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Mike Henson and Jonathan Jurejko

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  1. Post update

    Almost time for Friday's Sportsday to grind to a halt. Almost.

    First, there are a couple of live shows to plug. You can watch snooker's Masters quarter-final between Stephen Maguire and Shaun Murphy on BBC Two and online.

    While on BBC Radio 5 live, you can listen to their weekend preview show which is building up to all the football action.

    At 09:00 GMT on Saturday we will begin our build-up to a busy Premier League day, before the Africa Cup of Nations begins at 15:00 GMT. It's a feast. See you then.

  2. Preston v Leyton Orient (19:45 GMT)


    Preston North End XI: Johnstone, Wiseman, Buchanan, Clarke, Huntington, Humphrey, Reid, Kilkenny, Brownhill, Gallagher, Beckford.

    Orient XI: Woods, Sawyer, Cuthbert, Lisbie, Mooney, Lowry, Clarke, Wright, Pritchard, Dagnall, Lundstram.

  3. Preston v Leyton Orient (19:45 GMT)


    An important match is taking place in League One tonight. Fourth-placed Preston are aiming to move closer to the automatic spots by beating a Leyton Orient team who are trying to give themselves breathing space from the relegation zone.

  4. Weekend commentaries


    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    03:00-12:00: Australia v India - tri-series

    12:55-15:00: Glasgow v Montpellier - European Rugby Champions Cup

    15:10-17:15: Toulouse v Bath Rugby - European Rugby Champions Cup

    17:25-19:30: Ospreys v Northampton Saints - European Rugby Champions Cup

    19:55-23:15: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks - NFL NFC Conference Championship match

    23:15-02:30: Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots - NFL AFC Conference Championship match

  5. Weekend commentaries


    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    12:45-15:00: Saracens v Munster - European Rugby Champions Cup

    15:10-17:15: Toulon v Ulster - European Rugby Champions Cup

    19:30-21:45: Harlequins v Wasps - European Rugby Champions Cup

  6. Weekend commentaries

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Out and about over the weekend? Don't worry. Our friends at BBC Radio 5 live sports extra are providing plenty of live coverage for you to listen to as you trudge around the supermarket. Starting tonight...

    19:40- 21:45 GMT: Leicester Tigers v Scarlets - European Rugby Champions Cup

  7. Countdown to Australian Open


    Heather Watson

    Only one British woman will be taking part in the Australian Open singles. And that is Heather Watson.

    The 22-year-old British number one, who qualified for the first grand slam event of the year on her way to reaching the Hobart International final, plays Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova in the first round.

  8. Countdown to Australian Open


    Andy Murray is among the tens of hopefuls bidding for glory in the first Grand Slam of 2015. But what about other British interest?

    James Ward will join him in the men's singles draw, as could Kyle Edmund and Liam Broady who are both within one victory of qualifying for the main draw.

    The tournament starts in Melbourne on Monday.

  9. Murray among Aussie Open favourites


    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray is in such good condition that he must be one of the favourites for the Australian Open,says head of British tennis Leon Smith.

    Murray, a beaten finalist three times in Melbourne, has slipped to sixth in the world from a world ranking high of two.

    But Smith said: "He is in great shape. He's hitting the ball extremely well. Now he's going to look to move forward and I think he's got as good a chance as anyone to win this tournament."

  10. Get involved


    Josh Brannan: Jermain Defoe has to make his debut for Sunderland tomorrow - he could be their season's saviour.

  11. Watch Yarnold win gold



    Earlier we told you that Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold won her second World Cup race of the season in Germany.

    The Winter Olympic gold medallist beat Anja Huber by 0.71 seconds in Konigssee - and now you can watch it.

  12. Allen reaches Masters last-four


    Mark Allen

    Mark Allen scrapped to a 6-4 victory over Joe Perry to reach the semi-finals of the Masters in a lacklustre encounter at Alexandra Palace.

    Both players struggled in the match, playing to a poor standard but Allen managed to open up a 3-1 lead.

    England's Perry made breaks of 50, 68 and 67 to make it 4-4, before Northern Irishman Allen made a break of 55 and then clinched the 10th to progress.

    Stephen Maguire faces Shaun Murphy in the evening session at 19:00 GMT, with the winner playing Allen.

  13. Get involved

    UnSimpleSimon: Re 17:38. David Silva, if he's fit, for Toure. Defoe must play. Surprise factor plus the spirits lift.

  14. Two-match ban for Moyes


    Stop fiddling with your Fantasy Football teams for a second! We've got some breaking news.


    Real Sociedad coach David Moyes is given a two-match touchline ban after he was sent to the stands as his side were knocked out of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

    Moyes was banished by referee Carlos Velasco Carballo after gesturing that the official needed glasses.

    Then, he started munching on a crisp from a fan after climbing into the stands to watch the rest of the 2-2 draw against Villarreal.

  15. Tottenham v Sunderland (15:00 GMT)


    Harry Kane is among several players set to return to the Tottenham first team after being rested for the FA Cup replay victory over Burnley.

    Federico Fazio, Younes Kaboul (both ill) and Vlad Chiriches (back) are all doubtful.

    Sunderland's new signing Jermain Defoe will make his debut against his former club pending international clearance.

    Liam Bridcutt is suspended after his red card in the 1-0 loss to Liverpool but Steven Fletcher returns.

  16. Swansea v Chelsea (15:00 GMT)



    French striker Bafetimbi Gomis will start up front as Swansea adjust to life without departed top scorer Wilfried Bony.

    Jonjo Shelvey is banned and Ki Sung-yueng on international duty, but Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jefferson Montero both hope to play after injury.

    Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois is available despite nursing a broken thumb yet Petr Cech is likely to remain in goal.

    Spain defender Cesar Azpilicueta is still sidelined with a groin complaint but will return to training next week.

  17. QPR v Man Utd (15:00 GMT)


    QPR defender Armand Traore has been ruled out with a toe injury.

    Brazilian midfielder Sandro and Yun Suk-Young remain sidelined with injuries but midfielder Niko Kranjcar has recovered from a thigh complaint.

    Manchester United forward Robin van Persie is a doubt with a minor ankle problem that he suffered last weekend.

    His possible absence could mean a recall for Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, while defenders Rafael and Marcos Rojo are in contention after recovering from their injuries.

  18. Leicester v Stoke (15:00 GMT)


    Leicester have record signing Andrej Kramaric available after he was granted a work permit, but banned midfielder Matty James is definitely out.

