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  1. Sportsday Live

    That's it for Sportsday Live for Monday.

    It will return on Tuesday at 08:00 BST. Have a good evening.

  2. Post update

    Starting soon

    BBC Radio 5 live

    There's plenty of sporting chat on BBC Radio 5 live on Monday evening.

    From 19:00 BST, it's the Monday Night Club as presenter Kelly Cates is joined by Mark Lawrenson, Shay Given and Danny Mills as they look ahead to the new football season.

    Then, at 21:00 the sport switches to cricket and The Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show where Alison Mitchell, Phil Tufnell and Graham Gooch look back at England's win in the third Test.

  3. United close to Pedro deal


    The Daily Mirror reports that Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is set to tie up a £20m deal for Barcelona winger Pedro in the next 48 hours - and is now being offered Real Madrid defender Pepe.

    Pedro has fallen down the pecking order at the Nou Camp but Barcelona are still holding out for the £24m buy-out clause in his contract.

    He has been offered a four year deal with a further one-year option and is keen to move to Manchester United to strengthen his Euro 2016 chances.

  4. York sign Frickley striker Thompson


    York City have signed striker Reece Thompson from seventh-tier side Frickley Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

    The 21-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the League Two team after a successful trial.

    Thompson scored 16 goals in 32 games for the Northern Premier League side last season.

  5. Get involved - where's the money gone?


    Bought for a fortune, sold for much, much less.

    Ged Lynam: Diouf & Diao at Houllier's Liverpool cost something like £18m left for nowt after being loaned out to anyone who'd take them.


    George Gray: Robinho £32.5m to Man City. Average. Sold to AC Milan for much less. Also James Milner (much better buy but a £25m loss).

    Pied Piper: Sir Alex Ferguson bought Robin van Persie for £24m and Louis van Gaal sold him to Fenerbache for £5m.

  6. Mertesacker believes Arsenal are ready


    Per Mertesacker

    Defender Per Mertesacker claims Arsenal's victory over Chelsea in the FA Community Shield at Wembley shows the squad are ready to provide the answers to questions about their title credentials.

    "It was a good test for both teams a week before the season," he said.

    "It [the Premier League title] is decided by details, and which team can maintain a good spirit, that level of focus which is vital throughout the season. They (Chelsea) have shown it, and we have to step up and do more than last season, so that is the question for us.

    "We asked the question to ourselves and you could see we really want to compete and do the next step."

  7. Nicholl issues funding ban warning


    UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl says any British athlete caught up in the latest drugs scandal to hit athletics faces a life ban from receiving funding if doping is proved.

    The Sunday Times published data from 5,000 athletes, which it says reveals an "extraordinary extent of cheating" and Nicholl has expressed concern.

    "My thoughts on this is that no matter how unpalatable the revelations are, the truth has got to be told so that the integrity of the sport is protected," she said.

    "We have a zero tolerance of doping. Any athlete who has a case to answer is suspended [from the funding programme] and if they are found guilty of a serious doping offence they are banned from receiving the funding for life."

  8. How Peaty won World gold


    Ross Murdoch and Adam Peaty

    In case you missed it earlier, Britain's Adam Peaty won gold in the men's 100m breaststroke at the World Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia to become GB's first world champion in the event for 40 years.

    Peaty edged out South African Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh while fellow GB swimmer Ross Murdoch claimed bronze.

    You can watch how Peaty created history on the BBC Sport website.

  9. Gordon shows musical skill


    Craig Gordon

    Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon might be used to directing matters on the field but his attempt at another type of conducting has met with mixed results.

    Ahead of boarding a flight from Glasgow to Baku for Celtic's Champions League qualifier against Qarabag, Gordon seized the chance to conduct the Scottish National Orchestra in a performance of Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights from the ballet Romeo and Juliet (also known as the theme from The Apprentice).

    Does he get fired? You can make up your mind!

  10. Bevington to join Nottingham Forest


    Adrian Bevington

    The FA's former Club England managing director Adrian Bevington is to join Nottingham Forest, initially as a consultant.

    The role will be part-time to start with, though if it goes well, could well be expanded into a permanent, wider role. Bevington worked with England managers such as Sven-Goran Eriksson, Kevin Keegan and Roy Hodgson.

    The Reds have been without a chief executive since the resignation of Paul Faulkner, in the wake of manager Stuart Pearce's sacking, in February this year.

  11. Norwich's Mulumbu faces spell on sidelines


    Youssouf Mulumbu

    Norwich midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu will miss the opening part of the season after suffering a broken metatarsal in the friendly against Brentford on Saturday.

    The former West Bromwich Albion midfielder and Democratic Republic of Congo international will undergo an operation on the injury on Monday after picking up the knock in the second half of City's 2-1 win over the Bees at Carrow Road.

    City boss Alex Neil said: "Unfortunately Youssouf has a fractured metatarsal which requires immediate surgery. We anticipate his recovery should take several weeks and this is something we will be able to assess further after the operation has taken place."

  12. Defeat for Bedene


    Aljaz Bedene

    British number two Aljaz Bedene is out of the Generali Open in Austria in the first round.

    Bedene was beaten 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-1 by Austrian wildcard Dennis Novak who was claiming his first win at ATP level.

    The world number 256 will play third seed Fabio Fognini of Italy in the second round.

  13. Get involved - where's the money gone?


    Want your name on the Sportsday page? Well, it's easy. Just come up with a suggestion for our latest talking point. We are asking for those players that cost a fortune, and left on the cheap.

