that before kick-off."

Coach gives players a 'concentration' book


Borussia Dortmund are struggling to hang on to Bayern Munich’s coattails – but under new boss Thomas Tuchel they’re much nearer to the German leaders than they were last season.

Dortmund are second – albeit eight points behind Bayern – with midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan recently praising some of the new boss’s techniques.

Mkhitaryan revealed that Tuchel had given him a book about concentration techniques in tennis and how it had helped him improve.

“I got a book too!” Dortmund skipper Mats Hummels told BBC Radio 5 live’s European Football Show. “It was from a coach’s perspective but for a captain sometimes it is pretty similar about handling a team. It was very interesting."

'Impossible' to share - West Ham


West Ham say it would be "impossible" to share their new Olympic Stadium ground with another Premier League club without their agreement.

Stadium bosses London Legacy Development Corporation told a tribunal they would be open to discussions with Tottenham and Chelsea, who are redeveloping their grounds.

But West Ham said they take "priority".

Monday's hearing, much of which was in private, centred on whether details of West Ham's deal should be made public.

Gone but not forgotten


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Jurgen Klopp might have moved on to pastures new, but it has not stopped his former Borussia Dortmund players from cheering on their old boss.

In an interview broadcast on BBC Radio 5 live’s European Football Show on Monday, Dortmund skipper Mats Hummels said he hopes Klopp can bring as much success to Liverpool as he did to the German side.

“Everyone on our team who played under him is trying to watch Liverpool games and is feeling with them because everyone had a special connection with him,” says the Germany defender.

“He should know and I think he does know that we have our fingers crossed for him.”

'I will try my best'


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Sometimes interviews with sporting stars are fascinating. Sometimes they're ... well, they're like this one.

Asked for his thoughts ahead of his quarter-final meeting with Andy Murray tomorrow, eighth seed David Ferrer said: "With Andy, it’s going to be tough. He’s playing really good tennis,

"He has improved his game, he is playing more aggressive and has improved his forehand.

"So I will need to have a good day and play aggressive. It is possible it will be a long match. I will try to do my best."

Not exactly edge-of-the-seat stuff. Let's hope the match will be more entertaining.

On the move


Asisat Oshoala.
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Liverpool Ladies have "reluctantly" accepted a bid from Arsenal Ladies for Asisat Oshoala.

A statement issued by Liverpool read: "After the Gunners activated a clause in the Nigerian international’s contract, the striker will now discuss personal terms with Pedro Martinez Losa’s side."

Oshoala was the BBC's Women's Footballer of the Year in 2015.

Under pressure

Van Gaal at Mancheester United

And more downs...

Norwich defeat: One week after defeat to Bournemouth, United lose 2-1 at home to another of the newly-promoted sides. The Canaries claim their first victory at Old Trafford since 1989 and United left the field to boos.

Van Gaal storms out: Two days before Christmas Van Gaal walks out of a press conference after becoming annoyed about speculation regarding his future. Rumours had suggested the Dutchman was about to be sacked and replaced by Jose Mourinho.

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Fat jibe: As he leaves a press conference, Van Gaal, who had been defending Wayne Rooney's form, turned to a reporter and said: "You too. Fat man. There."

On the brink: United supporters once again vent their anger towards Van Gaal after the 1-0 defeat against Southampton - leading to press speculation that he offered to quit.

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Van Gaal at Manchester United

And now the downs...

Misfiring United flop at Gunners: Arsenal score three goals in the opening 20 minutes to sweep Manchester United aside at the Emirates in October. The defeat ended a run of four consecutive victories for Van Gaal's side.

League Cup KO: Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young all missed penalties as United were knocked out of the League Cup by Championship side Middlesbrough at Old Trafford.

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European exit: United's return to the Champions League failed to progress beyond the group stages after they are beaten 3-2 by Wolfsburg in their final group game.

Cherries bomb: Just days after the Champions League exit, United slump to a surprise 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth, including a Junior Stanislas goal directly from a second-minute corner.