    Midfielders Dean Hammond (calf) and Esteban Cambiasso (hip) are doubtful but Danny Drinkwater should return after two games out with a groin problem.

    Stoke defender Erik Pieters is a doubt with a groin injury but midfielder Steven Nzonzi has overcome a similar complaint.

    Forward Victor Moses could also feature, having recovered from a thigh injury.

  19. Burnley v Crystal Palace (15:00 GMT)


    Burnley have doubts over defenders Jason Shackell (calf) and Kieran Trippier, who was substituted in the Clarets' midweek FA Cup defeat at Tottenham with a hamstring strain.

    Top scorer Danny Ings and Ashley Barnes are expected to be recalled.

    Crystal Palace could hand a debut to new loan striker Yaya Sanogo, while fellow forward Marouane Chamakh is back after injury.

    Midfielder James McArthur is fit despite suffering a foot injury last weekend, but DR Congo winger Yannick Bolasie is on international duty.

  20. Aston Villa v Liverpool (15:00 GMT)


    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is considering giving an immediate start to new midfielder Carles Gil who has signed from Valencia.

    Midfielder Fabian Delph returns after suspension but defender Ciaran Clark serves a one-match ban and midfielder Joe Cole has a hamstring strain.

    Raheem Sterling

    Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling is back in the squad after being given a week off, while England midfielder Steven Gerrard and Adam Lallana have a chance of being fit.

    Gerrard was substituted last weekend with a tight hamstring, and Lallana is in training after a thigh injury.

  21. The weekend ahead


    Got some important decisions to make as you head home from the office? No, I'm not talking about your evening meal or plans for the night.

    I'm talking about your Fantasy Football selections. How do you replace Africa Cup of Nations-bound Yaya Toure? Can you afford to squeeze in Jermain Defoe? Hmmm.

    To hep you, let's run through some early team news ahead of Saturday's games...

  22. The weekend ahead


    Aston Villa v Liverpool (15:00)

    Burnley v Crystal Palace (15:00)

    Leicester v Stoke (15:00)

    QPR v Man Utd (15:00)

    Swansea v Chelsea (15:00)

    Tottenham v Sunderland (15:00)

    Check out the rest of the weekend's fixtures, including tonight's Football League matches, on our comprehensive fixtures page.

  23. Premier League chat


    Earlier, we heard from 11 Premier League managers, plus Real Sociedad's David Moyes, ahead of their weekend fixtures. What do you mean you missed them? Pah.

    You can scroll back through our earlier entries to find out what they said, and take a longer look at the top three stories....

    Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says striker Radamel Falcao still needs to justify his place at Old Trafford.

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez does not think Ross Barkley will benefit from representing England at the European Under-21 Championships.

    David Moyes is coy on his reported interest in Burnley striker Danny Ings.

  24. Get involved


    Colin Mathie: Re 17:09. Why would you face the same three teams you've already played in the Six Nations in warm up games?

  25. Scotland announce World Cup warm-ups

    Rugby Union

    Scotland confirm they will face Ireland, Italy and France in a four-match warm-up schedule for the World Cup later this year.

    They will play on four consecutive Saturdays from 15 August, starting with a trip to Dublin. A double header against Italy in Turin and Edinburgh follows before completing their preparations in Paris.

    "Clearly our priority at the moment is the forthcoming Six Nations, however we are pleased to confirm four matches against top-quality international opposition ahead of the World Cup," says Scotland head coach Vern Cotter.

    "The games will allow us to rotate and test a large group of players throughout these preparatory matches in what is the last opportunity for everyone to put their hand up for selection."

  26. Motherwell v Kilmarnock called off


    Gusty winds have been blowing across the UK in recent days - and now a Scottish Premiership match has fallen foul of the weather.

    Motherwell's top-flight match against Kilmarnock on Saturday has been postponed because of storm damage at Fir Park.

    Several aluminium facings have blown off the side of the East Stand and continuing snow and high winds have hampered attempts to fix the problems.

    "Sadly, it would be impossible to not only secure the panels that are visibly hanging loose, but also to check all others in the same area in time for kick-off on Saturday," says Motherwell's safety manager, Alan Marshall. "If another fell and hit someone, the consequences would be unthinkable."

  27. Glos nearing head coach appointment


    Gloucestershire says they could appoint a head coach to succeed John Bracewell by the time the director of cricket leaves his post.

    The New Zealander, 56, will leave the county side, who he led to the 2002 Division Two title, on 31 January.

    Chief executive Will Brown said interviews will start next week.

    "I am really pleased with the response we've had and I am confident that the right person is out there," Brown told the club website.

  28. Baggies staff shuffle continues


    New West Brom boss Tony Pulis continues his shake-up of the backroom team at the Hawthorns.

    After Paul Jewell walked out because he wouldn't take a pay cut to accommodate Gerry Francis, shortly after Rob Kelly, Keith Downing and Dean Kiely departed, two more senior figures have left Albion.

    Head of UK scouting Stuart White and head of European scouting/recruitment Tony Spearing, who been with Albion for a combined 21-year stint, leave by mutual agreement.

  29. Fighting Foxes fined


    Aston Villa and Leicester

    Leicester are fined £20,000 after they scuffled with Aston Villa at the end of their 1-0 win at the King Power on 16 January.

    The Foxes had admitted failing to control their players.

    Villa have admitted the same charge but are yet to have their case heard.

  30. Get involved


    UnSimpleSimon: Re. 16:08. I agree with Ian Wright on SWP. 'Arry's been saying some strange things, like fat Taraabt turning out in decent shape.

  31. Injured Tsonga regrets playing in Davis Cup



    French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga admits he regrets playing in the Davis Cup final after aggravating an arm injury that ruled him out of the Australian Open.

    The world number 12 has been forced to withdraw from the opening Grand Slam of the year, which begins in Melbourne on Monday. He was beaten by Stan Wawrinka in November's Davis Cup final where France lost to Switzerland.

    "I should never have played the Davis Cup final," Tsonga is quoted by AFP as telling Europe 1 radio.

    "Knowing all that, obviously I should never have played the final, like I should have not played at all from the month of September to have time to recover from this injury and be fighting fit for the the 2015 season," he said.

  32. Bristol Academy captain joins Yeovil


    Bristol Academy captain Corinne Yorston leaves the club to join Women's Super League Two side Yeovil Town.