    Tom Armstrong: Darren Bent. Signed by Villa for £24m. Released by Villa at the end of last season.

    Meetal Tailor: Manchester United spent a (then) British transfer record £28m on Juan Sebastian Veron to be sold to Chelsea for £15m two years later.

    Park Chu-Young

    AMF: Park Chu-Young signed for Arsenal for £5m from Monaco, August 2011. Started one game. Scored once vs Bolton in the League Cup.

    Tweet using #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  14. Pogba signs for Partick


    Guinea international Mathias Pogba, the older brother of Juventus midfielder Paul, has signed a one-year contract with Partick Thistle, with the option to extend by a further year.

    The 24-year-old striker, older brother of Juventus midfielder Paul, moved to Wrexham in the National Conference in August 2010 and after two seasons there transferred to Crewe and signed for Pescara last summer before joining League One Crawley Town.

  15. Mourinho and Wenger set to meet on Tuesday


    Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and his Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho will meet for the first time on Tuesday since failing to shake hands in Sunday's Community Shield match at Wembley.

    The pair are both due to attend a Premier League managers meeting in London on Tuesday afternoon where rule changes and various other issues will be discussed ahead of the new season.

  16. Morgan to get Middlesex break


    Eoin Morgan

    Middlesex are to rest England's limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan for their next four games ahead of his international commitments with Australia.

    Morgan will sit out three Royal London One-Day Cup matches and a Championship clash with Sussex ahead of England's fixtures against Australia later in the month with James Franklin taking over.

  17. Benitez expects Bale and Benzema to stay


    Gareth Bale

    Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez remains confident Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema will both still be at the Bernabeu this coming season despite ongoing speculation about their futures.

    Bale has long been linked with a move to Manchester United while Arsenal are believed to be keen on the French international.

    "Gareth is a huge player for us and I know that he's happy. I'm not going to talk about offers. Everything is well and he's going to have a good season with us I'm sure," said Benitez.

    On speculation about Benzema, the former Liverpool boss added: "My answer is that I think Benzema is going to stay with us. I'm very happy with him. There's no reason to think that he's going to go."

  18. Poznan sanctioned for racist sign


    Polish champions Lech Poznan will be forced to play a match behind closed doors as punishment for a racist sign at a Champions League qualifier.

    Uefa took action after the offending banner appeared among Poznan's fans in the 2-0 Champions League second qualifying round first-leg win at Bosnian club FK Sarajevo on 14 July.

    The club was also given a £35,000 fine.

  19. Lambert eyes England return


    Rickie Lambert

    Rickie Lambert has told the Birmingham Mail that he hopes his move to West Brom from Liverpool can win him back a place in Roy Hodgson's England set-up.

    The 33-year-old, who made his debut for his new side on Friday, made the last of his 11 appearances as a substitute in England's 3-1 win at Celtic Park against Scotland in November 2014 after scoring against the same opposition in August 2013 on his debut.

    "You have just got to believe in yourself and hopefully if I play like I did in a couple of seasons at Southampton then there's no reason why I can't get back in there," he said.

    "I scored 15 goals and then 13 goals for Southampton and obviously it is over a year since I did that but I have just got to get back to that now. I've just got to ignore the comments and focus on my football."

  20. O'Connor wins world bronze


    Siobhan Marie O'Connor wins bronze in the 200m individual medley at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

    Hungary's Katinka Hosszu took gold in a new world record time of two minutes 6.12 seconds while Japan's Kanako Watanabe claimed silver. O'Connor's GB team-mate Hannah Miley was fifth.

  21. North set to miss warm-up game

    Rugby Union

    George North

    British and Irish Lions winger George North is unlikely to play in Wales' first World Cup warm-up match against Ireland in Cardiff on Saturday, 8 August.

    The 23-year-old missed the final 10 weeks of last season after suffering his third concussion in a five-month period but he could feature in the return Ireland fixture in Dublin on 29 August.

  22. Solid


    A stat on Leicester new boy N'Gola Kante which should make Foxes fans feel reassured.

  23. Young staying put

    Football gossip

    Despite interest from Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle, Ashley Young is set to stay at Manchester United after signing a three year contract, reports the Daily Star.

    Ashley Young

    Having had a poor season under David Moyes in 2013/14 the 30-year-old's future at Old Trafford was in doubt.

    However a strong performance in the left wing-back position under Louis Van Gaal's managership has helped secure his new £120,000 per week contract.

  24. Get involved - where's the money gone?


    Today's talking point is the expensive players that were sold for less than what they were bought for.

    Kieron Dyer

    Andrew Askew: All from Ipswich: Dyer to Newcastle, Kiwomya to Arsenal, Dozzell to Spurs, Great sales but then sold on at huge losses.

    Tom Patrick: Alberto Aquilani to Liverpool for £20 million then sold to Fiorentina three years later for £7m after scoring two goals in 28 matches.

    Andrew Povah: Who can forget the nightmare that was Massimo Taibi, signed for Manchester United for £4.5m, flopped around in goal for four games and sold for £2.5m.

  25. Johnson in court


    England and Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has appeared before a judge on child sex charges.

    The 28-year-old, who has played 12 times for England, appeared at Durham Crown Court for a hearing ahead of a trial due to take place on 10 February.

    The winger has pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child under 16 and another of grooming.

    Mr Johnson, from Castle Eden, County Durham, remains on conditional bail.

  26. Rooney gets individual 400m spot


    Martyn Rooney

    European champion Martyn Rooney has won a British Athletics appeal and has been given an individual spot in the 400m for the World Championships in Beijing later this month.

