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Summary

  1. Sigurdsson passes Everton medical
  2. Stoke City sign PSG forward Rodriguez on loan
  3. Stoke forward Joselu joins Newcastle
  4. No progress on Sanchez contract - Wenger
  5. Pick your all-time Premier League XI
  6. Get involved using #bbcsportsday

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Goodbye

That's it for Wednesday's edition of Sportsday.

We'll be back with more of the same tomorrow - by which time Everton hope to have confirmed Gylfi Sigurdsson's £45m move from Swansea City.

Will Thursday bring any new developments on the futures of Philippe Coutinho and Diego Costa?

Koeman back transfer window changes

Everton

More from Everton manager Ronald Koeman, who is backing proposals to close the Premier League and English Football League summer transfer windows before the start of the season next year.

"I think it's a good thing," says Koeman. "I will support that idea for sure."

'Saints want Hoedt'

Southampton

Southampton are interested in Lazio's Netherlands defender Wesley Hoedt, Press Association Sport is reporting.

Hoedt, 23, is reportedly the subject of a £15.46m bid from Mauricio Pellegrino's men.

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Bournemouth's Green on the move

Some transfer news from League Two featuring a Premier League club.

Yeovil Town have signed versatile forward Jordan Green on a free transfer from Bournemouth. The 22-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the Huish Park outfit.

Read more about this here.

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'I told him to take the free-kicks' - Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he will not take credit for Trent Alexander-Arnold's goal against Hoffenheim but admits he told the 18-year-old to take free-kicks.

Alexander-Arnold scored on his European debut for his boyhood club as Liverpool won 2-1 at Hoffenheim in their Champions League play-off first leg.

'Long season for Swansea;

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Maze: Irrespective of the crazy prices involved in this year's transfers I believe £45m is way over-priced for Sigurdsson.

Ian W: Good for Everton, bad for Swansea. It's going to be a long season for them I fear.

Woody: Did he want to leave or did the owners want the money? If the first - well rid. If the second - a disgrace.

Sigurdsson in numbers

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7 - Since his Premier League debut, Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored more free-kicks than any other player.

8 - Provided more assists last season from dead ball situations than any other player in the Premier League.

34 - With 34 goals he is Swansea's top scorer in the Premier League.

29 - With 29 assists he is Swansea's most prolific creator of goals in the Premier League.

433 - Covered more distance (kilometres) in the Premier League than any other player last season.

Read more about Everton's proposed new signing here.

Sigurdsson to face Man City?

Everton

Just to recap on what Ronald Koeman has told the media.

Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson has passed a medical at Everton and is close to completing a £45m move to Goodison Park. He will not be involved in Thursday's Europa League game with Hajduk Split but could feature at Manchester City in the Premier League on Monday (20:00 BST).

Also Ross Barkley, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham, has suffered a suspected hamstring injury and has not trained for several days.

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Koeman on Barkley

Everton

Ronald Koeman says he does not know whether Ross Barkley's suspected hamstring injury will impact on him leaving Everton during the summer transfer window.

Koeman adds: "There is no update about his situation."

Asked if Barkley was in his plans this season, Koeman added: "I will wait until the end of August."

More signings at Everton?

Everton

More from Ronald Koeman on Everton's transfer plans before the deadline later this month.

"It's not done and everyone knows why. We want to make the squad even stronger," added Koeman.

Barkley injured

Everton

Ronald Koeman says Ross Barkley has suffered a suspected hamstring injury and has not trained for several days.

"He stopped training last Monday. It looks like a hamstring injury but he need to do more tests today and tomorrow to know exactly what the injury is."

Koeman said he did not know how long Barkley would be out for.

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Sigurdsson passes medical

Everton

Everton manager Ronald Koeman says Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has passed a medical and is set to complete a £45m move to the Toffees.

"I have seen him in blue but I don't know if all the paperwork is done," adds Koeman.

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Everton

Just a reminder that Everton boss Ronald Koeman is set to hold a news conference shortly. Expect questions on Gylfi Sigurdsson and Ross Barkley.

We'll bring you all the best updates.

Calderwood battling Alzheimer's

Some sad news to bring you.

