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Live Reporting

Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. Bye for now

    That's all from me today then. Thanks for joining me for reaction to Tottenham's FA Cup win at Wycombe, plus the latest transfer updates and the best lines from today's Premier League news conferences.

    We'll have live commentary later on the four Premier League games, beginning with Crystal Palace v West Ham, and Newcastle v Leeds (both 18:00 GMT).

    Until then, I'll leave you with today's top stories:

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    Video caption: Martin Odegaard: The rise, fall and return of Real Madrid's 'Norwegian Messi'
  2. Liverpool close to completing £1m deal for Derby teenager

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool are close to completing a £1m deal for Derby teenager Kaide Gordon.

    The 16-year-old became the fourth-youngest player in Rams history when manager Wayne Rooney gave Gordon his debut against Birmingham last month.

    In an ideal world, Derby would have allowed Gordon to develop at Pride Park but the well-publicised financial issues at the club, which is still waiting for a long-awaited takeover to be completed, mean there is little option but to conclude a deal for the England Under-16 international, who has attracted interest from across the Premier League.

    Gordon was most recently on the bench for Derby’s win over promotion-chasers Bournemouth on 19 January.

  3. Get Involved - Chelsea sack Lampard

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    Hackers: Lampard was sacked because in the last few weeks he projected a man bereft of ideas and confidence. His body language didn't portray a man who believed he could turn things around. I was expecting him to be sacked sooner. Surprised so many didn't see it.

  4. Tuesday's Premier League fixtures

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    But back to the Premier League now, and here are the fixtures to come later:

    Click here to see the latest Premier League predictions, which see Lawro taking on guitarist Alex Sprogis from post-punk band TV Priest.

  5. Get Involved - Arsenal close to Odegaard loan

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    CM: Might not work, he might be a flop, whatever – but I'm excited about the prospect of him joining Arsenal. Think it could be a great match of both player and club. FA Cup loss showed we have no quality in depth; this ought to address that.

  6. Atletico stay seven points clear despite Benzema brace

    There's no La Liga action midweek as it's time for the last 16 of the Copa del Rey.

    But here are the best goals from the weekend, which saw Atletico Madrid beat Valencia 3-1 to remain seven points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the table. Real's Karim Benzema scored twice in a 4-1 win at Alaves.

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  7. Get Involved - Should Man City sign Costa?

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    SMS Message: I think Costa would be a good addition to city. They play amazing slick football, but don't seem to have that plan B. They sometimes struggle at the teams that battle physically, such as the draw at West Brom a month ago. Costa will definitely give them another dynamic as a super sub, even if he can be quite erratic. from Robin
  8. Celtic accept Frimpong offer

    Jeremie Frimpong

    Celtic have accepted an offer for Jeremie Frimpong and the full-back is now abroad finalising the transfer.

    The 20-year-old Dutchman moved to Celtic Park on a four-year deal from Manchester City in September 2019 and has scored three goals in 51 appearances for the Glasgow club.

    "The club received a really robust offer and we felt it was good business," said Celtic manager Neil Lennon.

    "He made it clear to me and to the board that he wanted to leave."

  9. Johansen set for QPR loan - Parker

    Brighton v Fulham (Wed, 19:30 GMT)


    Manager Scott Parker added that Fulham haven't suffered any new injury problems, and that he expects Stefan Johansen to go out on loan. The 30-year-old Norway midfielder has only played twice for the Cottagers this term.

    "Stefan will go to QPR to play some football," said Parker. "I’m expecting that one to go through."

  10. We need to take this next step & get some results - Parker

    Brighton v Fulham (Wed, 19:30 GMT)


    Fulham are third bottom on their return to the Premier League - five points from safety - but manager Scott Parker feels they are poised to put a run together.

    "The transition period with a lot of new players has been exciting," he said. "Everyone will judge us on results, but I judge us on progression. I see a team that's improving and competing.

    "I feel I have a team that can win two or three games in a row. We’ve played seven of the biggest teams in the division and performed well. We need to take this next step and get some results."

  11. No talks on Solskjaer future

    Man Utd v Sheff Utd (Wed, 20:15 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Amid Frank Lampard's exit, it is worth noting how steadfast the Manchester United hierarchy have been in their backing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    The Norwegian has less than 18 months left on his deal and so far there has been no discussions about an extension.

    I would imagine they will be coming though, particularly given how Solskjaer survived a few delicate periods last season and this.

    "I've said it many a time, we looked at the squad, looked at situation we were in and we put a longer term plan in place," he said.