    Rooney had already been selected in the relay and now joins Jarryd Dunn and Rabah Yousif Bkheit who had already been selected for the 400m last week.

    "I'm happy that my appeal was successful," said Rooney. "Now I can focus on preparing for the world championships and representing Great Britain to the best of my ability."

  27. Bad dribbler


    Maybe United fans shouldn't be too upset about Angel Di Maria imminent transfer to PSG after all...

  28. Bale to face Tottenham

    Audi Cup Tournament

    Gareth Bale will face his old club tomorrow as Real Madrid take on Tottenham in the Audi Cup.

    The 26-man Real Madrid squad, including Toni Kroos and Lucas Vasquez, has arrived in Germany ahead of the game at the Allianz Arena in Munich (kick-off 17:15 BST).

    Real Madrid

    The team are without Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, who are injured.

    The winner of the game will face either Milan or the hosts, Bayern Munich.

  29. Get involved - where's the money gone?


    Some more of those players that cost loads, and went for little.

    Face: Jo bought by Man City for £19 million. Loaned out three times, somehow ended up back at City then disappeared on a free.

    Paolo Di Canio

    Christian Evans: Sheff Wed signed Paolo Di Canio from Celtic for 4.2m, one shove of the referee later, sold to West Ham for 1.5m.

    Alistair Smalley: Anderson, cost United £20+million and left on a free to Internacional.

    Get involved on Twitter using #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  30. Dallas to Leeds


    BBC reporter Adam Pope on Twitter on the man expected to become Leeds United's next signing.

  31. Collison to manage Posh youngster


    Peterborough United have named former West Ham midfielder Jack Collisonas manager of their Under-21 side.


    The 26-year-old Wales International, who remains registered as a player, will also be in charge of the first team for Tuesday's pre-season friendly against Bishop's Stortford.

    Collison was tipped for big things when he burst on to the scene at West Ham but suffered a strong of injuries which badly hampered his progress and led to his release from Upton Park in summer 2014.

  32. Foxes strike again


    Some more on Leicester's second signing of the day - defender Yohan Benalouane.

    The 28-year-old, who is 6'2 and wears the number 29 shirt, has joined the Foxes on a four-year deal from Serie A side Atalanta.


    After coming through the ranks at French side Saint-Etienne, Benalouane moved to Italy in 2010, when he signed for newly promoted Cesena in Serie A. He joined Parma in 2012, then Atlanta two years later.

    Leicester kick off their season on Saturday against Sunderland.

  33. O'Connor hopes to overthrow the Iron Lady


    Siobhan Marie O'Connor

    After Adam Peaty's gold and Ross Murdoch's bronze, Siobhan-Marie O'Connor will do battle with 'iron lady' Katinka Hosszu in the 200m individual medley (16:54 BST) hoping for another medal. The Hungarian certainly is the favourite, but don't rule out the Brit.

    Before that, keep an eye out too for Commonwealth champion Ben Proud in the 50m fly final (16:17) - any of the eight finalists could challenge for the podium in that one!

  34. Leicester swoop again


    It's all going off at Leicester today - the Foxes have made their second signing of the day.

    Earlier they signed midfielder N'Golo Kante from French side Caen for an undisclosed fee.

    Claudio Ranieri has clearly been a busy man.

  35. Get involved - where's the money gone?


    We are talking about expensive signings, that were sold or let go on the cheap. Here are some more comments.

    Michael Owen

    Dan: Biggest waste of money - Michael Owen at Newcastle - £16M for 71 appearances, 26 goals (£615k per goal), walks away on a free.

    Ollie Johnston: Daniel Prodan - Rangers signed him for £2.5m pre World Cup. He got injured WC'98, never played for Rangers and was released.

    Matt: Bolton Wanderers bought Elmander for £8.2m and he was given to Galatasaray on a free.

    Keep those suggestions coming in to us. Use #bbcsportsday.

  36. Manchester United kit furore


    Manchester United kit

    Female fans of Manchester United have come out in support of the new women's replica shirt, which has a different neckline to the men's.

    According to the Manchester Evening News, the club had been accused of sexism after they released a shirt with a plunging neckline.

    But fans have backed the new kit which was produced as part of the club's £750m deal with sportswear manufacturer adidas.

  37. Headlines at 4

    Swimming: British world record holder Adam Peaty won gold in the men's 100m breaststroke at the World Swimming Championships.

    Football: Crystal Palace have signed Connor Wickham from Sunderland on a five-year deal for an initial fee of £7m.


    Football: The multi-millionaire Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has given his agent Jorge Mendes a Greek island as a wedding present, media reports say.

    Baseball: A nine-year-old boy has died after being accidentally hit on the head by a bat during a baseball game in the USA.

  38. Ultimate Football League managers' XI


    Remember our debate from earlier? It was name the best players to have managed Football League clubs.

    Well, we reckon we have a winner. Thanks to reader David Payne for the team below...

  39. White supports umpire's call


    Hampshire director of cricket Giles White has told BBC Radio Solent that the umpires made the right choice to abandon their One-Day Cup match against Glamorgan over fears of "a dangerous pitch".

    Sunday's match in Cardiff was called off after Hampshire openers Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams were both hit on the helmet by deliveries from fast bowler Michael Hogan.

  40. What makes Peaty so good?


    Nick Hope

    BBC Olympic sports reporter

    How has Adam Peaty been able to dominate breaststroke events?

    Eighteen months ago few in the sport, let alone outside of it, had heard of the City of Derby swimmer but he began to show his potential at the British Championships last year, winning 50m breaststroke gold and claiming silver over the 100m and 200m distances.

