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  1. Goodbye

    So with the live text commentary for tonight's Europa League action starting shortly, we will end Sportsday Live there. Thank you for joining us and for your interaction and comments.

    We will be back at 08:00 BST on Friday for all the team news and previews before the weekend's matches, as well as looking at 50 years of Match of the Day. Until then, bye for now.

  2. Low crowd predicted for Norway game


    Football Association officials are braced for England's lowest attendance since Wembley was rebuilt in 2007 when they face Norway in a friendly on 3 September.

    With just two weeks to go until the team's first match since their poor showing at this summer's World Cup in Brazil, only 17,000 tickets have been sold - although this figure is expected to be boosted by a potential 17,000 more Club Wembley ticket-holders.

    The crowd for the reciprocal fixture - England beat Norway in Oslo in 2012 in Roy Hodgson's first game in charge - could be smaller than the 48,876 who watched the friendly against Sweden in 2011.

  3. Blackburn reject Hull's Rhodes offer


    BBC Radio Lancashire reports that Blackburn Rovers have rejected Hull's offer for striker Jordan Rhodes.

  4. AEL Limassol v Tottenham (17:00 BST)

    Football - team news

    Tottenham have announced their team for the first leg of their Europa League play-off tie against AEL Limassol.

    Starting line-up: Lloris (c); Naughton, Dier, Vertonghen, Davies; Bentaleb, Paulinho; Holtby, Townsend, Kane; Soldado.

    Substitutes: Friedel, Rose, Dawson, Chadli, Dembele, Sandro, Lamela.

    Live text commentary will be on the BBC Sport site from 16:00 BST.

  5. Disability sport

    From BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at the IPC Athletics European Championships:

    Aled Davies

    "It's looking a bit gloomy in Swansea this afternoon but home favourite Aled Davies will be hoping to brighten up the day with gold in the F42 shot competition.

    "The Welshman captained the athletics team at Glasgow 2014 where he won silver in the discus and although the shot is not his preferred event, he still should be too strong for the rest of the field.

    "Among the other Britons in action this afternoon are Paralympic and world champion Richard Whitehead, who goes in the T42 200m at 17:31 BST and Mickey Bushell in the T53 200m (18:12) while before them, 14-year-old Maria Lyle bids for her second gold in the T35 200m at 16:21."

  6. Magath: Fulham can seal Premier League return


    Manager Felix Magath is adamant Fulham can make an immediate Premier League return despite their early struggles.

    However, the 60-year-old German admits the task of winning promotion from the Championship is bigger than he and club owner Shahid Khan had anticipated.

    Fulham remain pointless following Wednesday's 1-0 home loss to Wolves.

    "I'm convinced that we can manage it this season," Magath told BBC London 94.9. "He [Khan] knows that it might be more difficult than we thought."

  7. Get involved

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    Steve Nicholls on Facebook: Amazing signing, Rodgers will get the best out of him and he's with players that don't have egos like they did at City.....signing of the season?

    Uwe: They get rid of one bad boy and get another?

    Lucky Thebeyame: Good news, looking forward to that Monday game.

    Liverpool have had a £16m bid accepted for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli. Would he be a good signing for the Reds? Would you want him in your team? Let us know via #bbcsportsday, text 81111 or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  8. Swansea v Burnley (Saturday, 15:00 BST)



    Manager Garry Monk has urged Swansea to follow up their win over Manchester United with another victory against Burnley on Saturday.

    He said: "It's always great when you beat the big teams - even more so when nobody gave us a chance.

    "Burnley are a hard-working side and they are a group that works for one another and are a real threat."

  9. KSC Lokeren v Hull City (19:30 BST)

    Football - team news

    Defender Harry Maguire will make his debut for Hull City in Thursday's Europa League play-off first leg against KSC Lokeren in Belgium.

    Maguire, 21, signed for Hull from Sheffield United on 29 July but has not been included in the Tigers squad for their two Europa League qualifying matches against Trencin or the Premier League win over QPR on Saturday.

    Manager Steve Bruce is expected to make a number of changes, with striker Yannick Sagbo also set to play despite his current domestic suspension. Apart from midfielder Robert Snodgrass's long-term absence with a knee injury, Bruce will have a full squad to choose from in Belgium.

