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Man Utd agree Zaha deal, all the other breaking football transfer news and Murray clinches Australian Open final place.

25 January 2013 Last updated at 19:03

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  1. 1901: 

    That's it from Sportsday Live for Friday and it will resume on Saturday morning with the latest transfer news. You can follow the Friday's FA Cup tie between Millwall and Aston Villa on the BBC Sport website.

  2. 1856: 

    Burkina Faso lead Ethiopia 1-0 at half-time in their Africa Cup of Nations match thanks to a 34th-minute strike from Alain Traore. You can follow the second half on the BBC Sport website.

  3. 1834: 

    Newcastle complete the signing of French international Moussa Sissoko from Toulouse for an undisclosed fee. The 23-year-old midfielder has signed a six-and-a-half year deal with the club.

  4. 1826: 

    Tune in to Sportsday on the BBC News Channel at 18:30 for 30 mins of Murray, FA Cup, footy news, Sir Alex, Sir Brad, Trott, Legacy, Speed Skating, Athletics, and The Pools!

  5. 1824:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveCOMING UP

    There is plenty of FA Cup action on BBC Radio 5 live this weekend.

    On Saturday, 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch will have commentary of Stoke v Manchester City (12:45 GMT), Macclesfield v Wigan (15:00) and Manchester United v Fulham (17:30) and reporters at every game

    On 5 live sports extra there will be coverage of the Australian Open Women's final between Li Na and Victoria Azarenka from 08:30. There is also racing from Cheltenham (13:10-14:40) including the Argento Chase and the Victor Chandler Chase, commentary of the FA Cup tie between Norwich and Luton from 14:40 and at 17:00 commentary of the England v Australia netball international in Birmingham.

  6. 1814:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveCOMING UP

    A busy weekend of sport on BBC Radio 5 live gets underway at 19:00 BST with Kicking Off with Colin Murray which will have full commentary of the night's FA Cup tie between Millwall and Aston Villa with Simon Brotherton and Steve Claridge.

  7. 1810: 

    South Africa are going well in the third and final ODI against New Zealand in Potchefstroom. After the visitors made 260-9 in their 50 overs, South Africa are 89-1 after 17 overs. New Zealand are 2-0 up in the series.

  8. 1800: 

    Britain's Paula Walker and Gillian Cooke are in 11th place at the halfway stage of the World Bobsleigh Championships in St Moritz. The pair clocked a time of two minutes 17.84 seconds across their two runs - 1.78 seconds behind leaders Kaillie Humphries and Chelsea Valois of Canada. The other British team of Mica McNeill and Nikki McSweeney are 20th with two runs to come on Saturday.

  9. 1750: 

    South Wales Police say they have dropped their relaunched investigation into the Eden Hazard ball boy-kicking incident and will be taking no further action.

  10. 1742: 

    Lee Petty on Twitter: "Why haven't the police charged Hazard with assault? If We kicked kid I'm sure the police would be straight around."

    Dan Hayley on Twitter: "Hazard shouldn't be punished by the FA, he had determination to draw the game back! The ball boy should have done his job!"

    albe on Twitter: "FA over-analyzing, both Hazard and ballboy were wrong, 3-match ban sufficient. They need to focus on more important matters."

  11. 1737: 

    Venus Williams will miss next week's Open GDF Suez tournament and the upcoming Fed Cup match against Italy because of a back problem. Williams, who is ranked 26th in the world, said in a statement that she had hoped to take part in the WTA tournament in order to improve her ranking, but that "unfortunately I have a pain in my back which obliges me to rest and so to miss the Parisian event as well as the Fed Cup the week after."

    Williams lost in straight sets to Maria Sharapova in the third round of the Australian Open and then lost in the quarter-finals of the doubles alongside her younger sister Serena.

  12. 1734: 

    After Zambia's 1-1 draw with Nigeria earlier, next up at the Africa Cup of Nations is Ethiopia v Burkina Faso, which gets underway at 18:00 GMT. You can follow the latest on the BBC Sport website

  13. 1729: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers remains hopeful of bringing in new players before next Thursday's transfer deadline.

    The Reds, who have already signed striker Daniel Sturridge this month, have been linked with Inter Milan playmaker Philippe Coutinho, Wales captain Ashley Williams, of Rodgers' former club Swansea, and Blackpool winger Tom Ince.

  14. 1723: 

    West Brom have rejected a transfer request from Peter Odemwingie. The Baggies recently turned down an offer from QPR for the Nigerian international's services and the club insist none of their core players are for sale.

  15. 1716: 

    Chelsea's David Luiz will miss Sunday's FA Cup fourth round tie against Brentford in the FA Cup fourth round after suffering a recurrence of an ankle injury. The Brazilian, who came on as a substitute in the midweek League Cup semi-final second leg at Swansea City, ended the match limping and is also a doubt for Wednesday's Premier League game at Reading.

  16. 1653: 

    The issue of Eden Hazard's FA misconduct charge after his incident with the Swansea ball boy has certainly got you talking.

    Adam Bowley on Twitter: "Clearly insufficient? I think the majority agree 3 matches is clearly sufficient. What planet are the FA on? Pathetic."