Under pressure

Van Gaal at Manchester United

Louis van Gaal is under serious pressure at Manchester United following his side's 1-0 defeat against Southampton on Saturday.

Let's take a look at the ups and downs of a turbulent campaign, starting with the ups...

Perfect start: United open their league campaign with a 1-0 victory against Tottenham. Five new faces were blooded - including Memphis Depay and Bastian Schweinsteiger - to provide United fans with hope of a championship charge.

European getaway: Van Gaal's side book their Champions League ticket with a 7-1 aggregate victory over FC Bruges. Captain Wayne Rooney ends his goal drought with a hat-trick in his side's 4-0 win in Belgium.

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De Gea U-turn: Goalkeeper David De Gea puts pen to paper on a new four-year deal at Old Trafford in September to end speculation surrounding his future.

Liverpool double: Wayne Rooney scores the only goal as United complete a league double over their fierce rivals with victory in January.But with a defeat at home to Southampton to follow it proved to be something of a false dawn.  

Victory for England


Alastair Cook's England may have crumbled in South Africa, but there were no such problems for England’s visually impaired team, who have beaten Australia by 150 runs in the 3rd ODI in Adelaide.

The victory means they regain the Ashes with two games to spare. Captain Matt Dean scored 101.

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Which player/s should your club be trying to sign and why?

Kris Jefferson: A perfect signing for Newcastle would be Kieran Gibbs, Premier League experience and would want playng time to push for Euro squad.

Christian Evans: Would love Sheffield Wednesday to sign Jordan Rhodes. He would guarantee us vital points for our play-off push.

James Sanders: If West Ham could offload Andy Carroll and replace him with someone like Michy Batshuayi, it'd cut our medical bill in half.

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Gervinho heads East


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AS Roma's Ivorian striker Gervinho has moved to the Chinese Super League, joining Hebei China Fortune FC.

The Ivory Coast international, twice voted his country's footballer of the year, moved from Arsenal to Roma in 2013 after two seasons in England, during which he scored nine Premier League goals.

The 28-year-old had scored 17 times in 71 Serie A appearances for the Italian club.

Arrest over £10m loan


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A 45-year-old man has been arrested by police investigating the use of a £10.25m loan given by Northampton Borough Council to Northampton Town Football Club.

Police are investigating "alleged financial irregularities" in relation to the loan, which was designed to help the club develop its Sixfields Stadium.

The man was arrested on Monday morning and has been released on bail.

Det Ch Insp Paul Spicer said it was a "very complex investigation".

Full story here.

Former Burnley and England striker dies


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Some sad news to report. Former Burnley and England striker Ray Pointer has died at the age of 79.

Born in Northumberland in 1936, Pointer joined Burnley in 1955 and went on to become the club's' second-highest scorer of all time.

Pointer, an integral part of the Clarets' title-winning side in 1960, made a total of 270 appearances for Burnley and scored 132 goals, which was only bettered by George Beel's 178.

Spells at Bury, Coventry and Portsmouth followed before he finished his playing career at Waterlooville. He was capped three times by England, scoring twice.

Tello leaves Barca


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Barcelona forward Cristian Tello has joined Fiorentina on loan until June.

The 24-year-old Tello, who was loaned to Portuguese club Porto last season, made his Barca debut in 2011 and scored 20 goals in 86 appearances for the club.

"Thank you Fiorentina for the trust and for giving me the opportunity to play in the most beautiful city in Italy. I will not disappoint you," Spaniard Tello said on Twitter.

'Special atmosphere'

Liverpool v Stoke (League Cup semi final, 19:45 GMT)

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "I've heard about the special atmosphere at Anfield in semi-finals and I am really looking forward to it.

"Let's take the whole power of LFC and take it to the final.

"Reaching a final is great, but at the end it is only memorable when you win it and that is what you have to do.

"You should not waste the opportunity of winning something and I know for the players it is really important - they really want to go to the final."

Arsenal to sign 17-year-old midfielder


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The Evening Standard is reporting that Arsenal are on the verge of signing Nigerian 17-year-old Kelechi Nwakali.

