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Thanks for joining us on an epic 14-and-a-half-hour Sportsday. It's only nine and a half hours until it all starts again.
See you then. Well I won't, I'll be asleep.
Discuss the best January signing on the BBC MOTD Facebook page.
Rian Hoskins: Hard to judge yet but Elia had an eye catching performance against Newcastle so probably him so far in the Premier League.
Muhammad, Birmingham: Liverpool need to sign Asmir Begovic and Gonzalo Higuain. Gettable targets.
Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle has agreed personal terms with Wolfsburg, according to Sky Sports 'sources'.
Second-placed Wolfsburg get the Bundesliga back under way after the winter break against leaders and champions Bayern Munich tomorrow.
Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman will have surgery on his knee.
The 24-year-old perennial Manchester United target has played six league games since returning in November after the injury which forced him to miss the World Cup.
"There's a lot of speculation in the media about me and I would like to explain to all the fans what the real problem is," the Netherlands player said on Twitter.
"In the match v Fiorentina I got a knock on my left knee. It's bruised and therefore I should rest my knee for a couple of weeks.
"This gives me the opportunity to remove some scar tissue which has bothered me a bit after the last surgery and this will help me further in getting back to my old level.
"It's nothing serious and I will be back on the pitch as soon as possible."
Ex-Rangers manager Walter Smith is not happy with Celtic striker John Guidetti's hat-trick hopes for Sunday's League Cup semi-final.
It is the first match between the Glasgow rivals since Rangers' problems three years ago.
Guidetti, on loan from Manchester City, has not scored since November but "fancied three goals" against Rangers at Hampden.
Smith told BBC Sport: "Rangers will have a respect for Celtic. I'm not so sure Celtic are showing the same respect, with some of the comments their players are making.
"A few years ago the games would have been much tighter in terms of how everybody's perception of how the game is going to be. But I don't think you can turn round and disrespect your opponents by saying you're going to score three."
I told you an hour ago that Villarreal beat Getafe in the Copa del Rey quarter-final to set up a semi-final clash with Barcelona.
What I didn't tell you is that Joel Campbell made his Yellow Submarine debut following his loan switch from Arsenal.
It's the first time Villarreal have ever reached the last four of the Spanish Cup.
Manchester United will make "one last big push" to sign either Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, 26, or 20-year-old Athletic Bilbao centre-back Aymeric Laporte, according to ESPN FC.
Former Arsenal right-back Lee Dixon thinks Gabriel Paulista will be a success at the club.
The 24-year-old Brazilian (Gabriel not Dixon) cost £11.2m from Villarreal and can play at centre-back of right-back.
"There is no doubt an experienced player who has been at Villarreal will be an asset in that department," Dixon added.
"The bits I have seen of him, he certainly has all of the attributes to adapt to the Premier League - he is very aggressive, is brave and relatively quick, so I think he will be a big asset."
BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at Ashton Gate: "Bristol City's seven-year wait for a Wembley trip has come to an end - they've reached the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final for a fifth time.
"They made it 5-3 on aggregate against Gillingham - 1-1 on the night - but it wasn't as simple as they'd hoped.
"Despite sitting 23 points behind them in League One, Gillingham looked pushed their opponents to the bitter end - including six minutes of extra time.
"But it was City's night, and they will now be playing Walsall under the famous arch on 22 March."
Your vote results are in...
Aston Villa's Carles Gil is the best Premier League signing this month, say 18.47% of you.
Wilfried Bony to Manchester City is second and Arsenal signing Gabriel Paulista is third. Full results are available on the right side of this page on the desktop site and in a tab at the top on mobile devices.
Kyle Naughton to Swansea was bottom with 2.18% of the vote.
Tom Peters: Gutted to see Crouchy get a new deal at Stoke, would have loved to have seen him up front with Defoe again at Sunderland! Lethal front two!
Real Madrid are happy to wait 18 months and sign Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea for free, rather than pay £40m for him now - according to the Daily Telegraph.
The piece says: "But while European champions Real have identified the 24-year-old as the long-term successor to Iker Casillas, manager Carlo Ancelotti is understood to be happy to retain Casillas and second-choice Keylor Navas as his goalkeeping options next season."
De Gea could talk to Real about a pre-contract this time next year.
West Ham are confident they will not be punished for playing striker Diafra Sakho when he pulled out of the Africa Cup of Nations through injury.
The 25-year-old pulled out of his country's squad and Senegal were then told he could not fly out to Africa for assessment.
He played in Sunday's game against Bristol City, scoring the only goal, three days before his country were knocked out of the tournament.
Fifa rules say a player cannot play for a club if he was meant to be on international duty.
But Allardyce - who either knows more or less than we do - said: "We've stuck to every rule and regulation in the book. I'm not worried at all that he could be facing a ban whatsoever."
Burnley and Celtic have had offers of over £1m rejected by Dundee United for midfielder Stuart Armstrong.
Celtic's offer for the uncapped 22-year-old is around £1.5m, with Burnley's believed to be slightly less.
The Tangerines think he's worth £2.5m.
Swansea City have agreed a fee with Southampton for midfielder Jack Cork.
The 25-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, although he has been offered a new one, but would be available on the cheap if he decided to leave.
Here's some more potential Premier League signings you might have missed today...
James Rickman: Wycombe need a striker and creative midfielder. Gareth Ainsworth doing wonders with the smallest squad, but need more goals.
Stoke City pair Peter Crouch and Glenn Whelan have signed two-year contract extensions with the club.
Both striker Crouch, 33, and midfielder Whelan, 31, would have been out of contract this summer.
Crouch is still Stoke's record signing at £10 million. He has scored 37 goals in 140 appearances for Stoke.
Republic of Ireland international Whelan has played for the club since their Football League days and has scored eight goals in 248 games.