    Batmanu Eboue on Twitter: "So a 3 game ban for kicking the ball is insufficient.but it's sufficient for a two-footed career threatening tackle? Madness."

    Gary Brown on Twitter: "Hazard deserves a massive fine and ban...If another player was wasting time would it be ok to just go and kick them???"

    Continue to give us your views via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  17. 1648: 

    Late drama in the Africa Cup of Nations tie between Zambia and Nigeria with Zambia equalising five minutes from time through Kennedy Mweene. Follow the closing stages on the BBC Sport website.

  18. 1646: 

    Tamworth have signed former Jamaican international striker Darren Byfield on non-contract terms.

  19. 1641: 

    League Two side Fleetwood Town sign veteran midfielder Paul McKenna on loan from Hull City for the remainder of the season. The 35-year-old is the club's fifth signing of the transfer window.

  20. 1633: 

    New Zealand make 260-9 against South Africa in the third and final ODI in Poetchefstroom. The visitors already hold a 2-0 lead in the series. You can follow the latest score on the BBC Sport website.

  21. 1630: 

    Following an investigation into alleged corruption, footballers Michael Chopra and James Coppinger have been disqualified by the British Horseracing Authority for 10 and three years respectively. Former Flat jockey Andrew Heffernan has been disqualified for two periods of 15 years, to be served concurrently.

  22. 1626: 

    orji on Twitter: "FA charges Hazard, but appealed Rooney's violent conduct charge by UEFA at Euro 2012."

    Thomas Brown on Twitter: "Ridiculous to further punish Hazard!! The FA are losing touch!!! 3 match seemed a fair punishment!!!"

    Stephen Marks on Twitter: "Regarding Eden Hazard, I'll happily admit I'm biased and he was very stupid getting involved as he did, but violent conduct?"

    Ben Ashby on Twitter: "Hazard wrong, ballboy wrong, Hazard punished, ballboy praised? Punishment of 3 games is enough, move on already!"

    Continue to send us your views via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  23. 1616: 

    Nigeria have taken the lead in their Africa Cup of Nations match against Zambia - Emmanuel Emenike with the goal on 57 minutes. You can follow the latest on the BBC Sport website.

  24. 1612: 

    Following the news that Chelsea's Eden Hazard has been charged with violent conduct by the FA following the incident with the Swansea ball boy, do you agree with the FA's decision? Send us your views via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  25. 1549: 

    The FA allege Hazard's behaviour "constituted violent conduct whereby the standard punishment that would otherwise apply was clearly insufficient."

    The player has until 1800 GMT on Tuesday 29 January to respond to the charge.

  26. 1547: 

    The Football Association charge Chelsea's Eden Hazard with violent conduct after an incident with a ball boy at Swansea.

  27. 1546: 

    BBC Radio Kent report Gillingham have completed the loan move of their former striker Cody McDonald from Coventry for the rest of the season.

    McDonald scored 25 goals the season before last for the Gills when he was on loan from Norwich City.

  28. 1539: 

    Andy Murray has been talking about his semi-final victory against Roger Federer at the Australian Open.

    "It was a tough match," he says. "A lot of ups and downs.

    "But I thought I did a good job, I did all the things I needed to do and I did them well.

    "To lose the second and fourth sets from good positions was tough but I was happy with the way I responded."

    The Australian Open men's final will be live on BBC TV, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Sport website and mobiles from 0815 GMT on Sunday.

  29. 1530: 

    John Obi Mikel misses a penalty for Nigeria, and the score remains 0-0 against Zambia.

    Follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  30. 1520: 

    La Liga strugglers Real Mallorca want to sign Aston Villa full-back Alan Hutton, according to

  31. 1506: 

    Uncapped Harlequins lock Olly Kohn is called into Wales's Six Nations squad, the Welsh Rugby Union announce.


    Dan Masterson on Twitter: "Fergie is welcome to Zaha. Looks a good prospect IMO. Massively over-priced though & no guarantee will make the step up."

    Jason Thomas Lynch on Twitter: "Zaha might have all the potential in the world but more importantly needs the right attitude.SAF sees something special in him."

    Let us know what you think on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  33. 1453: 

    Euro 2020 will be held in 13 cities across the continent, Uefa announce. The final venues will be chosen in September 2014.

  34. 1446: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is currently carrying out his pre-match press conference, and as a former Swansea boss, he has some inside knowledge on the Eden Hazard/ball boy incident:

    He says: "I know Charlie, he's a good boy. His Twitter page has had a few hits!... Any manager, player or coach would have wanted their ball boy to do the same. He's a real good boy. Loves his football."

  35. 1440: 

    Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli maintains his view that Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has the potential to be the best player in the world if he concentrates on his game.

    He tells Gazetta dello Sport: "The hope remains the same, that Mario decides to finally invest in himself; that he says, OK, now I'll become the best in the world... I always believe he can do it."

  36. 1432: 

    Sheffield Wednesday sign Swansea striker Leroy Lita on loan for the rest of the season.

  37. 1426: 

    Chris Wood cards an 8-under-par 64 to take the lead at the Qatar Masters after the third round.

