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  1. I will carry on for a while yet - Man City boss Guardiola
  2. Returning Vardy 'should start' against Everton - Ranieri
  3. Silva appointed Hull head coach until end of the season
  4. Everton complete £11m Lookman signing
  5. Arsenal's Coquelin out for up to a month with hamstring injury
  6. Get Involved: Who will win the Premier League debate & vote - #bbcsportsday

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By Libby Dawes and Alan Jewell

All times stated are UK

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That's all for today

Thanks for joining us today. We will be back tomorrow morning with more news, footy gossip and no doubt more breaking transfer stories. 

Oh, and just the small matter of the FA Cup third round.

Ahh the delights of January...

The countdown is on, petrol heads...

Nottingham Forest

The consortium set to buy Nottingham Forest say they are keen to speed up the takeover of the Championship club.

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Southampton skipper Fonte hands in transfer request


From BBC Radio Solent's sports editor Adam Blackmore after Southampton captain Jose Fonte handed in a transfer request...

I understand Jose Fonte wanting one last big pay day as a Euro champ. Great player for #saintsfc - just a shame the way it's been handled.

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Track every transfer in the Premier League


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The transfer window is open and Premier League clubs are already bringing players in to improve their squads for the second half of the season.

Last year saw a five-year high of £175m spent on players between the 1st and 31st of January. Will that figure be beaten this time around?

You can keep up to date with all the players either leaving or joining a Premier League club this month by tracking every transfer. 

You can sort these by day, players in and out, position and fee.

Simply head over to our transfers page here.

Murray broken in first game


Not a great start for Sir Andy Murray in the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open - he's been broken in the first game by Spaniard Nicolas Almagro and trails 2-0.

Andy Murray

'Most of the chances, Defoe scores'

FA Cup third round, West Ham v Man City (Fri, 19:55 GMT)

Jermain Defoe has the most important attribute, goals - Bilic

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic says Jermain Defoe has the "most important" attribute - scoring goals, as the Hammers continue to chase the Sunderland striker's signature after their initial £6m bid was turned down.

'Augusta National Golf Club cordially invites you...'


So, courtesy of English golfer Tyrrell Hatton, this is how you get formally invited to the Masters at Augusta... it even has an RSVP at the bottom!

Love it, love it, love it. 

Always dreamed of receiving this letter, now it's a reality. Excited is an understatement!! 😱😱😱😬😬😬💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻

Always dreamed of receiving this letter, now it's a reality. Excited is an understatement!! 😱😱😱😬😬😬💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻

'The Jump' appearance fee v Paralympic funding?

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Rebecca Adlington, former Olympic swimmer and competitor on reality skiing show The Jump, has defended Paralympic champion Kadeena Cox’s decision to compete in the show.

Cox’s decision to compete has seen her elite UK Sports funding suspended.

The 25-year-old, who has multiple sclerosis and won four medals at the Rio Paralympics, tweeted: ‘Before judging my decisions people should imagine living life as a ticking time bomb. MS has changed my outlook on life, so I'm going to enjoy skiing.’

Adlington said: “Kadeena is probably getting more money doing The Jump than from all of her funding”.

The former Olympic swimmer says Cox, a Paralympic champion, should be able to compete

Live coverage on BBC Sport

Challenge Cup first-round draw

From 19:00 GMT, right here on the BBC Sport website and app, follow live coverage of the Challenge Cup first-round draw live from The Deep, Hull. 

Challenge Cup Trophy

Watch golf for free!


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Now that I have your attention... 

The PGA Tour has dipped its toes into live streaming with an announcement that Twitter will distribute over 70 hours of coverage from 31 tournaments across the 2016-17 season. 

Don't get too excited, they won't be broadcasting the climax of the tournaments but it's a chance to watch golf for free none-the-less! 

The live coverage will typically be from the first 60 to 90 minutes of play at tournaments on a Thursday and Friday morning.

Djokovic into Qatar Open semi-final

World number two Novak Djokovic has beaten Radek Stepenek 6-3, 6-3 in the Qatar Open quarter final. 

The Serb, who looked on top form easing to victory, will face Fernando Verdasco in the semi-final. 

Murray is up next... 

Get Involved - who will win the Premier League?

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Tottenham will never finish above Arsenal as long as Wenger is in charge. Said it from the start, Chelsea or Liverpool to win the league, as a Lpool fan!


The winner of the league depends on who has the most decisive transfer window and stays injury-free the most !!! IT'S THAT CLOSE

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Fonte has 'handed in a transfer request'


Jose Fonte

Southampton captain Jose Fonte has handed in a transfer request, executive director of football Les Reed has told BBC Radio Solent.