If you're one of the billion people who use Facebook, join the debate on the BBC Match of the Day page.
Steve Hutchinson: John Brayford to Sheffield United
Van Ilt Turrell: Gabriel to Arsenal, his speed will do Arsenal good
Ash Fowkes: Darren Bent for Derby
King Terry Carter: Adam Forshaw to Boro... two years time that £2.5m valuation will have increased beyond belief.
West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison has travelled to Italy with his club's consent in order to sign a pre-contract agreement with Lazio.
It had been reported that the Hammers had blocked the former Manchester United player, 21, from making the trip.
However, it is understood the delay was down to training commitments.
If Morrison signs, he would become the first Englishman to play for Lazio since Paul Gascoigne's spell with the Italian club from 1992 to 1995.
Villarreal will play Barcelona in the Spanish Cup semi-final after beating Getafe 1-0 for a 2-0 aggregate triumph.
Forward Gerard Moreno scored the only goal of the second leg.
Athletic Bilbao and Malaga have just kicked off, as have Sevilla and Espanyol.
Ryan Williams: I feel after Chelsea sign Juan Cuadrado, we should look at Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba next, two young French stars who would make us more solid.
There's been a second transfer, this one has an Italian flavour.
AC Milan have signed 23-year-old striker Mattia Destro from Roma. Italian media say it is a loan deal with an option to buy.
"It's been a wonderful welcome," he said after he was met by chief executive Adriano Galliani and they were escorted off a train station platform by police, who were on hand to keep the gathering crowd, which included fans, photographers and cameramen, at bay.
Marc: As a Blackpool supporter we have signed 49 players already this season, I think 11 more quality signings would make a massive difference to our season.
Big news readers. There's been a transfer. A confirmed transfer.
Brighton have signed Israeli midfielder Beram Kayal from Celtic following a work permit hearing.
The 26-year-old made 131 appearances for the Scottish champions but moves down to England for an undisclosed fee.
It's Bristol City 1-1 Gillingham at half-time in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy area final second leg.
BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman is at Ashton Gate: "The 5-3 aggregate advantage may suggest Bristol City have got this in the bag, but it's all a bit nervy here for the hosts.
"They took the lead on the night through another Matt Smith header - his seventh goal in three games against Gillingham.
"But Jermaine McGlashan levelled the score at half-time, restoring the Gills' glimmer of hope, and They finished the half in the ascendancy.
"They couldn't 'do a Bradford' and turn around an unlikely scoreline, could they?"
Callum Jones: Liverpool need to go out and try and get Marc Andre Ter-Stegen on loan as he is not getting playing time at Barcelona.
Sam Uddin: I believe Arsenal should sign Edinson Cavani and a strong holding midfielder like William Carvalho.
BBC Radio Stoke's Lee Blakeman posted this picture earlier of a weather-stricken Vale Park on Twitter.
Judging by this it is probably a good thing Vale are away at Barnsley this weekend.
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has revealed Matt Upson's injury nightmare is over and he is ready to make his Foxes return.
The defender is yet to play for Pearson after suffering a foot injury immediately after joining the club from Brighton in the summer and although he may still sit out Saturday's Premier League trip to Manchester United but Pearson expects him to make his bow imminently.
"Upson is more or less available now which is very positive for us, he's got a lot of experience," he said.
"Hopefully once Matt gets on the pitch he can do what he set out to do. It's been frustrating for the lad too. I'm delighted I have someone of his ability and experience becoming available for an important stage of the season."
You can tell us who your club need to buy on the BBC Match of the Day Facebook page.
Suraj Belmont: Bony for sure. Winds are getting colder in Manchester, so they need someone to warm the bench all day long.
Jacob Stokes: Biggest signing I'd say Bony, but the best signing would have to be Carles Gil
Gary Brown: Who ever gets Scott Sinclair on the cheap. Deserves to play rather than making up the register.
Dane Catterill: Well I think that Fernando Torres is. BEING SERIOUS
Chris Lane: Best January transfer? Eljero Elia surely, already had an impact for Saints!
The Southampton loan signing from Werder Bremen has scored two goals in three games so far. The fact his move was confirmed in December is the only recent he isn't on our shortlist.
Chelsea need another tricky winger-forward type, I hear literally none of you say.
- they've met Fiorentina's £24m buyout clause for Colombia World Cup star Juan Cuadrado, 26,
Mohamed Salah, one of their many attacking midfielders, will move to the Serie A club on loan for the rest of the season, with Chelsea paying all his wages.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa will find out tomorrow if he can play on Saturday in the biggest game of the season so far - against title rivals Manchester City.
Costa is contesting the violent conduct charge he faces over an alleged stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can on Tuesday.
Charlie: Do Arsenal really need to sign anyone? With Francis Coquelin proving he's not just a bench warmer and a new centre-back with a good record.
George in Abingdon: Fulham have to sign a centre-back to stop the leakiness at the back... About 45 goals conceded... In the Championship
Katy from Edinburgh: Mats Hummels would be a dream signing for United, hopefully combining well with Marcos Rojo and making Champions League this season a serious possibility, without another defender fourth is unrealistic
Colchester United are set to sign Tottenham midfielder Kenneth McEvoy on loan until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old Gareth Bale-lookalike has yet to make his Spurs debut, but played eight times during a loan spell with Peterborough United this season, scoring once.
"Spurs have agreed everything, it's about getting the paperwork through," U's boss Tony Humes told BBC Essex.
Jamel Mcfarlane: As a Man Utd fan, we should buy Hummels, Laporte, Clyne to sort out the defence. We need Strootman, Depay and Dybala.
Just the six...
Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba will leave the club within the next two years, probably for a world-record fee, according to his agent.
The 21-year-old France player, who joined Juve from Manchester United in 2012, has scored eight goals in 26 club appearances this season.