    The Glovers Ladies' have described the 31-year-old England defender as the "biggest signing" in club history.

    Yorston leaves Bristol as the club's longest-serving payer, having spent eight years with the Vixens.

  33. Perry and Allen deadlocked


    BBC Sport's Shamoon Hafez: "Joe Perry and Mark Allen are currently level at 3-3 in the quarter-final of the Masters at Alexandra Palace.

    "It's slow going though, with both players playing to a poor standard, missing chance after chance.

    "The winner of this first-to-six match will be relieved to get through, although they are unlikely to trouble the winner of Stephen Maguire and Shaun Murphy (19:00 GMT) in the semi-final."

  34. Milwaukee 1-0 Thierry


    Milwaukee v new York Knicks

    Thierry Henry doesn't seem the biggest fan of the Milwaukee Bucks mascot.

    Maybe, as a former New York Red Bull, he was unwilling to fraternise with the enemy as the Bucks took on the Knicks in the NBA game in London last night.

    The big moose thing had the last laugh though. New York went down 95-79 - their 16th defeat in a row.

  35. Redknapp not saying Wright things


    A father sticking up for his son after criticism from his boss doesn't usually generate much interest.

    But when the father is ex-England striker Ian Wright, the son is QPR winger Shaun Wright-Phillips and the boss is Harry Redknapp, then it is a little more exciting.

    Earlier, QPR boss Redknapp reckoned that 33-year-old Wright-Phillips did not want to leave QPR on loan because he would have to take a pay cut.

    Enter Ian Wright. "Ridiculous statement about not wanting to go on loan!!! You get paid the same money when you're on loan," tweets the Arsenal legend.

    Shaun Wright-Phillips
  36. Arter signs new Cherries contract


    Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter signs a new three-and-a-half year contract with the Championship leaders.

    The 25-year-old, who scored five goals in five league matches in December, has made 28 appearances so far this season.

    "I want to play at the highest level. My best chance is doing that here and I would get the most satisfaction achieving it here," he says.

  37. Legend and Menzel on Super Bowl duty

    American Football

    Idrina Menzel

    Idina Menzel, who sang 'Let It Go' for the film Frozen, will perform the American national anthem before the Super Bowl kicks off next month.

    John Legend will perform 'America the Beautiful' before the match on 1 February in Glendale, Arizona.

  38. I'm happy at QPR - Austin


    Some good news for QPR fans. In-form striker Charlie Austin, named earlier as December's Premier League player of the month, says he is not looking to leave the Loftus Road club.

    The 25-year-old's contract runs out at the end of next season and Rangers are keen to tie him down to a longer deal.

    "I know some things have been written and said about my contract situation. I've got 18 months left on my contract, I'm in no rush," he says in an online blog.

    "I'm leaving that stuff to my agent and the people at the club, and I'm just thinking about my performances on the pitch.

    "The most important thing for you to know is that I'm not thinking about looking elsewhere. I want you all to know I'm happy at QPR."

  39. Wanyama linked with Fiorentina


    Fiorentina have shown an interest in Southampton anchorman Victor Wanyama according to an anonymous "close family member" quoted by the Nairobi News newspaper in his homeland of Kenya.

    "Victor is aware of this interest, and he has even spoken to his brother McDonald Mariga [Parma's midfielder] who is based in Italy. But am not sure something can be worked out in January because we all know it is entirely not up to him," the source said.

    Wanyama has made 25 appearances for Saints this season.

  40. Get involved


    Paul France: I think Defoe will prove a decent signing for Sunderland and bag a few important goals.

  41. Yarnold wins World Cup event



    Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold wins her second World Cup skeleton race of the season. She won in Konigssee by 0.71 seconds.

    The 2014 Winter Olympic champion has raced in three of the four World Cups so far, winning two golds and a silver.

  42. Spurs don't need Defoe - Pochettino



    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he is confident in his striking options after deciding not to offer Jermain Defoe the chance to return to the club.

    England forward Defoe, 32, could face Spurs on Saturday as new club Sunderland travel to White Hart Lane.

    "All the best for Jermain in his new era in his career. Always, we need to be focused on our players, but Defoe is a big finisher and a very good striker," says Pochettino.

    "He showed his quality here and in the last season at Toronto, but we have three great strikers and we are confident in our players."

  43. Juve take a punt on Jovetic


    Juventus lodge an official bid for Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic according to

    "The Serie A champions have offered a £2 million fee to take Jovetic on loan for the rest of the season, and would be obliged to pay a further £16.5m, spread over two annual instalments, for a permanent transfer," they report.

    Jovetic has scored 5 goals in 20 games for City this season.

  44. Blackpool sign Feruz on loan


    Blackpool have picked up 19-year-old Chelsea striker Islam Feruz on loan until the end of the season.

    If the Premier League clear the switch in time, he could make his debut against Wolves tomorrow.

  45. Leicester sign Croatia striker


    Andrej Kramaric

    New Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric is available to make his debut when the Foxes host Stoke City in the Premier League tomorrow.

    "We've watched Andrej for a long time so we knew we were signing a player that could add great quality to English football and I'm delighted that the relevant authorities have seen the situation the same way," boss Nigel Pearson tells the club's official website.

  46. Transfer done deal


    *Transfer klaxon*

    Ladies and gentleman, we have a done deal.

    Leicester City confirm the signing of Croatia striker Andrej Kramaric after the 24-year-old was granted a UK work permit.

    The Premier League club agreed a fee, thought to be more than £9m - which would be a club record, with his previous club FC Rijeka last week.

  47. Ravel goes to Rome


    Ravel Morrison

    West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison seems close to finalising a summer move to Lazio after his agent was pictured arriving in Rome to discuss a deal.

    The 21-year-old, who is barred from signing for the Italian side in January as he has already represented the Hammers and Cardiff (on loan) this season, has played only nine games so far this season.

  48. Get involved


    Andrew Wright: Swapping Jozy Altidore for Premier League predator Jermain Defoe has to go down as business perfection! What a statement by Sunderland!

  49. Ipswich want Sharp signing


    BBC West Yorkshire Sport: Championship promotion hopefuls Ipswich Town have shown an interest in Leeds United striker Billy Sharp who has scored twice in 18 appearances since joining from Southampton.

  50. I'm ready to fight for QPR - SWP


    Earlier, we heard QPR boss Harry Redknapp reveal that former England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips had turned down offers to leave Loftus Road on loan.

    Now the 33-year-old has decided to tell his side of the story on Twitter.

