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Summary

  1. Latest January transfer news and gossip
  2. Everton hoping to sign Theo Walcott
  3. Wenger still wants to keep Alexis Sanchez
  4. Liverpool want £30m for Daniel Sturridge
  5. Updates and reaction to Premier League news conferences
  6. Get involved using #bbcfootball or text 81111

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By Greg O'Keeffe and Craig Lowe

All times stated are UK

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Benitez - We could still make signings

Newcastle v Swansea (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

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Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez hasn't given up on making signings during January

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez says the club are still working to strengthen in the January transfer window.

The Spaniard says signings will not depend on whether the St James' Park outfit allow anyone to leave, but nothing is imminent.

He said: “We have a lot of people working, talking to agents, giving us names and options. I have to concentrate on games and Saturday is an important game for us.

“It is not a question of needing to sell to buy.

"The January window is so complicated. If some players leave, it’s because we have a replacement.

“We are working (on transfers) but there is no news at the moment. We don’t have any offers. All the names that you can read in the press, some of them are not true.”

The Magpies face Swansea on Saturday, and Benitez has been impressed by their response to new manager Carlos Carvalhal.

"They have a new manager and they are quite organised, quite disciplined. We need to be sure that we don’t lose the game but have the mentality that we will win. It will be tough,” he said.

“We have to approach this game with the same mentality as the last few games. It will be a massive game for us, a massive game for them. Hopefully we will win.”

Newcastle have Florian Lejeune, Jesus Gamez and Aleksandar Mitrović out injured.

However skipper Jamaal Lascelles is available for Saturday’s game. “He is the captain, a leader and is a good example for everyone,” added Benitez.

A night at the basketball

Premier League stars hit the Basketball on Thursday night as the Boston Celtics beat Philadelphia 76ers at the O2 Arena in London.

Sir Alex Ferguson was in the house, as was Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Atletico Madrid front man Antoine Griezmann turned up, Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne was there and Crystal Palace were represented by chairman Steve Parish (pictured right) and winger Wilfried Zaha.

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Stephen Lyons: looking like Arsenal are headed towards a major squad overhaul and it might be as good a time as any for Arsene to gracefully bow out letting a new coach create his own vision. And for the Gunners fans to give AW the positive send off he deserves. From a LFC fan

Pochettino - Kane wants trophies here

Tottenham v Everton (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane with his December player of the month award
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Tottenham striker Harry Kane with his December player of the month award

Mauricio Pochettino insists Harry Kane would values success at Spurs as his footballing pinnacle.

The Tottenham boss was asked about Kane, 24, who has been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United in the past, on the day he was given the award for December's Premier League player of the month.

Kane leads the top flight goal-scoring charts with 18 strikes this season, and his manager said: "You want to win in the place you love. For Harry it's so special to win titles and trophies at Tottenham."

Meanwhile, Pochettino says defender Danny Rose has been doing his latest knee injury rehabilitation at England's training base St George's Park.

He said the left-back also went there for a change of scene when recovering from a knee injury last year.

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The breaking news here is that Theo Walcott is still a professional footballer!

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Laird Tony Griffiths: Hodgson looking for Benteke replacement, #LFC looking for £30 million for Sturridge. Match made in heaven? Done deal?

Will Hodgson enter the market?

Crystal Palace v Burnley (Saturday, 15:00)

Crystal Palace have been linked with Diafra Sakho and Oumar Niasse and Roy Hodgson has been talking about the transfer window today.

"I don't know how many players we can bring in. I don't want to be tied down to a number. We need people in, there is no question of that. We don't want to bring players in for the sake of bringing them in," said Hodgson.

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Chris, why would DeGea go to L'pool? If anywhere he'll go to RM. And 30M for Studge is unrealistic more around 10M

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Mark Ashworth: Walcott would be perfect for Newcastle. He always said he would prefer to play down the middle and Toon need a no. 9 hero. The way the team's set up it would work a treat.

I understand the question but.....