Agent Mino Raiola told Gazzetta dello Sport: "If it does not happen this year, it will be next year. Paul is the only major star who is available at the end of the season.
"If someone wants him, the market situation could see him go for more than 100m euros."
Why did Pogba leave United for a reported £800,000 compensation after refusing a new deal?
The midfielder revealed in 2014: "Paul Scholes had retired, Darren Fletcher was injured. There was no-one left to play in midfield.
"There was Rafael in midfield and I was disgusted."
Vince Chang, Cardiff: As an Arsenal fan, I believe that with Paulista we have just about enough to get top four, but I would love to get Morgan Schneiderlin now to push on till the end and Mats Hummels and a world class striker in the summer.
A return of Glasgow derbies between Rangers and Celtic will benefit Scottish football, according to the Ibrox club's caretaker manager.
Kenny McDowall - who is serving 12 months' notice - was speaking ahead of Sunday's Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park.
It will be the first meeting between the sides for more than three years since Rangers' problems.
"I think Scottish football needs this fixture," he told BBC Scotland. "Hopefully it will help Scotland get back to better things in the future."
You can listen to a special on Rangers' situation at 20:30 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live.
Aham Ebogu: Surprised nobody seems to have called for Boubacar Diarra's sack!
Mali football association president Diarra is the man who eliminated his country from the Africa Cup of Nations after drawing unlucky number three in lots.
Who do you think has been the best January signing? Well have your say - we've picked 10 to choose from which you can find at the top of this page on a mobile device and on the right-hand side on our desktop site.
We will reveal the winner at 21:30 GMT. Terms and conditions are here if you're into that kind of thing.
Samuel Eto'o can't wait to get going at Sampdoria. Maybe. He certainly hasn't painted that picture.
The Cameroon legend, who played under Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan, has joined the Genoa club from Everton this week.
"There is so much difference to when I last came to Italy," the 33-year-old said.
"When I last came to Italy it was the moment that so many players were leaving, champions such as Kaka, Andriy Shevchenko, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
"It's a crisis moment, there aren't the financial resources, but football is still about what happens on the pitch and in the stadium. At the end of the day I hope I can help Sampdoria win."
There's live football on tonight too and it's huge if you're into the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman sets the scene: "Was there ever a more glamorous Thursday night game than Bristol City v Gillingham in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy southern area final? I think not.
"Both sets of fans here at a freezing cold Ashton Gate know what might await them at full-time: Wembley… and perhaps a bit of frostbite.
"High-flying Bristol City have a nice 4-2 lead over the Gills from the first leg, but have the hosts had enough time to recover from their FA Cup antics on Sunday against West Ham?
"Whatever happens tonight it will be an all-League One affair at the national stadium in March, with Walsall awaiting them in the final. "
Only two Premier League signings so far today and both of them have been by Pards at Palace.
Midfielder Jordon Mutch moved across London from QPR and striker Shola Ameobi's unmemorable spell with Turkish second tier side Gaziantep is now well and truly over.
The 33-year-old forward scored 53 league goals during his 1,000-year spell with Newcastle.
If you've missed any signings today, here's our comprehensive list from the transfers page which you can find here.
Hands up who predicted a Kozakken Boys - Burton transfer.
Let us know who your club need to sign this month. Do Arsenal need to sign Sergio Busquets? Could Swansea do with Shane Long? Or do Cambridge need Dion Dublin back?
Hit us up using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or text us on 81111 (UK only, and please let us know your name).
Leicester are interested in signing Stoke defender Robert Huth on loan, according to Press Association Sport.
The former Chelsea emergency striker, now 30, has made just four appearances this season and has struggled with a recent knee injury.
Tangentially, PA played Football Manager for hours this week - all in the name of research - to find out who scouts selected as key targets for each team.
Huth was a top target for West Ham by this theory, while Leicester should be moving for Watford's Gabriele Angella, West Ham's James Collins or Crystal Palace's Damien Delaney.
So let's start with the most bizarre football story of the day.
Guinea reached the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals because one man drew a number three out of a bowl, while another man drew the number two.
Guinea and Mali ended Group D exactly joint on everything, having drawn all their games 1-1. So it went down to lots.
But instead of getting it over and done with in yesterday's post-match news conference it was delayed until this afternoon in a hotel in Equatorial Guinea.
Mali's football association president Boubacar Diarra went first and pulled out the ball that placed them third in the group.
With Diarra in tears, Amara Dabo, financial director of the Guinea sports ministry, then became the unlikeliest of football heroes by drawing the ball that confirmed his side in second place.
With only two business days left until the transfer deadline, we are going to keep Sportsday Live going all night long (or until 22:00 GMT anyway).
So what can you expect in this bonus three hours of Sportsday?
Blizzard conditions brought a premature end to Mercedes' maiden outing of this year's new challenger for the Formula One world titles.
The reigning constructors' champions kickstarted their campaign with a promotional day of track time - allowed under FIA regulations - at Silverstone.
The car, known as the F1 W06 Hybrid, took to the Northamptonshire circuit just after 1pm with Nico Rosberg at the wheel nefore he handed over to team-mate and current drivers' champion Lewis Hamilton.
The duo completed a total of 18 laps, just over 47 kilometres, before heavy snow brought filming to a halt. The car will make its full debut on Sunday in the first pre-season test in Jerez.
Captain Eoin Morgan hopes England can reach the final of the one-day tri-series to aid their preparations for the upcoming World Cup.
The winners of Friday's game with India in Perth will go forward to meet hosts Australia at the same venue on Sunday.
Morgan told BBC Sport: "I don't think it's added pressure. If we win and go through to the final it will give us momentum and confidence going into the World Cup. I think that's key within itself. We'll focus on tomorrow's game and hopefully produce our best."