    The Englishman is three-shots ahead of one-time major winner Michael Campbell, compatriot Simon Khan and Swede Alexander Noren.

  38. 1411: 

    Tranmere's League One game at home to Swindon tomorrow is postponed because of a frozen pitch.


    Do you agree with these tweets about Wilfried Zaha's transfer to Manchester United?:

    Stuart Abbott on Twitter: "Fergie to create the English Ronaldo with Zaha. Tall, rangy and skilful."

    HawwaKT on Twitter: "Fergie can go ahead and sign the worst player on earth, I don't care, we've got Robin van Persie!"

    Gabriel Jones on Twitter: "Zaha is a completely different player to Nani, Valencia and Young. He's got the same raw potential Ronaldo had... We'll see!"

    Let us know what you think on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  40. 1358: 

    Leinster and Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton is set to play his club rugby in France next season, the Irish Rugby Football Union announce.

    IRFU chief executive Philip Browne says: "We are very disappointed, as we know the Irish rugby public will be, that Johnny Sexton will not be playing his rugby full-time in Ireland from next season."

  41. 1351: 

    Wigan are considering a loan move for 29-year-old Mexico striker Aldo De Nigris, according to talkSPORT.

  42. 1345: 

    These days the 49-year-old is much in demand in the field of football politics. He's the President of the Zambian FA as well as serving on influential Fifa and Caf committes.

    He divides his time between homes in Zambia and South Africa and remains as popular as he was with football fans across the continent as he was in his goalscoring playing days.

    See the full interview with this lesser-known icon of African sport on Football Focus tonight on BBC World at 2130 GMT.

  43. 1343: 

    Football in Zambia will forever carry the scar of a tragic plane crash that killed many of the golden generation of players off the coast of Gabon in 1993.

    Bwalya was not on the flight but many of his team mates and closest friends perished in the disaster. He admits that twenty years on from the crash, barely a day goes by without him thinking about those who lost their lives.

    It was fitting that a later generation of Zambian players returned to Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in 2012 to claim the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in forty eight years.

  44. 1341: 

    BBC Sport's Damian Johnson has been talking to a legend of African football. It is not Liberia's George Weah or Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba, but Zambia's Kalusha Bwalya.

    Never heard of him? Well, he was African Player of the Year in 1988, won the Dutch league title twice alongside Brazil's Romario at PSV Eindhoven when Sir Bobby Robson was in charge in the 1990's and even coached the Zambian national side when his playing days were coming to an end.

  45. 1338: 
    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter Ian Dennis on Twitter:FOOTBALL

    "RE 1320 - Manager Alan Pardew has excellent relationship with Fabricio Coloccini so suspect that was an important factor. Big boost for Newcastle."


    Judging by your tweets, it seems you guys are not impressed with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's calls for a transfer limit in January:

    Graeme Hazell on Twitter: "When is Wenger going to get over himself? Latest rant on transfers is further proof his 'football ideology' is old hack!"

    Alex Evans on Twitter: "Wenger calling for a limit on January Transfers is the most ridiculous thing I've heard from him! Has he finally lost it?"

    Let us know what you think on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  47. 1326: 
    BBC Sport's Francis Keogh on Twitter:BREAKING NEWS

    "Footballers Chopra, Coppinger and Wilson, plus jockey Andrew Heffernan, among nine found guilty after BHA race-fixing inquiry.

    "All in race-fixing inquiry face bans from racing with penalties due to be announced on Friday afternoon."

  48. 1320: 

    Defender Fabricio Coloccini will stay at Newcastle until at least the end of the season and will remain as captain, manager Alan Pardew confirms.

  49. 1315: 

    The Rugby Football League will introduce a number of subtle rule changes in time for the new season.

    Among the changes, which were trialled in pre-season friendlies and will be implemented in both the Championships and Super League, a late challenge on the kicker will no longer result in an automatic sin binning.

    Other rulings include teams only receiving advantage from a forward pass or a knock-on if they keep possession until the next tackle is complete, otherwise they will go back for a scrum.

  50. 1305: 

    Bayern Munich midfielder Arjen Robben tells Football Focus that everybody at the club is delighted Pep Guardiola will take over as their manager at the end of the season.

  51. 1259: 

    Cycling's world governing body has yet to release any documents to an independent commission it set up last year to investigate allegations over the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, a hearing was told on Friday.

    "It amazes me that we've had no documents whatsoever," Britain's 11-time Paralympic champion Tanni Grey-Thompson, one of the three members on the commission, told Ian Mill, counsel for the International Cycling Union (UCI).

  52. 1257: 

    Bolton Wanderers complete the signing of Jan Gregus from Banik Ostrava. The Slovakia Under-21 international midfielder joins on a year-long loan with a view to a permanent deal.

  53. 1249: 

    Andy Murray on beating Roger Federer for the first time in a Grand Slam: "It is always tough against him. Slams is when he plays his best tennis. When his back was against the wall he played some unbelievable shots."

  54. 1244: 

    Andy Murray is through to the final of the Australian Open final after beating Roger Federer in the last four 6-4 6-7 6-3 6-7 6-2. You can get all the reaction on the BBC Sport website with out live text commentary.

