Monday 19 August as it happened

Transfer news, Premier League opening weekend reaction plus build-up to the final Ashes Test & Belgian GP.

19 August 2013 Last updated at 19:06

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  1. 1903: 

    That is all for another edition of Sportsday Live. Remember you can keep across Manchester City v Newcastle via the BBC Sport website with our live text commentary of the match.

    You can also tune in to BBC Radio 5 live from 19:00 BST for the Monday Night Club before live commentary at 20:00 as Manuel Pellegrini starts his Etihad reign.

    Thanks for your contributions, see you all tomorrow.

  2. 1855: 

    Skipper Scott Brown insists Celtic's players are well aware of what is at stake against Shakhter Karagandy in the first-leg of their Champions League play-off tie in the Astana Arena on Tuesday night.

    Entry into the lucrative group stages of the competition for the second successive season could be worth around £20m for the Parkhead club.

    "The players understand his huge this is, how big Celtic are and why we should be in the Champions League, he says. "The two ties are huge, the biggest of the season and we are only three or four weeks in."

  3. 1846: 

    Port Vale launch an investigation after accusations of racist chanting during their League One fixture against Bradford at Vale Park on Saturday.

    The club reveals they have received 'numerous complaints', all from their own supporters, alleging racist chanting from a section of fans in the Railway Paddock towards the visiting supporters.

    A statement released via, reads: "Port Vale does not tolerate mindless behaviour of any kind and any supporter who is found to be partaking in abusive or discriminatory behaviour of a racist nature faces a life ban from Vale Park, as well as the possibility of criminal proceedings."


    Russell Reynolds: So Fulham sign yet another solid midfield player, can't even count how many that makes now. Could use a winger.

    Andrew Priestley: Scott Parker is a great signing for Fulham. They've looked a little soft in the middle of the park since Dembele left.

    Garreth Frank: With the signing of Scott Parker, I suspect Fulham may have just made certain of mid-table security this season.

  5. 1831: 

    Manager Martin Jol believes it is a real coup for Fulham to have signed England international Parker.

    "I'm delighted that Scott has joined us," he says. "He's a midfielder who works tirelessly for his team and is a fantastic player both on and off the ball.

    "It is wonderful to see a player of his stature playing for Fulham Football Club as he has shown his qualities in the Premier League and for the England team for many years. I'm happy that he's here and joins us for training ahead of our first home match of the season."

  6. 1827: 

    Former Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year Parker says of his Craven Cottage move: "I'm delighted to be joining Fulham and I'm looking forward to meeting my new teammates at training Tuesday morning.

    "Fulham is an established Premier League club and I look forward to trying to help the team progress even further over the next three years."

  7. 1820: 

    Fulham sign midfielder Scott Parker from Tottenham on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

  8. 1818: 

    Wakefield owner Andrew Glover steps down as chairman of the financially-troubled Wildcats but will remain on the board of directors and oversee the move to a new stadium.

    Michael Carter, 44, who has been a shareholder since January 2012, will take over as chairman following what the club termed a review of governance.

    Glover says: "Michael has given a lot both in terms of investment and his input into the running of the club and we felt that the time was right that this was formally recognised with making him chairman of the board."

  9. 1811: 

    Captain Liselotte Neumann hails Charley Hull as a "special girl" after she helped Europe win the Solheim Cup in America for the first time.


    Lewis Webb: One of the issues Wenger faces is that other teams knows how desperate he is to buy, so they can inflate their players' value.

    Andrew Priestley: Why are Arsenal bidding for Cabaye when they have Wilshere, Arteta, Cazorla, Ramsey and Rosicky to play that position? Madness.

    Stephen Whiteland: I'm not his biggest fan but Gareth Barry to Arsenal would be a useful solution and available for £7-8m I reckon.

  11. 1800: 

    Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio will be out for up to five weeks because of torn knee ligaments and looks like to miss Italy's World Cup qualifiers next month.

    He had to be replaced after 21 minutes of Sunday's 4-0 victory over Lazio in the Italian Super Cup following a tackle from Stefan Radu.

    "Marchisio underwent an MRI scan of the right knee that revealed a...tear of his medial collateral ligaments," the club said on

  12. 1743: 

    Hibernian announce they will appeal the red card handed to Kevin Thomson after his scuffle with Dundee United's Gavin Gunning.

    A spokesman for the Leith side says: "Hibernian can confirm that following the review of the TV footage...the club have notified the compliance officer at the Scottish FA of our desire to lodge a player reference for wrongful dismissal against the red card shown to Kevin Thomson."

    However, the Terrors rule out their own challenge, saying they think they have no hope of overturning defender Gunning's dismissal.

  13. 1736: 

    Southampton's record signing Pablo Daniel Osvaldo says the chance to work with Mauricio Pochettino again is the reason he ignored interest from other clubs.

    The Argentina-born Italy international, 27, who played under Pochettino for 18 months at Espanyol, joined Saints from Roma for £15m on Sunday.

    "It's fantastic to work with Mauricio," striker Osvaldo tells BBC Sport. "He's a great motivator and for me it's very important to work with people who appreciate and respect how I work."

    Etihad Stadium

    Coming up on BBC Radio Five Live tonight:

    19:00 BST: It's the Monday Night Club with the day's football news and build-up to Manchester City v Newcastle, as new City boss Manuel Pellegrini starts his Etihad career.

    20:00: Live football commentary on Manchester City v Newcastle.

    Newcastle won nine points with goals scored in second-half injury time last term, the most in the Premier League. But they have never won a top-flight game at the Etihad Stadium. Can The Magpies start their season with an away win?

    You can also follow the live text commentary of the match on the BBC Sport website.

  15. 1724: 

    Brighton's proposed move for Leicester defender Paul Konchesky falls through, according to the Press Association.