England have lost both of their games against Australia in the tournament but beat India by nine wickets in their first meeting on 20 January.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says he is "anxious and excited" as he prepares to return from five months out injured.
The 25-year-old, who could return against West Ham on Saturday, also told BBC Radio 5 live that the mental side of his game has improved during his layoff with calf and thigh injuries.
"I'm just focusing on training hard and whenever the staff feel is the right time for me to get back involved I will be," he said
"I'm just looking forward to getting back involved - that's the main thing for me. I'm feeling great. I can't wait to get back playing again. It's been very frustrating but it's all a learning curve."
It now appears that David Ginola has not withdrawn from the race to become Fifa president.
Although the former French midfielder's website reiterates that the crowdfunding page is now closed and all donations will be returned to those that have pledged, it simply adds that "the campaign for change goes on".
The Football Association has formally nominated Prince Ali of Jordan as a candidate to stand against Sepp Blatter for the Fifa presidency.
The decision was rubber-stamped at an FA board meeting - but board members also welcomed the decision by Dutch FA president Michael van Praag to run for the presidency.
FA chairman Greg Dyke said after the meeting: "The board discussed the upcoming Fifa presidency election and the welcome proliferation of candidates in the race.
"We will now await Fifa's final confirmation of the candidates and look forward to assessing the manifestos of all who are entered into the election on 29 May. We have said for a long time that a new approach is essential within Fifa. I welcome the chance for a considered debate in the weeks ahead before we decide where the FA casts its vote."
Captain Sam Warburton says Wales are under pressure to beat England in their Six Nations opener on 6 February.
Wales also host Ireland and face trips to Scotland, France and Italy.
Warburton, 26, said: "If we lose then we've got three away games and we're one game down already... that's why there is quite a bit of pressure on that game to win."
New Sheffield United hero Che Adams has told the Daily Mirror that he wants to repay boss Nigel Clough's faith in him.
The 18-year-old, who joined from non-league Ilkeston Town in November, came off the bench to score twice in the Blades' Capital One Cup semi-final against Tottenham, only for Christian Eriksen to clinch the tie at the death with a late strike.
"A few clubs were interested in me but Nigel was the reason I came here," said Adams.
"You can see in Louis Reed [Adams' 17-year-old team-mate] that he's not scared to play young players. I was at Coventry at Under-14s but that's about it. Since then I've been in non-league football until now."
David Ginola's bid to become Fifa president appears to be at an end.
The former French midfielder's official website has been closed down with a message saying: "A huge thank you for supporting Team Ginola. The crowdfunding page is now closed. All donations will be returned to those that have pledged.
"The fight is not over. Football still needs to change. I urge you to continue to vocalize your craving for change in football in whatever way you can. Let it be known that no matter how small you think your voice may be alone, if we speak together we will be heard. Whilst FIFA may not be an open democracy for the footballing public, our opinions will be heeded, only if we persist."
Portsmouth have signed Fulham defender Josh Passley on a one-month youth loan. The 20-year-old has made two starts for Fulham in the FA Cup, and had a seven-game loan spell at Shrewsbury earlier this season.
Arsenal's new Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista has all the qualities needed to be a big hit in the Premier League, according to manager Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners have signed the 24-year-old from Villarreal in a £15 million deal, with Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell moving in the other direction on loan for the rest of the season.
Wenger said: "He has good pace, is good in the challenge and is tall, so he can adapt to English football.
"Maybe it will take some time to adapt completely, but overall it is very good to have him."
Organisers of the torch relay for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro say it will visit 250 towns and cities across the country, reaching 90% of its 200m people.
The Games begin in 18 months' time and the torch relay will cross all 26 states, and is expected to start about 100 days before the games open on 5 August 2016.
Rio organising committee president Carlos Nuzman says the relay will "give millions the chance to participate".
Super League champions St Helens say their World Club Challenge game against NRL champions South Sydney Rabbitohs on 22 February at Langtree Park is a sell-out.
The match is the climax to the expanded series in which Warrington and Wigan host St George Illawarra Dragons and Brisbane Broncos respectively.
Saints chairman Eamonn McManus said: "It's no exaggeration to say that this World Club Final represents the biggest day in the proud history of both the club and the town of St Helens. Although we have won it twice, this the first time we've participated in it on our own turf."
India batsman Yuvraj Singh has been named as the final member of the MCC's squad for the Emirates T20 tournament in Dubai in March.
The 33-year-old joins England Test captain Alastair Cook in the squad, which was announced last week.
The MCC will take part in the T20 tournament with Lancashire, Sussex and Yorkshire in Abu Dhabi on 20 March.
Yuvraj will not play in the four-day day-night game against county champions Yorkshire, starting on 22 March.
Dorus de Vries is in talks over a new contract with Nottingham Forest, the Dutch goalkeeper has told BBC Radio Nottingham.
The 34-year-old's two-year deal expires in the summer, and although he has only played 13 games since joining in 2013, he has started the last four matches for the Championship club.
The Sun: West Ham have put in an £8m bid for 29-year-old Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis. However, at his news conference today, boss Sam Allardyce appeared to rule out a move for Gomis, saying "we have more than enough frontmen to cope".
Press Association Sport reports that Chelsea striker Diego Costa is contesting the Football Association charge of violent conduct.
The 26-year-old was charged with the offence on Wednesday after an alleged stamp during the Capital One Cup semi-final with Liverpool the previous day.
Swansea City are considering trying to sign Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede, 26, but so far no club has matched the Championship side's £6 million valuation, according to the Daily Mail.
Ivan Ramis has become the latest player to leave Championship side Wigan Athletic after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.
The Spanish defender was in the last six months of his deal at the DW Stadium but has been allowed to join Levante.
