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Gary Rose

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  1. Post update

    That's it from all this afternoon's news conference so I'm outta here.

    See you later!

  2. Rondon blow for West Brom

    West Brom news conference

    West Bromwich Albion

    A few words from West Brom boss Alan Pardew, who is still waiting for his first win with the Baggies.

    West Brom look set to be without Salomon Rondon for Sunday's game with Arsenal due to a hamstring injury.

    "Salomón Rondón is the only one I’ve not got from the squad I had the other day," says Pardew. "He’ll probably miss two games. We think Nacer Chadli will be out for two months. Nacer is really disappointed. Morrison is getting closer.”

    On Arsenal: "“The front three of Arsenal is world class. Any national team would be happy with that front three. Every game gets more and more important. Our fans were brilliant against Everton and if they’re the same against Arsenal I’ll be overjoyed.”

  3. 'One or two' signings for West Ham?

    West Ham news conference

    West Ham United

    West Ham also held their news conference this afternoon. Here's what David Moyes had to say:

    On the transfer window: "If we can bring one or two reinforcements in we will do so. It's not an easy time to business. The manager always has the final say because you are the ones being judged by the players brought in."

    On injuries: "Mark Noble is making progress. He hasn't joined us for full training yet but he is making progress. It's probably a bit too soon to see if Michail Antonio will make the game. He hasn't joined us for training yet."

  4. Schindler for £76m?

    Huddersfield news conference

    Huddersfield Town

    Having seen him several times this season, Huddersfield defender Christopher Schindler is comfortably one of the best defenders in the Premier League, and is arguably better than some of the centre-backs at the top four clubs.

    Asked by a journalist in his news conference today how much Schindler is worth if Virgil van Dijk is £75m, Huddersfield boss David Wagner said: "£76m!"

  5. 'I won't talk about it'

    Newcastle news conference

    Newcastle United

    And on the transfer market - a thorny subject for Rafa Benitez: “I won’t talk about other clubs, other players, other transfers. I will concentrate on football, that’s it.”

  6. 'Maybe you have to change the financial rules'

    Newcastle news conference

    Newcastle United

    Rafa Benitez suggests that new financial rules need to be put in place if we are to expect a more open Premier League, where every team is competitive against each other.

    He added: “Pep Guardiola was clear - he has played against teams with different approaches. If you want to keep the Premier League very open, maybe you have to change the financial rules.”

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    What you want vs what will happen in January

    Chris Wilson: Want: NUFC to get a solid CAM, CM, Striker, and LB. What will happen: NUFC sell Mitrovic. That's it.

    Fred Taylor: A new owner for Newcastle. Just that, the rest will follow.

  8. 'We did what we have to do'

    Newcastle news conference

    Newcastle United

    Is there some sort of football managers' post-Christmas do on? It seems like every Premier League boss has held their news conference at bang on 13:30 as though they want to get somewhere.

    Also chinwagging with the media is Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez, who insists his side were not too defensive against Manchester City in midweek.

    “"we did what we have to do," he says. "We didn’t just want to draw, we wanted to win. As a pundit, you have to just give opinions. As a manager, you have to take responsibility.”

  9. January deals for Chelsea?

    Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has given an update about his own future, as well as his plans for January.

    The Italian says he is happy at the Blues and is actively looking to strengthen in January, but only if they can find "the right players".

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    What you want vs what will happen in January

    Brady Hampton: Southampton, want: Dembele, Sessegnon, Walcott and Giroud ... probably get Ings on loan and a ‘promising’ 18 year old midfielder.

    Alex Corps: Really hope Ryan Sessegnon stays at Fulham this window, and ideally for another season or two. Such an exciting English prospect, would be a shame for him to be lost in the loan system of a club that don't need or play him.

  11. 'Lukaku needs a rest'

    Manchester United news conference

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was in a passionate mood this lunchtime, particularly when it came to Romelu Lukaku.

    After a fine start to his United career, Lukaku has struggled recently, and his mistakes led to goals for Manchester City and Burnley in recent matches, part of what Mourinho describes as 'S' goals.