Former Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood has revealed he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The 62-year-old was diagnosed two years ago and has decided to go public to help raise awareness of the illness.

"Right now I am still fine, except for being a bit forgetful with some names but I am determined to continue enjoying my life," said Calderwood.

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Man Utd's Perisic problem

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Simon Stone

BBC Sport

An air of pessimism has descended on Manchester United's pursuit of Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic.

Jose Mourinho was hopeful of securing Perisic as his fourth signing of the summer.

The United boss feels Perisic has the mental toughness required to help United through the tougher tests of the season.

However, a well connected source at Old Trafford has told me he doubts whether a deal will be done before the 31 August transfer deadline.

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Bruce unsure on Bury future

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It's just over two years since Alex Bruce appeared in the Premier League but the former Hull defender say he is enjoying life in League One with Bury.

Bruce, 32, has signed a short-term deal with the Shakers although he says he would like to stay "long term".

However, he is unsure on his future.

Listen to what Bruce has to say here.

Happy 25th birthday Premier League!

So this week marks the 25th birthday of the Premier League!

To celebrate, we have decided to give you the chance to pick your all-time Premier League XI...

Use our team selector and share your side with your friends.

Warning, the midfield is particularly tricky...

TOO MANY GREAT NAMES - WHO TO CHOOSE?

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'Crucial time for Spurs'

Jermaine Jenas

Former England midfielder

This is such a crucial time for Tottenham's future and the direction they want to go in after taking such huge strides over the past couple of seasons.

Their fans, and undoubtedly their players too, just want to feel like they are still moving forwards after finishing third, then second in the Premier League.

The danger is not that they risk standing still - more that they could fall behind if they don't strengthen properly now or, even worse, keep this group of players together.

More MOTD analysis here.

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Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham entertain Chelsea on Sunday (16:00 BST) and former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas has been having his say about his old club.

Here's a taster...

Boateng leaves Las Palmas

Former Tottenham and Portsmouth forward Kevin-Prince Boateng has left Las Palmas - two days before the club starts their La Liga campaign against Valencia.

Las Palmas cited "irreversible personal reasons" for Boateng's departure.

He had a contract with La Liga side until 2020 after signing for them a year ago following a six-month absence from the sport after leaving Italy's AC Milan.

Read more about this story here.

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Shotton move delayed after injuries

Shotton: Birmingham City delay move to Middlesbrough after injuries
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Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed Middlesbrough have agreed a deal to sign Ryan Shotton, but the transfer will not go through until cover has been brought to St Andrew's.

"We have agreed terms with Middlesbrough," said Redknapp.

"But he will not be leaving until we have a replacement as we should have four central defenders on the books."

Shotton, 28, made his first appearance of the season as a substitute in Tuesday's goalless draw with Bolton.

He replaced the injured Michael Morrison from the bench, while Cheikh Ndoye also limped off to add to Blues' injury problems.

Small world....

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Phil Puddefoot: Syd Puddefoot was my fathers cousin. Played for West Ham and went on to manage Fenerbache and Galatasaray! ... and my father played in the 1927 French cup final!

Thomas Hingston: Len Puddlefoot played one game for Falkirk in 1921-1922 season and went on to coach....

All together now...."We all dream of a team of Puddefoots...!"

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Stephen Riley: A Syd Puddefoot played for Blackburn Rovers in the 1928 FA Cup Final. My Grandad used to go on about it a lot.

Anymore sporting Puddefoot trivia?

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I just like saying the name to be honest....

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Tom Williams: Why don't Chelsea and Arsenal just swap Costa and Sanchez? Both want to leave and both clubs get a good replacement.

Has Tom solved everything?

What other issues can we get him to sort out? Kevin Pietersen and the ECB?

£50m move for Rose?

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The Sun say Chelsea are lining up a £50m move to sign Tottenham Hotspur and England full-back Danny Rose after the player angered Spurs by criticising the club's transfer and wage policies.

Meanwhile, Spurs have reached an agreement with Paris St-Germain defender Serge Aurier who was a target for Manchester United - that's according to reports in French publication L'Equipe.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are trying to sign Torino's Italy striker Andrea Belotti as a replacement for Diego Costa...