Ramis joined Wigan in 2012 but a cruciate knee ligament injury two years ago forced him to miss out on the victorious FA Cup run and subsequent Europa League campaign.
Ramis made 20 appearances for Wigan this season.
Chelsea have cancelled tomorrow's Jose Mourinho news conference.
No reason has been given. Could Jose be upset at the £25,000 FA fine he got hit by, or the FA charge for Diego Costa's alleged stamp?
We'll no doubt find out at some point over the next few days.
Chelsea face Manchester City on Saturday (kick-off 17:30 GMT).
After Mali and Guinea had to draw lots to see who went through at the Africa Cup of Nations, we asked you for alternative ways to settle it. Your thoughts so far...
Chris Dales: The coaching staff should have a sudden-death penalty shoot-out to decide who goes through
Richard Todd: Mali and Guinea settle who goes through by taking penalties, but run from the halfway line like in ice hockey
Paul Dove: It should be decided on who had the most corner kicks during the three games so the most attacking team is rewarded.
MJ: Fair or unfair, it's written into the rules. Every team knows the score beforehand but only when it happens do they complain.
And our favourite so far...
Alex Tomlin: Keepy-uppy tennis ball challenge to decide who goes through in Africa Cup of Nations. Fairer and more entertaining.
Tweet us your suggestions, using #bbcsportsday or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.
Genoa fans are being urged to boycott the opening stages of Saturday's Serie A match at home to Fiorentina in protest at recent refereeing decisions against them.
"We invite you to desert the stands of the stadium in the first 10 minutes. We are no longer willing to put up with these refereeing injustices," said a statement signed by the club's organised supporters groups.
Genoa were livid after losing 2-1 at Napoli on Monday, saying that neither of Gonzalo Higuain's two goals should have stood, believing he was offside in the lead-up to the first goal and claiming that the penalty he converted for the winner should not have been given.
Scott Mitchell says he will enjoy the added pressure brought on by his new status as BDO world champion following his triumph at Lakeside.
"There is pressure. I've had a target on my back for a couple of years but it's just that it's bigger than it used to be," he told BBC Radio Solent.
"I think I'll enjoy it. It's a great honour to be world champion. The attention is different but I'm the type of guy that won't let it get to me."
Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell, 20, could be handed a chance to revive his career by Hull's Steve Bruce, reports The Mirror.
The Tigers are aiming to sign the player - who is back at Old Trafford after an unsuccessful loan spell at Leicester - until the end of the season.
And lastly from Brendan Rodgers, he was asked about his rivalry with Jose Mourinho.
"There is no needle," said the Liverpool manager. "I think that I said how good my team was afterwards and I obviously made some points I felt were relevant but that is gone.
"The most important thing for me over the course of the games was the team is returning to the top level of performance.
"I thought we were outstanding in the games and of course you are disappointed when you don't make the final but we have gained a lot from that competition in the last four months of the season and I hope we can continue to develop."
A last few bits to tie up from Brendan Rodgers' chat with the media.
The Liverpool boss said Raheem Sterling sees his future at Anfield and hopes his contract situation will be sorted soon. Real Madrid is the latest club to reportedly show interest in the England international.
"It's all in hand with his representatives and the football club. Raheem is very happy here," said Rodgers.
"He's a young player who is playing at one of the greatest clubs in the world. He sees his long-term future here. He's very happy with his progress, he's a real sponge for learning. He knows he's in the right place to develop and be looked after. I am sure it will be sorted very soon."
Austria's Bernd Wiesberger is the leader at the end of the first round of golf's Dubai Desert Classic.
Wiesberger, who was one of the day's late starters, managed an eight-under round of 64 and is one stroke ahead of a group of four players - Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts, England's Lee Westwood and Andy Sullivan and American Peter Uihlein.
Rory McIlroy is another shot back along with defending champion Stephen Gallacher.
Bradford City striker Aaron Mclean has returned to Peterborough United on loan until the end of the season.
The 31-year-old had spent the last three months on loan at Posh, scoring once in 10 games.
He left London Road to join Hull five years ago and moved to Bradford in January last year.
After Mali and Guinea had to draw lots to see who went through at the Africa Cup of Nations, we asked how you for alternative ways to settle it. Your thoughts so far...
Jake Adler: Each player should take on their opposite number in a game of Rock Paper Scissors. 11 v 11 Someone has to win.
Kenneth Barr: Play a thirty minute mini match (15 mins each way) a la extra time. Still no result? Then the dreaded penalties.
Tom Mill: Fight to the death. First side not able to field a team for the quarter-finals, by default, bows out. It's the only fair way.
Tweet us your suggestions, using #bbcsportsday or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.
McLaren have unveiled the new car they hope will see them return to competitiveness this season.
The first car of their new engine partnership with Honda has been built by a restructured design team following changes made after two poor seasons.
New driver Fernando Alonso, who joins from Ferrari, said 2015 would be "a learning year, but the goal is to win".
Team-mate Jenson Button said there was a "feeling of reignited optimism and positivity" about McLaren.
We told you earlier that Mali and Guinea are drawing lots to decide who will progress to the quarter-finals at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Well, this rather bizarre method of determining the 'winner' has just taken place ... and Guinea have come up trumps.
Ivory Coast are already through as group winners.
The draw went smoother than this one involving Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker earlier this week.
Gary Lineker: Thrilled to report that the BBC retains the rights to show Premier League highlights. Long live Match Of The Day.
Well, it's all happening. More now on the news that Sheffield Wednesday have been taken over by a Thai consortium led by businessman Dejphon Chansiri.
Chansiri, whose family owns Thai Union Frozen Group, has acquired a 100% stake in the Championship club.
Owls chairman Milan Mandaric, who had been in charge since December 2010, confirmed earlier this month the club were in talks with potential investors.
"I am very excited at the prospect of taking over control from Milan," Chansiri told the club website.