  55. 1239: 

    Serie A side Fiorentina have made a loan move for Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella, according to

  56. 1232: 

    Worcester have signed Australian fly-half Paul Warwick from Stade Francais. Warwick, 32, can also play at full-back or centre, and he enjoyed a successful stint with Munster before heading to Paris.

  57. 1224: 

    Brazilian side Corinthians have set a £15m price tag on Paulinho, the midfielder Chelsea are reportedly chasing according to talkSPORT.


    Kenzie Watson on Twitter: "United now have Young, Valencia, Nani and Zaha. Surely too many of the same player? Get rid of misfiring Nani."

    Phillip Nugent on Twitter: "Can't help but think the Zaha deal is going to be like Sturridge to Chelsea. Not enough playing time and shipped out."

    Kourosh Parvizi: "Zaha reminds me a lot of Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain, but more potential. Could prove to be a bargain from Fergie"

    Let us know what you think about Wilfried Zaha's move to Manchester United via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  59. 1218: 

    Oh wait, it is going to five sets. Roger Federer bounces back and wins the tie-breaker. Following our live text commentary on the BBC website and the live TV coverage has now changed to BBC One.

  60. 1203: 

    Britain's Andy Murray is just one game away from beating Roger Federer for the first time in a Grand Slam. The Scot is serving for a place in the Australian Open final. You can follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and it is live on BBC Two.

  61. 1201: 

    Premier League footballer Nile Ranger has been arrested on suspicion of rape.

    Northumbria Police said they received a call on Thursday that a woman had been raped overnight at a hotel in Jesmond near Newcastle. A spokesman said a 21-year-old man had been arrested at an address in Forest Hall on suspicion of rape.

  62. 1158: 

    Striker Matt Derbyshire has joined Blackpool on a loan deal from Nottingham Forest until the end of the season, the Seasiders have confirmed.

  63. 1154: 

    Britain's Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell have been confirmed in the Wiggle Honda Pro cycling team.

    BBC Sport's Nice Hope tweets: "Double Olympic champion Laura Trott introduced as someone who previously stated she didn't like road racing & didn't think it was for her...

    "Trott clarifies and says she's looking forward to this road race challenge because it will be working as part of a team rather than on her own"

  64. 1151: 

    Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha says he is delighted over his summer move to Manchester United. The BBC Sport website spoke to a teacher, coach, manager and chairman to examine how a skinny kid from the Ivory Coast came to be courted by one of the world's biggest clubs.


    Nathan Ashcroft on Twitter: "People comparing Zaha transfer to Henderson seem to forget Henderson was a proven prem player. Zaha is a big risk"

    Jonathan Brook on Twitter: "SAF lost out on both Bale & Robben as younglings, I think he sees Zaha as the chance to sculpt one last wizard before retiring"

    Daniel Farebrother on Twitter: "Why do people think Fergie will get the best out of Zaha ? He didnt with Pique, Rossi, Forlan? Not as good as Wenger at it."

    Let us know what you think about Wilfried Zaha's move to Manchester United via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  66. 1132: 

    Tottenham have announced that 18-year-old striker Souleymane Coulibaly has joined Serie B side Grosseto on loan until the end of the season.

  67. 1131: 

    Bradford City's game with Wycombe has been postponed following a pitch inspection at Valley Parade at 11:00 GMT this morning.

  68. 1130: 

    England spinner Danny Briggs is ruled out for the remainder of the winter programme with a sprained ankle. Yorkshire's Joe Root will replace him in the Twenty20 squad in New Zealand, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

  69. 1129: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has also been surprised by reports in the Times newspaper that director of football Txiki Begiristain wants the club's teams to play in a fluid 4-3-3 system from next season.

    Begiristain enjoyed conspicuous success with such a style when in an equivalent role at Barcelona.

    The Italian said: "I don't know. I speak with Txiki every day and he never told me this. We have the same thoughts about football. I don't think it is more important to play 4-3-3, 4-4-2 or 4-1-5, it is more important to have good players."

  70. 1122: 

    Ashley Young and Jonny Evans will remain on the sidelines for Manchester United's FA Cup fourth-round tie with Fulham at Old Trafford.

    England winger Young suffered a knee injury against Liverpool a fortnight ago, whilst Evans (hamstring) has not featured since the FA Cup draw at West Ham three weeks ago.

  71. 1119: 

    Timo Glock has wasted no time in making a return to motorsport after being axed by Marussia this week.

    Due to financial reasons within the team, Glock departed Formula 1 team Marussia on Monday after three seasons, despite holding a contract.

    But following a successful test in Valencia for BMW in a DTM, a German touring car, Glock will join their stable for the coming season.

  72. 1116: 

    With Newcastle making numerous signings in January, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger feels there should be a limit on the number of deals clubs can do in January.

    He said: "I think it should be completely cut out or limited to two players because it is unfair for the league that some teams have played, for example, Newcastle already and then some teams have to face Newcastle still with six or eight new players. They do not face exactly the same team.

    "I believe the number of players you can buy should be limited."