  10. AEL Limassol v Tottenham (17:00 BST)

    Football - team news

    Tottenham face AEL Limassol in tonight's Europa League play-off first leg tie.

    Kyle Walker, Vlad Chiriches, Emmanuel Adebayor, Christian Eriksen, Aaron Lennon, Younes Kaboul and Etienne Capoue have not made the trip to Cyprus, while goalkeeper Michel Vorm is still unavailable.

    Jan Vertonghen

    However, Belgian trio Nacer Chadli, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen (pictured) and Brazil's Paulinho are in the Tottenham squad after missing the Premier League opener at West Ham because of their extended participation in the World Cup.

  11. Agard signs for Bristol City

    Bristol City have signed striker Kieran Agard from Rotherham for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

    The 24-year-old joined the Millers in the summer of 2012 and scored 32 goals in 91 appearances.

    It was reported last week that Agard had met with Leeds over a potential move but he was unable to agree a deal.

  12. AEL Limassol v Tottenham (17:00 BST)


    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says the Europa League is now a significant competition - because the winners earn a place in the Champions League.

    Spurs face AEL Limassol in their Europa League play-off first leg (17:00 BST).

    Last season, when managing Southampton, Pochettino said he had "no interest" in the competition, claiming it "kills" teams in their domestic leagues. But the 42-year-old Argentine says it is now a "different competition" and represents a "big challenge".

  13. Aston Villa v Newcastle (Saturday, 15:00 BST)


    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Aston Villa.

    "Siem de Jong has trained all week and will be in the squad for Villa. [Cheick] Tiote has been running outside and working towards training.

    "We will be facing a Villa side who will be full of confidence after a great away win last week. We have to be stiff opposition."

  14. England chasing 195


    England Women have been set a target of 195 to win their one-day international against India Women at Scarborough.

    Anya Shrubsole

    India batted first in a rain-affected match and made 193-8 with Smriti Mandhana scoring 74, while Heather Knight (3-28) and Anya Shrubsole (2-47) were the pick of the England bowlers.

    The match has been reduced to a 47-over contest, with England's target slightly adjusted to 195. Live commentary of the match is available on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  15. Chelsea v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 BST)


    Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has started his news conference ahead of Saturday's trip to Chelsea.

    He said: "Chelsea have real pedigree and know-how in this division, but we have to create opportunities for ourselves there.

    "We've got to get our preparation right and it'll be a good opportunity to test ourselves. We need to do as well as we can."

    Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton have been training and could be involved.

  16. Hull bid for Jordan Rhodes


    Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer says Hull have made a bid for prolific striker Jordan Rhodes.

    The 24-year-old Scotland international, who scored 25 goals for Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship last season, has been targeted by Tigers boss Steve Bruce to replace Shane Long following his recent move to Southampton.

    Speaking at his pre-match news conference on Thursday, Bowyer said: "There has been an enquiry which has been taken to the board and the owners and that's as much as I know."

  17. Dyche 'has money to spend at Burnley'


    Burnley manager Sean Dyche says he has money to spend before the transfer window closes, reports the Daily Express.

    The Clarets have invested only about £5m so far in bringing in seven new signings.

    "There is finance available. It's not endless but it is available," confirmed Dyche. "We still have to use it wisely and cut our cloth accordingly."

  18. No Fabregas regrets for Wenger


    Cesc Fabregas

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits it felt strange for him to see Cesc Fabregas playing in a blue Chelsea shirt, but insisted he had no regrets at not re-signing him.

    "I have no regret about that at all. My regret is that he left us," Wenger said. "It was strange, but you have to accept that professional players move from club to club.

    "It was difficult for him to leave us, but after that you accept he can move to some different clubs. Of course, it was a bit strange, but he had a good game."

  19. 'Moody's departure a blow for Palace' - Millen


    Iain Moody's resignation will prove a blow to Crystal Palace, according to the club's caretaker manager Keith Millen.

    Moody resigned as Palace's sporting director on Thursday amid allegations of sexism and homophobia against him and Malky Mackay during their joint tenure at Cardiff.

    Millen said: "Iain was brought in to do a job to recruit and scout players, and Iain was experienced at that job.