The 33-year-old rejected a new contract offered to him in the summer after winning Euro 2016 with Portugal.

Fonte has maintained that he wants Saints to offer him a longer contract than the one he signed in October 2015, which has 18 months to run.

Reed said: “We haven’t had any bids for Jose and I don’t know whether we will or not. 

"He’s contracted to us, he’s had several opportunities to improve the contract situation. He’s reserved his right not to do that, and made it very clear he would like to explore the opportunities for a transfer.

"That’s where we are at the moment, Jose wants to leave the club. He’s formally asked for a transfer." 

Djokovic closing in on win


World number two Novak Djokovic is close to reaching the semi-finals of the Qatar Open.

The Serb, 29, currently leads 38-year-old Radek Stepenek 6-3 3-2 in their last-eight match.

Britain's world number one Sir Andy Murray (or SAM as Libby would like him to become known) follows Djokovic on court to face Spaniard Nicolas Almagro.

Novak Djokovic


Wow. Rio Ferdinand. We are impressed with your dedication to training. Getting up at 04:45 GMT this morning for a work out... 

Considering it is still pretty dark at around 08:30 here, he must have a pretty good flash on that camera... 

"Frosty early this morning at 4.35am.... no better feeling than the crisp cold on ya face!!! #JustShowUp "

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From non-league to the Premier League...


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Hednesford Town FC - a tiny non-league club from, strangely, Hednesford near Cannock... somewhere between Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent to be more vague. 

Cohen Bramall, the team's star player, is to make the move he and his team-mates all dream of... Non-league to Premier League in one fell swoop. 

The 20-year-old left-back will leave the Northern Premier League side for north London in a deal worth £40,000.

He follows the road taken by Everton and Wales defender Ashley Williams, who started his career at Hednesford.

Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday had both reportedly watched Bramall, but only Arsenal agreed terms.

WRU makes 'best offer' for Halfpenny

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The Welsh Rugby Union has made "the best offer it can" to bring Leigh Halfpenny back from Toulon, says governing body chief executive Martyn Phillips.

The Wales and British and Irish Lions full-back's contract with the French club expires at the end of 2016-17.

Cardiff Blues would be favourites to sign Halfpenny, with Scarlets also interested.

"It's a head versus heart decision for Leigh," said Phillips.

"We will hope he comes back, but he's his own man and I would respect his decision, whatever it is."

Leigh Halfpenny
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Koeman keen to get his January targets

FA Cup third round, Everton v Leicester (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

James Mountford

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Ronald Koeman
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You get the feeling that Ronald Koeman has been waiting for this January transfer window to open ever since the last one closed.

Stung by a series of missed targets, Koeman has already completed his first January signing and made no secret of his intention to add to the squad, albeit he is not prepared to settle for anything less than his current shortlist.

Ademola Lookman is an unknown quantity at this level but the money shelled out for the 19- year-old (£11m) suggests they have genuine belief he can succeed in the long term.

Koeman was also clear in his intention in playing a first choice starting XI v Leicester City on Saturday. Perhaps he has learnt from the EFL Cup defeat against Norwich which triggered a run of one win in 11.

Bolton news conference

FA Cup third round: Bolton Wanderers v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

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Bolton manager Phil Parkinson has said this weekend's FA Cup game will be "a good test" for his side. 

"We will go into it as underdogs, but we're relishing the challenge. Our players will be eager to show the football world what they are capable of against top-flight opposition this weekend," he said. 

"I have come across Sam Allardyce on numerous occasions throughout the years and he's a great guy. Crystal Palace have some real quality in their team and although they find themselves down at the bottom, they are a huge threat.

"We want to show the wider footballing world that Bolton is alive and kicking and we look forward to doing that, especially this weekend."

Bolton news conference

FA Cup third round: Bolton Wanderers v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

David Wheater
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Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson and defender David Wheater (above) have spoken to the press this afternoon to preview their FA Cup tie against Crystal Palace on Saturday. 

Wheater: "I always want a big team in the FA Cup. To get a home tie against a Premier League team though is really exciting. We always look back to the Liverpool game a few years ago. Hopefully we can go one better against top flight opposition this time. 

"Sam Allardyce is a good man manager and Crystal Palace will be hard to break down, but it's an exciting game to be involved in." 

'Curtis has a job for life - but not on the coaching staff'

FA Cup third round, Hull v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

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New Swansea boss Paul Clement was quizzed about his decision not to include club legend Alan Curtis in his first-team coaching staff.

Clement was very diplomatic and complimentary about Curtis but, ultimately, he doesn't want the 62-year-old as part of his backroom team.

"Alan is a legend as a player and a member of the coaching staff here," said Clement.