A last word from Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, who, by the sounds of it, might go all-out attack at Manchester United on Saturday.
"Against Spurs you could say we played with four strikers. That's about as positive as you can be," he said, referring back to last Saturday's FA Cup win at White Hart Lane.
Club record £9m signing Andrej Kramaric made his debut in that match. "He has settled well," said Pearson. "He's got a game which is more than capable of being successful here. That's why we wanted him."
Pearson also revealed striker Chris Wood will be out injured for three weeks, but Dean Hammond and Matthew Upson are both available.
"Brighton boss Chris Hughton tells the BBC that Chris O'Grady will definitely not be leaving the AMEX Stadium in January transfer window."
BBC West Yorkshire Sport: Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn... "It's been strange not speaking to Massimo Cellino this week but chairman Andrew Umbers has been very supportive."
And, at the risk of making you dizzy, back to Liverpool where Brendan Rodgers has been asked about Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing.
The pair left Anfield while he was a manager but will return on Saturday as an integral part of West Ham's team.
"Stuart was one I didn't want to let go. He was coming toward the end of his contract," said Rodgers.
"After what was a difficult start when we first worked together, in the second part of the season he was one of my regulars. He wasn't someone I wanted to move on.
"He has gone to West Ham and done very well. He is a gifted player technically. He is a good guy and trains hard every day."
As for Andy..? "He has great ability around the box, but in terms of how we wanted to play, he might not have been a regular player because of the movement and speed with which we try to work. But that doesn't mean he's a bad player, he is still an outstanding player."
Blimey, it's all happening. Clarets boss Sean Dyche confirms the club have had a bid for Dundee United's Stuart Armstrong turned down.
A little more on the BBC's new deal, which includes a midweek Match of the Day.
"The new midweek programme will review and preview the weekend's action with all the latest Premier League news, going behind the scenes at Premier League clubs, and bringing interviews with managers, players and those who have made their mark on the league's illustrious history," said a statement issued by the BBC.
Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, said: "We're delighted. Match of the Day is the most iconic brand in television sport, and we work hard to ensure that it continues to be the destination for millions of viewers each weekend across platforms."
BBC Director General Tony Hall said: "Sport matters to the public, and the BBC. That's why it's fantastic news that we have kept the Premier League highlights."
The BBC has renewed its deal to show Premier League highlights for a further three years, through to and including the 2018/19 season.
The agreement covers the weekend programming of Match of the Day, its Sunday morning repeat, MOTD2, Football Focus, plus a new midweek magazine show to air 10pm Wednesday nights on BBC Two and BBC Two HD.
Leicester have a tough game to say the least on Saturday, away at Manchester United.
But the talk so far has been about transfers and whether Pearson will complete any.
The interviewer asks him pretty much the same question at least a dozen times but it's like getting blood out of a stone. We've cobbled together all Pearson's answers to get this much...
"I don't know if we'll do any business. You get nothing out of me other than you'll find out when and if something happens."
Wasn't worth the wait really was it?
Like buses these Premier League managers. None for ages then two pop up at the same time.
Nigel Pearson is nice and early for his press conference and seems a happy man, no wonder after the Foxes terrific win at Spurs in the FA Cup last time out.
"I do think we've had a lot of very good performances this year. The players continue to adapt to the Premier League," said the Leicester boss.
"The players believe we're capable of getting results, no matter how tough they look on paper."
Liverpool fans should not get their hopes up about a big transfer before deadline day passes.
Brendan Rodgers, unless it was his best poker face, looked downbeat when answering a question about whether he was planning any business.
"Every manager wants more, but you can't pluck players out of the air," he said.
"I'd like to do one or two things but players who will improve you aren't always available. I always said it was likely we wouldn't do anything and that will probably be the case."
What Brendan Rodgers is happy to talk about is his own striker, Daniel Sturridge.
The frontman, who has not played since injuring himself on international duty with England in September, is back training and close to a return.
"Since he has come back from getting treatment in America he has been very upbeat and focused now working as hard as he can," said Rodgers.
"In training in the last few days he has been brilliant, back to what we've seen before - dynamic, fast and strong.
"But we have to be careful because he has been out for a long time. We can't put him under pressure and expect him to be our saving grace as soon as he gets back."
Brendan Rodgers has arrived and inevitably it didn't take long for someone to ask him for his thoughts on Diego Costa.
Rodgers, though, wasn't for saying too much, even though the question was phrased carefully - asking if the Liverpool boss had been interested in signing the striker last summer.
"I don't want to talk too much about Diego Costa," Rodgers said. "We were interested in him because he is outstanding player.
"All the best players have an edge. You just hope behaviour doesn't overstep the mark. But he is a wonderful player and that's all I need to say about it."
And that was the end of Diego talk.
Pat Murphy, BBC Radio 5 live: Aston Villa expect to confirm this afternoon the loan signing of Scott Sinclair from Manchester City.
The winger, who barely featured for the City first team over the past two seasons, has passed his medical and the formalities are being finalised. He will sign on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent transfer.
Stoke City striker Peter Crouch and midfielder Glenn Whelan have both signed two-year contract extensions, committing them to the club until the summer of 2017.
Crouch, 33, moved to the Britannia Stadium from Tottenham in the summer of 2011 while Whelan, 31, joined the club in 2008 and has made 18 appearances this season.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is set to face the media any minute now. Liverpool tweeted this pic earlier of Daniel Sturridge training in the snow.
Expect Rodgers to talk about the striker's fitness, the fall-out from the League Cup defeat at Chelsea (complete with Diego Costa's alleged stamp), and Saturday's visit of West Ham in the league.
We'll bring you what he says as it happens.
Midfielder Jordon Mutch has completed his move to Crystal Palace, ending a short, ill-fated stay with QPR.