    "The chairman will now have to look at that situation, to see whether he wants to bring someone in."

  20. Get involved

    BBC Sport Facebook

    Rob Scibetta on Facebook: Hate to say but Liverpool are real title contenders now.

    Dave Mallon: I'm a City fan and I want Mario to fulfil his talent wherever that may be! Good luck to Liverpool, he's a handful but he'll give you very important moments. Champions league for the big man too! Im a City fan but I'll always be a fan of Super Mario regardless of where he goes!

    Jonny Watson: I'm gutted Arsenal didn't sign him to be honest.

    Liverpool have had a £16m bid accepted for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli. Would he be a good signing for the Reds? Would you want him in your team? Let us know via #bbcsportsday, text 81111 or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  21. Youth Olympics

    British triathlete Ben Dijkstra claims his second gold medal of the Nanjing Youth Olympics with victory in the multi-nation mixed relay event.

    The 15-year-old, who won the men's individual event on Monday, was one of four athletes who helped Europe 1 win the relay in one hour 22.17 seconds. Briton Sian Rainsley took silver in the same event as part of Europe 3.

    Compatriot Jessica Fullalove secured 50m backstroke silver, while Peter Miles won mixed-nation team judo bronze.

  22. Suarez 'feels like a footballer again'


    Luis Suarez

    Barcelona striker Luis Suarez admits he "feels like a footballer" again after an appeal allowed him to train with his new team-mates despite his playing ban.

    He told Barcelona's website: "The outcome is that I am now able to train again. I feel like a footballer, I can be with my team-mates and be with them on a day-to-day basis."

  23. Samaras in West Brom link


    Giorgios Samaras

    Georgios Samaras is expected to arrive at West Bromwich Albion on Thursday as talks about signing for the club on a free transfer edge closer to completion, reports the Daily Mail.

    The Greece international striker, 29, is without a club after Celtic didn't offer him new terms at the end of his Parkhead contract. He has attracted interest from Sampdoria, Sevilla and Hamburg and recently had discussions with Malaga.

  24. Get involved

    Sid: Mario Balotelli is a fantastic talent but not sure about his work ethic.

    Carl Slocombe: Looks like Liverpool fancy their chances of winning the league with 10 men on the pitch most times.

    Tony Chorley: As a City fan, Balotelli is a legend. Would I want him in my team? - not a chance.

    Liverpool have had a £16m bid accepted for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli. Would he be a good signing for the Reds? Would you want him in your team? Let us know via #bbcsportsday, text 81111 or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  25. Balotelli has said Milan farewell


    AC Milan say on their website that Mario Balotelli has bid farewell to his team-mates before leaving training.

    The statement on www.acmilan said: "Mario Balotelli left Milanello's sporting centre at 13.30 [local time], after saying goodbye to his team-mates.

    "Before leaving the premises, the striker has said goodbye to members of Milan's press office."

    Liverpool have had a £16m bid accepted for the striker.

  26. Post update

    OptaJoe ‏on Twitter: Mario Balotelli averages a red card every 18 Premier League games, the third highest ratio of all players with 3+ reds. Fiery.

  27. Liverpool have £16m Balotelli bid accepted

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool have agreed a £16m fee for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli.

  28. Crystal Palace v West Ham (Saturday, 15:00 BST)


    Crystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen has just started his news conference ahead of West Ham's Premier League visit on Saturday.

    He said: "The chairman has said all along he'll see what's available in terms of manager. He knows what I can do. He doesn't feel like he has to rush and make sure it's the right person.

    "On the training field the lads have been fine - they're serious and focused and we haven't changed too much tactically.

    "We've done our homework on West Ham as we know we've got a tough game so the setup is here - there's no excuses."

  29. Football headlines


    Mario Balotelli

    Liverpool are in talks with AC Milan to sign former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

    Iain Moody has resigned as Crystal Palace sporting director, following allegations about racist, sexist and homophobic texts shared with his former colleague Malky Mackay.

    Argentina winger Angel Di Maria has told Real Madrid he wants to leave the La Liga club.

  30. Get involved

    Mayungbe Lawrence: Don't think Balotelli is what Liverpool needs. Not sharp enough with enough extra luggage like Suarez.