    Adam Peaty

    Then came a stunning Commonwealth Games 100m gold, a 50m European gold and world record, which really made the leading athletes take note.

    Rebecca Adlington describes him as an 'animal' in reference to his incredible beast-like performances both in land-based and water-based training while GB's head coach Bill Furniss calls Peaty the 'perfect professional' and 'ultimate athlete'.

  41. Sexwale ponders Fifa presidency


    It seems that Uefa president Michel Platini may have a rival for the Fifa presidency

  42. BreakingPeaty wins world gold


    And no sooner have we mentioned it than Adam Peaty wins gold in the 100m breaststroke final at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

    Peaty won it on the touch from South African Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh with fellow Briton Ross Murdoch taking bronze.

  43. Peaty goes for gold


    Adam Peaty

    Britain's Adam Peaty is about to go for gold right now at the World Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia.

    The 20-year-old goes up against South African Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh in Monday's 100m breaststroke final, having set world records in the 50m and 100m breaststroke during a fine 12 months.

    Watch live coverage on BBC Two, or press the live coverage button at the top of this page. Coverage also on 5 live Sports Extra.

  44. Get involved - where's the money gone?

    Leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page

    More of those players that cost a fortune and were sold for a lot less.

    Joshua Griffiths: £11.5 million for Steve Marlet to Fulham. Cost us about £1m per goal scored.

    Robbie Keane

    Matt Handcock: Robbie Keane moved to Liverpool from Spurs for around £20m and then back to Spurs for £12m just six months later.

    Mark Onley: City lost £13m on Dzeko and god knows how much they lost on Tevez but I think they made good money on Negredo.

  45. 'No surgery required' - Valencia


    An update on West Ham's Enner Valencia from the man himself.

    He has just been on Instagram to write: "I would like to thank everyone for the support and the affection shown on this difficult moment. Thanks God, today I received great news as I won't need surgery."

  46. Charged

    Rugby League

  47. BreakingValencia injury blow


    West Ham United's Enner Valencia has been ruled out for 12 weeks with a leg injury.

    The 25-year-old suffered the injury during last Thursday's UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg tie with Astra Giurgiu, as pictured below.


    In a statement on their website, West Ham said: "The outcome of a scan is that there is now a very small chance that he will need an operation.

    "He will spend the next three weeks in a walking boot and using crutches but if everything goes to plan we hope that he will be available for selection again within 10 to 12 weeks."

  48. Head for heights


    Here's Gary Hunt in cliff diving action? Warning: only carry on reading if you've a head for heights.


    And another...


    And finally...


    Rather him than us.

  49. Hunt tops the leaderboard


    Britain's Gary Hunt has taken the lead in the men's cliff diving at the world championships in Russia, making him the gold medal favorite in Wednesday's final rounds.

    Hunt's spectacular three-somersault, four-twist dive off the 27-meter platform was the best-scoring effort of the day, picking up 161.20 points.

    That gave him a total of 381.10, ahead of the United States' David Colturi in second on 359.10.

    Want some idea of the kind of dives Hunt does? Check out the pics in the next entry...

  50. Where's the money gone?


    Which players cost a fortune and were then sold for peanuts?

    Ryan Conway: Dani Osvaldo for Southampton. Cost £15m and was just released.

    Rob E: Liverpool stand to take a huge loss on Mario Balotelli if anyone ever wants to take him. Such a shame, that man's career was so promising.


    Mark Pearce: Bebe. Cost United a reported £7m and was reportedly sold for a packet of salt and vinegar crisps.

    We're not totally sure on that last point Mark, but Bebe is definitely a worthy addition.

    Keep your suggestions coming into us. Tweet us using #bbcsportsday or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  51. 'Delighted'


    Connor Wickham on his has been on Twitter and Instagram to celebrate his big-money move to Crystal Palace.

    Connor Wickham
  52. Date set for North return?

    Rugby Union

    Wales hope George North could return in their World Cup warm-up in Ireland on 29 August as the Northampton wing has been out for almost five months out after suffering concussion.


    North was knocked unconscious in a collision with Nathan Hughes while scoring his second try in Northampton's Premiership win over Wasps on 27 March.

    The 23-year-old - who has scored 22 tries in 48 Wales Tests - had suffered three knocks to the head in six months before his layoff.

  53. Looking sharp

    Formula 1/Fashion

    Lewis Hamilton has been on Instagram to show off his new haircut.


    It's, well, interesting. More to the point, though, is how on earth did he describe what he wanted to his hairdresser?

  54. Missing man


    Bad news for Everton. The club's most expensive pre-season signing Gerard Deulofeu is expected to miss the opening Premier League game against Watford.


    The 21-year-old, who spent the 2013-14 season on loan from Barcelona, suffered a hamstring injury in the Asia Trophy in Singapore a fortnight ago.

    "He's already working at 60% so I don't expect him to be too far away," Martinez said. "Maybe the weekend will be too early for him."

  55. Get involved - Where's the money gone?


    We are asking for suggestions for those players that cost a fortune and left for a lot less.

    Fernando Torres

    Nii Dani El: Fernando Torres bought from Liverpool for £50m and practically left Chelsea to AC Milan then Atletico Madrid for free.

    Adam Jones: Andy Carroll £35m to Liverpool, £15m to West Ham.

    Chukwuma W. Okwoli: £15m spent on Arshavin at the time was big money for Arsenal. I think we sold him back to Zenit for much less.