Liverpool v Man City (Sun, 16:00GMT)

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As expected, Pep Guardiola swerved questions on Alexis Sanchez completely.

He did however, make an interesting observation about discussion points for football journalists in the pre-match press conferences.

In the last 10 years, Guardiola said, "a good step forward" had been made in Spain where "people speak more than usual about the game and what happens on the pitch. That's how I feel more comfortable."

However, in England he doesn't feel that is the case.

"Arsene Wenger always played four at the back and now plays five. Analyse why he's decided to do that - that's what I'm talikng about."

Main news is Gabriel Jesus will be back much earlier than expected from his knee injury. Possibly after two weeks. Certainly in time for the Champions League first leg against Basel on 13 Feb.

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Hi, as a Chelsea fan, why are we not considering a player swap Luiz for Sanchez..... We need a goal scorer and they need to bolster their defence????

Jim (Bristol)

As a Liverpool fan 30 mil is good business for Sturridge. Use that money and the 142 mil recently acquired to buy Sanchez and De Gea.

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Pardew - No Evans news, Chadli absence a 'blow'

West Brom v Brighton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

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West Brom manager Alan Pardew
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West Brom manager Alan Pardew

West Brom manager Alan Pardew says in-demand defender Jonny Evans remains in his plans despite reported interest from Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United.

The Baggies boss said the Northern Ireland centre-back is fit and available for selection on Saturday.

He said: "There are no excuses going into the Brighton game.

"Nothing has changed on Jonny. He is fit this weekend, so you can expect to see him on the teamsheet tomorrow.”

Pardew said he has bonded with his players at the Hawthorns.

“I really like this group of players. I’m doing everything I can to put ideas and thoughts into their heads because I want them to do well," he said.

"It was a relief to get that victory at Exeter last weekend.”

He confirmed that West Brom will be without injure duo James Morrison and Nacer Chadli for another four to five weeks.

"It’s a blow.," he said. "They’re two creative forces. It’s weakened our squad. Everybody else is fit."

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For Martin O Neill Read Tony Pulis identical football so back where you started.

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Guardiola not expecting another 5-0

Liverpool v Man City (Sunday, 16:00 GMT)

More from Pep Guardiola now ahead of Sunday's game against Liverpool.

City won 5-0 the last time the two sides met but Guardiola is not expecting a repeat of that at Anfield.

"I don't think so. It's far away, the past, a lot has happened, that's true.

"I said after the game before the sending off it was equal, they had chances, Salah had chances then after the sending off, we scored before half-time, it could have been different, every game is completely different."

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Guardiola has also sort to shield Mo Salah from comparisons to Lionel Messi.

"(I have) a lot of respect of Salah, I helped him to try to avoid being compared to the other guy (Messi)."

Mo Salah will be fit to face Man City - Klopp

Liverpool v Man City (Sunday, 16:00 GMT)

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed his 23 goal man - Mo Salah - will be fit to face Manchester City on Sunday.

Who needs Coutinho anyway?

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Moyes - We won't sell in January

Huddersfield v West Ham (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

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David Moyes is not in a selling mood this month.

Hammers boss David Moyes has been talking about his strikers, and transfers ahead of his trip to Yorkshire tomorrow.

He said: "The form of Marko Arnautovic and Antonio at the start has made it difficult for Chicharito and he was injured when I first arrived.

"He is a really good player, he thrives on things in and around the box but sometimes we haven't had the service to him."

Discussing outgoings from the London stadium during this window, the Scot said: "I don’t want any players to go. Ideally we strengthen, my intention is not to let anyone go.

"We have four or five strikers and there is competition. It would take an awful lot of money to prise them away."

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As a Chelsea fan, why would we want Sturridge back? When he was with us, imho, he was a capricious prima donna, not a team player. I’d rather recall Tammy Abraham from loan.

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More from Antonio Conte on his future

Chelsea v Leicester City (Saturday, 1500 GMT)

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More now from Conte on the speculation around his future at Chelsea.