  73. 1108: 

    Championship club Bristol have announced that Worcester back Errie Claassens will join them next season. Claassens, brother of Bath scrum-half Michael, played for Rotherham and London Welsh before moving to Worcester.

  74. 1106: 

    Britain's Andy Murray has retaken the lead against Roger Federer in the Australian Open semi-final. The Scot takes the third set 6-3 and now leads 2-1 in sets. You can follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and there is live TV coverage on BBC Two.

  75. 1101: 

    Leighton Baines says Everton are desperate to put their past FA Cup failures behind them and end the club's 18-year wait for a trophy. The Toffees were runners-up to Chelsea in 2009 and lost to rivals Liverpool at the semi-final stage last season.

    "It's there for the taking if you can keep winning. That's all you've got to do in the Cup. It's not always about the performance - it's all about winning," he said.

  76. 1058: 

    Arsene Wenger has warned Arsenal fans not to expect any "miracle" signings during the January transfer.

    He said: "If we perform at full potential we cannot expect any miracle from outside, we want to make things happen inside. If someone else can strengthen our squad, we will do it of course, but we have the resources inside to do well.

    "We have two players in every position, that should be enough, plus the young players in behind."

  77. 1053: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has held his media conference this morning ahead of their FA Cup fourth-round tie with Brighton. The Gunners boss has moved to dismiss speculation linking him with German side Schalke.

    "No. I have a contract here and I will respect my commitment to this club, always," he said.

    "The Bundesliga has a very interesting championship but the Premier League I think is a better one."

  78. 1047: 

    Bolton boss Dougie Freedman believes Wilfried Zaha will succeed at Old Trafford. The Crystal Palace winger will join United in July.

    "It is the biggest club in the world and I believe that young man could go into that team and surprise a few," Freedman, who managed Zaha at Palace, said yesterday.

    "He won't be fazed by it. I've known the young guy since he was 12 and I would not say he is cocky off the field but on the field he has a certain arrogance that you have to have. He expresses his talent in any surroundings and Man United will be no different."

  79. 1042: 

    Arsenal will be without captain Thomas Vermaelen (ankle) for tomorrow's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Brighton.

    Midfielders Abou Diaby (thigh) and Tomas Rosicky (calf) are set to be available again, but Mikel Arteta (calf), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) remain out.

  80. 1039: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini speaking today about rumours that Mario Balotelli could be leaving the Etihad Stadium: "Mario stays here. We didn't have any requests about Mario or other players"


    Manchester United fan Joe Glyn-Davies on Twitter: "I think we overpaid for Zaha. Barca managed to buy Song and Alba for 15m apiece. But that's English youth. Same with Henderson"

    Lavendren Pillay on Twitter: "Zaha's price inflated due to interest from other clubs. Fergie will get the best out of him,and he'll continue to develop at Old Trafford."

    Seamus McGowan on Twitter: "I'm a MU fan and Palace season ticket holder (long story), Zaha is fantastic and will be worth 3 times that fee in a few years"

    Let us know what you think about Wilfried Zaha's move to Manchester United via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  82. 1029: 

    Roger Federer has just responded to level the match against Britain's Andy Murray. It is now 1-1 in sets. You can follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  83. 1027: 

    Trainer Paul Nicholls says Tidal Bay is a 50-50 chance to run in the Argento Chase at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day on Saturday. The 12-year-old horse, who is enjoying a renaissance with the champion trainer, is entered for the World Hurdle and Gold Cup at the Festival in March, Nicholls said the horse had a minor foot injury and told Betfair: "He will be left in the race at the overnight stage, and we will make a decision in the morning."

    Cheltenham's meeting is set to go ahead despite frost and snow, but must pass a precautionary inspection at 07:00 GMT on Saturday. You can follow news on abandonments, going and latest results on the BBC Sport website.

  84. 1026: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson also skirted around Rafael Benitez's renewed claims of the Manchester United manager having undue influence on the Football Association.

    "I am not bothered what Rafa says to be honest," said Ferguson. "I have more on my mind."

  85. 1024: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson has also spoken out about criticisms of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea at his media conference today.

    Former United captain Gary Neville was heavily critical of the Spaniard in his role as a Sky Sports pundit this week following De Gea's poor punch which led to Tottenham's equaliser on Sunday at White Hart Lane.

    "I am not getting into that at all," said Ferguson. "You have to listen to some idiots in the game."

  86. 1018: 

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp speaking about the Eden Hazard incident on Wednesday night with the Swansea ball boy: "He [Eden Hazard] kicked the ball from underneath him and the whole thing got blown out of proportion. You only have to see that he was tweeting before the game that he was a super timewaster, I think it was disgusting the way he behaved."

  87. 1013: 

    Wilfried Zaha will join Manchester United in the summer after they agreed a deal with Crystal Palace. Aaron Smith, Zaha's primary school football coach, said the winger stood out even when he first met him at the age of eight.

    "There was nothing of him. He was very lean, but he had immense strength in holding the ball," said Smith, a coach at Whitehorse Manor School in Croydon.

    "He had something that you just can't teach, a natural raw talent - his ability to take players on was unquestionable. He used to play central midfield and ran the show."