  16. 1711: 

    Kimi Raikkonen will not drive for Formula One champions Red Bull next season after talks broke down, his manager says.

    The Finn is out of contract at Lotus at the end of the season and was a leading contender to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull when the Australian moves over to endurance racing next year.

    "Talks broke down," his manager Steve Robertson tells BBC Sport. "We haven't spoken for a little while and it's clear Kimi won't be driving for Red Bull in 2014."

  17. 1706: 

    Wigan forward Harrison Hansen ends speculation over his immediate future by confirming they have taken up the option of an extra year on his contract.

    Hansen, speaking at the Challenge Cup final media day, says: "There has been a lot of talk, but that is all it is - talk. Wigan have taken up my option so I'm here next year. Whatever happens after that is up to (chairman) Ian Lenagan and myself. That's for the future."

  18. 1700: 

    Rangers midfielder Ian Black is issued with a notice of complaint which includes an allegation of "betting on three matches on his then registered club not to win", the Scottish Football Association announces.


    Dom Breslin: After his anger at the way City hounded Everton for Lescott, this is a real lack of class from David Moyes and Man Utd.

    Sam Chapman: Disgusted by Man Utd business as a loyal fan. Not only have they wasted time on targets, they have gone to desperate plan C.

    Tom Emery: Manchester United's summer is threatening to be more of a farce than Arsenal's, and that's saying something.

  20. 1637: 

    Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose, who is set to break Gerd Mueller's goalscoring record, has said he will retire from international football after next year's World Cup.

    "I assume that is what will happen with regards to the national team," he told German magazine Kicker when asked if he would retire after the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

  21. 1637: 

    Did the London Olympics inspire a generation? Gemma Cairney finds out tonight in her special BBC Radio One documentary. Read more on the BBC Sport website and listen to the programme at 2100BST.

  22. 1632: 

    Leeds United forward El-Hadji Diouf insists he is happy at the club after being linked with a move away.

    The 32-year-old made his first appearance of the season on Saturday after suspension and a shin injury ruled him out of the first three games.

    He tells BBC Radio Leeds: "I don't know where all the talk about me leaving has come from. I'm happy here because the fans have always shown me a lot of love and it's a great club."

  23. 1629: 

    1999-2000: Spends a year with the Banfield academy but fails to make a first-team appearance and joins Huracan.

    2006: Joins Serie B club Atalanta and makes three appearances, scoring one goal, in the 2005-06 season. Moves to Lecce on a co-ownership deal in the summer.

    Daniel Osvaldo

    2007: After scoring eight goals in 31 appearances for Lecce, Atalanta buy back his full registration only to sell him to Fiorentina for £4m.

    2009: Joins Bologna on an initial loan deal and completes a permanent move to the Renato Dall'Ara in the summer, signing a four-year contract.

    2010: Joins Primera Division club Espanyol on an initial six-month loan deal

    2011: Finishes his first full Primera Division season with 13 goals from 24 appearances. In August he is sold to Roma for £14.9m and finishes his first season in Rome with 11 league goals from 26 appearances.

  24. 1626: 

    Former Arsenal captain Stewart Robson believes Arsene Wenger's reluctance to spend money is to avoid being put under additional pressure to win things.

    Robson tells BBC Radio 5 live: "One of the reasons Wenger doesn't want to spend money when he does have it I think is because when they finish fourth he can say they are only losing out to the big guns.

    "If he goes and spends money, everyone will expect them to win things. If they don't win when they have bought players, he will be under more pressure."

  25. 1623: 

    Southampton's record signing Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is relishing the prospect of reuniting with former boss Mauricio Pochettino after completing his move from Roma for a fee in the region of £15m.

    Osvaldo has signed a four-year deal at St Mary's, adding to a fine week for the Saints who kicked off their new Premier League campaign with a 1-0 win at West Brom on Saturday. The 27-year-old Argentine-born Italian played under Pochettino for just over a season at Espanyol and believes it was a period which produced the best spell of his career so far.

    Osvaldo says: "I've worked with Mauricio before and I know him quite well. The season I shared with him at Espanyol was my best season as a footballer in a personal and collective sense."

  26. 1616: 

    Essex sign Sussex and England spinner Monty Panesar on loan until the end of the season.

    Sussex announced earlier on Monday that the Luton-born bowler will leave the club on 27 September.

    Panesar, 31, was the subject of an internal club investigation after being fined by police for urinating on nightclub bouncers earlier this month.

  27. 1612: 
    BBC coverage

    It's the first one-day international between England and Australia tomorrow in the Women's Ashes, and Test Match Special will be live with ball-by-ball commentary from 1030 BST.

  28. 1605: 

    Neil Lennon is expecting most of his injured players to declare themselves fit for the first leg of their Champions League play-off against Shakhter Karagandy at the Astana Arena on Tuesday night.

    The Hoops boss revealed that strikers Amido Balde and Anthony Stokes both have calf strains while winger James Forrest and Derk Boerrigter have ankle problems.

    Virgil van Dijk has an ongoing foot problem although he made a substitute appearance in the Scottish Premiership win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Saturday while midfielder Tom Rogic has an ankle ligament problem, but Lennon is hoping that they will all be ready for the game against the Kazakhstan champions.

  29. 1601: 

    Pablo Zabaleta signs a new four-year contract with Manchester City which will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until 2017.

    The defender, who was voted the club's Player of the Year for 2012-13, joined the Blues in 2008 from Espanyol and has gone on to make 175 appearances for the club.

    "I have been here for five years and it feels like home. Signing a contract extension with the club makes me feel very happy," Zabaleta says. "I feel great here, I like the Premiership, and I think Manchester City are one of the clubs looking for success in the future. It is a club that is very well-organised and when you see that everything works well you want to be here."


