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Summary

  1. Transfer window closes at 23:00 GMT on Monday
  2. Latest transfers, rumours and social chat
  3. Tell us who should run Fifa #bbcsportsday
  4. Vote on best business of the day

Live Reporting

By Jamie Strickland, Jonathan Jurejko and Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    And that is where we leave you for today.

    Thanks to you all for your company and your interaction, and enjoy the rest of your evening.

    You can join our live text commentary of the weekend action from 09:00 GMT tomorrow. Be there, it promises to be a cracker of a day in the Premier League.

  2. Tomorrow's back pages

    The Star

    The Star's back-page headline says it all. They are leading on claims from Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini that Chelsea striker Diego Costa should learn his lesson and sort himself out after being banned for three games for stamping.

    Anyone get the feeling Saturday's match between the two teams could be pretty fiery?

  3. Tomorrow's back pages

    The Sun

    The Sun is running a story on their back page with Andy Carroll claiming Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers lied to him. Carroll will lead the line for West Ham against the Reds at Anfield on Saturday.

  4. Tomorrow's back pages

    Independent

    Unsurprisingly, Saturday evening's top-of-the table match between Chelsea and Manchester City is taking many of tomorrow's headlines in the newspapers.

    The Independent and the Daily Telegraph are just two of many media outlets to go on City boss Manuel Pellegrini insisting there is no "campaign" against Chelsea.

    Daily Telegraph
  5. Tomorrow's back pages

    Daily Record

    Interesting stuff from the Daily Record, who claim a record £10m has been wagered ahead of Sunday's Scottish League Cup semi-final between Rangers and Celtic.

    Should be a tasty one.

  6. Fletcher to become a Hammer

    Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is undergoing a medical at Premier League rivals West Ham as he moves closer to a move to Upton Park.

    United boss Louis van Gaal had already revealed the Scotland midfielder, 31, was in talks with the Hammers.

    "He is now in West Ham, so we have to wait and see," said Van Gaal on Friday. "He is my third captain so he is an important guy in the dressing room."

  7. United's Mats finish

    Monday could be a big day for Manchester United fans if reports in Spain are to believed.

    Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo claims an agreement has now been reached on a £37million deal for Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels to move to Old Trafford.

    Excited United fans?

  8. Souare is an Eagle

    Pape Souare

    In case you missed it earlier, Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Lille full-back Pape Souare.

    The 24-year-old played for Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations.

    Alan Pardew has been a busy man. Must be nice to be able to sign his own players...

  9. Tigers want Lennon

    Aaron Lennon

    Reports of Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon moving to Hull are gathering pace.

    Lennon has made more than 300 appearances for the club since moving to North London from Leeds in 2005, scoring 30 goals in all competitions as well as picking up 21 caps for England.

  10. Flying Donkey to become a Villain?

    Aston Villa are keen on signing Mariano Izco from Chievo before the January transfer window closes, reports TuttoMercatoWeb.

    The 31-year-old Argentine has made 11 Serie A appearances for the Flying Donkeys this season, scoring on just one occasion.

    Hopefully he doesn't resemble his club's nickname on the football field...

  11. Quinteros appointed as Ecuador boss

    A bit of news from South America for you as Ecuador name Argentinian Gustavo Quinteros as coach for their 2015 Copa America campaign in Chile and 2018 World Cup qualifying.

  12. Vote result

    Vote

    That is pretty emphatic then. Juan Cuadrado's imminent move to Chelsea has been voted by you as the best Premier League transfer move of the day.

  13. Post update

    Lukas Podolski

    Inter Milan striker Lukas Podolski on Instagram: Loved playing basketball today in gym, my 2nd sporting love!

    Don't we all love shooting a few hoops in our own private gyms?

  14. Savage tips Chelsea

    "I have said since before the season started that Chelsea are the best team in the Premier League and I expect them to prove it on Saturday."

    BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage expects the Blues to beat Manchester City on Saturday and you can read why here.

  15. Cherries on top

    Read more on Bournemouth moving clear at the top of the Championship with victory over a Watford side that played all but the first 28 seconds with 10 men.

  16. Top January transfer window signings

    Nemanja Matic - 2014

    Nemanja Matic
  17. Munich misery

    Wolfsburg

    How about this for a result? Wolfsburg 4 Bayern Munich 1. (Yes you have read that correctly)

    The hammering of the defending champions is their heaviest league defeat for six years, as second-placed Wolfsburg moved to within eight points of the league leaders.

    Spectacular stuff.

  18. Pepe the Blue

    Manchester City are set to pip rivals Manchester United in their bid to sign Real Madrid defender Pepe, reports the Daily Express.

    It won't be this month but the Express claim the Portugal defender is ready for summer exit.

  19. The Juan to watch

    Juan Cuadrado

    Want to know a bit more about Chelsea's soon-to-be new player, Colombian Juan Cuadrado? Well who better to tell you about him than South American football expert Tim Vickery.

    "James Rodriguez was Colombia's undoubted World Cup star - but Juan Guillermo Cuadrado was not far behind.

    "He is at his best as a wide right midfielder - especially as over the last couple of seasons he has started scoring more goals. But he can also feature as an attacking right back, or cut in from the other flank.

    "Some three years ago a Premier League giant had a look at Cuadrado but concluded that he was too old - a strange decision given that he is still only 26, and should be looking forward to playing his prime years under Jose Mourinho, who will certainly enjoy the pace on the transitions that his new Colombian acquisition will bring to the side."

  20. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Hardeep Purewal: The only option is Eric Cantona.

    Pablo de Roman: How about Roy Keane? He's not afraid of any battle and we all know he is good at organizing successful teams.

    Stany Sirutis: Dr. Evil from the Austin Power's series would bring some fresh charm to FIFA's world domination schemes.

    If you could choose anyone from any walk of life to run Fifa who would it be and why? Actors, pop singers, politicians, sportspeople, whoever you think could do a job let us know. Tweet #bbcsportsday or text 81111 (UK users only).

  21. Leaving the Bridge?

    VfL Wolfsburg are poised to sign Chelsea's Germany international Andre Schurrle for a club record transfer, according to German media reports, after selling Croatia's Ivica Olic to Hamburg on Friday.

    It was Schurrle's cross from which Mario Goetze scored the winning goal for Germany in the World Cup final last July, but the winger has failed to claim a regular place under Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

    According to German daily Bild, Wolfsburg have agreed terms with Chelsea and the 24-year-old is set to sign a four-year deal.

  22. Goal

    Bournemouth 2-0 Watford - Matt Ritchie (56 mins)

    Bournemouth are strengthening their position at the top of the Championship as Matt Ritchie doubles their lead against Watford with a low strike. A win would move them three points above Derby.

  23. A noble move

    What could save QPR from relegation? Mark Noble perhaps?

    The Daily Mirror reports the midfielder is a target for Harry Redknapp and could exit Upton Park with the expected arrival of Darren Fletcher.

    Harry busy on transfer deadline day? Surely not.

  24. Post update

    Manchester City on Twitter: LOAN NEWS: @brunozuculini has joined Cordoba on loan until 30 June 2015, and Chidiebere Nwakali has joined Malaga until 30 June 2017.

    Names to watch out for maybe?

  25. Top January transfer window signings

    Nemanja Vidic - 2006

    Nemanja Vidic
  26. Is Van Persie past it?

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Blackburn and Chelsea striker Chris Sutton on BBC Radio 5 live: "I don't think Robin van Persie is the player he was. As you get older you lose that sharpness and I think he's lost a bit of that. He needs to get himself some goals.

    "Maybe there is something not quite right with the way Louis van Gaal has Manchester United set up at the moment that is not playing to Van Persie's strength."

  27. Post update

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    "Bayern are 2 down to Wolfsburg and in danger of losing their first league game in eons. Thought they'd buy Wolfsburg's finest at halftime."

    You can follow live text of the second half here.

  28. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Jamie Mulholland: I would choose Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones to run FIFA. Those dragons of hers would sort Sepp Blatter right out!

    John Carleton: An out of date, under-performing mess, @richardbranson to turn FIFA around.

    If you could choose anyone from any walk of life to run Fifa who would it be and why? Actors, pop singers, politicians, sportspeople, whoever you think could do a job let us know. Tweet #bbcsportsday or text 81111 (UK users only).