"We want him to stay at the club. Alan has a job here for as long as he wants it - for life if necessary.

"He is stepping aside from the first team coaching duties but I hope he stays in another role."

Manchester City news conference

FA Cup third round, West Ham v Man City (Fri, 19:55 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at the Etihad Campus

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The fall-out from Pep Guardiola's rather terse post-match interview after Manchester City's win over Burnley on Monday continues.

It transpires Guardiola was unhappy that his players were not being given credit for beating Burnley despite playing the majority of the game with 10 men.

It is also fair to say City are not impressed at how the story has been covered, considering there are plenty of other instances of managers not dealing with their media commitments well, one of whom was obviously Sir Alex Ferguson.

For the record, Guardiola was relaxed, polite and courteous today. He answered every question properly and insisted, as I tried to navigate a way round to asking about his interview with NBC that generated additional headlines this week, that he would answer any question I cared to put about it. Which he did.

Scroll through today's earlier posts for his answers... 

Football helps girls find different path


There are some amazing stories behind those who take part in the FA People's Cup.

Meet Tuff FC for example, who used the free five-a-side competition as part of their ongoing battle against radicalisation....

Tuff FC were one of the teams who took part in the 2016 FA People's Cup

You can sign up for the 2017 FA People's Cup now - find out how to here.

Everton news conference

FA Cup third round, Everton v Leicester (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

A few more words from Everton boss Ronald Koeman, who says he will play a strong side against Leicester at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The two teams met at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day with Evertom winning 2-0.

"To win the FA Cup is very difficult but to win the Premier League this season is impossible," says Koeman.

"Everybody knows the importance of cup football. It starts this Saturday and we know it will be a difficult, tough game at home to Leicester." 

Ronald Koeman

Don't you hate it when you get the flu over Christmas...

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Arsene Wenger thought it was a chest infection this morning but he said he wasn't sure... 

From the horse's mouth* - it was the flu... 

*Should this be horse's throat?

Sorry. Terrible gag. Just awful.

Chelsea top Premier League title winners vote


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Thanks to all of you who took part in our vote on who will emerge as this season's Premier League champions.

Current leaders Chelsea topped the poll with 45% of those taking part saying Antonio Conte's men will stay the course for a fifth title in 13 seasons.

Liverpool came second with 31% of the vote while 14% believe Manchester United will rise from sixth to first come May.

The full results are:

1. Chelsea 45%

2. Liverpool 21%

3. Man Utd 14%

4. Spurs 10%

5. Arsenal 6%

6. Man City 5%

Get Involved

Use #bbcsportsday or text using 81111

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Today we have been asking: 

Who do you think will win the title? Who'll finish second, third, fourth?

Let us know your predictions and your REASONS FOR THEM using #bbsportsday or text us on 81111. 

Matt: Chelsea to win; too good a squad. Liverpool second, Arsenal third, United late charge to fourth. 

Mohamed Ahmed Hersiundefined: 1.Liverpool  2.Chelsea  3.ManCity 4.Tottenham - Rational and emotional. 

James Tavernier: Chelsea will win title as long as Hazard & Costa stay fit. Spurs second - Dele Alli & Harry Kane on form. ManCity third and ManUtd fourth.  

Answers without explanation are useless to us... we want to know WHY! What will be the difference? Who will be the difference? 

Swansea news conference

FA Cup third round, Hull v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

New Swansea boss Paul Clement is facing the media now. He is asked what he needs to do to keep the Swans in the Premier League:

"I have been very lucky over the last years to work at some wonderful clubs," he says.

"I am a competitor and I love to win. The first thing is to get some competitive performances and with that some good results." 

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Swansea news conference

FA Cup third round, Hull v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Rob Phillips

BBC Wales Football Correspondent

Before Swansea City head coach Paul Clement faced the media at the Liberty Stadium, the talk of the room and social media was the treatment of Swans legend Alan Curtis (below, right), who has been told he won't be part of the new coaching set up.

The club said today Clement was still finalising his coaching set-up, but added Curtis would still have a "prominent role."

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FA Cup third round, West Ham v Man City (Fri, 19:55 GMT)

Gabriel Jesus

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has said he will not be "rotating" the squad for Friday evening's match against West Ham. 

"They are a Premier League team. We are away, it’s tough. I want to continue in the competition. I’m going to decide on Willy Caballero. Vincent Kompany has started training now but he’s not ready to play tomorrow. 

"From what I hear, the FA Cup is special because the low teams can beat the big teams - that’s why it’s fascinating. I’m looking forward to it.

Guardiola then moved on to talk about £27m signing Gabriel Jesus, who joined the club in August but remained at Palmeiras until recently.  