    Gary Martin: Wenger should bid £40m for Rooney - MUFC would rather sell to Arsenal than Chelsea.

    Aaron Hardy: As good as Cabaye is he's not what Arsenal need, if Spurs wanna let Parker go he'd be great for Arsenal at least this season!

    Lewis Howard: It's the timing, not the prices that are wrong. Cabaye, Williams and Michu could all have been bought for £35m in July easily.

  31. 1548: 

    Newcastle United reject an £11m bid from Arsenal for Yohan Cabaye, reports the Chronicle.

    United value Cabaye at £30m but the player has refused to comment on his future.

  32. 1544: 

    Watch live on the BBC Sport website now: Ireland's men face Poland in the EuroHockey Championships in Belgium.

  33. 1543: 

    Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry is named in England's squad for the Twenty20 series against Australia later this month.

    Carberry, who has one Test cap to his name but none in the limited-overs formats, caught the eye this summer with an unbeaten century for Hampshire in their Friends Life t20 quarter-final victory over Lancashire.

    The 32-year-old opener is the notable inclusion in a squad minus a rested Kevin Pietersen but to be led by regular T20 captain Stuart Broad.

    England squad: Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire, capt), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Jos Buttler (Somerset, wkt), Michael Carberry (Hampshire), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Michael Lumb (Nottinghamshire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), James Tredwell (Kent), Luke Wright (Sussex).

  34. 1540: 

    What stadium has the best atmosphere?

    "It has to be Newcastle's St James' Park. I was on the coaching staff the season Newcastle were relegated. We beat Middlesbrough and I've never heard an atmosphere like it. The noise was deafening and when Obafemi Martins scored the second, the hair on the back of my neck stood up. I've played at some noisy grounds, such as Sevilla and Dortmund, but nothing compares."

  35. 1539: 
    ON THIS DAY: 2001
    Michael Schumacher

    Ferrari ace Michael Schumacher was crowned world champion for the fourth time, after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest.

  36. 1534: 

    The Arsenal Supporters' Trust fear that Arsene Wenger's "obsession" with developing young players is damaging the club's chances of winning silverware.

    Saturday's 3-1 home defeat by Aston Villa and a lengthy injury list that now includes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has brought their lack of transfer activity into sharp focus and Tim Payton, a spokesman for AST, is critical of Wenger's prudence.

    "We don't know what's going on but clearly there's a manager that by his own words isn't a big fan of spending money on strengthening the team through expensive player acquisition," Payton says. "His apparent obsession with being a developmental manager is in danger of holding the club back."

  37. 1531: 

    Speaking in the Express and Star, captain Ron Vlaar backs Aston Villa to settle a score at Chelsea on Wednesday following their 8-0 defeat in last season's corresponding fixture.

    Villa got their season off to a flying start after winning 3-1 at Arsenal on Saturday and Vlaar says: "We want to do it again on Wednesday. We know what happened last year so we have to lay it to rest.

    "In eight days we'll play Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea. It could be a little easier but it's the start of the season so no-one knows much about each other. I'm very proud of the team and happy for the fans because it's a great start."

  38. 1522: 

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan is at St Mary's as Southampton's new signing Dani Osvaldo speaks at a news conference. Here is what he has had to say so far:

    "I chose Southampton because they showed the most interest in me and I know Mauricio. It is my dream to play in the Premier League.

    "Working with Mauricio is fantastic, he is a great motivator and appreciates me and how I work."


    Matt JR Smith: By not buying early Arsenal now look desperate allowing clubs to drive up the asking price of their target players.

    Ashley Patrick: Today should be renamed 'National Low Bid for Players Worth Much More' day. Very catchy.

    Dan: This is just embarrassing, £10m for Cabaye, seems like Wenger is trying to get turned down.

    Who do you think Arsenal need to sign? Which position needs to be improved as a priority? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

  40. 1514: 

    American Danny Pate extends his contract with Team Sky.

    The 34-year-old signed for Team Sky at the start of the 2012 season and has impressed.

    Pate said: "I like my position on the team. It's not the team-leader spot - that's just not what I am. I enjoy what I do and I'm happy that the team values the work I do for them."

  41. 1507: 

    Ben Foster admits the West Bromwich Albion dressing room would welcome more new faces after their opening-day defeat at home to Southampton.

    Asked if additions would help, Foster says: "Yes, maybe so, just to spruce it up a little bit so the lads know they will have to stay on their toes a little bit more.

    ''They know if they are not performing there's someone there to take their place. It would be nice if we could have a few more new faces. We have a small squad, I think there's maybe 18 first-team players training on any given day."

  42. 1458: 

    Later this afternoon, you have a chance to put your questions to Wigan winger Pat Richards ahead of Saturday's Challenge Cup final at Wembley where his side take on Hull FC in a game which will be shown live on BBC One.

    Send your questions before 1545 BST via Twitter using #askpatrichards

  43. 1456: 

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at St Mary's: Five cameras and 10 journalists currently on site at St Mary's waiting to talk to Daniel Osvaldo. He's keeping us waiting (is late).

  44. 1453: 

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says Gareth Barry is willing to fight for his place at the club, however he may have better options elsewhere.

    He says: "In the position of Gareth we have also Jack Rodwell, Javi Garcia, Fernandinho and Yaya Toure. I spoke with Gareth. He wants to stay here and he does not have any problems staying here to fight for his position like any other player in the squad. If he wants to go because has better options - it depends on what he wants to do."

    City host Newcastle in their Premier League opener tonight (2000BST) with commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and live text on the BBC Sport website.

  45. 1445: 

    The Sunderland Echo reports Paolo Di Canio is considering selling Stephane Sessegnon in order to fund the purchase of the powerful playmaker they claim the Black Cats manager craves.