The midfielder helped Nigeria win the Under-17 World Cup last year and, according to his brother, is set to join the Gunners.

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Which player/s do you want your club to sign and why?

Henry Ashman: Man Utd need a full-back on loan. No point buying as Shaw should be 1st choice when fit, & a No.2 would block youth coming in.

Dominic: Not a Swans fan but with Villa set to go down, get J.Ayew in summer, brother of Andre & Swans need a centre forward.

JacobNT-D: Stoke NEED another winger to back up Arnie and Shaqiri and keep them on their toes. Playing strikers wide doesn't work.

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Will the Ayew brothers be playing in the same team?

New deal for Pickford


It is a good day for Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

NEW CONTRACT: @JPickford1 has signed a new deal at #SAFC which will run until 2020 -…
NEW CONTRACT: @JPickford1 has signed a new deal at #SAFC which will run until 2020 -…

NEW CONTRACT: @JPickford1 has signed a new deal at #SAFC which will run until 2020 -…

BreakingJenkinson suffers 'significant' injury


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West Ham full back Carl Jenkinson has suffered what is described as a "significant injury".

Jenkinson, on loan from Arsenal, was hurt as he conceded a penalty during the Hammers 2-2 home draw against Manchester City on Saturday.

"West Ham can confirm that Carl injured his left knee during the early stages of Saturday’s fixture," said a statement on the website."Unfortunately, it appears that Carl has suffered a significant injury and he will be assessed by a specialist in central London on Wednesday."

Get set for showdown number 45

Australian Open

Rivalries. Federer vs. Djokovic No.45 in the semifinals. 22-22. Borg and McEnroe played just 14 times. 7-7.

Djokovic and Federer meet on Thursday in Melbourne. Should be a cracker.

Nine wins to stay up - Sheridan

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Oldham Athletic need nine more victories if they are to avoid relegation from league One, according to boss John Sheridan.

The Latics are 23rd in the table and eight points from safety, but Sheridan believes his target is "achievable".

He told BBC Radio Manchester: "I think if I can get a couple of players in, get them playing the way I want to play in different systems, and trying to get a little bit more out of the players that are here we can do it."

Not pleasant reading


50% - Louis Van Gaal (50%) has a lower win ratio as Manchester United manager in all competitions than David Moyes (52.9%). Struggle.

Flanagan to return?

Liverpool v Stoke (League Cup semi final, 19:45 GMT)

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Defender Jon Flanagan could make his first start since May 2014 on Tuesday as Liverpool attempt to beat Stoke and reach the Capital One Cup final.

The Reds, who lead 1-0 from the first leg, could be without right-back Nathaniel Clyne (knee), while defender Dejan Lovren is not fully fit and centre-back Steven Caulker is cup tied.

Stoke will be missing captain Ryan Shawcross (back), but forwards Marko Arnautovic and Bojan Krkic could start.

Geoff Cameron (ankle) is still not fit.

Aiming for Wembley

Liverpool v Stoke (League Cup semi final, 19:45 GMT)

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So then, there's a rather big Cup game kicking off in a few hours time.

Jordon Ibe's goal in the semi-final first leg at the Britannia Stadium gives Liverpool the advantage over Stoke heading into the return game at Anfield.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp hoping to reach a major cup final less than four months after taking charge of the club.

But Potters boss Mark Hughes believes his team can turn things around.

The final is at Wembley on Sunday, 28 February.

Forest bid for teen striker


Nottingham Forest have had a bid for Livingston's 16-year-old striker Matthew Knox, reports the Edinburgh Evening News.

Knox - who has previously a trial at Manchester United - became the youngest player to represent Livingston's first team when he came on as a substitute on Boxing Day.

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Which players should your club try to sign and why?

Jamel: Hope Chelsea had a buy back clause inserted when we let Ryan Bertrand go to Southampton we need Ivanovic replaced.

Simon Osborn: Rumours that Benteke being loaned to Villa gathering pace. Hope so his goals can keep us up for another season.

Sean Pocock: Would like to think LFC are targeting Butland, Kouyate, Ighalo and Bolasie from the PL, or cheaper equivalents from overseas.