    "I'm not here to go back and fourth," he says. "I'm fit and ready to do my part in this relegation fight as they may need me at some point, because I believe in myself and know what I'm capable off."

  51. Moyes refuses to talk Ings


    Danny Ings

    Real Sociedad coach David Moyes refuses to comment on speculation linking him with a summer move for Burnley striker Danny Ings.

    England Under-21 forward Ings, 22, is out of contract with the Premier League side at the end of the season.

    "I can't comment on individual players because I don't want to destabilise my club or another club, but I do know that the club are working very hard to bring in players," says the Scot.

    "We've only got two weeks left and we're working hard to try to get players in.

    "It's not an easy market, but we're still hopeful by the end of January we can do so."

  52. Get involved


    Dale Benton: Louis van Gaal is just too stubborn to indulge in Falcao, a striker who may not be what he was but is superior to the non existent Robin van Persie!

  53. GB announce World Championship prep

    Ice Hockey

    Great Britain's women will play two games against the Netherlands as part of their preparations for the World Championship tournament in Dumfries.

    The two sides will go head-to-head in Dordrecht on Saturday 7 February and in Tilburg the following day.

  54. Get involved

    Phil Murfet: If every player was given the protection that Mourinho is demanding for Hazard (see 12:15), Chelsea wouldn't finish a game with 11 men.

  55. McIlroy buying the beers


    If you fancy a Friday night beer, then get yourself over to Abu Dhabi quick - because Rory McIlroy is buying following his hole-in-one.

    "It definitely made up for the previous two holes. It was a perfect number, a straight downwind 177," says the Northern Irishman of his nine-iron on the 15th.

    "As soon as it left the bat it looked like it had a chance. It's my first one ever in competition as a pro, and obviously beers are on me tonight."

    Watch McIlroy's ace on the European Tour's twitter account.

  56. McIlroy sinks hole-in-one



    Reaching world number one? Done. Winning Majors? Done. Sinking a hole-in-one? Done.

    Rory McIlroy has achieved plenty in his golfing career, but had never aced a hole in professional competition until now.

    The 25-year-old Northern Irishman's towering nine-iron at the 177-yard 15th pitched a foot from the flag before trickling in, at the Abu Dhabi Championship.

  57. Pellegrini pleased for Sanchez


    Alexis Sanchez

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he is pleased to see fellow Chilean Alexis Sanchez doing well in the Premier League - but refused to compare him to Blues striker Sergio Aguero.

    Sanchez, 26, has scored 18 goals for the Gunners since arriving from Barcelona, one less than Argentina's Aguero.

    "I think Alexis is a very good player, he is having a very good season in England. It is not easy for a player in his first season here to score so many goals.

    "Alexis is repeating what he did in the last two seasons at Barcelona and scoring a lot of goals.

    "I am very happy for him because he is a young player and very enthusiastic player and improving. But I don't want to compare with Sergio."

  58. Spurs set to welcome back regulars


    Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino is likely to welcome back a host of first-team regulars for Saturday's visit of Premier League rivals Sunderland.

    Spurs made seven changes for Wednesday's FA Cup third-round replay win over Burnley and the likes of Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane, Federico Fazio and Christian Eriksen should all return against the Black Cats.

    Pochettino confirmed Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor will be in his squad having not played since November while midfield duo Erik Lamela (calf) and Ryan Mason (hamstring) are doubtful.

    Algeria midfielder Nabil Bentaleb is away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.

  59. Gateshead bring in Newcastle pair


    Conference side Gateshead have signed winger Callum Roberts and striker Adam Campbell from Premier League side Newcastle United on 28-day youth loan deals.

    Campbell, 20, has made five substitute appearances for his parent club, in addition to loan spells at Carlisle, St Mirren and Fleetwood Town.

    Roberts, 17, was handed his first-team bow at Leicester City in the FA Cup having impressed at academy level.

  60. Get involved


    Liam Stones: It's good to see positive comments about Torres again.

    In case you've not heard, Fernando Torres scored two beauties for Atletico Madrid in their Copa del Rey tie against neighbours Real Madrid last night. Rolling back the years...

  61. Kelly takes England Academy post

    Rugby League

    Former Ireland boss Andy Kelly has been appointed England Academy team coach, after Richard Marshall stepped down to focus on his role at Halifax.

    The 54-year-old has most recently been head of youth at Huddersfield Giants, having taken Ireland to the World Cup in 2008.

  62. Manchester City news conference

    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says that attacker Stevan Jovetic will stay at the club despite the £28m signing of Swansea striker Wilfried Bony earlier this week.

    Pellegrini said that Bony is a replacement for Alvaro Negredo who has joined Valencia on a loan in September ahead of a move to the Spanish side.

    "Bony is replacing Alvaro, not Jovetic. Stevan is a v important player for us. " said Pellegrini.

    "We sold Alvaro because he had personal problems and did not want to continue here."

  63. Stat attack

    Defoe signs for Sunderland

    Opta Joe: Jermain Defoe has only scored two goals in his last 18 Premier League appearances at White Hart Lane.

    Former Tottenham striker Defoe, 32, is set to make his Sunderland debut against his former club tomorrow.

  64. Get Involved


    James Stevenson on Twitter: "Jermaine Defoe is a great signing for Sunderland. Can't say it ensures PL survival but it should go some way to doing so."

  65. Ipswich sign striker Sears


    Ipswich Town have signed Colchester United striker Freddie Sears for an undisclosed fee.

    The 24-year-old, whose Colchester contract was set to run out this summer, has agreed a deal until 2017.

    The former England Under-21 international began his career with West Ham and was tipped for big things after scoring the winning goal on his debut for the Hammers, aged 18, in a 2-1 Premier League victory over Blackburn in March 2008.

    He has scored 14 goals for the League One side this term.

  66. Defoe set to face Spurs


    Let's stick with Jermain Defoe, who is expected to make his Sunderland debut tomorrow against... his former club Tottenham.

    The Black Cats registered the 32-year-old England striker with the Premier League before today's 12:00 deadline so he is eligible to play at White Hart Lane.

    Jermain Defoe
  67. Manchester City news conference

    Manuel Pellegrini

    We've heard about Manuel Pellegrini's injury woes (see 13:03) - has he been handed any fitness boosts to counter those? Yes he has!

    Skipper Vincent Kompany returned to the bench for last weekend's draw at Everton following a hamstring injury and is now "100% fit", says the City boss.