  29. N'Doye and Lennon to Hull?

    Aaron Lennon

    More transfer speculation for you with the Daily Express claiming Hull City have agreed a £3million fee to sign Lokomotiv Moscow striker Dame N'Doye.

    They report personal terms are still to be agreed with N'Doye, 29, who has been away with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations.

    They also suggest Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon is a loan target for the Tigers.

  30. Top picks

    Dominoes

    Not a lot on television this evening?

    Why not take a look at some of best videos on the BBC Sport website. From Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge talking about the family dominoes rivalry with his uncle, former Derby striker Dean, to Pat Nevin comparing David Silva and Eden Hazard and a montage of Celtic v Rangers through the years.

    They are worth a watch.

  31. Are Everton in a relegation battle?

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Blackburn and Chelsea striker Chris Sutton on BBC Radio 5 live: "I think Everton are vulnerable at the back and have conceded far too many goals.

    "I thought Roberto Martinez said he could address that easily, but it doesn't appear to have been as easy as he maybe initially felt. You do sometimes get a big team that falls into the relegation battle and it could be Everton this season.

    "I think maybe at times they should be more direct. When I say direct I don't mean long ball, just being quicker in the transitions from defence and midfield into attack."

  32. Goal

    Bournemouth 1-0 Watford

    Championship leaders Bournemouth take the lead against Watford thanks to Yann Kermorgant's penalty.

    The visitors are already down to 10-men after a harsh red card for Gabriele Angella and now feel harshly done by again after Craig Cathcart was penalised in his own penalty area.

    This could be a long night for Watford.

  33. Vote

    Vote time.

    Which has been the best Premier League transfer move of the day? Juan Cuadrado's move to Chelsea and Darren Fletcher's West Ham switch haven't quite gone through yet - but they are expected to be finalised imminently.

    You can vote on the top-right-hand side of the page or under the 'Vote' tab on mobile devices.

    The vote will close at 21:45 GMT with results published here shortly after. Full terms and conditions: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/30270662

  34. A long holiday for Ben Arfa?

    Hatem Ben Arfa

    When it comes to worst January transfer window signings, Hatem Ben Arfa's move to Nice from Newcastle will take some beating.

    This is not a barb at his ability but due to the fact he won't be allowed to play for the French club this season.

    Fifa have ruled a Newcastle Under-21 game counts as a competitive match and they say players can only play "official matches" for two clubs in a season

    The 27-year-old joined Nice from Newcastle earlier this month after cutting short a loan spell at Hull. Someone has messed up there.

  35. From Salford City to Manchester United

    No, this isn't a joke.

    A defender who made his Salford City debut just three weeks ago has joined Manchester United on an 18-month deal.

    Libya-born Sadiq El Fitouri joined the Evo-Stik First Division side as a trialist in December after being released by Manchester City.

    He said: "This is honestly a dream come true for me."

  36. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Graham Tully: Forrest Gump. "Stupid is as stupid does" sums #FIFA up perfectly.

    Nathan Spafford: Diego Costa good shout for next FIFA President. Would stamp his authority onto the game.

    RedIsaac: Beckenbauer knows the game as a player & manager successful administrator at Bayern.

    If you could choose anyone from any walk of life to run Fifa who would it be and why? Actors, pop singers, politicians, sportspeople, whoever you think could do a job let us know. Tweet #bbcsportsday or text 81111 (UK users only).

  37. Top January transfer window signings

    Luis Suarez - 2011

    Luis Suarez
  38. How much of a miss is Yaya

    Chelsea v Manchester City (Saturday, 17:30)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Blackburn and Chelsea striker Chris Sutton on BBC Radio 5 live: "Yaya Toure is a massive threat so he's going to be incredibly difficult to replace for City in this game.

    "And looking further ahead, who would they replace him with if he was to leave? There's nobody else out there."

  39. Post update

    As mentioned earlier, midfielder Jack Cork has completed a move from Southampton to Swansea.

    And he has taken to Twitter to thank his former club: "Just want to say thank you to everyone who has been a part of an amazing 4 years at saints. The timing seems right for everyone.

    "And I will never forget everything we went through together. Now time for a new challenge and I can't wait to start with Swansea!"

  40. BreakingEagles sign Souare

    Steve Parish and Papa Souare

    Done deal klaxon.

    Crystal Palace complete the signing of Lille full-back Pape Souare - who played for Senegal in the Africa Nations Cup.

    Eagles chairman Steve Parish announced the deal on his Twitter feed, saying: "Delighted that @papesouare has just this minute signed for #cpfc . A warm welcome from all of us".

    Souare, 24, becomes Alan Pardew's third signing of the week after the arrivals of Jordon Mutch and Shola Amoebi. Busy, busy, busy.

  41. Championship drama

    Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

    Drama in this evening's Championship match between Bournemouth and Watford.

    Watford's Gabriele Angella has been shown a red card for a tackle on the hosts' Callum Wilson and it is fair to say the visitors are not happy.

    It is very difficult to see how that is a straight red card.

    Great opportunity for league leaders Bournemouth to stretch their advantage though.

  42. Sinclair's new chance

    Another Premier League done deal is Scott Sinclair's loan switch from Manchester City until the end of the season.

    The former Chelsea and Swansea City player, 25, has become one of football's forgotten men.

    "I believe I have my best years ahead of me," Sinclair said.

  43. Saints uncorked

    Jack Cork

    There haven't been a great deal of transfers completed today but here is one.

    Swansea City signed midfielder Jack Cork, 25, from Southampton for an undisclosed fee.

    The two teams play each other on Sunday but the deal was completed after Friday's 12:00 GMT registration deadline. So he won't be involved.

    I'm sure the timing wasn't accidental by the Saints.

  44. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Jim Hearson: Benedict Cumberbatch - he does everything else.

    Andy Neilson: Let's face it anybody would make an excellent fifa president in comparison to @seppblatter.

    Jo Lantru: Thor. Anyone who dared step out of line would face the wrath of Mjolnir.

    If you could choose anyone from any walk of life to run Fifa who would it be and why? Actors, pop singers, politicians, sportspeople, whoever you think could do a job let us know. Tweet #bbcsportsday or text 81111 (UK users only).

  45. Bale to Manchester United?

    It couldn't happen, could it?

    According to the latest reports in Spanish newspaper AS, Manchester United have kept €150 million in reserve to sign Real Madrid's Gareth Bale in the summer.

    The Welsh international only joined Los Blancos 18 months ago and his future has been the subject of much speculation in recent months.

    What a signing that would be...

  46. Irreplaceable Lampard

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Blackburn and Chelsea striker Chris Sutton on BBC Radio 5 live: "Frank Lampard has been an incredible player. The goals he has scored have been unbelievable and the fact he can still have an influence is great.

    "No one can replace Frank Lampard's goals at Chelsea"

    Frank Lampard makes his first return to Stamford Bridge since leaving the club in the summer when Manchester City visit on Saturday. Will he still be a Blues hero come the final whistle? You can listen to the Weekend Football Preview show now by clicking on the Live Coverage tab on this page.

  47. Gossip column extra

    BBC Sport

    With just three days to go until the January transfer window slams shut, BBC Sport's David Ornstein runs the rule over the transfer stories gathering momentum in Gossip Column Extra.

    Will Juan Cuadrado complete his move from Fiorentina to Chelsea? Is Burnley striker Danny Ings going to Liverpool? Will Kevin Mirallas and Aaron Lennon swap clubs? There's also news on Darren Fletcher, Emmanuel Adebayor and Jack Cork.

    Watch here

  48. European live text commentary

    Fancy a bit of live football? Your wish is our command.

    Why not open up another window for a bit of dual screen action between here and our European football live text.

    Runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich are in action against second-placed Wolfsburg.

    I know my colleague Emlyn Begley would be glad of your company.

  49. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    On the subject of former Newcastle and Tottenham winger David Ginola pulling out of the race to become the next Fifa president, we thought we would ask you your views.

    If you could choose anyone from any walk of life to run Fifa who would it be and why? Actors, pop singers, politicians, sportspeople, whoever you think could do a job let us know.

    Tweet #bbcsportsday or text 81111 (UK users only)

  50. Pick of the day

    Diego Costa

    In case you have missed anything in the world of football, here is quick run down of some of the top stories.

