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Summary

  1. Swansea appoint Francesco Guidolin as new head coach
  2. Swansea v Watford (20:00 GMT)
  3. Newport v Blackburn (19:15 GMT)
  4. Naismith to have Norwich medical
  5. GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

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By Steve Canavan and Matt Davis

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That's all folks

And that final piece of breaking news from Norwich brings an end to Sportsday for the day.

But stay with BBC Sport as there is plenty of football on offer tonight.

You can follow live commentary of Swansea-Watford here, while there is also commentary on Radio 5 live from 20:00 GMT.

There is also commentary of Newport County-Blackburn Rovers in their FA Cup third round on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at 19:15 GMT.

Norwich sign Klose

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Timm Klose, 27, featured against England in Switzerland’s recent Euro 2016 qualifying campaign as they finished runners-up to Roy Hodgson’s side.

Klose said: "It was always a dream to play in the Premier League and Norwich have given me a big chance. Now I want to give everything I can to be a good player in this league."

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Norwich sign Klose

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Timm Klose joins Norwich on a three-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee. 

The Switzerland defender played for Wolfsburg against Manchester United in the Champions League last month.

Norwich manager Alex Neil said: "Timm has got plenty of experience having played in the Bundesliga, in the Champions League and for his country, which will be an asset to us. "As a player, he’s got good technical ability and he’s solid in the air. He can also play at either right centre-back or left centre-back."

BreakingNorwich sign Klose

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Norwich have signed Switzerland defender Timm Klose from Wolfsburg.

What the manager said...

Swansea City v Watford (20:00 GMT)

Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores: "Except for the Southampton match, we are playing very well against amazing teams. We have played to a high level for a long time in this category so it is normal that just one time. We are very positive along with the players."

What the manager said...

Swansea City v Watford (20:00 GMT)

Swansea City interim manager Alan Curtis: "The most important thing is that we get back on track - it would be demoralising to lose three in a row.

"Watford have been on a fantastic run and it will be a tough game but we're at home and we'll make sure we do everything in our power to get that victory because we need the three points."

Commentator's notes

Swansea City v Watford (20:00 GMT)

Ian Dennis

BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

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Watford are in a similar position to Swansea this time last year; it's a reminder how fortunes can fluctuate in the unforgiving nature of the Premier League.

The decision to hire Quique Sanchez Flores at Vicarage Road has been vindicated. The Spaniard has dismissed that notion of 'no Premier League experience' with his astute tactical nous, a willing set of players and the harnessing of a similar spirit to that he enjoyed when he was boss at Getafe, who comfortably survived in La Liga after their promotion 11 years ago.

Watford are determined to establish themselves as a Premier League club and a return of 29 points means the safety mark is almost within sight.

Team news

Swansea City v Watford (20:00 GMT)

Some football this evening to lift the Monday blues.

Swansea host Watford in the Premier League at 20:00 GMT and here is the team news:

Swansea defender Kyle Naughton is available after he won his appeal against the red card he received in the defeat by Sunderland on Wednesday, meaning Alan Curtis has a full squad to choose from.

Watford will have defender Nathan Ake available again after a three-match suspension and he is expected to replace Jose Holebas at left-back. Defenders Tommie Hoban and Joel Ekstrand remain unavailable with respective groin and knee injuries.

Lee agrees Colchester loan move

Transfers latest

West Ham forward Elliot Lee has joined Colchester United on loan until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old, who had a previous loan spell with the U's in 2013, is the son of former England midfielder Rob Lee.

All change for Newport

Newport v Blackburn Rovers (19:15 GMT)

Newport host Blackburn in Monday's rearranged FA Cup third-round tie, with the winners going to Oxford.

The tie was postponed nine days ago because of a waterlogged pitch at Rodney Parade.

Newport have changed manager since then, with John Sheridan leaving for Oldham and Warren Feeney replacing him.

Rovers will be without defender Shane Duffy (groin) for three weeks, while Simeon Jackson cannot play because he was not signed before the first tie.

Shakers to avoid winding-up petition

Bury do not expect to go to court to answer a winding-up petition brought by HM Revenue and Customs.

The matter was due to be heard on 15 February, but the club have told BBC Radio Manchester they have paid the debt and the matter has been settled.

Stoke chairman condemns chants

Football

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has condemned a "minority" of Stoke fans who subjected Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey to chants during Sunday's 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium.

Ramsey broke his leg in a challenge with Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross six years ago.

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Coates told the Guardian said: “You’re telling me something that I’m completely unaware of. I’ve no idea that chant had taken place, but we wouldn’t approve of it at all.