  68. Manchester City news conference

    Manuel Pellegrini

    City boss Manuel Pellegrini splashed out a fee which could rise up to £28m for Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony earlier this week. But is he willing to spend any more cash this January?

    "We will see. At the moment we are not thinking of that," says the Chilean.

    "I always say that the transfer window is open to the end of January so we will see what happens in future. But I think we have the squad for the rest of the season."

  69. BreakingSunderland complete Defoe signing


    Jermain Defoe

    Sunderland have complete the signing of Jermain Defoe on a three-and-half year deal from Toronto FC.

    Jozy Altidore has moved in the opposite direction as part of the deal that has brought the 32-year-old former Tottenham and West Ham striker to the Stadium of Light.

    "It is a great club and I've always enjoyed coming up here and playing against Sunderland because of the stadium and the supporters," said Defoe.

    "It is a great place to play and I'm really looking forward to it."

  70. Manchester City news conference

    Manuel Pellegrini

    Straight into the team news ahead of Arsenal's visit to the Etihad. And one man who won't be facing his old club is ex-Gunners midfielder Samir Nasri.

    The Frenchman, 27, will be out for around three weeks after picking up a calf problem in training, says City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

    Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko (calf) will undergo a fitness test before the Chilean decides on whether he is fit to play.

  71. Tottenham news conference


    Tottenham programme

    Tottenham face Sunderland this Saturday and Mauricio Pochettino is due to give the Spurs side of things shortly.

    Will he be more punctual with the press than Manuel Pellegrini?

  72. Manchester City news conference

    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manuel Pellegrini's ears must have been burning. Here is the Manchester City boss (along with the back of a journalist's head)...

  73. Manchester City news conference


    And telling you about Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini's latest bit of silverware (see 12:50) leads us nicely into his pre-Arsenal news conference.

    We are expecting the Chilean to face the waiting journalists about...10 minutes ago. But he appears to be fashionably late.

    Defending champions City, who are second and two points adrift of leaders Chelsea, host fifth-placed Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

  74. Borini targets Liverpool stay


    Liverpool striker Fabio Borni says he is playing for his Anfield future from now until the end of the season.

    "This is really the season for me. I haven't played much, I don't know why, but that's not up to me," he told the Liverpool Echo.

    "I'm working hard every day to show the manager that I can help. I want to prove myself here."

    The 23-year-old, who has made 13 appearances this season, was linked with moves to Sunderland, where he was on loan last season, and QPR last summer.

  75. Pellegrini named manager of the month



    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been named as the Premier League Manager of the Month for December.

    The Chilean led the defending champions to 16 points from a possible 18 as they moved closer to leaders Chelsea.

  76. Millwall sign Watford's Fabbrini


    Championship strugglers Millwall have signed Watford forward Diego Fabbrini on a 93-day loan deal.

    The 24-year-old, who has not featured for the Hornets since September, will be with the Lions until 19 April.

  77. Rotherham confirm Fryers signing


    Championship side Rotherham United confirm the loan signing of ex-Manchester United and Tottenham defender Zeki Fryers, 22, from Crystal Palace.

    "Zeki is a young man that first came to my attention when he was simply outstanding as a youngster at Manchester Utd," says Millers boss Steve Evans.

    "He will train with the group today and will be included in the 18 for the game against Bournemouth tomorrow."

  78. Ginola Fifa campaign budget revealed


    David Ginola Fifa campaign costs

    David Ginola has released details on how his bid to be Fifa president will be funded.

    The former Tottenham and Newcastle player will receive £250,000 from a bookmaker for his time and is asking for donations from fans to cover the rest of the £2.3m budget over the next 43 days.

    It includes £250,000 to pay five campaign managers £50,000 each for five month's work.

    So far the public have donated £1,826.

  79. Everton news conference

    Roberto Martinez


    Toffees boss Roberto Martinez does not believe England midfielder Ross Barkley needs the experience of playing in the European Under-21s Championship finals this summer.

    The 21-year-old was part of Roy Hodgson's squad at the 2014 World Cup, making three appearances in Brazil.

    "We will speak with the FA. Ross Barkley has been involved in the best possible tournament with a senior side so I don't think the other tournaments can be a positive, not just for him but the rest of the squad," says the Spaniard.

    "Those experiences at Under-21 level are to prepare you for the senior level. Once you get there I think you are blocking someone else's path."

  80. Everton news conference

    Roberto Martinez


    Everton boss Roberto Martinez gives the latest team news ahead of Monday's Premier League home game against West Brom:

    "Apart from Aiden McGeady who is suspended for his sending off, it will be the same squad we had against West Ham.

    "Tony Hibbert is the closest to coming back but we need to be careful to not push him too early, James McCarthy the same. Sylvain Distin should be training with the group tomorrow and we will assess him before the game so maybe he and Tony Hibbert have some chance."

  81. Chelsea news conference

    Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho

    On whether his team can put pressure on title rivals Manchester City, who play Arsenal on Sunday, by winning the day before: "I don't think that the big boys feel too much under pressure. We are both big boys and I don't think that the result of the other team affects either side.

    "We both know we have a job to do and have to win matches. If we win tomorrow I don't think that will affect Manchester City."

    On John Terry being set to pass Frank Lampard's record of appearances for Chelsea: "Chelsea is the only club of his career. He has had a couple of surgeries which meant he missed games. Frank Lampard started his career with West Ham and is now having games with Manchester City so I think it is normal."

  82. Everton news conference

    Roberto Martinez

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez, whose team host West Brom on Monday, on transfer activity:

    On Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o, who has been linked to Sampdoria: "After the West Ham game we had a couple of enquiries but nothing concrete. With Samuel we will take another couple of weeks to decide the next step. I'd not rule anything out, it could be that he stays with us. We will see what is best for him and the club."

    On a signing a goalkeeper with Tim Howard injured: "We are looking for the long term addition. I thought Joel had a very good performance in the cup and we probably need an extra bit of cover in that department. If that can be done in January but I'm not bringing someone in for the sake of it."

    Is there any truth in speculation about Sheffield Wednesday keeper Keiren Westwood: "No, not at all."

  83. Chelsea news conference

    Jose Mourinho

    What is his verdict on Manchester City signing Swansea's Wilfried Bony?

    "Well done. He is a good player and a good striker.

    "If they have the money and can spend the money and have no problems with Financial Fair Play, well done.