  46. 1437: 

    Miss 606 on BBC Radio 5 live this weekend? Head to the BBC website where you can download the podcast, which includes the highlights from the lively phone in.

  47. 1434: 

    Do you think if Tottenham can keep Gareth Bale they can win the Premier League? (Raphael Anderson).

    "Yes I do. I think people have written them off very quickly. I like Paulinho, he's a very good signing. Roberto Soldado is a proven goalscorer. Etienne Capoue looks a player and Moussa Dembele was their best player against Crystal Palace. It is a very good, balanced squad. With Bale in their squad they will definitely finish in the top four."


    Aidan Williams: Just when you doubt Arsenal...Cabaye and the alleged pursuits of Michu and Ashley Williams. Don't write them off.

    Mike Davies: Wenger needs to sign a consistent 20 goal a season striker as well as an an enforcer in both the midfield and defence.

    Andy Bradley: Arsenal need a central midfielder, I think Kondogbia would be my priority. Then maybe a centre back, winger and striker.

  49. 1429:  
    David Ornstein, BBC SportFOOTBALL
    Yohan Cabaye

    "Arsenal have made a bid in the region of £10m for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

    "The Magpies are yet to formally reject the offer but it is understood the club view the bid as derisory and plan to turn it down.

    "Arsenal are yet to comment but are looking to reinforce their midfield, which has been depleted by injuries to Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby while Jack Wilshere is still returning to full fitness."


    After losing their opening game of the season to Aston Villa at the weekend, Arsenal appear determined to improve their squad with the club having been linked with a number of players.

    Swansea pair Michu and Ashley Williams are the most recent to be linked, but who do you think Arsene Wenger needs to sign? Which position needs to be improved as a priority?

    Let us know via #bbcsportsday

  51. 1418: 

    The London Evening Standard reports Arsenal are weighing up a £35million double raid on Swansea for striker Michu and defender Ashley Williams.

  52. 1413: 

    Earlier the good people of Question of Sport posed the following teaser: Which seven British golfers have played for Europe in the Solheim Cup since 2010?

    The answers are Laura Davies, Charley Hull, Catriona Matthew, Melissa Reid, Karen Stupples and Jodi Ewart Shadoff.

  53. 1404: 

    Swimming hopeful Michael Jamieson admits he has had to base himself in England to ensure the hype surrounding the build-up to next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow does not harm his medal prospects.

    "Staying in Bath has worked out really well," said Jamieson, 25. "If I was training in Tollcross every day, I might get a bit excited to be honest."

  54. 1357: 

    Which new signings impressed you most over the opening weekend? (Chelsea Loyal).

    "Chelsea's Kevin de Bruyne did really well against Hull. I like how Jose Mourinho wasted no time in blooding him. He played him wide, but he is the sort of player who likes to drift inside and he was a constant menace.

    "Victor Wanyama looks a proper player for Southampton in the highlights of their match at West Brom, and while people talk about his physicality, there is much more to admire."

  55. 1347: 

    Who said the following? "Everton sell very expensively. That's what we do.

    "We don't sell cheap because that is why he is on a five-year deal and the chairman looks after the players and gives them what he can. So he is not for sale."

    Well, it was a certain Manchester United manager David Moyes in 2011 while he was in charge at Everton and in response to Leighton Baines being linked with a move to Liverpool.

  56. 1340: 

    Is player power on the slide, with clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United refusing to sell their want-away players? (Al Day).

    "It is time that clubs bit back and in the months and years ahead they will become much stronger. I know Premier League players who have signed for Championship clubs and salaries are about a third of what they were a couple of years ago because of the finances at that level.

    "It is right that clubs make a stand. Regarding Liverpool's Luis Suarez, if you sign a contract, honour it. What has happened there is unedifying."

  57. 1336: 

    Arsenal cannot afford to be knocked out of the Champions League, according to BBC Sport pundit Alan Hansen.

    The Gunners have failed to strengthen their squad in the summer and have been heavily criticised after a 3-1 Premier League defeat at home to Aston Villa on Saturday. They face Fenerbahce in Turkey on Wednesday in the first leg of a Champions League group stage qualifier.

    "It's unthinkable for Arsenal to go out of the Champions League," says Hansen.

  58. 1330: 

    Twenty20 winners Northants resume their Championship promotion campaign with Australian seam bowler Trent Copeland returning to the side for the game game against Essex at Chelmsford.

    Copeland, who took 36 wickets earlier in the summer, is back for a three-game spell, but Essex - who lost to Northants in the FLt20 semi-finals - have overseas reinforcements of their own with India batsman Gautam Gambhir set for his debut.

    Northants are currently second in the Division Two table, with the home side 29 points adrift of them in fourth.


    Tunde Akere: Watch it Moyes! That bid is insulting,ridiculous and not worth anything for two international players not on decline. Try more.

    Silas Buzo: I don't know why Moyes should bid for Baines when there is Evra, Fabio and Buttner.

    Adam Palmer: Fellaini really wouldn't fit in at United and I don't see the point of Baines with Evra in form.

    What are your thoughts on Manchester United's bid for Everton's Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines? Is the £28m joint bid a fair reflection of their value? Are they the type of players United need? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

  60. 1317: 

    You've been part of Newcastle United under Mike Ashley, so what do you make of Joe Kinnear's role at the club and how will this affect Alan Pardew? (Ben Bronx).

    "Things at Newcastle seem to be a bit smoother in recent weeks and they've made their first signing this summer, Loic Remy. If I had one issue, it is that before Joe's appointment chief scout Graham Carr and Alan Pardew seemed to do a fantastic job. The one big success, even last year, was their recruitment policy. Why risk changing that?

    "Joe is a vastly experienced man in football. If Alan and him have a good relationship then there is no reason why it cannot go well."