"This afternoon he’ll train with the team. We are delighted he is here, we want him to settle. Hopefully he can do here what he did with the national team and his old club."

Man City news conference

FA Cup third round, West Ham v Man City (Fri, 19:55 GMT)

Pep Guardiola

Oh and in case you are wondering, after Fabio Capello says a return to Barcelona as director of football on the agenda for Pep Guardiola, the man himself says this is not the case. 

"I will tell him I will never be president of Barcelona. Gerard Pique is going to do that."

I have to ask... does Gerard know this?

Get Involved - who will win the Premier League vote


If you haven't already taken part, you have just 10 minutes left to vote on who will win the Premier League this season.

The options are the current top six: Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.

Simply make your selection to the left of this page or select the 'vote' tab if you're using a mobile device.

The vote will be open until 14:30 GMT and we'll bring you the full results shortly after that. Full BBC Sport online voting terms and conditions can be found here.

I will carry on for a while yet - Guardiola

FA Cup third round, West Ham v Man City (Fri, 19:55 GMT)

Pep Guardiola
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BBC Sport's Simon Stone asked a very "calm and relaxed" Pep Guardiola about his recent comments on his future in football.

"I am only 45 so, no I'm not going to retire in the next three, four, five, six years. I said I will not go until I am 65 but as I am only 45, I will carry on for a while yet," said the Manchester City boss. 

"I love my job and I'm in the best place for it here in England. No, of course I am not thinking about retiring."

Our man then asked for Guardiola's thoughts on Manchester City's journey compared to more historically successful clubs. 

"In terms of titles and history, we are far behind Manchester United, Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid but in the last five to six years, Manchester City have grown the most by far - but in the last 20 years, yes, we are behind the other teams. 

"Of course we are going to fight until the end of the season for the titles. I respect and am grateful to be here - for me and for my family - of course I am grateful to this club and always will be.

"Maybe the people was wrong when they said I came here to change everything. I am here to learn and improve. You (England) created football. I adapt here. Sometimes I criticise, why things are different." 

Lookman 'a player for the future'

FA Cup third round, Everton v Leicester (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Ademola Lookman
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Everton boss Ronald Koeman says new £11m signing Ademola Lookman "is a player for the future and needs time to adapt", adding "he's a player who can reach a high level if he continues to develop".

The injury news is not great for Everton: 19-year-old forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who went off early in Monday's win over Southampton, will be out for seven to eight weeks with an ankle injury.

James McCarthy, who is yet to train with the team, remains a doubt for Saturday's FA Cup tie at home to Leicester with a hamsting problem, while Aaron Lennon is also a doubt.   

Everton news conference

FA Cup third round, Everton v Leicester (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is facing the media and has spoken about potential signings in addition to Ademola Lookman and a prospective new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock.

"I'm focused on this Saturday but we have other people in the club working on bringing good players in because we want to improve."

On a projected move from Goodison Park, he adds:  "That's the reason why I signed a contract with Everton. It's about the project. 

"We know we need time to change, that perspective is a new stadium and that's very important for the club. That's how we want to grow."

He prefers to be known as ‘Mola’

Ademola Lookman or Mola for short said he’s ‘ready to make the step up’ to the Premier League having sealed a move to Everton for an undisclosed fee.

The 19-year-old described his transfer to the Blues as a ‘dream move’. 

"It feels great to be an Everton player. As soon as I heard about Everton’s interest I knew this would be the right place for me. Everton has a big history and I was also attracted by the manager. When you look at what he did at Southampton, and what he does with young players in terms of developing them, that was a big attraction."

Ademola Lookman
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Everton news conference coming up

FA Cup third round, Everton v Leicester (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

James Mountford

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

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Ronald Koeman could win over more than a few Evertonians by talking up their FA Cup chances today. 

Semi-finalists last year, the cup still represents their most recent trophy back in 1995 and Koeman shouldn't underestimate what success in this year's competition would mean to the fans. 

A decent restive return of seven points from nine, including three from Saturday's opponents Leicester City, has brought some optimism back after a sticky patch before Christmas. 

Also expect Koeman to be quizzed on the imminent signing of Ademola Lookman from Charlton and plenty of talk around Manchester United's Morgan Schneirderlin.

Everton sign teenager Lookman from Charlton


For those of you interested in such things...

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👕 | @Alookman_ will wear the number 31 shirt at #EFC. #WelcomeAdemola

Everton sign teenager Alookman


Everton have confirmed the signing of Charlton Athletic teenager Ademola Lookman for an undisclosed fee, although it is reported to be in the region of £11m.

Forward Lookman, 19, has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal.  

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