    Singing the Blues: Chelsea striker Diego Costa should change his game after picking up a three-match ban for stamping, says Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

    Stamford Bridge arrival?: Chelsea are set to complete the £23.3m signing of Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado, Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella has said.

    Quelle surprise: David Ginola has confirmed he will not stand against Sepp Blatter in May's Fifa presidential election.

  51. Transfer deadline day special

    Penguin

    Three more sleeps, 54 hours, no more school days - yes, we are almost there.

    Forget Christmas Eve, or the day before your birthday, for football fans we are approaching one of the most exciting days in the calendar - transfer deadline day.

    And for that very reason, we are treating you lucky people to another few hours of live chat this evening, focused specifically on the imminent close of the January sales.

    With weather more suitable for penguins, why not sit back and enjoy?

  52. Listen now

    BBC Radio 5 live

    What better way to start the weekend than to tune in to the Weekend Football Preview show on BBC Radio 5 live.

    It is getting underway at 19:00 GMT, with Mark Chapman presenting the chat ahead of all the weekend's action with the Sunday Times's Jonathan Northcroft, ex-England striker Chris Sutton and former Manchester United assistant Steve Round.

    You can also listen by clicking on the Live Coverage tab on this page.

  53. Hughes in?

    Hughes out

    A bit of good news for Stoke fans as boss Mark Hughes reveals discussions have started about a new deal.

    Hughes's appointment on a three-year deal in 2013 wasn't the most popular move in the Potteries - as shown by the picture above - but he has surely won most around now?

    "The owners have intimated they would like to sit down and discuss a new contract. The length and terms will be discussed in due course I would imagine. But I'm delighted they want to do it," he said.

  54. City midfielder loaned to Scunthorpe

    Football

    Manchester City prospect George Evans has joined Scunthorpe United on loan for the rest of the season.

    The 20-year-old midfielder spent most of last term on loan at Crewe, where he scored once in 25 appearances.

  55. Vote results

    Drum roll please... Here is the result you have all been waiting for.

    We asked you earlier today whether Chelsea striker Diego Costa should change his ways and 53.4% of you voted yes.

    I'm not convinced he will listen mind...

  56. BreakingDone deal

    The transfers keep coming, with three days left in the transfer window.

    Dundee have signed Sheffield United midfielder Stephen McGinn on loan as well securing defender James McPake on a two-year contract extension.

    Good news for the Dees fans out there.

  57. Veteran Hughes returns to Harriers

    Football

    Veteran striker Lee Hughes rejoins Kidderminster Harriers, more than 17 years after he left the club.

    The 38-year-old started his career with the Harriers, scoring 70 goals in 139 games, before joining West Bromwich Albion in 1997.

    Hughes has returned to Aggborough after Conference rivals Forest Green Rovers terminated his contract with them by mutual consent.

  58. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Mark Brown: If Costa had played like that against Neville's Man U they'd have whinged about it for weeks. Hypocrite.

    Oma Isaac: Contrary to the media hunt claim by Chelsea Diego Costa has indeed gone scot free all season with his on-field antics.

  59. Tiger tamed by Scottsdale

    Golf

    Tiger Woods

    A day to forget for Tiger Woods.

    The 14-time Major winner equalled his worst-ever nine holes as a professional as he slipped into a share of last place during the second round of the Phoenix Open.

    Woods, 39, took 44 shots after starting on the back nine at TPC Scottsdale, matching his record at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in 2013.

  60. Saints' Cork joins Swansea

    Football

    The crazy world of the Premier League tends to throw up strange coincidences - and here's another one relating to Jack Cork's transfer.

    New side Swansea travel to his old club Southampton on Sunday. However, the 25-year-old will not be eligible because the deal was completed after today's 12:00 GMT registration deadline.

  61. Saints' Cork joins Swansea

    Football

    Jack Cork

    Former England Under-21 midfielder Jack Cork signs a three-year deal with Swansea.

    The 25-year-old, who was out of contract at the end of the season, made over 150 appearances for Southampton after joining permanently from Chelsea in 2011.

  62. Done deal

    Football

    *Transfer klaxon*

    Ladies and gentleman, we have a done deal. A DONE DEAL!

    Swansea City announce the signing of Southampton midfielder Jack Cork for an undisclosed fee.

  63. England to play at Juventus

    Football

    England

    England's upcoming friendly against Italy will be played in Turin's Juventus Stadium, the English Football Association confirms.

    The Three Lions play at the home of Serie A champions Juventus for the first time on Tuesday, 31 March (19:45 GMT).

  64. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Tom Gerken: That Gary Neville column (re 17.15) is a terrible message for kids trying to get into football. Hasn't he ever heard of 'fair play'?

  65. Long wait for Ben Arfa

    Football

    Hatem Ben Arfa

    Former Newcastle and Hull winger Hatem Ben Arfa cannot play for new club Nice until next season following a French league ruling.

    Fifa transfer rules prevent a player from turning out for more than two clubs in one season.

    The 27-year-old played eight games for Hull and one for Newcastle's Under-21s earlier this season, with Fifa ruling the latter to be an official match.

    Now the French Football League have announced that Ben Arfa's appearance in a match for Newcastle's development side counted as a competitive fixture.

    Fifa rules state that "players may be registered with a maximum of three clubs during one season. During this period, the player is only eligible to play official matches for two clubs."

  66. Fowler pays tribute to Payne Stewart

    Golf

    Rickie Fowler

    US triple Major winner Payne Stewart, who died in a plane crash in October 1999, would have turned 58 today.

    So fellow American Rickie Fowler decided to pay tribute to Stewart - famously known for wearing plus fours - at Pinehurst earlier.

  67. Sportsday vote

    Should Diego Costa change his ways?

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini thinks suspended Chelsea striker Diego Costa should change his ways. But do you?

    Vote yes or no on the top-right-hand side of the page or under the 'Vote' tab on mobile devices.

    The vote will close at 18:30 GMT with results published shortly after. Terms and conditions could be found here.

  68. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Binaya Basyal: Unfortunately Costa is the fallout guy of the campaign against Chelsea. Media won't just let him play tough, but will he care?

    Chris: No doubt Neville, an otherwise excellent pundit, thought his team mate Eric Cantona was just being boisterous.

  69. Hammers pot Stephen Hendrie deal

    Football

    Premier League side West Ham agree a £1m compensation package to sign Hamilton defender Stephen Hendrie on a pre-contract, confirm the Scottish club.

    The 20-year-old left-back will join the east London club at the end of the season.

    Hamilton claimed that Reading and Bournemouth were also interested in the former Accies youth player, who is out of contract in the summer.

  70. Wells faith in Wilson's England bid

    Rugby Union

    Newcastle Falcons head coach John Wells believes back-rower Mark Wilson's continued good form will be enough to win a place in the England set-up.

    Wilson, 25, has been a stand-out performer this term, with 138 tackles putting him among the five most prolific Premiership players.

    However, the Cumbrian was not named in the Saxons side on 21 January.

    "Mark's doing well, if he keeps playing like this no doubt his time will come," Wells told BBC Newcastle.

  71. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Diego Costa

    Chelsea fans, for once, will agree with Gary Neville. And Liverpool fans, not for the first time, will disagree with Neville. But what about the rest of you?

    This is a hot talking point - so why don't you let off some steam? Tweet #bbcsportsday.

  72. Massive over-reaction to Costa - Neville

    Football

    Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville is generally the sort of character who divides opinion. And his latest column for the Telegraph - dissecting Diego Costa's three-match ban for stamping - is guaranteed to do exactly that.

    Here are a few snippets from Neville to digest....

    "Diego Costa is horrible to play against and I applaud him for it."

    "Costa will get himself in trouble, miss matches, upset people. But I don't buy the outrage."

    "The idea that Costa's behaviour was violent is nonsense."

    "The idea that my role model should be a football-playing angel who never gets booked is alien to me."

  73. Cuadrado set for Chelsea medical

    Football

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    "Just to add, Juan Cuadrado will undergo a medical with Chelsea in London tomorrow. He said goodbye to his Fiorentina team-mates earlier today and neither party expect a last-minute hitch."

  74. Post update

    Fifa presidential candidate Luis Figo: I am very happy to confirm that my six nominations were delivered to Fifa this week ahead of the deadline.

