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Summary

  1. Breaking transfer news as it happens
  2. Hull boss Steve Bruce questions Ched Evans conviction
  3. Taylor apologises for Evans-Hillsborough comments
  4. De Gea, Drogba and Balotelli linked with moves
  5. Eleven Premier League manager news conferences
  6. GET INVOLVED: Tell us your dream signing #myfantasytransfer

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By Steve Canavan and Mandeep Sanghera

All times stated are UK

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De Boer staying at Ajax

Football

Ajax manager Frank De Boer
Reuters

Newcastle fans might want Ajax boss Frank De Boer as their new manager but that doesn't seem likely judging by comments from the Dutchman's brother.

Ronald De Boer, who works closely with his twin as youth coach at Ajax, says: "Of course you read it and you see fans of Newcastle asking Frank to go there but that's up to Frank. He's happy at Ajax and he will finish the season there, for sure.

"Next year, we'll see. One thing I know for sure, he's very happy at Ajax. He sees a lot of growth in the team and has no need or hurry to go."

Mandzukic for Arsenal?

Football

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rules out a move for Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani and will instead switch his attentions to trying to bring in Atletico Madrid forward Mario Mandzukic,

reports the Daily Express.

Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic
EPA

The signing could be made possible by the Spanish club bringing in Fernando torres and Manchester City opting to make a move for Swansea's Wilfried Bony.

Podolski gets thumbs up from Low

Football

Lukas Podolski reveals that Germany boss Joachim Low has given his seal of approval to the forward's loan move to Inter Milan.

The Arsenal forward has joined the Serie A side for the remainder of the 2014-15 season, and insists his international prospects will benefit as a result of the switch.

The 29-year-old told the Deutscher Fussball-Bund's official website: "Playing here will see my situation with the Germany national team improve.

"I spoke about it with Joachim Low ahead of the move and he thinks that it was a good decision."

City admit Lampard mistakes

Football

Manchester City have admitted making mistakes in their communication of Frank Lampard's move to the club.

The former Chelsea midfielder was reported to have joined City on loan until the start of January after penning a deal with Major League Soccer side New York City FC during the summer.

Frank Lampard
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He's now staying until the end of the season, with the player himself releasing a statement earlier today to try and clear up the situation.

Quoted in the

Guardian, City said: "The statement on the NYCFC website in July saying Lampard's two-year contract took effect from Aug 1, 2014 was a mistake. The initial statement on City's website that it was a loan was also an error.

"Any contract with NYCFC will now take effect from July 1, 2015."

Curle keeps Carlisle signing secret

Football

Carlisle manager Keith Curle says he has made a signing and others are in the pipeline,

but will not reveal the identity of any potential arrivals.

The Cumbrians face Cambridge United on Saturday and Curle is determined to keep them guessing about the possibility of new faces in his line-up.

"One has already been done,"

Curle told the club website. "But we're not saying anything about his name, position or parent club until 2pm on Saturday."

United target won't talk

Football

Kevin Strootman
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Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has dismisses talk of a transfer to Manchester United, insisting it would be 'disrespectful' to be discussing a move at this time.

According to the

Daily Mail, the 24-year-old - who has been linked with a move to the Reds, said: "If I spoke about other clubs that would be disrespectful, and I don't want to do that."

Pochettino challenges players

Football

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino
PA

Tottenham enjoyed a 5-3 win over Chelsea in their last league outing and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino challenges his players to maintain that sort of level when they play Crystal Palace on Saturday.

"Why not keep that level in all games? We know it is not easy but if we are capable of that performance against Chelsea we need to keep those performances in the future," says the Argentine.

"We are very happy, the 5-3 against Chelsea means more than just one victory.

"It is a belief in our skill and in our mentality, but now we need to show again against Crystal Palace the same mentality to show we are strong - if not there is no good thing."

League two match off

Football

Accrington Stanley's game with Bury tonight has been called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

Journalist

Dan Jewell has tweeted the below picture with the message: "This is the actual form submitted to the League stating the reason for the postponement."

Dan Jewell on Twitter
Dan Jewell on Twitter

Pellegrini backs officials

Football

Referees get plenty of stick but Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has come out in defence of the men in black.

Former referees' boss Keith Hackett said officiating in the Premier League was "bordering on appalling" over Christmas, but

Pellegrini disagrees.

"No-one can win or lose the title on one refereeing decision," he says.