    "They can only play with 11 though, unless the rules are different and they can play with 12. The rules are different for them in some areas, but not this one.

    "If Bony plays and Dzeko is on the bench then I am happy with that. But to have Aguero, Jovetic, Bony and Dzeko is magnificent.

    Asked what he meant by the different rules that apply to Manchester City: "You know what I mean."

  84. Chelsea news conference

    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on the Premier League title race:

    "We are not favourites. We are candidates. We will fight for the title until it is mathematically possible."

  85. Chelsea news conference

    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on whether goalkeeper Petr Cech's performance against Newcastle has given him a tough decision when Thibaut Courtois returns to full fitness.

    "I repeat, I have the two best goalkeepers in the Premier League. I can decide with the keepers in the same way as I decide with the other players. My decision against Newcastle was a simple decision because a 100% fit Petr Cech is better than an 85% fit Thibaut Courtois."

  86. Chelsea news conference

    Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho on the "campaign" he believes his side are up against:

    "You could say that Eden Hazard is fouled more than any player in the Premier League. You can also say that we have the most shots and dominance, but still have the least penalties. You can say there is a discrepancy in that.

    "Eden Hazard is still the same naive boy who was playing at youth level and for him to go to the floor needs to be something really nasty. He is getting no protection that is the reality."

    On his injury news ahead of his side' match against Swansea: "Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois should be fit tomorrow, he might not be 100% but how many players are through the season?

    "Cesar Azpilicueta is less bad than we thought and he was intelligent to stop when he felt that the big injury was coming. He will train with the team next week I think."

  87. Chelsea news conference

    Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho on January transfers: "I'm happy with the squad, it is not a big group but a good group. I'll be happy if nobody leaves or nobody comes.

    Does he need defensive recruits after conceding five goals against Tottenham? "No. I have the two best goalkeepers in the premier league, I have fantastic defenders. The team defends very well. We conceded five in one game and that is better than conceding one each in five matches and losing five matches."

  88. Chelsea news conference

    Jose Mourinho

    Blues boss Jose Mourinho is asked about the accuracy of a newspaper story that suggested he told Premier League official Phil Dowd that he was "too fat" to referee after the defeat at Spurs.

    "I go to the referee's dressing room before and after the game. Before I went with both captains and the manager of the opposite team. What we speak there is between us and stays there.

    "After the match you can go and sometimes the words are the normal ones - good luck for the next game, have a good rest, etc.

    "Other times, like men and normal people, we discuss what happened in the game. With Phil he made a big mistake and he was not happy about the mistake."

    So that, er, clears that one up.....

  89. Chelsea news conference

    Manager Jose Mourinho

    "Now I am in conditions to control myself and a week ago I couldn't control my words so to avoid bigger problems I stayed away.

    "I am not interested in the FA misconduct charge, I just ignore it and get on with my job.

    "We are not against the referees, their job is not easy. I'm happy to admit my mistakes, so when I spoke with Kevin Friend and, realised it was my mistake and not his, I apologised.

    "The reality is that every decision is going against us and the results are affected by that. But I want to put any doubts about the honesty of people beyond us totally."

  90. Chelsea news conference

    ESPN football writer Miguel Delaney on Twitter: "Mourinho out for his press conference. 'Don't tell me you miss me man, just a week... Steve Holland speaks better English. Now, I'm in a position to control myself. Last week I wasn't. Didn't want more trouble.'"

  91. Premier League news conferences - coming up


    Double trouble ahead. That's right, we have got not one but two Premier League managers to hear from shortly.

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, presuming he isn't sulking and sends assistant Steve Holland instead, and Everton's Roberto Martinez are the men to step up to the microphones about 12:00 GMT.

  92. Manchester United news conference


    Radamel Falcao at Yeovil

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone at Carrington: "If Radamel Falcao was hoping for some comfort from Louis van Gaal from that press conference, he didn't get it.

    "He may have merit a private plane bringing him into Manchester on deadline day. He may be on an enormous salary of around £1million a month.

    "He may have received rapturous applause from United's fans when he made his debut against this weekend's opponents QPR.

    "He may be one of the biggest names in the game.

    "But in stating he doesn't care about the price, players have to prove themselves, Van Gaal would appear to infer the Colombian has not done it.

    "He was not even on the bench against Southampton last Sunday remember."

  93. Manchester United news conference

    Louis van Gaal

    Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal admits Queens Park Rangers's "long-ball" style has the ability to cause problems for his team this weekend.

    Fourth-placed United travel to Loftus Road on Saturday to face the hosts, who are scrapping for Premier League survival.

    "I think the players will do everything to beat Manchester United. I think it is always the same, because Manchester United is a big club," says the Dutchman.

    "Every player and every team want to beat Manchester United. QPR have a playing style that is difficult for us, we have seen that already. They play a lot of long balls, they have strong strikers and we have to beat them in spite of that."

  94. Ince deal agreed - six months after switch


    Hull have agreed compensation with Blackpool over the July 2014 transfer of Tom Ince.

    Ince, 22, was out of contract at Bloomfield Road, but the Championship club were entitled to compensation as he was under 23.

    The two clubs were set to go to a tribunal today to thrash out a figure but agreed on a deal - reportedly worth up to £2.3m - late on Wednesday.

  95. 'Super League more attractive than NRL'

    Rugby League

    Super League can be more attractive than the Australian NRL and the new World Club Series will provide an opportunity to prove it, believes Warrington coach Tony Smith.

    The annual World Club Challenge is being expanded from a one-off clash into a series, which takes place next month, featuring the top three Super League teams against some of the cream of the NRL.

    Australian Smith, whose team are one of the sides taking part, says: "I don't think we get enough credit for the quality of play that we do have in this country and this is a chance to prove something to the Australian community and public.

    "Until you come over here and experience it, you don't realise how tough and exciting a competition it is. There's a contrasting style and I'd like to argue that at times some of ours is more exciting and attractive to watch."

  96. Manchester United news conference

    Louis van Gaal

    Manchester United's priority is finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season, reiterates boss Louis van Gaal.

    The Dutchman's side are currently fourth, 12 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.

    "Of course we want to be the champion but our goal from the beginning was to finish in the top four. That is still our goal."

  97. Manchester United news conference

    Louis van Gaal

    Louis van Gaal is not expecting to be welcoming any new players to Manchester United during the January transfer window.

    "I do not think we shall be very active. Not many players at the correct level are available," he says.