  88. 1004: 

    Bolton Wanderers complete the signing Craig Dawson from West Brom on a loan deal until 27 April.

  89. 0957: 

    Ben Hibbs, of Manchester United's official website, has tweeted some quotes on Wilfried Zaha from manager Sir Alex Ferguson's press conference.

    He quotes Ferguson: "We like to sign players with potential. We develop players and that's been proven many times. Hopefully the boy enjoys it here."


    There's a bit of a debate on Twitter as to how good a signing Wilfried Zaha will be for Manchester United.

    James McLintock on Twitter: "Sad to see Zaha go. He will be a top player. For those passing judgement having never actually watched him... just wait and see."

    Timothy Mutuambuki on Twitter: "I think we've overpaid for Zaha. His price was jacked up by other clubs' interest. Hope he pays off though."

    Ry Hanley on Twitter: "No one knows how good Zaha will be, but you can guarantee Manchester United and Ferguson will get the best out of him."

    What do you think? It would be particularly good to hear from fans of Championship clubs who have seen Zaha play live this season. #bbcsportsday

  91. 0948: 

    Steve Parish, Crystal Palace's co-chairman, tells the club website that the deal for Wilfried Zaha is the right one.

    Parish says: "I feel this a great deal for the club and the player.

    He adds: "It was essential to Wilf and ourselves that he stayed at Palace for the remainder of this season to help the club with its main aim of promotion to the Premier League."

  92. 0946: 

    Crystal Palace's website states that Wilfried Zaha has agreed personal terms with Manchester United, and that the transfer is expected to be concluded early next week.

    Zaha adds: "I have been at Palace for more than 10 years, I will always love the club and I want to help get them get back to the Premier League, particularly for the fans, who have always been so good to me."

  93. 0941: 

    Wilfried Zaha's move to Manchester United will see him loaned back to Crystal Palace for the rest of the season.

    He tells Crystal Palace's website: "I am delighted to be joining Manchester United and ending the recent speculation.

    "I would like to thank the owners at Palace for making the move possible, however my focus for the next five months will be solely at Crystal Palace."

  94. 0936: 

    Manchester United confirm on their website that they have reached an agreement with Crystal Palace to sign winger Wilfried Zaha.

    The player will have a medical with United today.

    A statement on the website reads: "There will be no further comment by any party until Wilfried joins United in July 2013."

  95. 0931: 

    Andy Murray serves out to win the first set of his Australian Open semi-final 6-4 against Roger Federer.

    The match is live on BBC Two and BBC Radio 5 live, with text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  96. 0925: 

    Plenty of football transfer gossip across the papers and the web this morning - here's another selection.

    Fulham have enquired about former Middlesbrough defender Emanuel Pogatetz, 31, at Wolfsburg. Wigan and Aston Villa have also been offered the Austrian. (Daily Mail)

    Blackpool hope to sign Nottingham Forest striker Matt Derbyshire on loan. The 26-year-old has already enjoyed a successful temporary spell away from the City Ground this season after he scored four goals in 10 appearances for Oldham. (

    QPR are closing in on deals for Portuguese defender Rolando, 27, from FC Porto, and Yun Suk-Young, 22, from Chunnam Dragons. (Metro)


    Some more of your thoughts on the best deals of the January transfer window so far. Keep them coming, please. #bbcsportsday

    Nick Hawkins on Twitter: "Best January signing outside the top flight has to be Fraizer Campbell to Cardiff. £600,000-£650,000... bargain."

    Simon Varley on Twitter: "Zaha no better than Young, Valencia or Nani. Ferguson believed the hype. Another Jordan Henderson/Andy Carroll."

    Harry Ako on Twitter: "Best January signing so far has to be Sturridge, three goals in three games, and a great dancer as well!!!"

  98. 0912: 

    Some more of this morning's football transfer gossip for you.

    Arsenal are interested in Barcelona winger Isaac Cuenca with the Spanish club willing to loan him out this month. The 21-year-old has not played this season after suffering a knee injury. (Daily Express)

    Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente, 27, will join Juventus in the summer. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

    Liverpool and Everton are considering bids of £2m for Chesterfield's 21-year-old winger Tendayi Darikwa. (talkSPORT)

  99. 0906: 

    Manchester City have rejected a bid from AC Milan to sign striker Mario Balotelli on loan, reports Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport.

    The Italian side have also told City that they will pay no more than €25m (£21.2m) to sign the 22-year-old on a permanent basis.

  100. 0900: 

    Andy Murray has an early break of serve in his Australian Open semi-final against Roger Federer.

    The British number one leads 2-1 in the first set in Melbourne. You can watch the match on BBC Two, listen on BBC Radio 5 live or follow the live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.


    Who would you like to see your club sign before the transfer window shuts? #bbcsportsday

    Pamela Barr on Twitter: "Would love for Hull to get Elmohamady back from Sunderland.

    Stephen Orwin on Twitter: "A great signing would be Jack Butland to Everton."

    Richard Miller on Twitter: "Would LOVE to see Beckham join Chelsea. Brooklyn's here too, and besides, our squad could do with a tad more experience."