    Get involved by tweeting us using #bbcsportsday or by leaving a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  56. Foster keen to get back in action


    West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster is set to miss the start of the Premier League season as he continues his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury which he sustained in March. But the 32-year-old is busy continuing his rehabilitation.

  57. Ferguson admits to nerves before testimonial


    Duncan Ferguson

    He might have terrified opponents during his playing days but Duncan Ferguson admitted to being wracked by nerves ahead of his testimonial game between Everton and Villarreal at Goodison Park on Sunday.

    "I was very nervous, more so because I didn't know if the shirt was going to fit," the 43-year-old told the Liverpool Echo.

    "I'd not had chance to put it on. So that was one hurdle I had to overcome.

    "It was nerve-wracking but it was a proud day to play in front of these fans and for my family to be here and to play in front of the chairman and these top players, it was really amazing. I wish I could roll back the clock 20 years."

  58. Quintana to take part in Vuelta


    Nairo Quintana

    Tour de France runner-up Nairo Quintana will compete in the Spanish Vuelta, which starts on 22 August.

    The Colombian, who rides for the Movistar team, will be joined by former Vuelta champion Alejandro Valverde, who was third in this year's Tour.

    Quintana crashed out of last year's Vuelta following his victory at the 2014 Giro.

  59. No rest for United stars


    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    It has emerged Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal had a non-too-pleasant surprise for his players when they returned from their pre-season tour of the United States last Thursday.

    After spending 18 days away from home, the United squad found their return to their families had been delayed - by an additional training session.

    Although physically, the light session was a good idea after an eight-hour flight from Chicago, the United players were not too happy at the prospect of spending more time on the training ground after the number of double sessions they were put through in the USA.

  60. Huth happy for Ranieri return


    Robert Huth

    Leicester defender Robert Huth is pleased to be reunited with new Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri - the man who gave him his Premier League debut in 2002 while the pair were at Chelsea.

    "I was only 17 at the time and he let me train with the first team from just before my 17th birthday." said Huth, who scored the first of his side's goals in Saturday's pre-season win against Birmingham at St Andrew's.

    "That was good first team experience at that young age and he gave me my debut.

    "He's slightly different in that he likes to set up a little more defensively and start with a clean sheets. That's something we're keen to do - stay solid - and maybe score a few more goals. The way we finished last season was tremendous and we'll try to keep it tight at the back and score a few more goals up front."

  61. Get involved


    Roberto Soldado

    Earlier today (12:00 BST) we mentioned that Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado has been linked with an £11m move to Villarreal, £15m less than what Spurs bought the Spaniard for.

    So in our next debate topic we want to know those players that have cost clubs a fortune, but then left for a much lower price.

    Get involved on Twitter using #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  62. Gradel close to Bournemouth return


    Max Gradel

    Bournemouth are on the verge of re-signing the Ivory Coast international Max Gradel from St Etienne. The former Leeds winger is having a medical ahead of the move being completed.

    He previously spent time on loan with Bournemouth in 2007/08, has played over 40 times for Ivory Coast and scored 17 times in Ligue 1 last year as St Etienne qualified for the Europa League.

  63. Who is Connor Wickham?


    Connor Wickham

    Here's more about Connor Wickham who has become Crystal Palace's fourth signing of the summer after his move from Sunderland.

    The 22-year-old joined the Black Cats for £8m in 2011 from Ipswich, where he made his debut aged just 16 years and 11 days.

    He scored 15 goals in 91 games for Sunderland and helped them avoid the drop in 2013-14 when he netted five in their last six games.

    But the England Under-21 international struggled to make a consistent impact at the Stadium of Light and was loaned out to Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday during his time in the north-east.

  64. The votes are in


    Angel Di Maria

    In our vote we asked if Manchester United should be selling Angel Di Maria.

    You have voted in your thousands and it was a tight one. The winner, only just, with 48% was yes, that United are right to be getting rid of the Argentine midfielder, while 46% said 'no' and the rest said 'not sure'.

  65. No surgery for Valencia


    Enner Valencia leaves the pitch on a stretcher

    West Ham forward Enner Valencia has said on Instagram that he does not require surgery following a potentially serious injury on Thursday night.

    The club said on Friday that the 25-year-old had suffered what "appears to be a significant injury to his right knee and right ankle" in Thursday's Europa League draw against Astra Giurgiu and refused to put a time-frame on his return ahead of a meeting with a consultant.

    "I would like to thank everyone for the support and the affection shown on this difficult moment. Thanks God, today I received great news as I won't need surgery, all the best!" he wrote.

  66. Bojan nears return


    Bojan Krkic

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes has told the club website that striker Bojan Krkic is progressing well from his knee injury but the Spaniard will take more time to regain full match fitness.

    The former Barcelona forward suffered a cruciate ligament knee injury in an FA Cup tie against Rochdale in January, ruling him out for the rest of the season but made his return in Sunday's Colonia Cup defeat against Portugese side FC Porto.

    "It's obvious at the moment that he is not quite there yet and he understands that but with the progress he is making then he will get there very soon, but it's one of those things that will certainly take a bit of time," Hughes added.

  67. Austin will 'probably' leave


    QPR striker Charlie Austin - and midfielder Leroy Fer - are likely to leave the club in the summer transfer window, according to boss Chris Ramsey.

    The pair sat out QPR's pre-season friendly against Atalanta on Sunday.

    Charlie Austin and Leroy Fer

    Both have been heavily linked with moves awa from Loftus Road following QPR's relegation to the Championship.

    "People are very interested. We know it's a financial situation where the players, given the right offer, will probably go," Ramsey told BBC London 94.9.