    Githu gee: Balotelli to be a red? Looks strange. Hope there won't be any chemistry between him and Sturridge or #MCFC might regret.

    Claudio Scotto: Balotelli after Suarez? Rodgers really doesn't like an easy life...

    What are your thoughts on Liverpool attempting to sign AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli? Let us know via #bbcsportsday, text 81111 or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  31. Hodgson wants English players to move abroad


    Roy Hodgson says the England team would benefit if some of its players headed overseas to secure regular first-team football.

    "We are going to have to accept that some young players - who I think are good enough and can win games for England - will not always be first choice for their teams in England," he told the FA website.

    "It wouldn't hurt them at all to go abroad. Most of our players - although they don't all play regularly - play at very good clubs at a very high level.

    "If you're asking me would it be better for some of our players to be playing in good teams abroad rather than warming the bench, then of course, as a national team manager I would like to see that."

  32. Di Maria asks to leave Real Madrid


    Angel Di Maria has told Real Madrid he wants to leave the club and has rejected the offer of a new contract, coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed.

    Midfielder Di Maria, 26, has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United.

    "Di Maria asked to go in the summer and has rejected an offer from the club," Ancelotti said at a news conference.

    "The player has to look for a solution. If when the [transfer] market closes he's still here, he will work with us like last season and there will be no problem."

  33. Get involved


    Some more of your memories on playing against ex-professionals.

    George Best

    Alan Ewens: Played against George Best when he was 43. He pinged a 50-yarder over my head. I grinned like a fool and shook his hand.

    Lewis George Hayter: Last October I played with Trevor Sinclair on the pitch in the hotel we were staying at. The ball was glued to his feet.

    Morgan Calton: Played a game at Craven Cottage in May - our team had Luis Boa Morte, their team had Sean Davis. Team Davis gave us a schooling.

  34. Balotelli to Liverpool?


    Liverpool Echo reporter James Pearce on Twitter: "£16m fee agreed. Just a case of agreeing personal terms now in terms of Balotelli's move to Anfield."

  35. Mills confident of Bolton recovery


    Defender Matt Mills believes Bolton can overcome a difficult start to the season, having taken one point from three matches.

    A 2-1 defeat by Middlesbrough on Tuesday left Dougie Freedman's side still searching for a first league win. The 28-year-old Mills says their poor start is frustrating but has backed Bolton to turn things around.

    "I've gone a lot longer to get a first win than three games and still made the play-offs, so it's not all doom and gloom," he told BBC Radio Manchester.

  36. Raining in Scarborough


    England v India - 1st ODI

    England's one-day international against India Women is taking place today at Scarborough.

    India batted first and reached 60-2 off 18 of their 50 overs before the rain came to cause a delay in the match.

    When play resumes, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra is the place to go to for live commentary.

  37. Northampton wish Coventry well


    Northampton Town, who were Coventry's landlords last year, have tweeted: "We would like to wish Coventry City well on their return to the Ricoh Arena. Best wishes for the future."

  38. Coventry to return to the Ricoh Arena


    Ricoh Arena

    It has been confirmed League One side Coventry City are to return to the Ricoh Arena after agreeing a two-year deal with the company that runs the stadium.

    The Sky Blues have been playing their home games in Northampton since the start of the 2013-14 season after a long-running row over rent.

  39. Best video clips

    Here are some of the best video clips to have a look at during your lunch break.


    Formula 1: BBC F1 commentator Ben Edwards takes a look at what makes Spa-Francorchamps such a special circuit.

    Swimming: Great Britain set a new world record as they claimed gold in the 4x100m mixed medley at the European Championships in Berlin.

    Basketball: The future of Great Britain's basketball teams is in doubt after the sport had its Olympic funding withdrawn, says performance chairman Roger Moreland.

  40. Mario or Luis?


    Mario Balotelli

    Our friends at Opta have compiled the above graphic on comparisons between former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Reds target Mario Balotelli. The stats shown are Serie A and Premier League games from the 2013-14 season.

  41. Gros leaves Oldham


    Oldham release French striker Willie Gros from his month-to-month contract with the League One club.

    The ex-Kilmarnock forward, 22, linked up with the Latics in pre-season, but manager Lee Johnson says he is unable to offer Gros, who only made two appearances, regular first-team football.