  61. 1311: 

    Teenager Matthew Fitzpatrick became the first Englishman to win the US Amateur Championship in 102 years after he defeated Australian Oliver Goss in the 36-hole final on Sunday.

    The baby-faced 18-year-old from Sheffield, whose younger brother acted as his caddie, sunk a par putt on the 33rd hole to close out a 4&3 victory in the matchplay format tournament held at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

    "I mean, it's absolutely amazing," said Fitzpatrick, who won the title on the same course where amateur Francis Ouimet claimed his famous U.S. Open victory in a playoff against Harry Vardon and Ted Ray a century ago.

  62. 1302: 

    Chris Tremlett is "dying to" bowl against Australia in the fifth and final Ashes Test after recovering from a career-threatening back injury.

    The Surrey fast bowler, 31, was included in England's squad to chase a 4-0 series victory over the Baggy Greens after Yorkshire's Tim Bresnan withdrew through injury, and he is relishing the chance to play on his home ground.

    "I'm very hopeful. It's been a long time coming and it's been great to be back involved in the last two Test squads," he says. "I've had my injuries over the last couple of years and I'm dying to get an opportunity to play."

  63. 1252: 

    Everton release a statement calling bids they received from Manchester United for two players "derisory and insulting".

    The Toffees earlier rejected a £28m joint bid from United for Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini and England defender Leighton Baines.

    Everton's statement reads: "Everton can confirm that it has received bids from Manchester United for two players. Those bids were immediately rejected out of hand as derisory and insulting. The club did not make public these details as it was vital Roberto Martinez's preparations for the opening game of the Premier League season were not disrupted in anyway."


    Gary Holmes: Appalling lack of respect from avid Moyes and Man Utd. £40m at least.

    Jane Scanlan: Cannot see the point of Fellaini. He is not United material. Get Mata instead.

    William Gould: Dear Everton, Please, please, please keep turning down bids for F & B, Thanks, Man Utd fan...

    What are your thoughts on Manchester United's bid for Everton's Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines? Is the £28m joint bid a fair reflection of their value? Are they the type of players United need? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

  65. 1242: 

    Former Brighton manager Gus Poyet and BBC Sport pundit Alan Hansen join Mark Chapman in the first MOTD 3 this season to discuss the trouble brewing at Arsenal. Watch on the BBC Sport website (UK only).

  66. 1240: 

    Glasgow's Commonwealth Games website is experiencing major delays after more than a million tickets went on sale.

    By 1000 BST on Monday, people using the site were being warned that the high demand had caused waiting times of more than an hour.

    Organiser Glasgow 2014 said there was no need to rush as the public would have four weeks to place requests. It said tickets for events with a high demand would be allocated by a "fair and simple draw".

  67. 1231: 

    Captain Liselotte Neumann hails her rookies after Europe won the Solheim Cup on American soil for the first time.

    Neumann's team beat the United States 18-10 to successfully defend the title they won in Ireland in 2011 with six of the 12 players making their debuts in the match play tournament.

    "They made me proud," Neumann says. "All of them. It was just a total team effort. Everybody's been playing well, everybody's been really helpful."

  68. 1227: 

    What club did you enjoy managing the most? (Riam Daniel)

    "I had a fabulous time at Oldham. It is an old school club. I had some great senior pros with me, such as John Sheridan. There was a wonderful rapport. I remember the whole club coming to my house for a Christmas party. There was about 70 of them in the garage and the house. I still swap texts with the lady who cooked food for us at Boundary Park."

  69. 1220: 

    "While Arsenal go backwards, the big clubs have started the new season as they mean to go on," writes BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson in the Daily Mirror.

    "It is all just a mess at the Emirates, especially when you look at the decisive way that Spurs and Manchester City - who I think will win the league - have gone about their transfer business. It just shows how far Arsenal have fallen behind."

  70. 1213: 

    Monaco star Radamel Falcao rejects claims he is set to leave the Ligue 1 club less than three months after his £51m move from Atletico Madrid.

    Reports in Spain suggested the Colombia striker, 27, wanted to leave the newly promoted side over proposals to cut his tax-free salary. Falcao scored his second goal in two matches with a penalty in Monaco's 4-1 win against Montpellier on Sunday.

    "Everything is false. I believe in the project and I'm staying," he says.

  71. 1210: 
    ON THIS DAY: 1953
    Denis Compton

    England recaptured the Ashes at the Oval after a gap of 19 years. Denis Compton hit the decisive stroke to give Len Hutton's team an eight-wicket victory in the fifth and final Test, the only win after four drawn matches in the series.

  72. 1201: 

    Spinner Simon Kerrigan is "in a great position" to be selected for England's tour of Australia, says Lancashire's director of cricket Mike Watkinson.

    Kerrigan has taken 47 Championship wickets for the Red Rose this summer and the 24-year-old has been rewarded for his fine form with a first call-up for the final Ashes Test at The Oval.

    "Very often, the squad for the last Test in the domestic season results in selections for the winter tours," Watkinson tells BBC Radio Lancashire.

  73. 1156: 

    Monty Panesar apologises for letting Sussex and the club's fans down and says he is determined to become "the best spin bowler in the world."

    Sussex confirmed Panesar will leave the club at the end of the season. The 31-year-old was the subject of an internal club investigation after being fined by police for urinating on nightclub bouncers earlier this month.

    "I have endured a challenging time this year off the field and my frustrations have sometimes got the better of me professionally. I apologise for letting the club, my colleagues and my fans down," says Panesar. "I believe that if I maintain the bowling progress I have made in recent weeks which enabled me to be selected for the Test squad at Old Trafford, I can fulfil my long-held ambition of becoming the best spin bowler in the world, over time."

  74. 1147: 

    Toby Flood will remain as Leicester Tigers captain next season, with Anthony Allen and Louis Deacon appointed as vice-captains.