Just 25 weeks into a four-year deal at Loftus Road, the 23-year-old has moved on after failing to replicate the form which saw the Rs reportedly pay Cardiff £6m for his services.
Mutch has signed a four-and-a-half year contract at Selhurst Park, where the midfielder becomes the first permanent acquisition of the Alan Pardew era.
Finance company Wonga has announced it will not be renewing its sponsorship deal with Championship side Blackpool when it expires at the end of the season.
The payday lender has been in partnership with the club for five years.
"The decision comes as Wonga continues to review its marketing activities and brings an end to a successful five-year partnership with the club," the company said in a statement.
The Seasiders are 12 points from safety at the bottom of the Championship.
BBC Radio Sheffield sports editor Andy Giddings reports that Sheffield Wednesday have been taken over by a Thai consortium with more details to follow.
John Carver, whose appointment as Newcastle head coach until the end of the season was confirmed earlier this week, believes his side can impress before the campaign finishes.
"We've got 16 games left. Why can't we go on a run? I've seen enough to suggest we can," he said in his news conference before Saturday's game against Hull.
"We've had a lot more team meetings and video every training session now. I have one or two different ideas, like anyone would."
Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has expressed an interest in signing Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure this summer.
Mancini, who managed Toure at City, is a big admirer of the Ivory Coast international and believes the 31-year-old would be a great addition to his squad.
"Yaya is one of the strongest players in the world," Mancini told Italian newspaper Il Giornale. "He still is.
"We are building a team. There are players that change the look of a team, and Yaya is one of them. Next year we could try. We need to bring three champions, and we will see that we will then be ready to fight for the title."
Newcastle head coach John Carver is facing the media ahead of his side's trip to Hull on Saturday. We'll have the latest from the club shortly.
Juventus star Paul Pogba's agent says Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid could lead the race to buy the French midfielder, although he may remain in Italy for another season.
Mino Railoa, who also represents Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Balotelli among others, compared Pogba to a painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh.
"Who knows how much he is worth? It depends how much money you have to spend, and who is buying," Raiola said in an interview with Italian newspaper La Gazetta dello Sport.
"How long can I keep Paul in Italy? Everyone has a card up their sleeve, it just depends when they want to play it."
Wasps back row Ashley Johnson has been suspended for three weeks for a dangerous tackle on Leinster's Dave Kearney.
The incident occurred during the opening minute of the European Champions Cup game between the sides last Saturday, which finished in a 20-20 draw.
The Mali and Guinea managers insist the drawing of lots should not be how their Africa Cup of Nations fate is decided.
A draw on Thursday afternoon at 15:00 GMT will decide which side reaches the quarter-finals after they finished joint second with identical records in Group D.
"We have to solve the problems of qualification without a drawing of lots," said Mali boss Henri Kasperczak.
Guinea coach Michel Dussuyer said: "Mali do not deserve to be eliminated in this way, just as we do not."
Andy Murray is into another Grand Slam final after beating Tomas Berdych in four sets at the Australian Open.
You can watch the moment the Scot reached his fourth Melbourne final on the BBC Sport website.
We're asking for the best players to rise from obscurity to make a name for themselves?
Rachel Grafton: Michael Kightly! Bought for pennies from Grays and shone in the Premier League. He was Wolves best winger for years.
Jordan Leaver: Charlie Austin grabbed 48 goals in 42 goals for Poole Town in 2009 before Swindon took a chance on him.
Jordan Brown: Lee Novak hasn't done bad at all. Conference North (Gateshead), to Huddersfield, and now Birmingham.
Colin: Efan Ekoko went from non-league Sutton Utd to Norwich City about 20 years ago.
Keep them coming to #NonLeagueGems or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.
Swansea City are in talks with Southampton midfielder Jack Cork about a permanent transfer.
Cork, 25, is out of contract at the end of the season and is available for a reduced fee.
Former Chelsea trainee Cork, who is the son of former Cardiff manager Alan Cork, has made 15 appearances this season.
Sam Burgess will make his international rugby union debut when England Saxons take on Ireland Wolfhounds in Cork on Friday night after being named at inside centre for the game.
Northampton Saints' Lee Dickson will captain the side.
Oxford United have signed Rotherham defender Richard Brindley on a month's loan, with a view to a permanent deal.
The 21-year-old has played twice in the Championship for Rotherham this season and had a four-game loan spell with League One side Scunthorpe.
Aston Villa are being linked with a move for former Newcastle United and Chelsea striker Demba Ba, reports BBC WM 95.6.
Ba, 29, now with Besiktas, has received offers from both Villa and Premier League rivals Hull City, claims the Turkish club's vice-president Ahmet Nur Cebi.
Manchester United's Ander Herrera is enjoying the snow today. He put this pic on Instagram. Disappointingly, he hasn't yet built a snowman which looks like Louis van Gaal, but, hey, the day is young.
Plenty of transfer talk today, and as the clock ticks down we want to know which of the top five teams needs to do the most business before the end of the January transfer window.
You can vote on the right-hand side of the page or using the vote tab on your mobile or tablet. Go for it.
A little more on the news that Charlton have signed midfielder Christophe Lepoint from Belgian side KAA Gent. The 30-year-old is a Belgium international and he has signed a deal with the Addicks until the summer of 2017.
Charlton, of course, appointed Guy Luzon as manager earlier in the month. Luzon's previous job has been at Belgian Pro League side Standard Liege.
Charlton are 17th in the Championship, eight points above the drop zone.
You read right - Andy Murray has beaten Tomas Berdych 6-7 (6-8) 6-0 6-3 7-5 to make it to the final in Australia.
After losing the first set on a tiebreak the Scot was simply brilliant and wrapped up a deserved victory.
"I couldn't repeat what I said after losing that first set," joked Murray, as he spoke on court immediately after victory.