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Some lunchtime gossip for you?

According to Goal, Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wants £150,000 a week to join Chelsea from Arsenal.

We all want £150,000 a week though don't we...

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Sanchez 'no comparison' to Diego Costa situation

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There is "no comparison" between the situations of strikers Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal and Diego Costa at Chelsea, says Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

Sanchez, 28, is in the last year of his contract at Emirates Stadium and has yet to agree a new deal, while Costa has said he wants to leave the Blues.

Wenger, 67, has previously said Sanchez "respects" his decision to keep the Chile forward at Arsenal this season, despite reported interest from Manchester City and Paris St-Germain.

On Wednesday the Frenchman said Arsenal have not made any more progress on a new deal for Sanchez and were prepared for him to leave on a free transfer next summer.

Read more hereand stand by for a clip of this Wenger news conference.

....Moving on.

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More Puddyfoots......

Puddynaggs: Wow. A Puddefoot! I married a Puddefoot and thinking the name was dying out became a Puddefoot-Knaggs. Silly.

Got to be related.....

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Professor Puddefoot is back....

Phil Puddefoot: No, not as simple as that but it helped with the invincible aura (plus no zonal marking!)

I want Oxlade-Chamberlain to stay - Wenger

Arsenal

Earlier, we told you that Arsene Wenger does not want to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been linked with Chelsea.

Here's what he had to say in full.

Question: Are you adamant Oxlade-Chamberlein will be here at the end of the season?

Wenger: Yes.

Question: Why?

Wenger: I rate him highly and he is one of the players who is on his way up. Personally I want him to stay here for a long time. I am convinced that maybe he will be the English player in the next two or three years that everybody will look at.

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RE: 10:38 BST...

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Phil Puddefoot: Arsene not sure what qualities set 'The Invincibles' apart from today's team. How about height for a start - 11 players over 6 foot tall

Was it as simple as that Phil Puddefoot?

By the way, great name - a name like that belongs in The Leaky Cauldron...

(Harry Potter reference number one of the day - )

'Jekyll and Hyde performance'

Mark Lawrenson

Former Liverpool defender on BBC Radio 5 live

If Liverpool do go through next Wednesday to the group stage I think all the other teams will look at them and say 'we can beat these' because they will get lots and lots of chances.

Liverpool are very good at going forward but it is very much Jekyll and Hyde.

High praise indeed....

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool

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But what of the positives? Defender Trent Alexander-Arnold described scoring on his European debut for his boyhood club as "a dream".

The 18-year-old opened the scoring with a neat free-kick as the Reds won 2-1 at Hoffenheim in their Champions League play-off first leg.

"It is indescribable," Alexander-Arnold, who has been with the club since he was eight, told BBC Radio 5 live.

"It is special in so many ways."

Former Liverpool captain and current Reds academy coach Steven Gerrard had said in April: "Trent's going to be a beauty".

'Liverpool need a leader at the back'

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool

Mark Lawrenson

Former Liverpool defender on BBC Radio 5 live

If you look at Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren, they're not great organisers. They don't pull the full-backs in and they rarely communicate.

The reason why John Terry was so good for all those years was he performed consistently every week but he also got everybody else performing and organised.

Liverpool need a guy who is going to galvanise everyone and organise them and make people feel responsible for the man they are picking up.

He was standing his ground there wasn't he....

But what does Lawro have to say about Liverpool's defence last night?

Shearer names the best defender he faced in the Premier League...

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HealthSpeak: Gylfi is an important if expensive signing for Everton but need striker to complete the jigsaw - Giroud the outstanding candidate.

But who replaces Gylfi at the Liberty?

'A stupid amount of money'

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger for 5 live Sport

I think Gylfi Sigurdsson is a fabulous player. Yes it's a stupid amount of money, but if he goes and gets you into the Champions League, well that will not seem like a daft amount of money.

There's a few of us out there who think this guy's extra special and can give you that one thing, that one piece of class that you need to make yourself different from the rest.

Sigurdsson gets a game wherever he goes and looks perfectly good in any team you put him in, he's a fabulous player and I think he single-handedly kept Swansea up last season.