    "He is unlucky really," Johnson told the club website. "He has done well and he's shown a good attitude. I felt for him and us. It wasn't quite right."

  42. BreakingIain Moody quits Crystal Palace


    Crystal Palace confirm sporting director Iain Moody has resigned from his role.

  43. Hull chasing Rhodes


    Jordan Rhodes

    Hull City boss Steve Bruce is ready to spend the £12m he received from Southampton for striker Shane Long on Blackburn Rovers' Jordan Rhodes, reports the Daily Mirror.

    The Mirror says Hull will offer £8m, plus up to £4m in add-ons, on the former Huddersfield striker who has finished Blackburn's top scorer in the last two seasons.

  44. Rugby Union

    London Welsh fly-half Olly Barkley says he is already looking forward to the second weekend of the new Premiership season when they play his former side Bath at the Rec.

    Barkley, 32, made 162 Premiership appearances for Bath before leaving to join French side Racing Metro 92. He is set to face his old club on 13 September and says it will be strange.

    "It will be the first time I've returned there (the Rec) in anything other than a Bath jersey," Barkley told BBC Radio Oxford.

  45. Get involved


    Inspired by Paul Gascoigne registering to play for a team in the Bournemouth Sunday League (Division Four), we have been asking for your stories of playing against ex-professionals.

    Dunc: Took penalties against David Seaman. Scored three but managed to put two wide. Had to hit the corners against him.

    Paul Wallace: Sir Bobby Charlton opened my local community centre when I was a kid and went in goal for some penalties. I scored.

    Eric Cantona

    Jag: I played against Eric Cantona and his son in their back garden when he lived in our street in Leeds.

  46. Warnock rejects Huddersfield


    Neil Warnock has rejected the opportunity to manage Huddersfield Town for a second time, reports Talksport.

    The 65-year-old, who has been working in the media since leaving Leeds United in April last year, is reported to have held talks with the Championship club about replacing Mark Robins on a short-term basis before deciding against taking up the opportunity.

  47. Who will be the champion?

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

    Which driver will become the 2014 Formula 1 champion? The season is getting to the critical stage and it seems to be a straight contest between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg?

    Ex-F1 champions Nigel Mansell and Jody Scheckter fail to agree on this year's F1 champion in a feature on the Formula 1 pages.

    Murray Walker

    If you are still not sure, commentary legend Murray Walker (pictured above) has also given his thoughts on who will be the 2014 world champion.

  48. Arsenal chase midfield duo


    Arsenal are poised to make a concerted effort to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho and Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira following Mikel Arteta's injury, reports the Daily Express.

    Mikel Arteta

    Arteta is set to be out for a minimum of two weeks after he picked up an ankle injury in the Champions League play-off against Besiktas and will miss the Everton match on Saturday.

  49. Mackay and Moody latest


    Cardiff City believe they had to report Malky Mackay and Iain Moody to the Football Association because club lawyers told them they were compelled to under football rules, reports WalesOnline.

    The promotion-winning Bluebirds boss and his former right-hand man Moody are the subject of misconduct allegations from his former club Cardiff City.

  50. 'Farewell Mario'


    Gazetta dello Sport

    The Italian newspapers are full of Mario Balotelli's expected departure from AC Milan, with Gazetta dello Sport wishing him "farewell" and Corriere dello Sport saying he is "for sale". Liverpool are in talks over a move for the striker.

    Corrierr dello Sport
  51. Football headlines


    In case you have just woken up or simply not been paying attention, here are your top football stories.

    Liverpool are in talks with AC Milan to sign former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

    Paul Scholes says he is "genuinely scared" for his former club Manchester United and fears they could disappear into the "wilderness".

    Iain Moody is set to resign as Crystal Palace sporting director in the wake of allegations about racist, sexist and homophobic texts shared with his former colleague Malky Mackay.

  52. Get involved


    With the news Paul Gascoigne is set to play in the fourth division of the Bournemouth Sunday League, we have been asking for your tales of playing against former professionals.

    Graeme Souness

    Theo Spencer: Graeme Souness's son goes to the same school as me, he often rocks up for a kick-about. His team never loses somehow.