"There is something strange, if after the first game we lost against Burnley the press pushed quickly to sack me for another coach. I think in other clubs this doesn't happen.

"I have another year of contract. In this case, I think the club has to decide to send me away," said Conte

"We have started our work, our big work here together with the players, then with the club. When you start the work, you need time to improve your work, to create a solid base."

Guardiola won't be drawn on Sanchez

Liverpool v Man City (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

Pep on Sanchez: "I understand the question completely. You know my answer. I am focussed on the game." Talked a lot… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

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Guardiola - Jesus return soon

Liverpool v Man City (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has provided an update on the injury of forward Gabriel Jesus, who left the pitch in tears when he was hurt during the draw at Crystal Palace last month.

He says Jesus could be fit in two weeks, meaning he might be available to face Basel in the Champions League.

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Greig Moran: ambition, drive and a desire for promotion to the premier league or none of the above and mid championship table obscurity - Norwich are unfortunately the latter as more good players depart ..... frustrating!! Greig a life long Norwich supporter

Conte on his way out of Chelsea?

Chelsea v Leicester City (Saturday, 1500 GMT)

Antonio Conte has also been asked about stories Max Allegri or Luis Enrique could replace him in the summer

"Everything is possible," said Conte.

"I have a year contract. Anything is possible. Our job is very difficult. Everything can change."

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Arsenal target set to leave

South American football expert Tim Vickery expects Brazilian winger Malcom to leave French side Bordeaux.

The 20-year-old, who has scored seven goals at the struggling Ligue 1 club this season, has been linked with a move to Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United in January.

Watch what Tim has to say on the potential transfer here.

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Arsenal's reported target Malcom

What did Conte say to Alexis Sanchez?

Chelsea v Leicester City (Saturday, 1500 GMT)

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They were spotted in conversation in the tunnel following Chelsea's game against Arsenal.

Antonio Conte has revealed what was said: "I said hello, he’s a great player. We tried to buy him from Udinese.

"He decided to go to Barcelona. He knows very well my admiration for him. It was a good chance to say hello to him."

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Arsenal should sell Sanchez and get it over and done with, he wants to leave so let him. Walcott leaving is a godsend hasn't done anything for a few seasons now. Arsene needs to go out and spend £100mil on Lemar and Malcolm and start rebuilding. We have the money so why Not?

Max from Wolverhampton

As a Chelsea fan, I’d take Daniel Sturridge. We need somebody to score goals without his head and good competition for Morata.

Gibbo, Swindon

Klopp tight-lipped on Sturridge

Liverpool v Man City (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

Will Liverpool allow striker Daniel Sturridge to leave this month?
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Will Liverpool allow striker Daniel Sturridge to leave this month?

Jurgen Klopp has been asked, and straight-batted, a question about the potential sale of Daniel Sturridge.

"I have nothing to say about that. We will see," he said.

Regarding any Reds fans still pining the loss of Philippe Coutinho, he issued a rallying call (of sorts).

“If on Sunday there’s is a free-kick 18 yards out and people think ‘Ah, Phil’ that would be not too cool. Use the past, don’t suffer from it," he said.

"Phil, what a character, but he still wanted to leave. We have to make the best of it and it is easy because we have fantastic players here."

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Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool fans to move on in the wake of Coutinho's departure.

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Would love Martin o Neil at stoke but you can leave Roy Keane at home. He won't be able to manage the non British players and we need them performing.

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Waiting for Conte

Chelsea v Leicester City (Saturday, 1500 GMT)

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I'm at Cobham ahead of Chelsea's match with Leicester.

It's a game you can hear live on 5 Live at 1500 GMT on Saturday, with Ian Dennis and Danny Mills providing commentary.

There's been plenty of talk in the papers as to whether Antonio Conte will be here next season. Expect questions on that.

Will Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois sign new contracts?

We can expect an update on that too.

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Pep's turn

Liverpool v Man City (Sun, 16:00GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Arsene Wenger spoke - a little bit - about Alexis Sanchez earlier.