    The 28-year-old England international led the Tigers to their 10th English title in May after assuming captaincy in the latter part of the season. Flood took over from Geordan Murphy, who retired from playing in the summer.


    Jack Package: I think Moyes is about £17m off the mark. But it's too late for us to be able to replace them. Reject all bids!

    Jamie Matthews: Moyes is wasting his time on players that aren't good enough and we don't need. Fellaini not good enough, get Modric please!!

    Michael Dunthorpe: I see no reason to go after Baines as Evra had a great season an was one of if not the best LBs in the league.

    What are your thoughts on Manchester United's bid for Everton's Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines? Is the £28m joint bid a fair reflection of their value? Are they the type of players United need? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

  76. 1136: 

    Birmingham City striker striker Akwasi Asante is recalled from his loan spell with Shrewsbury Town.

    Having recovered from a hamstring injury sustained during pre-season, the 20-year-old made his first appearance of the season in the Shrews's 2-0 victory at home to Swindon Town at the weekend.

    However the Dutch-born Ghanaian will now return to his parent club to hand Blues boss Lee Clark a fresh attacking option ahead of this weekend's trip to Leicester City.

  77. 1131: 

    Time to dust off your thinking caps because here is the first Question of Sport teaser of the week: Which seven British golfers have played for Europe in the Solheim Cup since 2010?

    Send your answers to #QSTeaser and all will be revealed around 1400 BST this afternoon.

  78. 1128: 

    Viktor Kumykov claims Shakhter Karagandy will have the whole of Kazakhstan behind his team when they take on Celtic in the first leg of their Champions League play-off at the Astana Arena on Tuesday night.

    The Kazakh club have moved the match 114 miles away from their own ground to the artificial surface in Astana, looking to take a step closer to becoming the first team from the former Soviet republic to reach the Champions League.

    "We believe the supporters are very important in this game," says the Russian. "We think there will be many supporters there, not only from Karaganda [the main city in Karagandy province] and Astana but from other parts of the country and we believe and hope the whole nation will be behind us."

  79. 1122: 

    Accrington Stanley managing director Robert Heys apologises after he was suspended from football for 21 months for 735 breaches of Football Association betting rules.

    Of the offending bets, 231 were on games involving Accrington and 37 of them were on Stanley to lose.

    "Anyone who knows me personally will know that I only ever want a win for my team," says Heys, who revealed he lost £421 on the bets involving League Two club Accrington - now managed by former England striker James Beattie - and more than £2,300 in total.

  80. 1116: 

    Andy Murray will defend his US Open title as the third seed, having been replaced as world number two by the new Cincinnati Masters champion Rafael Nadal.

    Roger Federer, meanwhile, will be seeded seventh - having fallen to his lowest world ranking since October 2002.

    Laura Robson will be seeded for a Grand Slam for the first time. The 19-year-old is likely to be the 31st seed, if she recovers from a wrist injury.

  81. 1112: 

    Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill admits his nine-game suspension was warranted.

    The 42-year-old was banned for his behaviour during the 37-17 Premiership final win over Northampton in May. His suspension will start on Saturday after the club made an unsuccessful appeal against the length of it at a disciplinary hearing last month.

    "Was I disappointed? No. I probably got what I deserved," Cockerill tells BBC Radio Leicester.

  82. 1107: 

    Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins is set to miss a second successive Ashes series after a recurrence of his back injury.

    The 20-year-old has still played just one Test, against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2011, because of his susceptibility to injury, but he made such an impression in that victory that he is still widely considered among the best of Australia's emerging crop of pace bowlers.

    Cummins was not considered for this summer's Ashes in England, as he battled back from injury, but did make the A tour here and to South Africa. He succumbed again, however, at the start of this month, and a Cricket Australia statement this morning read: "CA advises that Pat Cummins has suffered a recurrence of his lower back bone stress injury."

  83. 1105: 
    Iain Dowie

    Got a question for Iain Dowie about the opening weekend of the season? The former Oldham, Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers manager will answer your tweets via #AskDowie and the best ones will be included in Sportsday Live.


    What are your thoughts on Manchester United's bid for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines ? Does it accurately reflect their value, or is it too low? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

    Matt Brown: £28m for Fellaini and Baines. Ney chance, try £35m-£40m then #United might have more luck.

    Thomas Hewitt: So with Manchester United's bid for Leighton Baines where does this leave Patrice Evra? He had his best season at United last year. I'd be annoyed if I were him.

    Also, let us know who your #playeroftheweekend was.

    Daniel Robinson: He may not have got on the scoresheet, but Agbonlahor looked a different player against Arsenal. Put in a great display.

  85. 1052: 
    Usain Bolt

    Usain Bolt is the best athlete of all time, says eight-time world champion and BBC Sport expert Michael Johnson.

    The Jamaican became the most decorated athlete in the 30-year history of the World Championships after winning three golds in Moscow - in the 100m, 200m and sprint relay - to take his World Championship haul to 10, equalling the totals of Carl Lewis and Allyson Felix

    "Usain Bolt is number one, there's no question about that. He's the best that's ever been," says Johnson. "I truly believe that if Bolt started training next year by just doing the same old workouts each day, just running a few 200m - not training hard, just doing enough to keep in shape, he'd still beat the others. That is how talented he is and it's amazing."

  86. 1042: 

    Sussex County Cricket Club says Monty Panesar will be allowed to leave the club at the end of the 2013 season.

    Panesar was fined by police earlier this month after being caught urinating on nightclub bouncers in Brighton.

    A Sussex statement reads: "The club's investigation into the recent incident which took place on 5 August has been concluded, and both parties have reached agreement. He [Panesar] will become a free agent as of Friday 27 September 2013."

  87. 1035: 

    Jenson Button heads to Spa-Francorchamps this weekend doubtful that he will be able to repeat his 2012 Belgian Grand Prix win.