  75. Crawley sign Nuneaton's Fowler

    Football

    League One strugglers Crawley Town sign Nuneaton Town midfielder Lee Fowler on a 93-day loan deal.

    The 31-year-old has scored three goals in 21 Conference games since joining Boro in September.

    Fowler has previously worked with Reds interim manager Dean Saunders at Wrexham and Doncaster Rovers.

    Meanwhile, Crawley have made Dean Morgan's loan move from Woking into a permanent switch.

  76. Aston Villa news conference

    Paul Lambert

    A little more from Paul Lambert's chat with the media earlier today:

    "This club is moving in a really good direction at the minute," he said. "Fabian Delph re-signing, Carles Gil coming in and the way he is playing, Sinclair coming in is a breath of fresh air as well. So there is a lot of good things going on at the minute, the win last week against Bournemouth.

    "We are going to Arsenal with a lot of confidence and guys that are really enjoying their football. The Fabian Delph one is massive for us, for him to stay. Gabby Agbonlahor is back from injury, Joe Cole started to train again, Ron Vlaar has started to train again. So we are going down there to try and win the game."

  77. Post update

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    "Ginola's Fifa campaign not a complete waste of time for him. He's earned £11,900 for each day of his three-week campaign."

  78. Ginola out of Fifa race

    Football

    David Ginola

    Fifa presidential candidate David Ginola says he will not stand in May's election.

    The Frenchman, who played for several English clubs including Newcastle and Tottenham, did not receive the required five nominations needed to continue his bid.

    "Contrary to some reports, I did not withdraw. Just as I did as a player, I gave everything until the final whistle," he says.

    "Today I have mixed emotions. There is disappointment, anger, but there is also hope. I'm very proud of my campaign and the policies I proposed to reform football."

  79. London calling Wigan

    Rugby League

    Millwall, QPR and Fulham are the London venues being considered by Wigan Warriors for a Super League fixture in the capital.

    Wigan owner Ian Lenagan, a former director and major shareholder of London Broncos, wants to switch one of his club's home fixtures to the capital and is confident of making the move this season.

    "It is a sensible way of expanding the game," Lenagan said.

  80. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Sam Payne: Chelsea fan here. Costa deserves the ban. But so did Aguero and Yaya and they got nothing. Inconsistency the main frustration.

  81. Police investigate Keane 'road rage' incident

    Football

    Roy Keane

    Police are investigating an alleged road rage incident involving former footballer Roy Keane.

    The 43-year-old former Manchester United captain is said to have got into an altercation with a taxi driver in Altrincham town centre, which led to police being called.

    A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "At 11.30am, police were called to Ashley Road, Altrincham, to a report that a man had behaved aggressively towards another man. An investigation is under way to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the incident."

    Keane, who has previously managed Sunderland and Ipswich and is currently Republic of Ireland assistant manager, lives in nearby Hale.

  82. Strootman injury worse than first feared

    Football

    Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman says it will take "much longer" than first feared for him to recover from another knee injury.

    The Netherlands international, who has been heavily linked to Manchester United during the past couple of seasons, was substituted in the first half of Saturday's 1-1 draw at Fiorentina.

    He returned to the Roma side in November following a nine-month lay-off after tearing his cruciate ligament.

    "The scar tissue from my previous operation has been removed successfully today. Unfortunately some cartilaginous damage, caused by the knock in the Fiorentina match, was found too," tweets the 24-year-old.

    "This means I have to take a longer rest period than anticipated earlier and I am extremely disappointed that it will take much longer before I can be back on the pitch again."

  83. Get involved - forgotten footballers

    Karl 'Balboa' Dickson: "Certain clubs do it all the time just to take players off the market to stop others teams improving. Chelsea and Man City are the worst for doing this in the Premiership."

    Ash Morgan: "Richard Wright, remember him? I think he's still at Man City. Might be working in the canteen now though, he won't get much chance between the sticks."

    Graeme Wilson: "Danny Wilson fantastic for the Rangers got big bucks for Liverpool move and only played once now back up in Scotland."

    Alex Hughes: "Francis Jeffers was gonna be the next Ian Wright."

  84. Cuadrado out of Fiorentina game

    Football

    Juan Cuadrado

    Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella says Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado will not play for the Italian side this weekend, as he finalises a move to Chelsea.

    The Premier League leaders are close to sealing a £23.3m deal for the 26-year-old, while Blues winger Mohamed Salah, 22, is likely to go on loan to the Viola as part of the deal.

    "It was a sale that had to be done," says former Italy striker Montella. "The club has done the right thing because we are also getting a very good player.

    "I am convinced that if Cuadrado could have played against Genoa tomorrow he would have."

  85. Burton sign Derby County's Naylor

    Football

    League Two side Burton Albion sign Derby County utility player Tom Naylor on a loan deal until the end of the season.

    Naylor, 23, joined the Rams from Mansfield in 2012 but has played just 10 games for the Championship side and has been loaned out to Bradford, Grimsby, Newport and Cambridge.

  86. GB men learn Euro draw

    Wheelchair basketball

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson in Worcester: "The Great Britain men have been drawn with Poland, Spain, Czech Republic, France and Germany in the group stages for this summer's European Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Worcester.

    "The other pool features the Netherlands, Turkey, Israel, Switzerland, Sweden and Italy.

    "The top five teams in the men's event qualify for the 2016 Rio Paralympics with GB also hoping for a third European title in a row after winning in Germany in 2013.

    "In the women's competition, the top four from the seven-team event will go to Rio, with GB confident of bettering their third place of two years ago."

  87. Huth to serve two-match ban over Twitter comments

    Football

    Robert Huth

    Stoke City defender Robert Huth will serve a two-match suspension after he admitted breaching FA Rules in relation to comments he made on social media.

    Huth, who has been linked with a loan move to Leicester City, replied 12 times to a Twitter account that asks users to guess the gender of individuals pictured in explicit images.

    An FA statement added that Huth was also fined £15,000 and ordered to complete a mandatory education course.

  88. Sunderland news conference

    Gus Poyet

    Gus Poyet

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says Saturday's Premier League match against Burnley "has to be the turning point" in his side's season.

    Sunderland and Burnley are tied together on 20 points, just a point above the relegation zone.

    "We try to make sure that the next game is the most important one and I think Saturday's game has to be the turning point," said Poyet.

    "There are no more excuses with players coming or leaving or anything else, so it is just about us going in there with the group that we have and performing and winning the game."

  89. Forshaw hopes to fire at Boro

    Football

    Midfielder Adam Forshaw is looking forward to rediscovering his form at Middlesbrough following a difficult six-month spell at Wigan.

    He moved to Wigan from Brentford in September but Forshaw, 23, made just 17 appearances for the Latics before joining Boro earlier this week.

    "There's no hiding from it, it was a tough six months for me and the team," Forshaw told BBC Tees. "I moved to Wigan to make the next step in my career but it was stop-start, the manager was sacked and players came in and out.

    "It was a bit turbulent and I didn't have a great time but now I'm looking forward to what's ahead with Middlesbrough."

  90. Aston Villa news conference

    Paul Lambert

    Paul Lambert

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert wants to tap into Scott Sinclair's potential after landing the winger on loan from Manchester City.

    "I'm thankful we got the deal done because I think he's a player with great unfulfilled potential," Lambert said.

    "The Manchester City move was not a good one for him. But the opportunity to play for a club like that hardly ever comes to you and when it does, it's very hard to turn it down.

    "I'm pretty sure he will have learned a lot in football terms from it, whether he realises it yet or not. Now's the time he can kick on and get his career up and running."

  91. McIlroy top of the leaderboard

    Golf

    McIlroy

    World number one Rory McIlroy fired a sublime 64 to move to the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the Dubai Desert Classic.

    McIlroy made three birdies in his final three holes to take a one-shot lead over Scotland's Marc Warren.

    Warren led for much of the day after his 65 left him on 13 under before the Northern Irishman's late flurry.

    McIlroy's compatriot Graeme McDowell and England's Seve Benson (yes, he is named after Seve Ballesteros) share third spot on 12 under.

  92. Gloucestershire name new head coach

    Cricket

    Former England spin bowler Richard Dawson has been appointed as Gloucestershire's new head coach.

    The 34-year-old takes over from John Bracewell, who has stepped down as director of cricket at Bristol.