  68. 'Amateurs'


    Hull City chairman Assem Allam is clearly not one to refrain from speaking his mind, branding the Football Association as "amateurs" after his plan to rebrand the club was blocked.

    Allam wanted to rename the Championship club Hull Tigers, but the change was rejected by the FA Council in July.

    Assem Allam

    "It is a sad day that most of the people who make the decisions are amateurs," Allam told the Sun.

    "To go global, we need to market ourselves. The shorter the name, the better."

  69. Wickham signs for Palace


    There is another new signing at Selhurst Park ahead of the start of the Premier League season.

  70. Who is N'Golo Kante?


    A little more on Leicester's capture of Caen midfielder N'Golo Kante.


    The 24-year-old - who started his career at US Boulogne and joined Caen two years ago -has joined the Foxes for a fee of about £6m and will be new manager Claudio Ranieri's first signing for the club.

    Kante made 37 appearances for the French top-flight side last season, scoring two goals.

    The Frenchman joins Robert Huth, Christian Fuchs and Shinji Okazaki as new arrivals at Leicester, who finished 14th in the Premier League last season.

  71. Replacing Raheem?

    Football gossip

    Denis Cheryshev

    Liverpool are looking to snap up Real Madrid winger Denis Cheryshev for £14.9 million reports the Daily Telegraph

    Although not first choice for Real Madrid the Russian has impressed whilst on loan to Villarreal.

    Cheryshev is considered to be a good replacement for Raheem Sterling, but Liverpool are also reportedly interested in Barcelona's Adama Traore.

  72. Terry keen to move on from Arsenal loss


    John Terry

    Chelsea captain John Terry has urged his side to use the pain of Sunday's Community Shield defeat by Arsenal as a wake-up call ahead of their Premier League title defence.

    "It's horrible, it's not nice [to lose]," Terry told the Evening Standard. "At the same time, it could be a blessing in disguise or wakeup call - not that we need it, because in the squad we've got experience and character.

    "It's the first trophy of the season, but it's gone now so we've got to move on. We've got the Premier League to concentrate on, so we go again."

  73. New Leicester signing


    Leicester City have added to their squad for the new season.

  74. Vote now


    The more eagle-eyed among you will have spotted we have a vote up and running.

    It is this: Should Manchester United be selling Angel Di Maria?


    You'll find the vote towards the top of this page. Please do join in, we want to find out what you reckon.

    You haven't got long though - the vote closes at 13:15 BST.

  75. Wolves double?


  76. What a strike


    We mentioned a little while ago that Christian Benteke had got his Liverpool career off to a flying start by scoring a stunning volley in his first pre-season game for the Reds.

    Well if you click right here, you can see it for yourselves.


    Benteke, signed from Aston Villa for £32.5m, found the net against Swindon Town. It's well worth a look.

  77. Ferguson and Rooney attend funeral


    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Sir Alex Ferguson was amongst those to give a reading at the funeral of Manchester United's vision scientist, Professor Gail Stephenson, in Worsley this morning.

    Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, vice-captain Michael Carrick and assistant manager Ryan Giggs were also in attendance, along with rugby league international Adrian Morley.

    Stephenson died last month, aged 62.

    Ferguson spoke of how she raised concerns about the difficulty of seeing United's infamous grey kit long before he replaced it during half-time of a Premier League game at Southampton in 1996.

  78. Robinson to Dons


    The 33-year-old centre back made over 300 appearances for Millwall, before joining Portsmouth last year. He left the club by mutual consent earlier in the summer.

  79. Le Fondre latest


    A confirmation, of sorts, that Adam Le Fondre is on his way from Cardiff to Wolves on a season-long loan, as mentioned earlier...

  80. Hendry pleads guilty


    Former Scotland and Blackburn Rovers captain Colin Hendry has pleaded guilty to harassing his ex-girlfriend.

    Hendry, 49, admitted sending unwanted text messages and emails to beautician Sarah Kinder after she ended their relationship in March.

    Colin Hendry

    An allegation of common assault against Hendry was dropped after Ms Kinder retracted her statement.

    Sentencing was adjourned until 20 August for the Probation Service to carry out a report.

  81. Le Fondre move on

    Football gossip

    Wolves are closing in on the signing of Cardiff forward Adam Le Fondre on a season-long loan, reports the Birmingham Mail.


    Le Fondre is reported to be undergoing a medical. The loan will be with a view to a permanent move at the end of the forthcoming season.

  82. Question time

    Get set to have your brains tested - here's today's teaser from our colleagues at Question of Sport.

    Name the eight men since 2008 to have won an F1 Grand Prix who have never won the Driver's Championship?

    A tricky one indeed, we'll bring you the answers later this afternoon.

  83. Get involved

    We are asking for those great players that managed clubs in the Football League. Here are some more suggestions.

    Ged Lynam: Kevin Keegan for Newcastle.

    Paul Merson

    Neil Ravenscroft: Players who managed in the Football League? Merson at Walsall. My God he was rubbish.

    Andy Hammond: Alan Ball should be the first name on the team sheet.

  84. Henderson keen to forget Stoke loss


    Jordan Henderson

    Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insists the Reds will banish any thoughts of their previous visit to the Britannia Stadium when they start the season at Stoke City this weekend - the venue where they lost 6-1 in the final game of last season.

    "There couldn't be a better place for us to start and put what happened there last season to bed once and for all," the midfielder told the club website.