    Andy Mendrys: I was on holiday on the Isle of Wight as a youngster and Peter Osgood played football with a group of us.

    Soccer Bob: I played against and marked ex Arsenal star Peter Marinello when he was approaching 50. He could still skip past 18 year olds.

    Good stuff. Keep them coming in to us on Twitter, using #bbcsportsday.

  53. Moody to resign from Crystal Palace

    David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    Iain Moody is set to resign as Crystal Palace sporting director today.

    It is understood that the Palace hierarchy were unaware of Cardiff's allegations about Moody and their complaint to the Football Association until Wednesday.

    Palace were also thought to be unaware of the allegations about Malky Mackay when the Scot interviewed for the vacant manager's position at Palace on Sunday.

  54. Man Utd to miss out on Vidal?


    Juventus are confident midfielder Arturo Vidal, reportedly a target for Manchester United, will remain at the Italian club.

    The Chilean, 27, has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League this summer.

    "All the requirements are there for Vidal not to leave before the end of the transfer market," Juve general director Giuseppe Marotta told Gazzetta dello Sport. "Vidal has always said he wanted to stay here and we are more than happy to keep him."


    A similar story is also on the front page of today's Tuttosport.

  55. Coventry to return to Ricoh - report


    A statement confirming Coventry City have agreed a deal to return to the Ricoh Arena after more than a year of playing their football in Northampton is expected later this morning, reports the Coventry Telegraph.

    They claim a deal for a return has been signed after terms were agreed following secret talks between lawyers acting for club owners Sisu and Ricoh Arena operators ACL.

    The finer details of the deal are yet to be announced, but they report that sources suggest the club could return to Coventry by September.

  56. Milne continues good run


    David McDaid

    BBC Scotland in Berlin

    Stephen Milne

    "Stephen Milne, still looking fresh after his personal best-busting 1500m freestyle final last night, has made another final tomorrow - this time in the 800m freestyle. The Scot came second in his heat to go through sixth fastest in an event he doesn't usually swim.

    "Molly Renshaw has qualified for the semi-finals of the 200m breaststroke later today - the discipline in which she won Commonwealth bronze in Glasgow. Jemma Lowe has also got herself another swim to make the final of the 100m butterfly.

    "And Ben Proud got the 16th and last qualifying place for the 100m freestyle semis."

  57. Bristol City agree fee for Agard


    Kieran Agard

    Bristol City have agreed a fee with Rotherham for Kieran Agard, and the forward is set to discuss personal terms with the League One club.

    The 24-year-old has scored 32 goals in 91 games for the Millers.

    It was reported last week that Agard had met with Leeds United over a potential move but he was unable to agree a deal.

  58. Get involved

    Which brings us nicely on to our next discussion question. Have you ever played against a football legend? If so, where and when was it, how did it happen and how did you get on?

    Let us know your memories and we will put the best stories on this page throughout the day.

    So get involved on Twitter, using #bbcsportsday, leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page or text us on 81111 (UK only).

    We are also after your thoughts on Liverpool trying to sign Mario Balotelli. So get involved.

  59. Who's marking Gazza?


    Picture the scene. You turn up for your Sunday League match, maybe a bit hung-over from the excesses of Saturday night, and the opponents run out with a football legend in their side.

    Paul Gascoigne

    Well, that is the situation that teams in the Bournemouth Sunday League Division Four may face after Abbey bring in former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne.

    The 47-year-old, who played 57 times for his country, could make his debut for his new team against either Rentech Repairs or ARC Cleaning when the season begins in September.

    Abbey boss Chris Foster, a taxi driver, told the Southern Daily Echo: "I have offered to pick him up whenever he is willing to come."

  60. Crystal Palace v West Ham (Saturday, 15:00 BST)


    More from West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, who admits he is looking for defensive cover between now and the close of the transfer window at the end of the month.

    He said: "There's no search for any more strikers from my point of view - the difficulty is at the other end.

    "We're without James Collins because of suspension and we could be without James Tomkins because of injury.

    "We're looking at players who are able to play in that position throughout Europe."

  61. Crystal Palace v West Ham (Saturday, 15:00 BST)


    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is speaking at a news conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Crystal Palace.