    The McLaren driver's victory on the circuit was his second that year, but he returns to Belgium this time having failed to finish higher than fifth in the current campaign.

    Button says: "We don't go to Spa with the package to win, but I'll still be making the most of every single lap around this place - it'll still feel incredible."

  88. 1028: 

    Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson confirms left-back Paul Konchesky is on the verge of leaving the King Power Stadium.

    The 32-year-old was left out of the squad for Saturday's win at Derby and in recent weeks, the former England international has been linked with a move to Queens Park Rangers.

    "I thought it was in the best interests of the player and ourselves that he was omitted from the squad," Pearson tells BBC Radio Leicester.

  89. 1027: 

    Around a million tickets have gone on sale for next summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    People have four weeks to apply for a ringside seat at the competition, which will see 71 nations perform across 17 sports. Elite athletes from around the world will travel to Scotland for the 11-day event beginning on 23 July.

    Ticket prices start at £15 for adults, with discounts for the under-16s and over- 60s. Games chiefs have pledged that two-thirds of tickets will be priced at £25 or less.

  90. 1020: 
    Marouane Fellaini

    Marouane Fellaini netted five headed goals in the Premier League last season, a figure only Swansea's Michu could better (six).


    Will Jarvis: United's bid is both derisory and disrespectful. Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini are undoubtedly two of the best Premier League performers.

    Simon Mitchell: An absolute insult to @Everton. From the guy who got a hero's send-off only a couple of months ago.

    Jonny Anderson: Whack another £5m on and it's good business.

    What are your thoughts on Manchester United's bid for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines ? Does it accurately reflect their value, or is it too low? Let us know #bbcsportsday

  92. 1013: 

    Beverley Lewis, first female PGA captain and founder member of the ladies European tour, hopes Europe's success in the Solheim Cup will help boost women's golf in the continent.

    Europe won the tournament in the United States for the first time with an 18-10 victory in Colorado.

    "Hopefully from this, the Ladies European Tour, which is a success, can become more successful, get more sponsors especially in Europe and not only more sponsors, but the purse goes up as well," Lewis tells BBC Radio 5 live. "We've seen we have stars of today and stars of the future, the girls who played now are absolutely wonderful and I'm sure there are more waiting in the wings."

  93. 1007: 

    British snowboarder Jenny Jones finishes second in the women's world cup slopestyle at the New Zealand winter games.

    American Jamie Anderson produced a flawless performance to win gold, while Cheryl Maas of the Netherlands took the bronze medal.

    Anderson scored 94.75 points on her first run and clinched the gold medal when none of her closest competitors could match her score on the second run.

  94. 0959: 

    Everton have been left outraged by Manchester United's £16m bid for Marouane Fellaini, reports the Liverpool Echo.

    The newspaper, which broke the story on United's bid for Fellaini and a £12m offer for Leighton Baines, says Goodison bosses were "rocked by the derisory offer" for their Belgium international midfielder.

    What are your thoughts on United's bid? Does it accurately reflect the players's value, or is it way below what Everton should accept? Let us know your thoughts, #bbcsportsday

  95. 0957: 
    ON THIS DAY: 1999
    Robbie Keane

    Robbie Keane, 19, became the most expensive teenager in British football, completing a £6m move from Wolverhampton Wanderers to Coventry.

  96. 0954: 

    Ross McCormack tells the Yorkshire Evening Post that Leeds United would be selling him against his wishes if the club chose to accept an offer for him before the end of the transfer window.

    The Scotland international attempted to alleviate fears about strong interest in him from Championship rivals Middlesbrough by saying he was "firmly happy here" and that any transfer involving him would "not be my decision."

    McCormack says: "If I'm going to go it's going to be their (the club's) decision. It's not going to be my decision."

  97. 0949: 

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan: "Southampton call a news conference for 1430BST to unveil new signing Pablo Daniel Osvaldo."

  98. 0946: 

    BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera: "We should find out more on Arsenal midfielder Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain's knee injury in the next day or two. The 20-year-old was replaced at half-time during the opening day defeat by Aston Villa and is still being assessed by the club."

  99. 0941: 

    English teenager Charley Hull says she proved she had the mental strength to deal with pressure after the 17-year-old helped Europe win the Solheim Cup in the United States for the first time.

    Hull got Europe under way on the final day with a sparkling display against Paula Creamer, securing a 5&4 win for the first of the four points needed for victory.

    "I gave myself high hopes and I just wanted to prove people wrong. I'm 17 and people were wondering if I could perform under the pressure but I go out and enjoy it, which takes care of the pressure. Before the match I just thought 'bring it' because I beat her on Saturday and I'd try to do it again." Hull tells BBC Sport.


    JP Seymour: I can't believe Moyes has done that this late on, have some respect for your old club and fans.

    DeathApeDisco: Moyes and Woodward have a lot to learn about how ruthless top clubs have to be in the transfer market. Dithering.

    Aquib: Man U need someone creative not Fellaini and with him in the team it'll just be the long ball game.

    What do you think of Manchester United's bid for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines? Are they the right players for United? Let us know your thoughts, #bbcsportsday

  101. 0930: 

    Miss Sunday's footballing action? We've put together a few Facebook albums showcasing the highlights from the Premier League and European football.

  102. 0928: 

    South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is back before Pretoria magistrates' court over the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

    The prosecutor in the case says the dates of 3 to 20 March have been mutually agreed for the trial. The prosecution is expected to serve the athlete with an indictment for the premeditated murder of his girlfriend.

    Mr Pistorius, 26, denies murdering Reeva Steenkamp, saying he shot her after mistaking her for an intruder.

  103. 0918: 
    Ross Barkley

    Teenage midfielder Ross Barkley is in BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks's team of the week after impressing for Everton in the 2-2 draw with Norwich.