    Dawson played seven Tests for England between 2001 and 2003, all of them overseas.

  93. Stoke City news conference

    Mark Hughes

    On Peter Crouch's new two-year contract: "He intimated to us his intentions to stay and to offer him something.

    "He's delighted to have signed, and so are we. Not only is he an accomplished footballer but he's a great guy and that's one of the factors that is taken into consideration."

    On potential transfer deals before Monday: "We were looking at one or two things but I'm not one to go mad in January."

  94. McPake pens new deal

    Football

    James McPake

    Defender James McPake has agreed a two-year contract extension with Dundee.

    The 30-year-old had been linked with a move to English football but has signed until the end of the 2016/17 season.

    McPake joined Dundee in the summer after leaving Hibernian following the Edinburgh side's relegation.

  95. No special K for Mckay

    Football

    We must admit, the lack of a capital 'K' in new Wigan striker Billy Mckay's surname left us initially flummoxed (see 15:08). And, judging by a tweet from his former club Inverness Caledonian Thistle to his new employers, it appears we have not been the only ones left scratching our heads...

    Official ICTFC: @LaticsOfficial Hope you guys have better luck getting people to spell Billy's name Mckay instead of McKay. #PetHate

  96. Stoke City news conference

    Mark Hughes

    On Bojan Krkic's season-ending knee injury: "He's very philosophical about it. He said to me 'that's football'.

    "He's very positive and he knows that there is a lot of hard work. He's hoping to get back for pre-season if possible."

    Bojan
    Image caption: Bojan looked in good spirits in this Twitter post by team-mate Marc Muniesa. David De Gea was also in attendance.
  97. Stoke City news conference

    Mark Hughes

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes has responded to speculation he is to be offered a new contract - and it sounds like a deal is not far off.

    "The owners have intimated that they would like to discuss a new contract with me, but that's been it," said Hughes, whose side host QPR on Saturday.

    "It'll be discussed in due time. I am pleased they feel they want to commit to me and have me as their manager for a longer spell."

  98. Wigan add Mckay

    Football

    Billy McKay

    The transfer door is revolving quickly at Wigan. The Latics, who are struggling in the lower depths of the Championship, make their second signing of the day.

    After the arrival of Leeds defender Jason Pearce, striker Billy Mckay has joined for an undisclosed fee from Inverness on a "long-term deal".

    Mckay, 26, has scored five goals in his last five games for Caley Thistle.

  99. Swansea news conference

    Garry Monk

    Monk also said Anderlecht's Aleksandar Mitrovic is "not a target" for the club, despite reports in Belgium saying otherwise.

    He also hinted that interest in Norwich defender Martin Olsson has cooled, following a bid from Swansea that failed to match Norwich's valuation.

    The Swansea boss was also asked about Aaron Lennon and Bryan Ruiz.

    "You're really plucking these out now," he told a reporter. "I don't know how many more we're going to be linked to."

  100. Man Utd sign young Salford defender

    Former Manchester United, and Salford City part-owner, Gary Nevilletweets: Incredible story on Sadiq El Fitouri (see below). Well done to Phil and Scholesy for showing belief in a lad who was out of the game!

    "Phil and Scholesy gave him his Salford City debut just three weeks ago and the boy has signed for United. #dreamscometrue"

  101. Done deal - Man Utd sign defender

    Football

    Calm down Manchester United fans. They haven't signed Mats Hummels. Or Ron Vlaar.

    But they have signed Libya-born defender Sadiq El Fitouri from Evo-Stik First Division side Salford City.

    Sadiq, 20, has signed an 18-month contract with United. He joined Salford City in December after being released by Manchester City.

    Salford part-owner Phil Neville says: "We are immensely proud that our club has been able to give an opportunity to a boy who had the determination and passion to play without necessarily having the chances."

    Sadiq adds: "This is honestly a dream come true for me and I have to thank Salford for the chance as well as the faith they have showed in me."

  102. Turner handed 10-day ban

    Horse Racing

    Britain's leading female jockey Hayley Turner has been given a 10-day ban for failing to ride out a finish at Lingfield on Friday.

    Turner, 32, appeared to stop riding close to the winning post on the 6-4 favourite Singular Quest, who finished fourth in a maiden stakes at 14:00 GMT.

    Stewards found her guilty of "failing to ride out on a horse that would have finished third".

    Turner, whose career highlights have included being the first female British jockey to ride 100 winners in a year, will miss 10 days of racing between 13 and 24 February.

  103. Swansea news conference

    Garry Monk

    Swansea boss Garry Monk has been talking about midfielder Jack Cork, who is close to joining the Welsh club from Southampton.

    "I understand there was an offer in place with a new contract [at Southampton], for whatever reason he decided not to sign that contract," said Monk.

    "We're very pleased to have him at the club - or have him very soon. He's already got good experience at this level. Playing in a good team at a good club, his grounding's very good. He's still at a good age to develop him into a top midfielder."

  104. Southampton news conference

    Ronald Koeman

    Southampton boss Ronald Koeman says there is "a good chance" that one or two new faces may arrive before the transfer window shuts.

    The Dutchman admits he is interested in signing Feyenoord midfielder Tonny Vilhena, 20, and Serbia attacker Filip Djuricic, 23.

    "If Jack Cork leaves the club we need another midfielder," says Koeman. "We are interested in Vilhena because he is not happy at Feyenoord. He is not playing. I believe in the player, I believe in his quality, he is a young player and if I can help the player I like to do that."

    On Benfica's Djuricic: "I'm interested in the player. He is a good young player who can play in different positions. It is a good chance that one of the two players could join - and maybe both players."

  105. Brown welcomes Rangers tie

    Football

    Scott Brown

    Celtic captain Scott Brown has welcomed the League Cup semi-final meeting with Rangers for bringing the world's attention back to Scottish football.

    It is the first derby between the sides for nearly three years, with Rangers now in the Scottish Championship.

    "It is good for Scottish football because everyone all over the world will be watching and hopefully we can put on a show for them," he said. "Do we miss Rangers? Yes, on occasions like this."

  106. Palace full-back joins Millers on loan

    Football

    Rotherham United sign defender Jack Hunt on loan from Crystal Palace until May.

    The right-back is yet to appear for his parent club and returns to the Championship after playing 19 times earlier this term.

    Forest wanted to sign the 24-year-old in a permanent deal, but said they were by the Premier League side.

  107. Poulter pays tribute to Payne Stewart

    Golf

    Ian Poulter: Payne Stewart would have been 58 today. He brought so much to the golf course and will always be remembered.

    Payne Stewart

    Triple major winner Stewart died aged 42 in a plane crash in October 1999.

  108. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa's three-match ban for stamping on Liverpool defender Emre Can has created a furore on social media. What do you think?

    Hannah: It's not the ban for Diego Costa I'm annoyed about, it's the FA's inconsistency. Aguero's double-footed stamp on Luiz got nothing.

    Joel Fentem: Remember last season when Yaya Toure stamped on someone and didn't get retrospectively banned. There is a campaign against Chelsea.

  109. Southampton news conference

    Ronald Koeman

    Manchester United have not made a bid for Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne, according to Saints boss Ronald Koeman.

    The Dutchman said contract talks are continuing with the England international, who has 18 months left on his contract.

    "Not any news at the moment, the club is still talking with him to keep him here," says Koeman.

    "A lot of rumours but there has been no bid for Clyne. We've had no contact from Manchester United."

  110. Graves nominated for ECB chairman

    Cricket

    Colin Graves has received the sole nomination for the post of England and Wales Cricket Board chairman.

    The businessman, who was nominated by the 18 first-class counties and the MCC, has been executive chairman of Yorkshire since 2012 and was elected deputy chairman of the ECB the following year.

    Graves said: "I am most grateful and honoured to have been nominated by the First Class Counties and the MCC for the role of ECB chairman."

  111. Southampton news conference

    Ronald Koeman

    Southampton midfielder Jack Cork is talking to Swansea about a potential move, says Saints boss Ronald Koeman.

    "Jack is now in Swansea. The club offered him a very good contract, but his feeling was that it was not good to stay longer here because he wants to play more games. I can't guarantee players that. I have good competition in midfield.

    "His contract finishes at the end of this season and if he doesn't accept the contract then for the coach it is an easy question.

    "But there is no chance he will play against us on Sunday."