    "The lads who were playing that day will remember it for quite some time. It was a horrible day for everyone involved. We have a determination to do better and to improve as a team. We are focusing on the future and that is the first game at Stoke."

  85. Leeds set to sign winger Dallas


    Leeds United are set to sign wingerStuart Dallas from Championship rivals Brentford for an undisclosed fee.

    BBC Radio Leeds reports that the 24-year-old Northern Ireland international will have a medical with the Elland Road side on Monday.

    Dallas played under Leeds head coach Uwe Rosler when the German was in charge at Griffin Park.

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    Freddie Cameron: Got to be Curbishley... as a player and manager nobody was as loved at Charlton for what he did.

    Charlton Fans
  87. Soldado stat


    On which subject...

  88. Soldado to leave Tottenham?

    Football gossip

    Roberto Soldado looks likely to leave Tottenham for Villareal for a £11 million transfer fee making a loss to the London club of £15 million, reports The Mirror.

    Roberto Soldaldo

    The move would end Soldado's disappointing spell at White Hart Lane having scored just seven goals in two years.

    Before moving to Tottenham in 2013, Soldado scored 24 goals in a season for his former club Valencia.

  89. Morning Mr President


    Andy Murray is back in action this week, in Washington. And it seems he's warmed up for the tournament by visiting the White House.

    Andy Murray

    "Got the chance to visit the White House yesterday!" wrote Murray on Instagram. "Was a very cool experience👍 unfortunately President Underwo...Sorry Obama wasn't there."

    That, for the uninitiated, is a little House of Cards quip - a TV show in which a character called Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, is president.

  90. Ipswich sign 'the new Delap'


    Some footballers like to compare themselves to Ronaldo, others to Messi. Not many say they're "the new Rory Delap".

    Ipswich Town's new signing Jonas Knudsen, however, says that's how he is known by some in his native Denmark because of his long throw-in ability.

    Rory Delap and Jonas Knudsen

    Left-back Knudsen, 22, joined Town from Esbjerg on a three-year deal on Friday.

    "My dad also did it when he played," he said. "When you're a kid you look up to your dad. I see him make the throw ins, and as a little kid I did it and now it's one of my good things."

    Former Stoke City midfielder Delap was famed for his long throws.

  91. Noble confident about Romanian trip


    Mark Noble

    Midfielder Mark Noble believes West Ham can go to Romania and beat Astra Giurgiu in their Europa League third qualification round match on Thursday.

    The Hammers drew 2-2 in the first leg at Upton Park on Thursday and face a tricky away trip before Sunday's Premier League opener at Arsenal.

    "It's not ideal travelling to Romania three days before the season start but we've got to deal with it," he told the club website.

    "We've got good enough players to go to Romania and win the game comfortably. I'm looking forward to both games - I enjoy playing football so of course I'm looking forward to playing."

  92. Daley delight


    If you want to see how Daley claimed bronze, check out this video.

  93. Daley's fightback


    Tom Daley is celebrating today after recovering from a poor start to win his second medal of the 2015 World Aquatics Championships with bronze in the men's 10m platform event.

    It was his first individual World Championship medal since 2009 and came after he won team gold with Rebecca Gallantree in the team event.


    "I'm really happy with that bronze because I did make it as hard as possible for myself," said Daley, 21.

    Daley was ninth after the second of six rounds but recovered to medal.

  94. On the verge

    Football gossip

    Lyon are on the verge of sealing a move for Mathieu Valbuena despite reported interest from Newcastle and West Ham, reports Talksport.


    The attacking midfielder is set to leave Dynamo Moscow this summer and return to France ahead of next year's European Championships.

  95. City fan's United money-raiser


    A devout Manchester City fan has been tattooed with the badge of arch-rival club Manchester United to raise money for his son.

    Mark Pinder's son Kirk,12, suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, an incurable condition which causes the body's muscles to deteriorate and reduce life expectancy.


    "I was just trying to think of something different other than running," said Mr Pinder. "I am hoping it will pull City and United fans together and get them to donate."

    Mark has exceeded his £10,000 target, raising £11,041 so far.

    Find out more about this story here.

  96. Cahill believes Arsenal can challenge


    Theo Walcott and Gary Cahill

    Chelsea defender Gary Cahill feels Arsenal could mount a strong challenge for the Premier League title, following the champions' 1-0 defeat to their bitter rivals in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.

    "They've started well, they've got a good squad and I think they'll be one of many pushing at the top this season," the 29-year-old told the Chelsea website.

    "Let's be fair, the game's been won on a piece of individual play to smash it in the top corner, but chance-wise we had the majority of the play," the England defender said. "I think in terms of possession we had the majority of the game but it's the scoreline that matters and we're disappointed with that."

  97. Brits on court


    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent

    Also in action in Washington is Jamie Murray and partner John Peers - fresh from winning the Hamburg title. They face the top seeded Bryan Brothers in the first round of the doubles

    Heather Watson opens up today's Centre Court programme against the American wildcard Louisa Chirico at 1900 BST.


    Naomi Broady has come through two rounds of qualifying and is due to play her first round match against Jarmila Gajdosova on Tuesday.

    Meanwhile, Aljaz Bedene is playing in an ATP event in Kitzbuhel where his first round opponent later today is the Austrian wildcard Dennis Novak.

  98. Rafa off


    Man United defender Rafael appears to be in his way to France to join Ligue 1 side Lyon.

  99. Look who's back


    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent

    He's been lying low since his Davis Cup heroics, but Britain's Andy Murray is back on a tennis court this week.

    The world number three will play singles and doubles in Washington, having opted to play an extra tournament in the run up to this year's US Open.