    Want to know who else made the cut? Check out his team on the BBC Sport website and let us know your player of the weekend via #playeroftheweekend

  104. 0909: 

    Accrington Stanley managing director Robert Heys is suspended from all football and football activity by the Football Association for a period of 21 months after breaking FA betting rules.

    Heys was charged with breaches of the FA's rules "in relation to a number of betting offences" earlier this month. He has also been fined £1,000.

    Heys has notified the FA of his intention to appeal.

  105. 0900: 

    On his Premier League debut against Crystal Palace on Sunday, Tottenham's Paulinho introduced himself by having a pass completion rate of 90.6%, misplacing just five of 53 passes in the game.

    Which Premier League debutant impressed you the most at the weekend? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  106. 0855: 

    BBC Sport pundit Alan Hansen believes Arsenal's 3-1 defeat by Aston Villa highlighted the London club's need to bring in a "destructive" holding player.

    "Arsenal have had frailties for the last three or four years in certain positions," Hansen says on MOTD3. "They have got the money to fill those positions but Arsene Wenger has not done so.

    "I think if you sign Luis Suarez for £40m that is fine but I don't think that position [striker] is a major problem. I think goalkeeper, back four and a holding player that is destructive is much needed. It is when they have not got the ball that is the problem and we saw that against Aston Villa."


    Paul Thompson: Kevin de Bruyne looked terrific for Chelsea. He will challenge Mata, Oscar and Hazard for places this season.

    Tom: Definitely Jozy Altidore, him and Fletcher are going to be the best strikeforce in the league.

    Peter Griffiths: Luke Shaw for Saints was incredible. For an 18 year old to play like that after last week's knee injury he was pure class.

  108. 0842:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writerBREAKING NEWS

    "Everton have rejected out of hand a £28m joint bid from Manchester United for Belgium midfield man Marouane Fellaini and England defender Leighton Baines.

    "The offer for Fellaini was £16m - despite a previous £23.5m contract release clause running out at the end of July - with the rest of the cash designed to tempt Everton into also parting with Baines.

    "New United manager David Moyes has put his two former players among his top summer transfer targets after leaving Everton to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. United's bid was greeted with surprise at Everton and it now remains to be seen if Moyes and United return with an increased offer."


    With two weeks until the transfer window closes, there is plenty of transfer gossip to get your teeth into. Here are the top three stories from our gossip column:

    Arsenal are believed to be looking at bringing in £25m-rated forward Michu, 27, from Swansea as deals for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 26, and Manchester United's 27-year-old centre-forward Wayne Rooney hit problems. (The Independent)

    Uruguay international Suarez is expected to stay at Liverpool after Reds captain Steven Gerrard helped resolve the issues between the forward and the Anfield club's manager Brendan Rodgers. (Daily Mirror)

    Chelsea look set to make another bid for England international Rooney before the end of the transfer window. (Fulham Chronicle)

  110. 0836: 

    Sir Bradley Wiggins admits there is little chance of him winning the Tour de France again as he prepares for a move back to track cycling.

    The four-time Olympic champion won Le Tour in 2012 but missed the event this year because of injury and illness as Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome secured a second consecutive British victory.

    Wiggins tells The Times: "I don't mind admitting that Chris is probably a better Grand Tour rider than me. He is a much better climber, he can time trial as well. He has age on his side, he has no kids. That's fine. If Chris wants to, he could potentially win five tours now. So if I want to win another tour, I'd probably have to leave the team."


    The 2013-14 Premier League season kicked off at the weekend with ideal starts for the likes of David Moyes and Jose Mourinho at Manchester United and Chelsea respectively, but not so great for Arsene Wenger, after his side lost to Aston Villa.

    So what did the weekend tell you about your side? Has your team's performance made you optimistic, or fearful of a long, hard season ahead?

    Also, which player's performance excited you the most? Simon Mignolet at Liverpool? Ross Barkley at Everton? Let us know your thoughts via #bbcsportsday

  112. 0815: 
    Marouane Fellaini

    Everton reject Manchester United's £16m bid for Marouane Fellaini, reports the Liverpool Echo.

    The newspaper says that the offer for the Belgium international midfielder was 'swiftly and angrily' rejected.

    United are reported to have also tried to include Leighton Baines in the package for a further £12m.

  113. 0813: 

    Arsene Wenger should not be offered a new contract as Arsenal boss, according to the Arsenal Supporters' Trust (AST).

    The Gunners have not spent any money in the transfer window and lost 3-1 at home to Aston Villa on the opening day.

    "Chief executive Ivan Gazidis has spoken of the intent to offer Wenger a new contract. We believe this is inappropriate," reads an AST statement.

  114. 0811: 

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says the club will try to sign a new striker until the transfer window closes.

    Mourinho, whose second spell as Blues manager started with a 2-0 win against Hull, has seen two bids for Wayne Rooney rejected by Manchester United.

    "I won't name players who belong to other clubs. We go direct to the club," says Mourinho. "We will try until the last day of the transfer window to add a new player to the squad. A striker."

  115. 0806: 

    Europe wins the Solheim Cup in the United States for the first time with an 18-10 victory in Colorado.

    Needing just 3.5 points to retain the trophy, Europe got off to a perfect start with 17-year-old Charley Hull's thumping win over Paula Creamer.

    Anna Nordqvist halved her match before Europe's Carlota Ciganda and American Brittany Lang won their matches.

  116. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome to Monday's Sportsday Live. We'll be dissecting the opening weekend of the 2013-14 Premier League season this morning, plus we'll have all the latest transfer news and gossip. Away from football, there is build up to the fifth Ashes Test at the Oval, while Formula 1 returns this weekend with the Belgian Grand Prix. First, the top three stories on the BBC Sport website.

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