“I don’t think it’s a minority of fans; I know it’s a minority. People chant all sorts of awful things at all sorts of grounds, which I dislike. But do I approve of that sort of chanting? Of course I don’t.”

'A typical Italian'

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Former Leeds United, Bologna and Sweden defender Teddy Lucic has told the BBC's World Service that his former boss in Italy Franceso Guidolin is “strict and short tempered…a typical Italian.”

Guiodlin has been appointed as the new Swansea head coach alongside Alan Curtis.

"He was quite popular at Bologna, he gets very involved in the game and doesn’t just sit still on the sidelines. I think he will do good."

'Curtis is a legend'

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New Swansea head coach Francesco Guidolin will work alongside manager Alan Curtis at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea are 18th in the league, two points from safety.

Guidolin said: "At the moment it’s not a good situation for the club, but we have a good team. 

“In Italy, I helped my team finish in a good position in the table, and that’s what I hope to achieve here at Swansea. 

“At the moment everything is new to me, so I need three or four days to talk to the staff and players. After that, I will have a precise idea of things. 

“Alan Curtis is a legend at Swansea, and this is important for me. He knows everything about the club.” 

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Mignolet signs new deal

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Simon Mignolet joined Liverpool in June 2013 and has made 122 appearances since his move from Sunderland.

The 27-year-old has also won 17 caps for Belgian.

Mignolet told Liverpoolfc.com: “I know signing a new contract comes with new responsibility. I’m getting older as well and coming into the years where people would say those are the years a keeper is at his best.

“I know with a long-term contract, you get more responsibility – and I want to take up that role because I’m the sort of character that wants to be a leader, wants to speak in the dressing room and wants to help the defence."

BreakingMignolet signs new Liverpool deal

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Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has signed a new five-year deal with Liverpool, that will keep him at the club until 2021

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There's only two Dembeles...

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This could be a bit of a nightmare for commentators.

Tottenham have opened talks with Fulham over the potential signing of 19-year-old French striker Moussa Dembeleaccording to the London Evening Standard.

This is the same Tottenham, of course, who already have Mousa Dembele (note the one 's' difference) in their squad.

Could be interesting...

Pep inspires me - Eddie Jones

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Interesting article in Monday's Daily Mail, with new England rugby coach Eddie Jones revealing he has been inspired by Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola.

Jones went to watch the German team train, after being invited along by Guardiola.

"I was embarrassed by my coaching after watching Pep take the session," says Jones.

"He was so bloody brilliant. He has got some of the best players in the world - Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller - and he just worked them so hard. It was -3C and they came off the field dripping with sweat, they had worked that hard."

Long way to travel

Tennis

Speaking of Roger Federer, how about this commitment from one fan?

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'It's super serious'

Tennis

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Roger Federer has responded to the claims of match-fixing in tennis by saying that if it is going on, he wants to know who's doing it.

"I would love to hear names," Federer said, after beating first-round opponent Nikoloz Basilashvili at the Australian Open.

"Then at least it's concrete stuff and you can actually debate about it. Was it the player? Was it the support team? Who was it? Was it before? Was it a doubles player, a singles player? Which Slam?'

"It's super serious and it's super important to maintain the integrity of our sport. So how high up does it go? The higher it goes, the more surprised I would be.''

Swansea appoint Guidolin

Football

Udinese manager Francesco Guidolin, 60, has previously managed several clubs in Italy, including Palermo and Parma, as well as French league side Monaco.  

Guidolin led Udinese to third place in Serie A – recording their highest top-flight finish and points tally – and sealing their first Champions League campaign. 

He also has three promotions on his CV with Parma, Palermo and Vicenza where he made his name after lifting the Italian Cup and leading them to the Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final, where they lost to Chelsea. 

Swansea appoint Guidolin

Football

Swansea announced on 7 January that Alan Curtis would continue as the club's interim manager until the end of the season.

Chairman Huw Jenkins has clarified how the appointment of Udinese manager Francesco Guidolin will work.

"Although we recently appointed Alan Curtis as manager until the end of the campaign, he was aware and comfortable with the fact that we were still looking to bring someone in to assist if we found the right person.

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“We believe we have found that person in Francesco. He has an excellent record, especially with Udinese over the last few years. He created an Udinese side from a relatively small budget - compared to the rest of the league - that competed with the big teams in Serie A.

“He instilled a belief and motivation to compete and beat the best Italy had to offer. It is similar to what this football club is trying to do in the Premier League."

Swansea appoint Guidolin

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New head coach Italian Francesco Guidolin will be at the Liberty Stadium tonight to watch Swansea's match with Watford.