  102. 0844: 

    Cardiff Blues have signed former Wales captain Matthew Rees on a two-year contract.

    Rees, 32, will move to the Arms Park next season after spending nine years with the Scarlets.


    Keep your thoughts coming via Twitter on the best January transfer deal so far, and the player(s) you would like to see your club sign before the deadline. #bbcsportsday

    Joshua Johnson Herrod on Twitter: "Surely Chris wood for Leicester has got to be up there for best January buy. Six goals in four games - speaks for itself."

    Ben Coleman on Twitter: "Forest keeping hold of Dexter Blackstock is a great deal. A passionate player that the game needs more of. Likewise with Michu for Swansea."

    Gavin Vargas on Twitter: "If he completes the deal, the best signing will be Moussa Sissoko to the Toon."

  104. 0836: 

    Huge cheers around the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne as Andy Murray and Roger Federer step out on to court for their semi-final.

    Live coverage is under way on BBC Two, BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website.

  105. 0833: 

    Here's some more of the morning's transfer gossip for you.

    Queens Park Rangers' Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar, 33, is a surprise target for Real Madrid after they lost Spain international Iker Casillas for a month with a broken hand. (Daily Mirror)

    Sunderland are close to signing an unnamed Peru international left-back and hope to bring in at least three more players in the January transfer window. (the Journal)

    Wolves are competing with Leeds to sign Aston Villa left-back Stephen Warnock, 31, on loan. (Express & Star)

  106. 0827: 

    Blackburn manager Michael Appleton wants to bring in at least three players after describing his squad as "totally unbalanced", reports the Lancashire Telegraph.

    He says: "I would like to bring in a minimum of three. I am reasonably confident we can do that before next Thursday. It (the squad) is totally unbalanced. We have probably got 10 or 12 number 10s."

  107. 0825: 

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche says he has had no offers for his top scorer Charlie Austin despite reported interest from Celtic and Real Mallorca, according to the Burnley Express.

    "Charlie's been talked about ever since I've got here and probably before, I'm sure," Dyche adds.

  108. 0821: 

    As Piers mentions, Andre Agassi - a four-time Australian Open champion - is backing Murray.

    Agassi tells BBC Radio 5 live: "I think it's advantage Murray. Federer is coming in off the back of a battle with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and he's going to have to press early.

    "But if you do that against Murray, you can come off the rails. I see Murray coming through in four sets."

    Coverage is under way on BBC Two, as is the live text commentary on the BBC Sport website. You can also listen on BBC Radio 5 live from 0830 GMT.

  109. 0815: 

    BBC Sport's Piers Newbury is at Rod Laver Arena for the Australian Open semi-final between Andy Murray and Roger Federer, which is due to start at 0830 GMT.

    He reports: "It's been a cloudy, windy day in Melbourne, with the temperature peaking at 30C early this morning and dropping steadily to around 20C now.

    "Murray was out hitting on a sunlit Rod Laver Arena during the best of it, although it won't have provided much in terms of acclimatisation for this evening.

    "Andre Agassi has been talking to the media this afternoon, and he picks the Briton to win in four sets but Djokovic to win the final. And he knows his stuff."


    As promised around 20 minutes ago, here are some of your thoughts as to who you would like to see your club sign before January's football transfer window shuts.

    Karl Wilson on Twitter: "I would like Arsenal to sign David villa because he would fit right in - and also Zaha just to wind Fergie up!"

    Joel Hayes on Twitter: "Coutinho and Butland to Liverpool. And maybe a left back if Brendan has enough pocket change left. Luke Shaw from Southampton?"

    Charlie Watson on Twitter: "Newcastle needed a striker before Ba left, so another forward would be nice. Keeping Coloccini would be the best thing though."

    Keep your thoughts coming, please, via Twitter - and also give us your nominations for the best deal of the window so far. #bbcsportsday

  111. 0808: 

    Cheltenham has passed an initial 0800 GMT inspection ahead of tomorrow's Festival Trials Day meeting, and officials are confident the fixture will go ahead.

    But a further precautionary check has been called for 0700 GMT tomorrow in case the weather changes overnight.

  112. 0805: 

    Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy hopes to sign Guirane N'Daw permanently in the summer, reports the East Anglian Daily Times. The midfielder is on loan at Portman Road from Saint-Etienne until the end of the season.

    McCarthy says: "I've had a limited discussion with 'G' and that was along the lines of: 'Yeah gaffer, I like you, you like me, I stay'.' That was about it!"

  113. 0801: 

    Senegalese centre-back Kader Mangane insists he will "give everything" to justify a permanent move to Sunderland next summer after arriving on loan from Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal, reports the Sunderland Echo.

    "Listen, I'm going to give everything while I'm here to stay beyond the summer," Mangane says.

  114. 0756: 

    Nottingham Forest manager Alex McLeish will step up his efforts to sign Birmingham winger Chris Burke after bringing in striker Darius Henderson from Millwall, reports the Nottingham Post.

    "We have been pursuing a wide man," McLeish says. "If we want to play with four or five in the middle, we need people who can cross the ball or beat their man."