Tweet us on #bbcsportsday to get your message on this page.

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Will Aston Villa fans be celebrating more Christian Benteke goals for them?

Game off


If you were planning to watch Fleetwood's home game with Walsall tonight in League One, we've bad news.

It's off. It's been hammering it down on the Fylde coast for the last 24 hours, leading to a waterlogged pitch.

Head goes missing


There is some sad, highly worrying news reaching us from north of the border.

The head of Harry the Hoopo, mascot of Queen's Park FC, has gone missing.

Can you help solve this heinous crime?

Missing: Harry the Hoopo...If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of our mascot's head, please contact us.

Missing: Harry the Hoopo...If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of our mascot's head, please contact us.

Sunderland want Debuchy


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Sunderland are aiming to beat Aston Villa to the signing of Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy, reports the Daily Mail.

The deal would be a loan move until the end of the season.

'Ryder Cup team will be very different' - Garcia


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Ryder Cup veteran Sergio Garcia predicts up to five players who will make their debuts in this year's European team.

"That's the way it looks at the moment," the Spaniard said.

"You never know as the year goes by, but at the moment it looks like there's probably between three and five young guys that could be on that team in September."

This year's Ryder Cup will be held at Hazletine, Minnesota, in September, where Garcia is likely to be in the team and aiming for a sixth victory.

Manuel Pellegrini news conference

Man City v Everton (Weds, 19:45 GMT)

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Manuel Pellegrini stresses he will keep rotating his squad, and has urged his side's defenders to avoid sloppy mistakes.

"If we want to be involved in all the competitions, we need the whole squad," says Pellegrini. "I will try to make some changes and refresh the team. It is the only way to continue.

"I don't think we are defending badly. At West Ham the first goal was very unlucky. I wasn't happy with the second but the only save Joe Hart had to make was the free-kick.

"We do need to concentrate more away from home because we are conceding goals."

Black Cats back in for Ayew


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We mentioned (13:58) that Sunderland have been linked with a move for Roma and Ivory Coast striker Seydou Doumbia. Well, it could be a busy few days for Sam Allardyce as here is another transfer rumour.

Sunderland are stepping up their interest in Swansea striker Andre Ayew as manager Sam Allardyce attempts to bolster his squad for the fight against relegation.

The Black Cats first registered their interest in the 26-year-old Ghana international earlier this month, but were swiftly rebuffed.

However, PA Sport reports there has been further contact between the clubs, with suggestions of Sunderland making a £10m offer plus Italian striker Fabio Borini

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Man City v Everton (Weds, 19:45 GMT)

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Some more quotes from Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who talks about the Premier League title race.  

"It is very close," says Pellegrini. "Nobody can take an important advantage. From now until the end it will be very close. It will take fewer points to win it than previous seasons.

"Maybe we will play more games than everyone else but I want to be involved in all competitions - it is better for the club and the squad.

"From 27 January to 27 February we have to play nine or ten games if we have a replay (in the FA Cup). But I prefer that than being eliminated."

Vote result

Which team will win the League Cup this season?

It was close; very, very close, but according to you Manchester City will win the League Cup this season.

Manuel Pellegrini's side picked up 37% of the vote, despite needing to overhaul a 2-1 deficit in the second leg of their semi-final against Everton.

The other options were Liverpool 35.6%, Everton 16.5% and Stoke City 10.9%.

Thanks to everyone who voted.

Vote result



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Chelsea's Ramires is edging closer to what many would consider a surprise £25m move to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning.

The 28-year-old Brazil midfielder, signed from Benfica for about £17m in 2010, agreed a new four-year deal in October but has only started seven Premier League games this season.

Jiangsu finished ninth in China's top tier in 2015 and are managed by former Blues defender Dan Petrescu.

Ramires has helped the Blues win the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Europa League.

Sunderland want striker


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Sunderland have again been linked with a move for Roma and Ivory Coast striker Seydou Doumbia.

The frontman has reportedly turned down a big-money move to China, reports the Sunderland Echo.