    He will play in the Masters events in Montreal and Cincinnati, ahead of a US Open starting on 31 August.

    In Washington, Murray has a bye in the first round of the singles, for which he is the top seed in a field that also includes Kei Nishikori, reigning US Open champion Marin Cilic and Richard Gasquet.

    He is playing with Daniel Nestor in the doubles, with the first round scheduled for the early hours of Tuesday morning.

  100. Teen target

    Football gossip

    Metro: Arsenals have beaten Manchester United to the signing of Benfica's 15-year-old goalkeeper Joao Virginia.

    The teenager had a trial with United earlier in the year but is reported to have now signed a four-year deal with the Gunners.

  101. Football League Trophy news


  102. Celtic concern over Azerbaijan pitch


    Celtic's Virgil van Dijk

    Celtic are waiting for information on their next Champions League venue after reports in Azerbaijan claimed Qarabag's pitch is badly damaged.

    Reports have claimed that the pitch is heat-damaged and that up to a third of the surface is unplayable, although other reports claim the damage is only cosmetic.

    Celtic fly out to Baku on Monday with a 1-0 lead ahead of Wednesday's third qualifying round match.

    A Celtic spokesman said: "We are aware of the issue as regards the pitch in Baku. At the moment we are seeking reassurances over the quality of the surface."

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    George Ford: Brian Clough. Goalscoring record was phenomenal.

    Brian Clough
    Image caption: Brian Clough
  104. Caulker happy with Saints debut


    Steven Caulker

    Steven Caulker says playing in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Espanyol was a good end to his first week as a Southampton player after arriving on loan from QPR.

    "I'm pleased to have played 80 minutes, and I'm raring for the season to get under way," the defender told the club website.

    "Last year was a difficult one for me in the squad and it was a rough time so coming here has been brilliant and like a breath of fresh air."

  105. Ledecky sets new world record


    Katie Ledecky

    American Katie Ledecky has broken her own 1500m freestyle world record at the World Championships in Kazan.

    The 18-year-old clocked 15 minutes 27.71 seconds to better the 15:28.36 she swam in Australia last year.

    Of the Britons in action, James Guy continued his good form to qualify second fastest from the 200m freestyle heats into the semi-finals on Monday night while Calum Jarvis was fourth fastest overall.

    Five-time World medallist Liam Tancock, European champion Chris Walker-Hebborn, Lauren Quigley and Elizabeth Simmonds all reached the 100m backstroke semi-finals.

  106. Dzeko deal on


    ESPN is reporting that Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko move to Roma is edging nearer.

    "City were holding out for a fee of €30 million for Dzeko while Roma were willing to offer €20m plus bonuses," it reports.


    "A compromise has now been agreed between the two clubs of around €23m and the 29-year-old is set to hold talks with Roma over a move to the Stadio Olimpico."

  107. No agreement yet


    Rob Phillips

    BBC Wales football reporter

    Cardiff City and West Bromwich Albion have yet to reach an agreement on the transfer of goalkeeper David Marshall to the Premier League club.


    The Bluebirds have confirmed there is interest from Tony Pulis' club for the Scottish international. But its understood terms have yet to be agreed between the two clubs.

    Meanwhile Cardiff striker Adam Le Fondre is set to move on loan this week.

  108. Take action


    Meanwhile, Jessica Ennis-Hill's coach Toni Minichiello has questioned why no action was taken over data suggesting widespread doping in elite athletics.

    Toni Minichiello and Jessica Ennis-Hill

    Minichiello says he reacted with initial "confusion", adding: "My question is, why has nobody acted upon it and who should have done that?"

    Urging the sport's governing body to examine its "internal mechanisms", Minichiello added: "This information has been gathered and data collected on athletes going back a while, but nobody has acted upon it."

    This is a story that is - pardon the pun - going to run and run.

  109. 'We'll react robustly'


    Lord Coe has promised the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will react robustly to the allegations of doping in the sport.

    Lord Coe

    Lord Coe, currently standing to become the next IAAF president, said the world governing body "takes these allegations extremely seriously" and "will issue a robust and detailed response to them".

    World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) president Sir Craig Reedie said his organisation was "very disturbed by these new allegations... which will, once again, shake the foundation of clean athletes worldwide".

  110. Rocked by doping allegations


    One of the big stories today comes from the world of athletics, though it's not one the sport will be proud of.

    generic athletics

    Figures obtained by the Sunday Times, and verified by the BBC, show an "extraordinary extent of cheating" by athletes at the world's biggest events.

    Among many things, the figures reveal...

    • A third of medals (146, including 55 golds) in endurance events at the Olympics and World Championships between 2001 and 2012 were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests. It is claimed none of these athletes have been stripped of their medals.
    • More than 800 athletes - one in seven of those named in the files - have recorded blood tests described by one of the experts as "highly suggestive of doping or at the very least abnormal".
  111. Off to a flier


    It has not taken long for Christian Benteke to get up and running at Liverpool, the striker scoring on his first appearance since joining the club from Aston Villa for £32.5m.


    The Belgium striker smashed in a 20-yard volley as the Reds won 2-1 in a friendly at Swindon Town.

    "Christian's goal was incredible," said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. "It was wonderful technique from the big guy."

  112. Monday's back pages


    While Marca says it is a key week for David de Gea, its rival Spanish newspaper As goes along a similar theme, but this time for Sergio Ramos.

    Monday's As newspaper

    The Real Madrid defender still has not signed a new deal at the Spanish club and is still keen on a move to Manchester United.