  112. Southampton news conference

    Ronald Koeman

    Saints boss Ronald Koeman urges his side to rediscover their defensive stability - or face the consequences against visitors Swansea on Sunday.

    The Dutchman watched his team concede three times in their FA Cup defeat by Crystal Palace last week.

    "We have to defend better against Swansea than we did against Crystal Palace because it was poor defending. I was surprised about that because usually it is one of our strengths. We have kept a lot of clean sheets."

  113. Burnley respond to Ings speculation

    Football

    We brought you the news earlier of Liverpool's interest in signing striker Danny Ings from Burnley.

    Ings has been linked with a permanent move to Anfield, with the suggestion that he would then be loaned back to the club for the remainder of the campaign.

    Danny Ings

    In a statement, Burnley said: "This kind of deal is prohibited by the Premier League under rule V7 which states that a player cannot be purchased and loaned back between Premier League clubs in the same transfer window."

    Chief Executive Lee Hoos added: "This type of move would violate Premier League rule V7 regarding transfers so simply cannot happen. Over the course of the window, the player himself, Sean Dyche and the chairman have made it clear he won't be going anywhere and we consider that the end of the matter."

  114. Southampton news conference

    Ronald Koeman

    The scene is set for the next of our Premier League managers. Enter stage left Ronald Koeman!

    The Southampton manager unfolds a piece of paper and plonks it on the desk in front of him. Don't think I've seen a top-flight boss do that since the infamous Rafa Benitez rant....

  115. Hull to appoint Phelan as assistant manager

    Football

    Mike Phelan

    Mike Phelan will be confirmed as Hull City's assistant manager after Saturday's Premier League game against Newcastle, BBC Humberside understands.

    Tigers manager Steve Bruce has been on the lookout for a new assistant following Steve Agnew's departure to Middlesbrough last month.

    The former Manchester United and Norwich coach is unable to take up the post before 1 February because of the terms of his departure from the Canaries.

  116. Buzanszky laid to rest in Budapest

    Football

    Hungarian national team
    Image caption: Buzanszky (back row, second left) was part of Hungary's golden generation

    Jeno Buzanszky, the last surviving member of Hungary's Magical Magyars team that beat England 6-3 at Wembley in 1953, has been laid to rest in St Stephen's Basilica in Budapest.

    Buzanszky, who played 49 times for Hungary from 1950-56, died on 11 January, aged 89.

    He was the last surviving member of the team which won the gold medal at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki and was runner-up to West Germany at the 1954 World Cup.

    At Friday's ceremony, Prime Minister Viktor Orban called Buzanszky a "national legend".

  117. GB teams ready for Euro draw

    Wheelchair basketball

    Wheelchair basketball

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson in Worcester: "The Chapter House at Worcester Cathedral has seen plenty of action over the years but probably nothing like today.

    "Players from the GB men's and women's teams took time to get in some warm-up in before the draw for the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships which takes place later this afternoon at the Cathedral.

    "The University of Worcester will host the tournament at their Sports Arena from 28 August to 7 September.

    "We can report that there was no damage done to the Cathedral's historic stained-glass windows!"

  118. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Colin Enlander: Most annoying part of the Costa ban is his lack of appreciation of what this means to all Fantasy Football Managers.

    We feel your pain, Colin. A straight swap for Sergio Aguero perhaps? Or new Crystal Palace signing Shola Ameobi to save a few quid? Decisions, decisions...

  119. Altrincham v Aldershot postponed

    Snow woe in Altrincham.

    Saturday's Conference match between Altrincham and Aldershot Town has become the first game in the top five tiers to be postponed this weekend because of the snow.

    The pitch at the J. Davidson Stadium was deemed as unlikely to improve significantly in time for the match following an inspection on Friday.

  120. Tottenham news conference

    Mauricio Pochettino

    On the prospect of new players coming in before Monday's transfer deadline: "I am really happy with my squad. I think there is not many movements happening. I believe there will not be too many activities, but in football you never know."

    On Harry Kane's long-term future: "There's no doubt his future is at Tottenham. I'm not worried about that and the supporters don't need to worry about that."

    On rumours linking winger Aaron Lennon with a move to Hull. "There's lot of rumours, so far it's all rumours and I never comment on rumours."

  121. Cheltenham fans buy 'better than Man Utd' board

    Football

    Better Than Manchester United banner created by Cheltenham Town fans
    Image caption: The Cheltenham billboard will be placed in the centre of the Gloucestershire town

    Cheltenham fans have raised £650 to fund a billboard proclaiming their team is better than Manchester United.

    Robins supporters claim this because their side won 2-1 at Cambridge United in October's League Two game, but the Premier League giants drew 0-0 against the U's in the FA Cup last week.

    Murry Toms, a lifelong fan, started the campaign on Thursday in a bid to boost ailing attendances at Whaddon Road.

    He reached the target in 11 hours and is now looking to fund a second poster.

  122. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Saad Chandna: Costa's ban was well deserved, and anyone claiming otherwise is just fooling themselves. Long time coming; the way he plays.

    Crumbz: How can anyone deny something so obvious, TWICE, and expect to get away it? Diego Costa is a troublemaker.

    Richard Todd: Costa getting rightly banned should set a precedent now and punishment just, should now coach a youth team as part of sanction

  123. Tottenham news conference

    Mauricio Pochettino

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has described the club's fixture congestion in the run-up to the League Cup final with Chelsea as "unfair".

    Spurs face the prospect of four games in 11 days, including a Europa League tie against Fiorentina in Florence less than 72 hours before the Wembley final on 1 March. By contrast, Chelsea have one match in nine days before the Wembley contest.

    "I think it's not fair to play in Florence on Thursday and play a final on Sunday," Pochettino said. "Chelsea have a clean week. It's not fair but this is football, we need to accept that and be ready."

  124. New deal for Murray

    Football

    Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray signs a one-year contract extension with the club, which will extend his stay with the Eagles until 2017.

    Murray, 31, recently returned to the club after a short loan spell with Reading, but has featured in three of Alan Pardew's first four games in charge.

  125. Manchester City news conference

    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City can cope without influential midfielder Yaya Toure when they go to Chelsea on Saturday, insists boss Manuel Pellegrini.

    Toure, 31, is currently on international duty with Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations.

    "He's an important player but we qualified against Roma and beat Bayern Munich without him. Teams don't depend on one player," says Pellegrini.

  126. Diego Costa banned for stamp

    Football

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

    Diego Costa

    "No consolation to Jose Mourinho or Chelsea but it could have been worse for Diego Costa. Talk of an increased ban for a frivolous appeal was nonsense. The player was well within his rights to contest the charge.

    "However, had referee Michael Oliver deemed the incident with Martin Skrtel worthy of violent conduct then he could easily have faced a six-match ban as part of a double punishment. Whether you agree or disagree over Costa, the FA's fast track system has worked well."

  127. Fletcher having West Ham medical

    Football

    Just an update on our earlier entry, with BBC Sport's Simon Stone now confirming that Darren Fletcher is having his medical at West Ham today.

  128. Manchester City news conference

    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists Saturday's trip to leaders Chelsea will not decide the Premier League title race.

    Reigning champions City are currently in second place, five points adrift of Jose Mourinho's men after 22 matches.

    "It's an important game, it's not the game that will decide the title because after that we have to play for 48 points," says the Chilean.

    "It's not a final. Remember, City won the title in 2011-12 after being eight points behind Manchester United."

  129. Jeptoo handed two-year doping ban

    Athletics

    Rita Jeptoo

    Kenyan Rita Jeptoo, winner of the Boston and Chicago marathons for the last two years, has been banned from the sport for two years after failing a drugs test, Athletics Kenya said on Friday.

    "AK followed due process in her (Rita Jeptoo) matter and it was appropriate that she serves a two-year ban," Athletics Kenya chief executive Isaac Kamande told Reuters.

    Jeptoo has denied doping, telling reporters last year that the accusations against her were "lies".

  130. Manchester City news conference

    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is hoping that French attacking midfielder Samir Nasri could return for the top-of-the table match after a groin injury.

    "Samir has worked normally in the last couple of days," says the Chilean. "Maybe it's too soon but we will see if he can be on the bench."