    He said: "You can only look at the way Palace played at Arsenal and say they were thoroughly professional and unlucky not to take anything.

    "We're bitterly disappointed to be sat here not with three points already, but the level of performance last week was really encouraging."

  62. Other sports headlines

    Serena Williams

    Tennis: World number one Serena Williams is the top women's seed as she attempts to win a third successive US Open title.

    Cricket: England fast bowler Katherine Brunt is set to return to international action after eight months out in Thursday's one-day match against India.

    Athletics: Britain's Harry Aikines-Aryeetey returns to Diamond League action on Thursday as one of 10 European champions competing in Stockholm.

    Harry Aikines-Aryeetey

    Snooker: Former World Championship finalist Ali Carter says he will make a return to snooker in October after having chemotherapy treatment for lung cancer.

  63. KSC Lokeren v Hull City (Thursday, 19:30 BST)


    Hull boss Steve Bruce has reiterated his desire to reach the group stages of the Europa League ahead of tonight's tie against Belgium's KSC Lokeren.

    "The Europa League is a fantastic competition and we're going to try to enjoy it. The people of Hull, as we saw last time with a full house, are delighted to see us play in Europe.

    "We've got to try to do as best we can and see if we can get into the group stage."

    You can follow live text commentary on tonight's Europa League matches on the BBC Sport website.

  64. Everton v Arsenal (Saturday; 17:30 BST)


    Manchester United may have made a losing start to their Premier League campaign, with defeat to Swansea last weekend, but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger expects United to be serious title contenders come the end of the campaign.

    "Manchester United have the quality and Van Gaal will get the right balance. They will fight for the championship," he said.

  65. Good behaviour for Mario?


    Mario Balotelli

    So AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli to Liverpool then? The Reds are in talks to sign the former Manchester City man but the Daily Star reports Liverpool want a good behaviour clause inserted in the contract and that the Italians are not keen.

  66. Suarez v Balotelli


    Luis Suarez v Mario Balotelli

    Luis Suarez helped Liverpool win the League Cup in 2011-12, but Mario Balotelli won more trophies in his time in England - the FA Cup in 2011 and the Premier League title a year later.

  67. Everton v Arsenal (Saturday, 17:30 BST)


    Despite reports linking Turkish club Galatasaray with strikers Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists there have been no offers for any of his players.

    He also says the Gunners are "open to strengthening their defensive department" but has backed new signing Calum Chambers to cope against Everton striker Romelu Lukaku on Saturday.

    "It is a big test [for Calum Chambers against Lukaku] but it was also a test against Demba Ba," he said.

  68. Everton v Arsenal (Saturday, 17:30 BST)


    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has started his news conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Everton.

    He said: "Everton deserved to win [when the teams last met]. We beat them in the FA Cup. They are flirting with Champions League.

    "We have young players, that means every year they can get better."

  69. Everton v Arsenal (Saturday, 17:30 BST)


    More from Everton boss Roberto Martinez:

    "There's going to be many [rumours] because the window is still open. We're focused internally on the players we have.

    "We've got two big games now and they will help tell us if we need anything, but I'm happy with the players we have."

  70. Get involved


    Some early reaction to the news that Liverpool are trying to sign ex-Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

    Andrew Stott: Balotelli could be the difference between first or seventh for Liverpool, another very gifted player just hope Rodgers can control him.

    Jack Fletcher: What's going on at Liverpool. Balotelli isn't the replacement for Suarez, Sturridge is as good if not better. Just get Falcao.

    Matt Price: Balotelli to Liverpool? I'll take him. He's a brilliant striker and will help our striker issue big-time.

    Keep your comments coming in to us on Twitter, using #bbcsportsday.

  71. Everton v Arsenal (Saturday, 17:30 BST)


    Everton manager Roberto Martinez has started his news conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League at home to Arsenal.

    He confirms Seamus Coleman and Darron Gibson are available for the weekend with Ross Barkley, Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo the only players missing.

  72. Today's newspapers - Independent



    Former Manchester United striker Paul Scholes tells the Independent in his column he is "genuinely scared" for his former club.

    "I'm sick of having to criticise the club to which I gave my life as a player," he said. "But United need to arrest their decline."