"Maybe they can lose one game but in another they can give you a penalty or a foul that is not a foul."

Yarnold returns in style

Winter Sports

Lizzy Yarnold
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Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold

finished second on her return to racing on the World Cup circuit in Germany.

The 26-year-old Brit experienced dizziness while winning the season opener in the United States and missed the next event in Canada.

Yarnold, the overall defending champion, finished 0.04 seconds behind Russia's Maria Orlova, who won a first World Cup race at the Altenberg track.

Armitage ban reduced

Rugby Union

Toulon full-back Delon Armitage has had his 12-week ban for using abusive language reduced to eight on appeal.

The Toulon player, 31, was found guilty of using abusive language towards Leicester fans after the European Rugby Champions Cup match on 7 December.

A European Club Rugby statement read: "The appeal committee found that the independent disciplinary committee had made an error in how they determined the period of the appropriate sanction for the misconduct and moved to impose a suspension of eight weeks on the player."

Schwarzer lured by first-team chance

Football

Mark Schwarzer says

the chance to play regularly tempted him to leave his role as back-up to Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech at Chelsea and join Leicester.

The 42-year-old keeper did not feature for the Blues this term and has signed an

18-month contract with the Foxes.

"It was the draw of being able to be more involved and hopefully being able to play in the Premier League," Schwarzer told BBC East Midlands Today.

"It is a new challenge in my career and a very exciting one."

Dortmund setback

Football

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Sven Bender will be sidelined for four weeks after undergoing surgery on his right knee.

Bender suffered the injury during training and it is another blow for Dortmund, who are second from bottom of Germany's top flight.

The Bundesliga is currently in its winter break and Dortmund's next game is against Bayer Leverkusen on 31 January.

Berahino update

Football

West Brom striker Saido Berahino
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The future of West Brom striker Saido Berahino has been the subject of plenty of debate with the 21-year-old being linked with Liverpool and Tottenham.

Baggies boss Tony Pulis only took over at The Hawthorns recently and he says: "For everyone here we'd like to keep him," he said.

"If you're asking me whether I want to sell him now, not at all because he has been absolutely first class."

But he adds: "Everyone is available in every shape and form and there's no difference about that."

Wenger on Bielik

Football

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Legia Warsaw midfielder Krystian Bielik but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger does not believe any move is imminent.

"He is a young boy that we follow, yes. We are not very close at the moment," says Wenger.

Cook unhappy with Doyle speculation

Football

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook

is unhappy with clubs talking publicly about their interest in striker Eoin Doyle.

The 26-year-old is the top scorer in the Football League with 22 goals from 27 games in all competitions.

Rotherham United assistant Paul Raynor revealed on Friday that the Millers had held talks about Doyle, who has also been linked with Celtic, Cardiff, Derby and Millwall.

"At any club today, a player has a price. So if you want to meet a price to buy a player, then go and do it and do it properly and then announce it to the media," Cook told

BBC Radio Sheffield.

Get involved - fantasy transfer

Who is your fantasy signing, we asked. Here's what you're telling us...

Srikanth: Dream signing? Easy. I'd get Brian Clough! Let him take care of things. Miss the man.

Colin Peacocke: Harry Kane, Danny Welbeck and James Milner mentioned as 'Fantasy' transfers. Really???

RedIsaac: Neuer, Hummels, Khedira, Suarez. That would also solve all of LFCs problems.

Keep them coming at #myfantasytransfer or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Adams breezes into last four

Darts

Three-time champion Martin Adams and fourth seed Scott Mitchell are through to the BDO World Championship semi-finals at Lakeside.

Adams, 58, is into the last four at Lakeside for the 10th time after beating Scotland's Ross Montgomery 5-1.

"The one thing I'm pleased about today is that I hit some doubles without mucking about," he told

BBC Sport.

Mitchell, 44, hit six ton-plus checkouts in a 5-2 win over fellow Englishman Brian Dawson.

Why I let Podolski go - Wenger

Football

Arsene Wenger has revealed why he decided to allow German international Lukas Podolski to leave on loan join Inter Milan on loan for the rest of the season.

"He didn't get enough opportunities to play - because I knew that, I gave him a chance to go,"

the Arsenal boss said.

Lukas Podolski
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"Why? Because we have many players who can play in these positions and at the end of the day only 11 can start.