  98. Manchester United news conference

    Louis van Gaal

    Radamel Falcao and Louis van Gaal

    Manchester United's £6m loan signing Radamel Falcao must "prove himself", says boss Louis van Gaal.

    The 28-year-old forward has scored just three goals since arriving from Monaco and was dropped from the squad for Sunday's defeat by Southampton.

    "If a player costs £95million or £5,000, it doesn't make any difference. You have to prove yourself," says Van Gaal.

  99. Manchester United news conference

    Louis van Gaal

    First up is a bit of team news. Netherlands striker Robin van Persie is a doubt for tomorrow's match at QPR with a "minor injury", says Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal.

    Van Persie, 31, suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's defeat against Southampton and had a scan on Monday to assess the damage.

    Will he be fit for the trip to Loftus Road? "You have to wait and see," adds Van Gaal.

  100. Kaymer leading the way


    Martin Kaymer

    European Ryder Cup hero Martin Kaymer is a man who knows how to win the Abu Dhabi Championship - and he is looking good again after round two of this year's tournament.

    The German, winner of this tournament in 2008, 2010 and 2011, carded a five-under 67 earlier to sit on top of the leaderboard at 13 under par.

    But Belgium's Thomas Pieters is closing in, just one shot adrift after 13. Follow the latest leaderboard here.

  101. Manchester United news conference


    BBC Sport's Simon Stone at Carrington: "Louis Van Gaal has arrived looking very businesslike in official club suit and tie for his latest Manchester United press conference.

    "Wonder if Radamel Falcao will be on the agenda given he didn't even merit a place in the 18-man squad for the home defeat by Southampton."

  102. Hammers sponsor files for insolvency


    West Ham's shirt sponsor - currency brokering firm Alpari - file for insolvency.

    The firm signed a three-year deal with the Hammers, worth a reported £3m a season, in 2013.

  103. Tricky Trev goes into the loft


    Charlie Austin became only the second QPR player to win a Premier League player of the month award by scooping the December gong earlier today.

    The first, Trevor Sinclair, has been rummaging around in the loft.

    He tweets: "Just pulled out of a box and here's what the Player of the Month trophy used to look like 10/1995."

    Premier League player of the month trophy from October 1995
  104. England swept aside by Australia


    David Warner

    All over in Sydney where a David Warner hundred led Australia to a comfortable tri-series victory over an England side who were only saved from embarrassment by Eoin Morgan.

    Reduced to 0-2 in three balls, England were taken to 234 by Morgan's century.

    In the first one-day international since he replaced Alastair Cook as captain, Morgan made 121 while the rest of his team managed 93 between them.

    Warner then dominated the chase, making 127 as Australia won by three wickets with 10.1 overs to spare.

  105. Austin contract talks continuing


    QPR boss Harry Redknapp reckons he does not know anything about Premier League player of the month Charlie Austin's continuing contract talks.

    It has been reported the 25-year-old, who has 18 months left on his deal, has told the club he will wait until the summer to decide his future.

    "I don't get involved in contract talks. I couldn't tell you anything about that - I don't know what he earns. But I know he is happy here.

    "I'm delighted that he has won the Player of the Month. Let's hope he keeps scoring for us."

  106. Middlesbrough say no to Merida


    Fran Merida

    Former Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida will not be signing for Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka reveals despite the 24-year-old free agent training at Rockliffe Park.

    "He was training with us because I know him," Karanka told the Evening Gazette.

    "He's a good player but when I said yes to him we expected Albert Adomah to be away for a month in the African Cup of Nations with Ghana and we didn't have Tomas Kalas on loan from Chelsea."

    Merida signed for Atletico Madrid in May 2010 after turning down a contract extension with the Gunners, but is without a club after spells with Hercules and Brazilian side Atletico Paranaense.

  107. Post update

    QPR striker Charlie Austin: Delighted to be named Premier League Player of the Month for December. Thanks to everyone who voted for me. Couldn't have done it without my teammates.

  108. Austin wins monthly prize


    Charlie Austin

    Five goals in five games. December was a productive month for QPR striker Charlie Austin, as he helped his team to two wins and a draw in their battle for Premier League survival.

    Now the 25-year-old striker has been rewarded with the Premier League player of the month prize.

  109. Dickson signs new Quins deal

    Rugby Union

    Harlequins scrum-half Karl Dickson has signed a new contract, which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2016-17 campaign.

    The 32-year-old has scored 16 tries in 124 appearances for Quins since joining from Bedford Blues in 2009.

    "Karl is one of the most competitive and best people you will come across," director of rugby Conor O'Shea said.

  110. Maloney kills Foxes deal


    Transfer alert! Or rather that should be 'lack of transfer alert'.

    Wigan midfielder Shaun Maloney's proposed move from the bottom end of the Championship to the bottom end of the Premier League with Leicester City is OFF.

    The Scotland international, 31, has failed to agree personal terms with the Foxes after the two clubs had agreed a fee.

    "Shaun went to talk personal terms and those talks have broken down," says Latics boss Malky Mackay.

    "He is back as my player again, I have spoken to him this morning and he is here until July unless something changes."

  111. Ginola stumped by ExCo question


    Former France international David Ginola could not name a member of Fifa's executive committee at a press conference to launch his bid for the organisation's presidency.

    The 47-year-old also revealed a betting company is paying him to be involved in his candidacy.

  112. QPR news conference

    Boss Harry Redknapp

    After England boss Roy Hodgson was widely ridiculed for choosing Barcelona and Argentina defender Javier Mascherano as his first pick in the Ballon d'Or vote, QPR boss Harry Redknapp is asked for his top three.

    "Ronaldo, Messi, I've not thought about Neuer really, but if he was third I wouldn't dispute it. But the two forwards have got to be one and two."

  113. Wenger 'would have let players attend get-together'


    Jack Wilshere, Roy Hodgson and Theo Walcott

    Arsenal players would have been allowed to attend England manager Roy Hodgson's cancelled dinner get-together at the end of the month, but manager Arsene Wenger says the timing was "not the best".

    Some Premier League managers reportedly blocked their players from travelling to St Georges Park for the event, forcing Hodgson to cancel, but Wenger insists he was not one of them.

    "It was 48 hours before a Premier League game and managers do not want their players to travel two days before the game," he said.

    "It's good to have a get together for Roy Hodgson but maybe the date was not the best."