Swansea say the former Udinese manager will work alongside interim manager Alan Curtis until the end of the season, although Guidolin will have the final say on team selection. 

Full story here.

BreakingSwansea appoint Guidolin

Football

Swansea City have confirmed the appointment of Francesco Guidolin as the club’s head coach.  

Disappointment for Robson

Tennis

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent in Melbourne

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Laura Robson's latest comeback match has ended in a three-set defeat by the American Ingrid Neel in Florida.

The 21-year-old, ranked 557th in the world, was playing in the qualifying round for the ITF event, which has a total prize fund of £17,500.

Robson has had niggling injuries since having wrist surgery in 2014 and had 18 months out of the game.

She reached a career-high singles ranking of 27 in July 2013.

Liverpool to land Long?

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Today's Daily Mirror is reporting that Southampton have rejected an £8m offer from Liverpool for their 29-year-old Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long.

Bayern president to be released from jail

Football

A German court says former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has been approved for early release from prison and will be freed on 29 Feb.

Hoeness was convicted of tax evasion and began serving a three-year sentence in June 2014.

He has been taking part in a work release program for the last 12 months, under which he has been working in Bayern's youth department during the day before returning to prison for the night.

Hoeness stepped down as Bayern president after his conviction but Bayern officials have not ruled out his return.

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It's Blue Monday, so we want to hear about sporting moments that lift your spirits...

Connor O'Reilly: Chile finally winning Copa America, at home against Argentina on penalties.

Sabinah Johnson: 2012 Olympics. The day & the way David Rudisha ran & won the 800m final. Simply superb!

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John McEnerney: Euro '88, Ray Houghton heading past Shilton that lifted a nation's spirits and a savage session started that some are still on!

Ben Robertson: England bowling out Australia for 60 to regain the Ashes with Stuart Broad taking eight wickets.

Suspended for threatening a journalist

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Feyenoord have suspended striker Colin Kazim-Richards for two weeks for threatening a journalist.

The 29-year-old was unhappy with a report in Algemeen Dagblad newspaper questioning his attitude, and confronted the reporter when he arrived at a pre-match news conference.

Kazim-Richards was then dropped from the squad for Sunday's game with PSV.

He has now been banned from training or playing until 1 February, when the club will re-evaluate the situation.

In the away end

Football

Manchester United fan Daniel Paton was ticked off for leaping on defender Marcos Rojo after Wayne Rooney's winner at Anfield on Sunday.

Rojo and team-mates Michael Carrick and Phil Jones were watching the match with United fans at Anfield.

Paton, 37, who was unaware Rojo was out until March following shoulder surgery said: "His mate said something to me in Spanish. Then someone said he had a shoulder injury. You do things in the moment. I didn't squeeze him too hard." 

Pendleton to ride at Cheltenham

Horse Racing

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BBC Sport

Victoria Pendleton has been lined up to ride a leading contender at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

The former cycling champion is aiming to compete in the Foxhunter Chase for amateur jockeys on Gold Cup day on 18 March.

Racehorse owner Andy Stewart has made Aintree Foxhunter runner-up Pacha Du Polder available for her to ride for the rest of the season.

Pendleton, 35, completed her first point-to-point race over jumps when finishing fourth in a race on Sunday.

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Answer-time

Cricket

A Question of Sport Teaser

Earlier we asked the following question: Stuart Broad and which four other players make up the top five in the ICC Test Bowling Rankings?

The answers... Ravichandran Ashwin, Dale Steyn, Yasir Shah, James Anderson .

Pat on the back to all those who got it. 

Appleton discusses new Oxford deal

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Oxford United manager Michael Appleton is in talks about a new deal, despite being linked with vacant job at Bristol City.

"I'm absolutely delighted here. The way it is at the minute, I'm in the middle of discussing a new long-term contract with the club," he told BBC Oxford.

Asked about City's possible interest, U's chairman Darryl Eales said: "I would be utterly astonished if there's even any conversation going on between them and Michael Appleton."

Robins decision was sudden

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BBC Radio Humberside

Scunthorpe chairman Peter Swann says the decision to sack Mark Robins was only made on Monday morning when the pair met at the club. "We don't have a candidate in mind to replace Mark at this stage and won't be rushed," he said. "It may take a few weeks."

Fan ban because of violence threat

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Bordeaux fans have been banned from attending this weekend's French league game at Nantes because of the risk of violence between hooligans.

A government official in Nantes issued the stadium ban because of the "important risks'" surrounding the match scheduled for Saturday at the Stade de La Beaujoire.

In March 2014, police forces intervened to prevent Nantes and Bordeaux supporters from fighting, just months before violence erupted between fans from both teams at another game between the rivals.