Next it is Pep Guardiola's turn.

If Guardiola had got his way, Sanchez would have been playing for City now but an August deal failed to materialise because Arsenal were unable to sign a replacement.

The pair had a season together at Barcelona before Guardiola quit to take a sabbatical. Their main honours in 2011-12 were the Spanish Cup and Fifa Club World Cup.

Klopp - Replace him? We step-up

Liverpool v Man City (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

Klopp has been asked about replacing Philippe Coutinho.

He said: "We don’t have to replace him, we have to step up. I don’t want to sound disrespectful because he was five years here but we only have to carry on."

Concerning the prospect of Naby Keita arriving early, who Liverpool have signed from RB Leipzig for the summer, he said: “He is player of Leipzig and I know he will be a player here in the summer."

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Are Norwich having a sale for all their best players? The club has lost its ambition.

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Klopp had no chance of keeping Coutinho

Liverpool v Man City (Sunday, 16:00 GMT)

Jurgen Klopp is doing his media duties ahead of Sunday's game against Manchester City and he's been talking about the sale of Philippe Coutinho.

“There was no other option. If someone is angry or disappointed then it should be the manager of the club but we tried everything to convince Phil to stay here," said Klopp.

"He left Liverpool for only one club - Barcelona - but the club was fighting. It was 100% clear there was no chance I could use him in second half of the season. That’s over now. That’s it."

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Mike: Alex Pritchard is quality. He was with us at Brentford when he was in Championship team of the season and was a cut above. Hopefully he can shine in the top division. Delighted to see him in the Prem. Great signing Huddersfield!

Tottenham injury updates

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Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino
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Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino is speaking to the media ahead of his side's game against Everton at Wembley on Saturday (17:30 GMT).

So far he's provided some injury updates and team news.

Three players who are still recovering from injuries are Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) , Danny Rose (knee) & Harry Winks (ankle).

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Liverpool v Man City (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

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Gumbo74: Sturridge is made of bread sticks,any Manager/Owner that would sanction anything but a 'Free' needs their head read. Theo, I'd have him at WHU, look how well we did when we had Moses on loan.

Matt Jones: Liverpool sold Benteke to Crystal Palace 18 months ago (in a weaker market) for £30m. I would have Sturridge in my team any day over Benteke, even with injury concerns. £30m is a heck of a deal for a great player

Huddersfield sign Pritchard

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Huddersfield's new signing Alex Pritchard.
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Huddersfield's new signing Alex Pritchard.

Huddersfield Town have signed Norwich midfielder Alex Pritchard.

The 24-year-old moves to Yorkshire for an undisclosed fee, on a contract running until summer of 2021.

A skilful, attack-minded midfielder who can operate in the number 10 position or on either flank, he will wear the number 21 shirt with the Terriers.

Pritchard, a product of the Tottenham Hotspur Academy, is a former England Under-21 international who has been named in the PFA’s Championship Team of the Year.

Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner said: “I’m very happy to be able to welcome Alex to Huddersfield Town.

“He is exactly the type of player that we like to work with at this Club. Alex is a young, British player who arrives as one of the top performers in the Sky Bet Championship and with a desire to prove himself in the Premier League.

"Now we will work hard with him to give him every possibility of being a success for us in the top division.

“I’d like to thank Dean Hoyle and the Board for being as supportive as ever in this transfer window and making this transfer possible.”

Jeff Stelling willing to put money into Hartlepool

Club president and television presenter Jeff Stelling has promised to provide financial support for Hartlepool United once new ownership has been found.

He's confident the club can find £200,000 for wages and costs to avoid administration this month after a crowd-funding appeal was set-up.

"I'm in early discussions, shall we say.

"[One] I believe is a genuine investor in the football club, who is willing to put significant amounts in and may yet step forward and save the day," Stelling told BBC Tees.

"We'll get the £200,000 and then we have a new investor or the Supporters Trust, I will certainly show the colour of my money at that stage because that is when we're going to need it."

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