    But instead of criticising his £75m striker, Mourinho has highlighted the amount of time he has played this season and says he owes him a debt of gratitude.

    "I have to be grateful to Romelu," said Mourinho.

    "For striker in Premier League to play 20 matches, all 90 minutes, says a lot about his personality and character.

    "He was in the picture in some of the last goals we concede but all is a consequence of a player who really needs a little rest."

  12. 'It is the way it is'

    Manchester United news conference

    Manchester United

    More from Jose Mourinho, more specifically about the Virgil van Dijk deal: "The reality is if they think the player is the right player for them, they pay this amount or they don't have the player because that is the way the market is now.

    "Van Dijk is the most expensive defender in the history of football, Was he better than Maldini or Ferdinand? You cannot say that, it is just the way the market is - pay or don't pay.

    "No critics at all about what Liverpool did. It is just the way it is."

  13. 'Ask Jurgen'

    Manchester United news conference

    Manchester United

    Jose Mourinho is the latest to be quizzed about Liverpool's £75m signing of Virgil van Dijk.

    Jurgen Klopp was critical of clubs spending big money after Manchester United paid £89m to sign Paul Pogba 17 months ago.

    "I think the one to speak about it in a specific way has to be Jurgen," says Mourinho. "If I was one of you, I would ask him about his comments about one year ago."

  14. 'Liverpool get an amazing player'

    Manchester City news conference

    Manchester City

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola seems to think Liverpool have got themselves a great player in Virgil van Dijk, regardless of the fee they have paid.

    "Liverpool took an amazing player," he says. "Van Dijk is an exceptional central defender.

    "If he plays six years at the high, high level it will be a cheap deal, if he plays at a poor level, it will be expensive."

  15. No January transfer business at Man City?

    Manchester City news conference

    Manchester City

    On to January transfer window chat for Pep Guardiola now. Manchester City have been linked with a move for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.

    "I am so happy with the players I have," says Guardiola. "I don’t know what is going to happen. If I have to live until the end of the season with the players and the young players I have, we will."

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    What you want vs what will happen in January

    Phill: would love to see Spurs sign Ryan Sessegnon, Moussa Dembele, David Neres & Alfie Mawson Ross Barkley to prove his fitness at Everton and join on a free in the summer along with Max Mayer and Leon Goretzka. Dreaming I know, as it’ll turn out to be only Barkley at £35m

  17. 'I'm happy with my squad'

    Tottenham news conference

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been asked about Liverpool's signing of Virgil van Dijk.

    "It’s not my problem, club or business," he says.

    "For us it’s to see if there’s an opportunity to try to improve the squad and to sign some good quality players. If it’s not possible I’m happy with my squad."

    Happy with his squad? A hint at no business in January?

  18. 'Rhian Brewster has all the support he wants'

    Liverpool news conference



    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp also spoken about the club's 17-year-old striker Rhian Brewster, who said recently he has experienced racial abuse on the pitch since he was 12.

    "He has all the support he needs and wants," says Klopp.

    "It’s quite interesting to to be honest. I’m really long in this sport and never faced a situation like that. You think it doesn’t happen but it obviously does. Really happy he is brave enough to do what he did. It’s such an important thing and I can’t believe people still have these thoughts in their mind.

    "We needed a 17-year-old boy to say it is still happening. It’s not a situation where you want a 17-year-old to be in."

  19. John Stones set for return?

    Manchester City news conference

    Manchester City

    Positive news on the injury front as John Stones took a big step towards being close to a return to action.

    "Yesterday John Stones made his first complete training session," says Pep Guardiola.

    "He's not ready for 90 minutes yet but the next game he will be fit. Huge news for us."

  20. 'The last thing I think about is price'

    Liverpool news conference


    Meanwhile, over at Liverpool Jurgen Klopp has been asked about the signing of Virgil van Dijk for £75m - a world record fee for a defender.

    "I’m surprised about development (in transfer market) in last two years," he says.

    "The last half year changed everything. It’s about need and opportunity. If you want to sign a player the last thing I think about is the price – that’s not because I throw money around but it’s about the player. Not nice but that is the market. We have to adapt. That’s how it is."