  115. 0752: 

    Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis could pay for Toni Minichiello to continue as her coach after he lost his full-time role with UK Athletics.

    Sheffield-based Minichiello, who coached Ennis to gold at London 2012, falls outside new criteria for funding.

    "I think [Ennis paying] is an option," he tells BBC Radio 5 live.


    We're asking for you to nominate your best deals of the transfer window so far. Keep them coming please, via Twitter. #bbcsportsday

    Kallum Louis Tyrer on Twitter: "Daniel Sturridge by far. He's reinvigorated Liverpool's attack and finally added another goalscorer, which we've been missing."

    Dave Ward on Twitter: "Best January deal has to be Michu's new four-year deal at Swansea."

    The Writer of Wrongs on Twitter: "I think Spurs cheekily saving themselves a few million on Zeki Fryers AND winding up Sir Alex in the process is my fave."

    We're also asking who you would like to see your club sign. A few of your thoughts on that to follow shortly...

  117. 0745: 

    Former British tennis player John Lloyd tells BBC Radio 5 live he is backing Andy Murray to beat Roger Federer in Melbourne to reach the Australian Open final.

    Lloyd, himself an Australian Open finalist in 1977, says: "My feeling is that Murray's going to win today. He's got a poor record against Federer in Grand Slams, but this is a different Murray now. He's got that Grand Slam title under his belt with last year's US Open."

    The match, which is due to start at 0830 GMT, is live on BBC Two and BBC Radio 5 live, and there will be live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  118. 0737: 

    Lancashire have signed Leicestershire all-rounder Wayne White.

    The 27-year-old made 51 first-class appearances for Leicestershire after arriving at Grace Road in 2009, but told the club at the end of last season that he wanted to move on.


    Daniel Sturridge's £12m move from Chelsea to Liverpool remains January's biggest deal - although Wilfried Zaha's anticipated £15m move from Crystal Palace to Manchester United would surpass that.

    But who has been the best January deal so far? And who would you like to see your club bring in over the remaining days of the transfer window? Let us know via Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    If you need a little reminder as to who has gone where, the BBC Sport website's transfers page lists all 175 deals to have been completed so far this month.

  120. 0728: 

    Great Britain Olympic cyclist Geraint Thomas remains five seconds ahead in the Tour Down Under in Australia after today's fourth stage, won by Andre Greipel.

    The German sprinter claimed his second stage win of the week in an eventful sprint finish featuring two crashes.

  121. 0724: 

    Aaron Finch has replaced David Hussey in Australia's squad for next month's two-match one-day series against the West Indies in Perth.

    The squad in full: Michael Clarke (Capt), George Bailey, Ben Cutting, Xavier Doherty, Aaron Finch, Moises Henriques, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

  122. 0720: 

    West Ham defender Dan Potts has left hospital and returned home to rest after suffering suspected concussion in Wednesday's 5-1 defeat by Arsenal.

    Potts, 18, spent the night under observation after appearing to suffer a clash of heads and falling to the ground before being carried off.

    A statement on the West Ham website said tests carried out on the teenager had "come back positive".

  123. 0716: 

    It's likely to be a busy day in the transfer market as the deadline draws ever closer. Here is some of the morning biggest gossip for you.

    Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini, 31, is poised to commit to Newcastle for the rest of the season after the Argentine defender was told it would cost him £7m to quit. (Daily Mirror)

    Tottenham are considering meeting West Ham's £3.5m release clause for Mohamed Diame to beat Arsenal, Everton and Fulham to the 25-year-old midfielder. (the Guardian)

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has identified France Under-19 defender Kurt Zouma as a summer transfer target. The 18-year-old could cost £8m from St Etienne. (Daily Mail)

  124. 0711: 

    Wilfried Zaha is set to undergo a medical with Manchester United before completing a £15m move from Crystal Palace.

    The 20-year-old forward has agreed a five-and-a-half year deal but will be loaned back to Palace until the summer.

  125. 0708: 

    Newcastle have signed midfielder Moussa Sissoko, says his club Toulouse.

    "Moussa Sissoko will not go to the end of his contract," Toulouse said of the 23-year-old France international. "He found an agreement with Newcastle United for a definitive transfer which takes effect today."

  126. 0705: 

    Andy Murray says winning the US Open and Olympic gold in 2012 will help him going into this morning's Australian Open semi-final against Roger Federer.

    "I feel probably a little bit calmer maybe than usual," Murray says. "But I still have an understanding of how difficult it is to win these events."

    The Briton takes on 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer at 0830 GMT. It's live on BBC Two, BBC HD and online, and there's live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  127. 0702: 

    Britain's Sir Bradley Wiggins says he was "sad and angry" after disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs.

    The 2012 Tour de France winner watched Armstrong, 41, confess in a television interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    "It was quite sad really, sad for the sport but then the anger kicks in," says Wiggins.

  128. 0700: 

    Good morning and welcome along to Sportsday, from the BBC Sport Centre in Salford Quays. We'll bring you all the latest transfer news and keep you up to date with the Australian Open, where Andy Murray is in semi-final action against Roger Federer from 0830 GMT. We begin with a look at the stories at the top of the BBC Sport website.

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