"When a player of his quality doesn't get enough games, at some stage too much competition is detrimental to the confidence of the players and their positivity."

Cork offered new deal

Football

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says the club have offered midfielder Jack Cork a new contract.

The four-year deal that Cork signed in July 2011 expires in the summer.

Jack Cork
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Koeman revealed in December he had recommended to the board that 25-year-old Cork should be offered a new deal.

"The board of the club is talking to him and his agent," Koeman told BBC South Today. "We've offered him a contract."

Hammill switches sides

Football

Huddersfield Examiner: Huddersfield Town have confirmed the loan of Adam Hammill to Championship rivals Rotherham United for the rest of the season, with Danny Ward close to completing a move to the Millers as well.

Victory is in vain

Tennis

Andy Murray and Heather Watson won their final matches but Great Britain were knocked out of the Hopman Cup.

The pair beat Casey Dellacqua and Marinko Matosevic 7-5 6-1 to seal a 3-0 win over home side Australia.

Murray and Watson
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Murray, 27, earlier beat Matosevic 6-3 6-2 while Watson, 22, overcame Dellacqua 6-3 6-4 in Perth.

Group leaders Poland (Jerzy Janowicz, Agnieszka Radwanska) qualified to meet the United States (John Isner, Serena Williams) in Saturday's final.

Anyone got some wellies?

Football

Another photo emerging of the pitch at Accrington Stanley. Their game with Bury tonight has been called off and there's a

clue in this pic as to why...

Twitter
Twitter

Lonely Young

Football

Manchester United have had their injury troubles this season but Ashley Young is currently the club's only sidelined play and

he has tweeted: "Bit lonely in the physio room! Where's everyone gone?"

Manchester United news conference

Football

Simon Stone, BBC Sport football writer

Virtually since he joined Manchester United, Louis van Gaal has been battling against injuries.

Now he has only one - and how he enjoyed telling everyone.

"I am very happy with your question," he said with a big smile. "Can you believe it?"

Not that Ashley Young is likely to see the funny side. He could be out for six weeks after pulling a hamstring at Stoke on New Year's Day.

League Two match off

Football

The pitch inspection at Accrington Stanley has taken place and it's bad news... the club's League Two game with Bury tonight has been called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

And judging by this photo the club has

tweeted, it's not hard to see why...

Accrington Stanley
Twitter

Woods back at 'raucous' event

Golf

Former world number one Tiger Woods has confirmed he will start his 2015 season at the Phoenix Open, arguably the most raucous event on the PGA Tour.

Woods suffered an injury-plagued 2014 which saw him undergo back surgery, fail to qualify for the FedEx Cup play-offs or Ryder Cup, and split from coach Sean Foley.

Tiger Woods
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After missing the cut in the US PGA Championship in August, the 39-year-old had a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

"It will be great to return to Phoenix," the 14-time major winner said on his website. "The crowds are amazing and always enthusiastic."

On his

Twitter page, Woods posted a link to his hole-in-one in 1997 on the 16th, a short par three which attracts massive crowds who often boo when players miss the green.

Wolves news conference

Football

Wolves have striker Rajiv Van La Parra fit again for Sunday's trip to Blackburn after missing last weekend's 0-0 FA Cup third round draw at Fulham, reports BBC WM's Mike Taylor.

Fellow front runner Nouha Dicko, who only played as a sub at Craven Cottage because of a bad back, is now fully fit.

Midfielder Kevin McDonald returns after suspension and defender Kortney Hause, signed up on a new long-term deal on Thursday, is available again after being cup-tied.

Blackpool add two more

Football

Blackpool have made their second and third signings of the day, Sunderland's

David Ferguson and Connor Oliver. joining forward Saer Sane, who arrived earlier.

Defender Ferguson and midfielder Oliver, both 20, have been on trial from the Premier League club and have penned 18-month contracts, with the option of another year.

The Seasiders are nine points from safety at the bottom of the Championship.

Manchester United news conference

Football

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal
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It seems Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal isn't too keen to share his transfer plans with the media. (Not that he should, of course)

"I do not discuss that with you," says the Dutchman. "You can ask that any way you want. But remember, I bought Victor Valdes in very quickly."

He does, however, reveal, Ashley Young will be out for four to six weeks with a hamstring injury and that his aim is to "form the best team in the world".