  131. Emirates Stadium to host Brazil v Chile

    Football

    Emirates Stadium

    Arsenal have announced Emirates Stadium will host an international friendly match between Brazil and Chile on Sunday, 29 March.

    This will be the seventh time that the Brazil national team has played at Emirates Stadium.

    Arsenal chief executive officer Ivan Gazidis said: "It's a compliment to both Arsenal Football Club and Emirates Stadium that we will once again be hosting a fixture of this magnitude."

  132. Manchester City news conference

    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has just settled down into his seat below this glitzy screen. Where, of course, he is chatting to the media ahead of Saturday's trip to Premier League title rivals Chelsea.

  133. Manchester United news conference

    Louis van Gaal

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone at Carrington: "Van Gaal also confirms he will not be signing anyone before the transfer window closes on Monday.

    "The Dutchman adds: 'Every day I read that I am interested in players. I am not interested in players, only selling.'"

  134. Fletcher talking to West Ham - Van Gaal

    Football

    Darren Fletcher

    Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal confirms Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher is in talks with West Ham, reports our man at Carrington, Simon Stone.

    Fletcher, 30, is out of contract at the end of the season and has been granted a free transfer by the Old Trafford club.

    "'He is now in West Ham, I believe," the Dutchman tells the news conference.

    "We have to wait and see. He is my third captain, an important guy in the dressing room. I like him as a human being. But he has not played so much."

  135. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Andrew Tuffnell: So glad Costa got banned! Just a shame they didn't give him extra games for the cheek of even appealing it!

    Catchwords: It would be a more fitting punishment to ban Costa from playing in the Capital One cup final for his 'alleged' stamp.

    Conor McMeekin: Costa banned, who saw that coming - Media campaign once again comes good for anyone against Chelsea which seems to be everyone.

  136. Carrick out for four weeks

    Football

    Michael Carrick

    This from Manchester United's Twitter account: "Louis van Gaal tells #MUTV that Michael Carrick will miss around four weeks with a muscle rupture but Ashley Young is closer to full fitness."

  137. Done deal - Wigan sign Leeds defender

    Football

    Jason Pearce

    Championship strugglers Wigan Athletic confirm the signing of Leeds United defender Jason Pearce.

    The 27-year-old centre-back, who has also played for Bournemouth and Portsmouth, made 99 league appearances for Leeds.

  138. Australia captain Clarke to return to action after injury

    Cricket

    Michael Clarke

    Australia captain Michael Clarke will play in a club match this weekend as he continues his rehabilitation from injury ahead of the World Cup.

    Clarke has not played since tearing his right hamstring last month in the first Test against India.

    He was selected in Australia's 15-man squad, with the proviso he will be fit for his country's second group match against Bangladesh on 21 February.

  139. Diego Costa banned for stamp

    Football

    Diego Costa

    Diego Costa had denied stamping on Liverpool's Emre Can in the early part of Tuesday's League Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge.

    The incident was not seen by the match officials but caught on video, which prompted the FA to take action.

  140. Diego Costa banned for stamp

    Football

    Premier League leaders Chelsea will also be without top scorer Diego Costa for the trip to Aston Villa on 7 February and the home match against Everton four days later.

    The 26-year-old has scored 17 top-flight goals since arriving from Spanish champions Atletico Madrid in a £32m move.

  141. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Diego Costa banned for stamp

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa will miss the next three matches after he was found guilty of stamping on Liverpool's Emre Can.

    Costa denied the charge, which has now been upheld by the Football Association.

    The Blues will be without the Spain international for Saturday's top-of-the-table Premier League clash against Manchester City.

  142. Coming up

    Manchester United news conference

    Man Utd

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone: "Beautiful day at Carrington for Louis van Gaal's latest press conference. Transfer deadline may be on the agenda."

  143. Oldham sign Blackburn's Kean on loan

    Football

    League One side Oldham Athletic have signed Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Jake Kean on loan for the remainder of the season.

    The 23-year-old is available to play for the Latics against Notts County on Saturday.

    That's providing loyal Latics fans are able to clear the snow-covered Boundary Park pitch in time.... (see 09:52)

  144. McIlroy sitting pretty...in pink

    Golf

    Rory McIlroy

    Rory McIlroy is sat ominously on the shoulders of the leaders as the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic draws to a close.

    Northern Ireland's world number one birdies the 16th to move -12, one behind clubhouse leader Marc Warren of Scotland. Can he sink another in the final two holes and nick a share of the lead?

  145. Post update

    Fifa presidential candidate Luis Figo: I'd like to thank my colleagues and friends from the nominating FAs and across the football family who have already given me their backing

  146. Busy time at Bolton

    Football

    It's one in and one out of the transfer door for Bolton Wanderers, who have signed Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Amos on a month's loan to cover for the injured Adam Bogdan.

    The Championship club have allowed midfielder Jay Spearing to join Blackburn on loan for the remainder of the season.

  147. Djokovic reaches Australian Open final

    Tennis

    Djokovic

    The suspense is over. We now know that Andy Murray's opponent in Sunday's Australian Open final will be....Novak Djokovic.

    The world number one, who has beaten Murray on two previous occasions in the Melbourne showpiece, turns on the style in the decisive fifth set to see off Stan Wawrinka.

    The Serb wins 7-6 3-6 6-4 4-6 6-0 to knock out the defending champion. Find out what Djokovic has to say in our live coverage from Rod Laver Arena.

  148. Sinclair joins Villa

    Football

    Former England Under-21 winger Scott Sinclair says he wants to kick-start his career after leaving Manchester City until the end of the season.

    The 25-year-old has made just two Premier League starts for the Blues since arriving from Swansea in August 2012.

    "I believe I have my best years ahead of me," he says. "This is a new challenge, a new chapter in my life, and hopefully I can settle in as quickly as possible, have a good start and go from there."

  149. Sinclair joins Villa

    Football

    Scott Sinclair

    Ladies and gentleman, we have a done deal. Scott Sinclair - one of the inspirations for our 'forgotten footballers' debate - has joined Aston Villa on loan until the end of the season.

  150. Latest transfer gossip

    Football

    Three Premier League clubs are chasing the signature of Bolton midfielder Lee Chung-Yong ahead of Monday's transfer deadline, according to the Sun.

    The South Korean international is available for as little as £500,000, reports the tabloid, with Hull, Crystal Palace and Stoke all interested.

  151. Get involved

    We're asking for your forgotten footballers today. Keep them coming via the usual channels.

    Paul Apenteng: "Freddy Adu is the greatest forgotten man. We all signed him on champ manager 04 and he never lived up to his virtual promise."

    Matthew Lowther: "Dmytro Chygrynskiy formally of Barcelona, cost the Catalans €25 million then went back to Shakhtar Donesk into obscurity."

    Ross Green: "Rodrigo Possebon. Man United's next big thing, foul from Pogatetz in League Cup. VANISHED."

  152. Smith 'honoured' to be Wembley guest

    Football

    On-loan striker Matt Smith says he will be "honoured" to travel with the Bristol City squad for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, despite being ineligible.

    His emergency loan from Fulham cannot be extended beyond 93 days and will end before the Wembley trip on 22 March.

    But Smith has been asked to be involved off the pitch after scoring all City's goals in their 5-3 southern area final aggregate win over Gillingham.

    "It's a touch of class from the manager," the 25-year-old told BBC Radio Bristol.

  153. Foxes to avoid deadline-day rush

    Football

    Leicester manager Nigel Pearson says he will do all he can to avoid making any last-minute transfers before Monday's deadline.

    The Premier League's bottom club have only managed to sign two players so far in January, with Andrej Kramaric and Mark Schwarzer arriving.

    Pearson told BBC Radio Leicester: "If you have to do it, you have to do it. In an ideal world, I don't see why deals are done so late. I will certainly not be getting involved in that myself."

  154. Blatter backs Australia World Cup

    Football

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter has fired his opening salvo in his campaign for re-election by saying Australia deserves to host the World Cup.

    In his first column in FIFA Weekly magazine since confirming he will be a candidate for May's election, Blatter said: "Australia is the only continent never to have hosted the World Cup finals.

    "That is basically an unfortunate omission in sporting history because very few countries boast such a rich sporting culture and long list of champions. We can say with confidence that it would be more than deserved if Australia were to stage the World Cup at some point."