  73. BBC coverage

    Youth Olympics

    We have some early live sport for you today, as the Youth Olympics are under way. To watch the action, click on the live coverage tab at the top of this page.

  74. Get involved

    Liverpool fans... what do you make of the news that your club are interested in signing Mario Balotelli? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, using #bbcsportsday, leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page or text us on 81111 (UK only).

  75. Post update


    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    "Liverpool are in talks with AC Milan to sign Italy striker Mario Balotelli. Any deal would likely see him join on a permanent basis."

  76. Post update


    Marcos Rojo
  77. Done deal


    Marcos Rojo

    But not every deal is just at the speculation stage. Manchester United have completed the signing of Argentina World Cup star Marcos Rojo in a £16m deal from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon.

    The 24-year-old has signed a five-year contract, while winger Nani moves in the opposite direction on a season-long loan.

    Rojo, a left-sided full-back who can also play in the centre of defence, played in six games as Argentina reached this summer's World Cup final in Brazil.

  78. Today's gossip


    The transfer window closes on 1 September. Here are some of the best snippets from today's gossip column.

    Striker Fernando Torres, 30, could leave Chelsea after they held talks with Roma about a swap deal involving 23-year-old Mattia Destro, regarded as one of the most coveted forwards in Europe. (Times - subscription only)

    Mario Balotelli

    Liverpool's bid for former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, 24, collapsed after AC Milan refused to sanction a 'good behaviour' clause in the deal. (Daily Star)

    Arsenal have told Galatasaray they will sell forward Lukas Podolski, 29, but not the Turkish side's other target, 22-year-old striker Joel Campbell. (Daily Mirror)

  79. Other sport headlines

    Disability sport: Scottish teenager Maria Lyle, 14, wins gold in the T35 100m at the IPC Athletics European Championships - setting a new world record in the process.

    Tennis: Britain's James Ward comfortably progresses to the second round of qualifying for the US Open with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Bosnia's Aldin Setkic.

    Roberto Pavoni

    Swimming: Roberto Pavoni secures Great Britain's 10th medal at the 2014 European Championships, taking bronze in the men's 200m individual medley in Berlin.

    Basketball: Great Britain's men fail to qualify for next year's EuroBasket tournament as they lose 71-69 to Iceland at the Copper Box Arena in London.

  80. Other football headlines

    Premier League: Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko signs a new four-year deal with the defending Premier League champions.

    Premier League / Championship: QPR sign Netherlands international Leroy Fer from Norwich for a reported fee of £8m. The Canaries then sign Stoke striker Cameron Jerome for an undisclosed fee and ex-Sunderland defender Carlos Cuellar.

    Championship: Fulham suffer a third straight defeat since being relegated from the Premier League after Bakary Sako's goal earns Wolves a 1-0 victory at Craven Cottage.

  81. No Palace trip for Malky


    We start with Crystal Palace and the Eagles' search for a new boss continues.

    Malky Mackay, 42, was expected to get the job, but is no longer in contention to succeed Tony Pulis amid misconduct allegations from his former club Cardiff City.

    Malky Mackay

    The Welsh club claim he sent texts of a racist, sexist and homophobic nature while employed by them, according to The Daily Mail. Cardiff have sent a dossier to the Football Association outlining their allegations against the Scot.

  82. Good morning

    Hello, good morning and welcome to Thursday's Sportsday Live. This is the place for all the latest transfer news and gossip as well as all of the build-up to tonight's Europa League action with Tottenham and Hull both in action.

    We also have 10 manager news conferences today, and may come closer to finding out just who will be the next manager of Crystal Palace.

    So, there's no time to waste, let's go.

  83. Lucky Bhoys


    They were hammered in the last round, handed a dramatic reprieve after their opponents were thrown out of the competition and now Celtic are just a home goalless draw away from qualifying for the group phase of the Champions League.

    The Scottish champions were beaten 6-1 on aggregate by Legia Warsaw in the third qualifying round, before the Polish side were found to have fielded an ineligible player.

    Celtic players Jo Inge Berget

    Well, Celtic look to be grasping their second chance after a 1-1 draw away at Slovenian side Maribor in the first leg of their play-off tie has given Ronny Deila's side a great opportunity to qualify.