Man Utd news conference

Football

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says that left-back Luke Shaw, who was substituted in the FA Cup third round win at Yeovil last Sunday, will be fit to face his former club when the Red Devils play Southampton on Sunday.

Left wing-back Ashley Young is out of the game, while midfielder Daley Blind has returned to training after a lengthy lay-off and defender Marcos Rojo is scheduled to do the same on Saturday.

Don't try this at home

Tennis

Andy Murray
Andy Murray Instagram

Hard to know for certain but we're fairly sure Andy Murray isn't taking part in a modern-day version of It's A Knockout, but is instead in training.

Standing on what appears to be an oversized beach-ball, holding a tennis racquet, and producing quite a grimace, the Scot posted this photo on

Instagram, with the message: "Post match work out... Don't try this at home."

Rest assured Andy, we won't.

Coventry sign ex-Ipswich man Nouble

Football

Coventry City have completed striker Frank Nouble's signing on a short-term deal

until the end of the season.

The 23-year old Londoner, who initially signed in September on loan, had his contract terminated by Championship side Ipswich Town earlier this week.

Curle pulls no punches

Football

No one can accuse Carlisle United manager Keith Curle of not being straight-talking.

Speaking to the

club's website about the return of midfielder Alex Marrow to training, Curle said: "The situation is that Alex wants to leave the football club. I also want Alex to leave the football club.

Keith Curle
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"Fortunately for Alex, while he is here, and doesn't want to be here, he still gets paid. Unfortunately for me while Alex is here, and doesn't want to be here, I've still got to pay him.

"I've asked Alex to leave and not take the money he's owed. That has been my negotiating strategy. We've obviously hit a stumbling block on that.

"In the short term the beauty of what we've got with working for a very honourable football club is that we will continue to pay Alex for his services, even though he doesn't want to be here."

We're just guessing here, but it sounds like the two of them might not be going out for a drink together anytime soon...

Awaiting Van Gaal

Simon Stone, BBC Sport football writer

"A trip across rainy Manchester and now I am at Manchester United to hear with Louis van Gaal has to say ahead of Sunday's game against Southampton.

"The Dutchman should be in a good mood given United are unbeaten in 11 games.

"They are also basking in the signing of former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes on an 18-month contract.

"Yet again though, an injury roll call is required."

Louis van Gaal is due to start his press conference any minute now.

Nine-mile swim for survival

American Football

Now here's the sort of story you don't hear every day.

Former Miami Dolphins running back Rob Konrad had to swim nine miles to shore after falling off his boat while fishing.

Rob Konrad
Getty Images

Konrad, 38, swam the equivalent of 290 lengths of an Olympic-size swimming pool after his 36-foot boat, which was on auto pilot, drifted away from him off the South Florida coast.

The United States Coast Guard reported that friends became concerned when he failed to return for dinner.

After up to 12 hours in the water, Konrad - who played 82 games for the Dolphins between 1999-2004 - had treatment for hypothermia symptoms.

'Experienced journalists were surprised'

Football

Steve Bruce caused something of a stir today with his comments in support of convicted rapist Ched Evans.

Here are the thoughts of the man who asked the Hull manager the question, BBC Look North's Simon Clark.

"As a seasoned football manager who has taken charge of more than 700 games Steve Bruce is always willing to answer questions posed by journalists at his weekly news conference. Normally these are about routine matters such as injuries and potential signings he would like to make.

Steve Bruce
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"Today though even experienced journalists were surprised at how much detail Bruce went into when I asked him if he was one of the three Premier League managers who had spoken to Oldham Athletic chairman Simon Corney.

"Bruce had no hesitation in admitting that he had spoken to Mr Corney about the Ched Evans matter before giving the news conference his take on how he viewed the Evans case.

"Steve Bruce is not a manager you normally associate with controversy but his comments today have certainly stirred public opinion."

Scotland squad confirmed

Cricket

Scotland have

announced their final squad for the World Cup in New Zealand and Australia, with uncapped Durham teenager Gavin Main the one to miss out from the 16 players in Dubai for a warm-up series.

Preston Mommsen was confirmed as captain last month, with Kyle Coetzer in the vice-captain's role.

Scotland will face New Zealand, England, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Australia in Pool A.

The tournament runs from 14 February to 29 March 2015.

League Two game in doubt

Football

Fans of Accrington Stanley and Bury take note.

There is a pitch inspection at 5pm to decide if tonight's contest can go ahead.