  155. Djokovic and Wawrinka go to a fifth...

    Tennis

    Quelle surprise. Defending champion Stan Wawrinka has taken world number one Novak Djokovic to a fifth set in their Australian Open semi-final.

    Another epic is on the cards. Don't miss a shot with our dedicated live text commentary.

  156. Hull news conference

    Steve Bruce

    Abel Hernandez

    We told you earlier that Steve Bruce expects to have Nikica Jelavic, Abel Hernandez, Gaston Ramirez, Andrew Robertson and Alex Bruce back for this weekend's match with Newcastle, and now we can get some quotes from the man himself.

    "It looks like we might have some back," said Bruce. "We've been away for four or five days and managed to get some training into Jelavic, Hernandez and Robertson. You can add Ramirez to that list too.

    "It's not ideal and we'd like another week for all of them if we're being honest, but as long as they come through training today it looks as though they'll be ok."

  157. New Ferrari launch

    Formula 1

    Let's put a little more meat on the bones of the new Ferrari launch, including a nice graphic from Ferrari outlining a few key facts and stats.

    The James Allison-designed car - the SF15-T - has undergone a major overhaul after last season's disappointing campaign, which was so bad it accounted for two team principals by the end of the year.

    Ferrari stas

    A redesigned nose and sidepods are the most notable visible changes to the bodywork, while much work has gone on beneath the carbon fibre, with the Ferrari engine significantly overhauled.

    Fernando Alonso may have gone but four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel arrives from Red Bull to partner Kimi Raikkonen.

  158. Charlton striker heads out on loan

    Football

    Want some Championship transfer tittle-tattle? You are in luck.

    Charlton Athletic allow striker George Tucudean to join Romanian leaders Steaua Bucharest on loan until the end of the 2015-16 season.

    The 23-year-old joined the Addicks on a three-year contract from Standard Liege in July, making 23 appearances for the club.

  159. New Ferrari breaks cover

    Formula 1

    Ferrari

    We brought you the 2015 Sauber in its spanking new yellow and blue livery earlier, but it was always safe to assume that the colour of Ferrari's new motor would be less of a surprise.

    And lo, it came to pass that new new Ferrari was indeed red. And there was much rejoicing.

  160. Bath sign prop Lahiff

    Rugby Union

    Bathsign former London Irish prop Max Lahiff from Melbourne Rebels and the 25-year-old could make his debut for the Premiership side on Saturday when Bath play Harlequins in the LV= Cup.

  161. Done deal - Destro joins Milan

    Football

    Mattia Destro

    While the English Premier League transfer market is yet to catch fire, there is confirmation of a smoking hot transfer in Italy's Serie A.

    Italy striker Mattia Destro joins struggling giants AC Milan from title-chasing Roma and has been unveiled by the Rossoneri today.

    The 23-year-old scored 13 league goals as Roma finished runners-up to Juventus last season, but has fallen out of coach Rudi Garcia's plans this term.

    He joins 11th-placed Milan on loan with a view to a permanent deal at the end of the season.

  162. Schurrle edging closer to Wolfsburg move

    Football

    Andre Schurrle and Jose Mourinho
    Image caption: "And when you get to the end of the King's Road, just keep going all the way to the coast."

    Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle is on the verge of completing his return to the Bundesliga after his agent confirmed a "verbal agreement" had been reached with Wolfsburg.

    A fee of around £22.5m is reported to have been agreed for the transfer, which Schurrle's agent Ingo Haspel told Germany's SID agency "should go through on Friday".

    "There are still a few things to discuss, but we're no longer talking about figures," Haspel added.

  163. GB teams await Euro draw

    Wheelchair basketball

    Elizabeth Hudson

    BBC Sport at Worcester Cathedral

    "It's a chilly morning in Worcester as the Great Britain men's and women's teams prepare for the draw for the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships which take place at the city's university from 28 August to 7 September.

    "The men are bidding for a third gold medal in a row in the event while the women were third two years ago in Germany and are hoping to continue the form which saw them finish fifth at last year's World Championships in Canada."

  164. England into tri-series final against Australia

    Cricket

    James Taylor and Jos Buttler

    England beat India by three wickets in Perth to reach the tri-series final against Australia this weekend.

    Chasing 201 for victory, England got over the line with four overs to spare.

    James Taylor's 82 - part of a 125-run stand with Jos Buttler - earned him the man-of-the-match honours.

    Get the full lowdown on England's win here.

  165. Djokovic wins third set

    Tennis

    We all knew this Australian Open semi-final would be tighter than a Yorkshireman's wallet* and so it is proving.

    World number one Novak Djokovic sneaks a 6-4 win in the third set, nudging himself ahead against defending champion Stan Wawrinka. Remember, the winner faces Great Britain's Andy Murray in Sunday's final.

    Follow all the action, as I'm sure Murray is, with our dedicated live text commentary.

    * We are both Yorkshiremen so we're allowed to say that...

  166. Mackay on Wigan exodus

    Football

    Malky Mackay

    Wigan Athletic manager Malky Mackay has been talking at the end of a week that has seen the departures of Shaun Maloney, Ben Watson, Adam Forshaw, Callum McManaman and Ivan Ramis. This, after three earlier January departures.

    "I knew when I took the job on there had to be a restructure of the squad in terms of it being leaner and also dealing with the contract situation so that then really comes to pass when the January window opens up," said Mackay. "It was a process that was going to start in January and we are in the middle of it.

    "Depending on situations there may be another couple on the fringes that may leave but in the main it will be about trying to replenish the squad."

  167. Get involved

    BBC Sport Facebook

    Damien Morris: Shaun Wright-Phillips. He had so much promise at such a young age for his club and country. He can't even make a matchday squad let along the starting eleven for QPR these days.

    Stuart Inns: Bony will be a forgotten man.

    Adam Middleton: Shinji Kagawa was a prime example of this problem.

  168. Arsenal news conference

    Arsene Wenger

    On the fitness of striker Danny Welbeck (thigh) and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin).

    "If I were to gamble, gamble, gamble, Danny Welbeck could be available for Sunday. But it would be a big gamble after such a long time out. But he's definitely available for next week.

    "I think next week's game at Tottenham will come a little bit early for Chamberlain."

  169. England v India: update from Perth

    Cricket

    Jos Buttler

    Another wicket has just gone down in Perth and England are 191-6 in pursuit of 201 to win with over six overs still to come.

    Barring anything silly happening, victory looks a formality, with a place in the tri-series final against Australia England's prize.

    Keep up with the denouement here.

  170. Saints star signs new deal

    Football

    Ward-Prowse

    Some breaking news crashing out of Southampton - and it relates to a signing! Sort of.

    England Under-21 midfielder James Ward-Prowse signs a new five-year contract with the Premier League surprise package.

    "There's not many clubs in the country, or the world, who give young players the chance to play in the biggest league in the world," the 20-year-old tells the Saints' official website.

    "I'm very fortunate that I've been given that chance and now it's time to repay the faith that the club have shown in me."

  171. Chelsea v Manchester City (Saturday 17:30 GMT)

    Football

    Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini

    "I have said since before the season started that Chelsea are the best team in the Premier League and I expect them to prove it on Saturday."

    In his BBC column, Robbie Savage explains why, although Chelsea have weaknesses, they will still be too strong for Manchester City this weekend. Read his full analysis here.

  172. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Football's forgotten men - that's what we're talking about today. Because Scott Sinclair (remember him?) and Anderson (remember him too?) are about to leave Manchester for pastures new after being frozen out at City and United.

    Here are a few of your Twitter suggestions, once you remembered their names of course...

    Uchenna Okolo: I'll put Marko Marin up there. Had so much potential but then I realised it was loan move potential.

    Jack Ellacott: Surely Sergei Rebrov is the ultimate forgotten player?

    Phat James: Kayode Odejayi, played for Barnsley, scored a header in FA Cup to knock-out Chelsea, got a Nigeria call up and disappeared.

  173. Arsenal news conference

    Arsene Wenger

    What did the Manchester City result do for everybody's belief?

    "It helped, of course. We were questioned about that, because we couldn't do that last season in the Premier League. To get that weight off the shoulders helps."

    What result would you like to see when Chelsea play Manchester City?

    "When two big teams play each other, you always want a draw. Most of the time, you get it."

    "I think a draw would be an acceptable result for Manchester City, because it would keep them in the rac