    "We knew there would be some patchy periods and that we would have to stay strong mentally but the leadership they have shown has been very strong and steady, and I'm very grateful for the communication that has been open and honest all of the time."

  12. Gossip - Liverpool close to signing Derby youngster

    Liverpool Echo

    Liverpool are closing in on a £1m deal for Derby County's 16-year-old attacking midfielder Kaide Gordon. The England Under-16 international has also been linked with a move to Manchester United and Tottenham.

  13. Get Involved - Should Man City sign Costa?

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    TheTurboBear: I disagree with Micah Richards. Atletico could be considered specialists in picking up players nobody else wants/on the edge of retirement and using them well, and Costa's style is perfect for them - and yet they let him go. His top days are over.

    Click here to see why Micah Richards thinks Diego Costa would win the title for Manchester City if they sign the free agent.

  14. Whoever doesn’t learn good habits from Cavani...

    Man Utd v Sheff Utd (Wed, 20:15 GMT)

    Manchester United

    And finally from Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he spoke about the work-rate of striker Edinson Cavani and the impact the 33-year-old has had on the Red Devils' young players since joining the club in October.

    Solskjaer said: "When a striker of that age runs almost 12km [in a game], chases down the keeper, back-tackles midfielders, is a threat in the box, shows humility to come in every day to do his best, his experience and attitude has given every one of us a lesson."

    On Mason Greenwood, he added: "We think he will be very important in the second half of the season. He has been training with Cavani for half a season, whoever doesn’t learn good habits from him…we're very confident he will chip in with performances and assists."

    Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani
  15. 'This is the start, but we want to keep improving'

    Man Utd v Sheff Utd (Wed, 20:15 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Manchester City can replace Manchester United at the top of the Premier League later, although the Red Devils would have the chance to reclaim top spiot on Wedfnesday.

    Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added: "We are not getting carried away. We have to get more consistency into our performances.

    "The two teams at the top of the league for the last three seasons have been amazing (Man City and Liverpool). In any other season you would have won the league with 20 points less than they have won it with. This is the start of something but we want to keep improving."

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  16. Solskjaer 'grateful' for Man Utd backing

    Man Utd v Sheff Utd (Wed, 20:15 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Frank Lampard has been sacked not long after Chelsea were at the top of the table. Some were calling for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be sacked earlier in the season so the Manchester United manager has praised the club for standing by him.

    "We know we would have some tough periods and they have stood strong," he said. "We have been through two or three spells of bad form but they stood strong. We don’t know what is happening behind the scenes. It is always sad when someone loses their job.

    "We looked at the squad and the situation we were in," Solskjaer added. "We had a longer term plan in place. We knew there were going to be some patchy periods and we had to stay strong mentally.

    "The leadership they have shown has been strong and steady. I am grateful for that."

  17. Rashford available despite knee problem

    Man Utd v Sheff Utd (Wed, 20:15 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Marcus Rashford was injured during Sunday's FA Cup win over Liverpool but Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that the striker only has a minor problem.

    "He trained this morning," he said. "He is available for selection.

    "He tweaked his knee a little bit. We are looking strong, which is a good place to be."

  18. No Lingard update, Pellistri could go out on loan

    Man Utd v Sheff Utd (Wed, 20:15 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn't have an update on whether Jesse Lingard will leave in January.

    "He's still part of the squad, he's training well," said Solskjaer. "No deal has been struck with any players yet. There's not been many clubs interested in our players.

    "Let’s see what happens. It is important to take our plans into consideration."

    But Solskjaer did say that Uruguayan winger Facundo Pellistri, 19, could go out on loan.

    "A few clubs are interested in Pellistri," he added. "It might be something we let him do now he has had a few games for the reserves because we want him to have regular football."

  19. Get Involved - Chelsea sack Lampard

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    SMS Message: Lampard in 84 games W44 D17 L23. Klopp in first 84 games W41 D27 L16. Klopp then went to lose two out of his next three to Hull and Leicester. We want to compete with teams like Liverpool...? Maybe take note of their journeys to success. Gutting. Regardless, Lampard is, and always will be a legend! from Will Haynes
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  20. Lampard sacking a bit surprising - Solskjaer

    Man Utd v Sheff Utd (Wed, 20:15 GMT)

    Manchester United

    So here he is, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was asked about Frank Lampard being sacked by Chelsea.

    "It's not really for me to comment," he said. "Frank doesn’t want any of us to feel sorry for him. I know his character and he will bounce back.

    "It's not long ago they were top of the league so it's a bit surprising but not my position to comment."