"Tomas hits the ball hard and at the beginning I was feeling a bit rushed. But from the second set onward I got used to it."
The final will be live on BBC One on Sunday.
Daily Express: Porto striker Jackson Martinez, 28, has overlooked a move to Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton for the opportunity to play in Serie A, according to his agent.
Toulon have released a statement following the arrest of Steffon Armitage and team-mate Xavier Chiocchi over allegations of an assault on a man in the city in December.
Chiocchi was released on Wednesday without charge but Armitage, the European Player of the Year, remained in custody with a police decision due later today.
The club says it is awaiting the results of the investigation and will take sanctions against the pair if necessary.
BBC Radio Kent Sport: Charlton have completed the signing of midfielder Christophe Lepoint from KAA Gent for an undisclosed fee.
Coventry City have signed Reading striker Dominic Samuel on an emergency loan deal until 28 April.
The 20-year-old has played two first-team games for the Royals since coming through their youth system - his most recent as a substitute against Huddersfield in this year's FA Cup.
Iain Hume has returned from a spell in India to rejoin Tranmere Rovers on a six-month contract, subject to international clearance.
The 31-year-old striker had opportunities to join clubs in League One but chose to return to Prenton Park, where he made his name in football - scoring 32 goals in 149 games between 1999 and 2005.
Hume has recently had a successful spell in the Indian Super League, where he was voted Player of the League after helping Kerala Blasters reach the final.
Rory McIlroy bogeyed the final hole to miss out on a share of the clubhouse lead as the opening round of the Dubai Desert Classic comes to a close.
His Ryder Cup team-mate Lee Westwood made long birdie putts on two of his last four holes for a seven-under round of 65 to join Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium and fellow Englishman Andy Sullivan in the lead.
McIlroy is one shot back along with defending champion Stephen Gallacher and Germany's Maximilian Kieffer.
Yeovil Town have extended defender Stephen Arthurworrey's loan from Fulham until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old, whose original deal was due to expire on 31 January, has made 16 appearances for the Glovers since arriving in October.
We're asking for the best players to rise from obscurity to make a name for themselves?
Peter John Cheetham: Gary Birtles - non-league Long Eaton United, to twice European Cup winner with Nottingham Forest, plus other trophies.
Stan Loftus: Seamus Coleman signed for £30,000 from Sligo Rovers in Ireland.
Jamie Power: Chris Smalling from Maidstone United to Fulham, to Manchester United.
Keep them coming to #NonLeagueGems or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.
Kumar Sangakkara scored an unbeaten 113 and then returned to break the world record for the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in one-day internationals as Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 34 runs in the seventh and final match in Wellington.
It was the 37-year-old's 21st ODI and he then passed Australia's Adam Gilchrist as the most successful wicketkeeper when he caught Corey Anderson off the bowling of Shaminda Eranga before also taking Tim Southee off Thisara Perera.
It takes his career total to 474 dismissals with 378 catches and 96 stumpings in the 50-over format when he played as a wicketkeeper while Gilchrist achieved 472 dismissals in 287 one-day matches.
Unfortunately for Sangakkara, and despite his heroics, New Zealand win the one-day series 4-2.
This is going worryingly well now.
Andy Murray is looking like a completely different man to the fella who limped and muttered his way through the opener, losing it on a tiebreak.
He won the second set 6-0 and has just taken the third as well, 6-3.
One set from the final, go on, Andy lad. We never doubted you...
And while we're talking about the Sheffield United youngster, may we be so bold as to point you in the direction of a rather splendid article from our colleagues at Newsbeat.
Here's the low-down on the man - or boy to be more accurate - who gave Spurs that almighty fright in the League Cup.
Che Adams has only been on the planet for 18 years and it's a fair guess to say the best evening of his existence so far came at Bramall Lane last night.
The teenager scored two goals in as many minutes to take Sheffield United to the brink of League Cup glory against Tottenham. In the end it wasn't to be, but what a night for the youngster ... though it didn't spare him some words of advice from his manager.
"He has a lot of potential at just 18," said Blades boss Nigel Clough. "But he has to learn not to slide in the corner and celebrate when we need a goal.
"He has got to go and get the ball out of the back of the net and put it on the centre spot. Little things like that he can improve on."
Talk about being brought back down to earth...
We're asking for the best players to rise from obscurity to make a name for themselves?
Here's a suggestion from one of our Bradford City-supporting colleagues...
James Hanson, cost £7,500 from non-League Guiseley. Huge work rate and adored by the fans. Scored the goal at Villa Park that took us to the 2013 League Cup final and scored as City won the League Two play-off final later that year. A legend at the club with a chant of "he used to work at the co-op" ringing out after every goal in reference to his work in a local supermarket when playing non-league football.
That's the kind of thing we're after.
Keep yours coming to #NonLeagueGems or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.
Wayne Rooney has posted this pic on Instagram, with the message 'TBT (that's throwback Thursday for the non-social media folk among you) When I met Mike Tyson, my favourite boxer of all time."
The number of people swimming regularly has dropped as fewer people take part in sporting activities in general, a Sport England survey has found.
A total of 2.6m people took part in swimming at least once a week for 30 minutes between October 2013 and October 2014 - a drop of 245,000.
The number of people participating in regular sport is 15.6m, down 125,000, while there are also 121,700 fewer disabled people playing sport regularly, with 1.58m now taking part.
There is a big interview with Lee Dixon on the Arsenal website, to celebrate 27 years since the full-back signed for the club.
If you want to see more of Lee and that jumper ('80s fashion was great, wasn't it?), then head here.
It is fair to say that Dixon - who joined the Gunners from Stoke in a £375,000 deal in 1988 - did pretty well at Arsenal, staying there 14 years, making 619 appearances, and helping the club win nine major trophies.