  114. QPR news conference

    Boss Harry Redknapp

    Former England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, who is out of favour at Loftus Road, has turned down a number of loan offers from Championship clubs, says QPR boss Harry Redknapp

    "We've offered Shaun the chance to go out on loan, but he's not wanted to go. I think he needs to move on and play - I've told him that many times," adds Harry.

    "He is a good lad, he's not a minute's problem. He trains hard. I think he needs to move on. But he's not going to move when he's on a fantastic contract.

    "It is not the boy's fault. If someone wants to give you a lot less money you're not going to move are you? Blackburn, Bolton, maybe Charlton, they've come in for him and he didn't want to know. He doesn't want to go on loan."

  115. QPR news conference

    Boss Harry Redknapp

    Harry Redknapp is asked about January transfer targets, but plays a straight bat to a host of names put to him.

    Jermain Defoe? "Well, he's gone to Sunderland now hasn't he? But we couldn't afford a deal for him."

    Aaron Lennon? "A lot of bets have been put on him moving to QPR, have they? Well I don't know who is putting those on. Because I don't know anything about it."

    Emmanuel Adebayor? "He would be out of our budget - but I haven't discussed it with anyone."

  116. England on the brink


    Quick update from the cricket for you and it is not good news for England.

    Australia, with seven wickets in hand, need just 42 runs from the final 90 deliveries to win as they chase down 235 in the teams' one-day international series opener.

    You can follow the death rattle on the live text commentary or on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  117. QPR news conference

    Boss Harry Redknapp

    Harry Redknapp laughs off paper talk that he will be sacked if QPR fail to beat Manchester United.

    "The journalists could have picked an easy game for me!" he jokes.

    "No, seriously, I take no notice of that. I've got a great relationship with owner and the shareholders, but if they want to take a change of direction then that's their decision.

    "There's nothing I can do about that, whatever they do they do. There's no point losing sleep.

    "I spoke to Tony Fernandes yesterday, and all week, and he mentioned nothing of that nature to me."

  118. Bowyer confirms Gestede interest


    Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer confirms that there are clubs interested in signing striker Rudy Gestede.

    The 26-year-old joined from Cardiff for an undisclosed fee in January 2014 after a successful loan spell, and has scored regularly since the move, netting 24 goals in 45 appearances.

    "I think Hull City have shown interest. There isn't any official bid as I'm led to believe at this moment in time," Boywer told BBC Radio Lancashire.

    "But I'm also led to believe that there are other clubs that are interested."

  119. Arsenal land another teenage target


    Arsene Wenger's collecting of Europe's best teenage talent continues.

    Viktoria Plzen's 15-year-old striker Martin Graiciar reveals on Facebook that he is heading to London to for a medical.

    The Gunners apparently beat competition from Real Madrid to sign the youngster.

  120. QPR news conference

    Boss Harry Redknapp

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp on team news for the weekend match against Manchester United: "We have a couple of long-term injuries getting closer. Sandro could be good for the game after Manchester United, which is Stoke. Armand Traore is out, he has a problem with his toe. Other than that we're OK."

  121. QPR news conference

    Boss Harry Redknapp

    Rangers boss Harry Redknapp takes his seat before the waiting journalists, has a good gulp of his tea and that means he's ready to roll...

  122. Who is Krystian Bielik?


    Bielik Arsenal signing Krystian Bielik (see 09:12). Anyone know much about him? Nope, us neither. What we can tell you is that the teenager is a defensive midfielder, who moved to Legia Warsaw from their arch-rivals Lech Poznan last summer.

    Remarkably he has only played six matches for the Polish champions (managed by ex-Manchester United defender Henning Berg by the way), but that has clearly been enough for Arsene Wenger to like what he has seen.

    "I'm going to London to fulfill my dreams. I hope I will become an Arsenal player soon," Bielik tells Legia's official website.

  123. Wenger kicks Ballon straight out the D'Or


    If the Ballon D'Or committee send Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger one next year, the Frenchman has already revealed where he will put his vote.

    In the recycling.

    "I'm totally against it," he said of the individual award which was won by Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this week.

    "I'm a team player and a specialist of somebody who loves teamwork. I'm totally against that. I would not vote anybody."

  124. Hull news conference

    Manager Steve Bruce

    On a brighter note, Tigers boss Steve Bruce is set to welcome back Nigeria forward Sone Aluko and Uruguay midfielder Gaston Ramirez as his recent injury crisis shows signs of easing.

    The pair, who have been suffering with calf and groin injuries respectively, have returned to training ahead of Sunday's trip to West Ham.

  125. West Ham news conference

    Manager Sam Allardyce

    Swansea score against West Ham

    On his side going four Premier League games without a win: "The fact we haven't won in the league for a few games is a cause for concern. We've been free-scoring this year, but we've only got four clean sheets this year and because of that it's cost us 1-0 wins recently that you look for when the games are tight."

  126. Hull news conference

    Manager Steve Bruce

    Hull, who are stuck in the bottom three ahead of Sunday's trip to West Ham, are not signing towering Blackburn forward Rudy Gestede. That's according to a less than positive Steve Bruce.

    "It's a non starter. It's not going to happen," he moans.

  127. Hull news conference

    Manager Steve Bruce

    Steve Bruce

    These top-flight bosses are arriving quicker than Tube trains at Oxford Circus. Next to arrive on the Premier League platform is Hull City's Steve Bruce.

    Bruce says he is disappointed to miss out on the loan signing of Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo, who has linked up with Crystal Palace instead.

    "He either wanted to go to France or stay in London," says the Geordie.

  128. West Ham news conference

    Manager Sam Allardyce

    On the weekend meeting with Hull: "It's difficult to say how Hull will set up because when a team is struggling and you have so many injuries, you try different ways of playing.

    "He's had some success with a back three, but based on the players available we're not sure how he'll approach the game.

    "They will be difficult to break down and difficult to beat when they come here."

  129. Post update

    West Ham on Twitter: Big Sam has arrived for his press conference.

    Cue Imperial March music....

  130. Jordan romp to victory


    With former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins in the dug-out, Jordan wallop Palestine 5-1 in their Asian Cup meeting.

    Hamza Aldaradreh scored four of their goals, while Jaka Hbaisha grabbed a slice of history with Palestine's first-ever goal in the tournament courtesy of his 85th-minute consolation.

  131. Selfie city


    Caroline Wozniacki and Rafael Nadal

    Always time for a quick double-celeb selfie.

    Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki grabs a snap with 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal as they prepare for the Australian Open.

  132. Post update

    Next up on the