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Live Reporting

Greg O'Keeffe and Craig Lowe

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Right that's your lot for now. Thanks for joining us this morning.

  2. Kane is grateful

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  3. Benitez - We could still make signings

    Newcastle v Swansea (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

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    Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez
    Image caption: Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez hasn't given up on making signings during January

    Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez says the club are still working to strengthen in the January transfer window.

    The Spaniard says signings will not depend on whether the St James' Park outfit allow anyone to leave, but nothing is imminent.

    He said: “We have a lot of people working, talking to agents, giving us names and options. I have to concentrate on games and Saturday is an important game for us.

    “It is not a question of needing to sell to buy.

    "The January window is so complicated. If some players leave, it’s because we have a replacement.

    “We are working (on transfers) but there is no news at the moment. We don’t have any offers. All the names that you can read in the press, some of them are not true.”

    The Magpies face Swansea on Saturday, and Benitez has been impressed by their response to new manager Carlos Carvalhal.

    "They have a new manager and they are quite organised, quite disciplined. We need to be sure that we don’t lose the game but have the mentality that we will win. It will be tough,” he said.

    “We have to approach this game with the same mentality as the last few games. It will be a massive game for us, a massive game for them. Hopefully we will win.”

    Newcastle have Florian Lejeune, Jesus Gamez and Aleksandar Mitrović out injured.

    However skipper Jamaal Lascelles is available for Saturday’s game. “He is the captain, a leader and is a good example for everyone,” added Benitez.

  4. A night at the basketball

    Premier League stars hit the Basketball on Thursday night as the Boston Celtics beat Philadelphia 76ers at the O2 Arena in London.

    Sir Alex Ferguson was in the house, as was Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Atletico Madrid front man Antoine Griezmann turned up, Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne was there and Crystal Palace were represented by chairman Steve Parish (pictured right) and winger Wilfried Zaha.

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    Stephen Lyons: looking like Arsenal are headed towards a major squad overhaul and it might be as good a time as any for Arsene to gracefully bow out letting a new coach create his own vision. And for the Gunners fans to give AW the positive send off he deserves. From a LFC fan

  6. Pochettino - Kane wants trophies here

    Tottenham v Everton (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

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    Tottenham striker Harry Kane with his December player of the month award
    Image caption: Tottenham striker Harry Kane with his December player of the month award

    Mauricio Pochettino insists Harry Kane would values success at Spurs as his footballing pinnacle.

    The Tottenham boss was asked about Kane, 24, who has been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United in the past, on the day he was given the award for December's Premier League player of the month.

    Kane leads the top flight goal-scoring charts with 18 strikes this season, and his manager said: "You want to win in the place you love. For Harry it's so special to win titles and trophies at Tottenham."

    Meanwhile, Pochettino says defender Danny Rose has been doing his latest knee injury rehabilitation at England's training base St George's Park.

    He said the left-back also went there for a change of scene when recovering from a knee injury last year.

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    Laird Tony Griffiths: Hodgson looking for Benteke replacement, #LFC looking for £30 million for Sturridge. Match made in heaven? Done deal?

  9. Will Hodgson enter the market?

    Crystal Palace v Burnley (Saturday, 15:00)

    Crystal Palace have been linked with Diafra Sakho and Oumar Niasse and Roy Hodgson has been talking about the transfer window today.

    "I don't know how many players we can bring in. I don't want to be tied down to a number. We need people in, there is no question of that. We don't want to bring players in for the sake of bringing them in," said Hodgson.

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    Mark Ashworth: Walcott would be perfect for Newcastle. He always said he would prefer to play down the middle and Toon need a no. 9 hero. The way the team's set up it would work a treat.

  12. I understand the question but.....

    Liverpool v Man City (Sun, 16:00GMT)

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    As expected, Pep Guardiola swerved questions on Alexis Sanchez completely.

    He did however, make an interesting observation about discussion points for football journalists in the pre-match press conferences.

    In the last 10 years, Guardiola said, "a good step forward" had been made in Spain where "people speak more than usual about the game and what happens on the pitch. That's how I feel more comfortable."

    However, in England he doesn't feel that is the case.

    "Arsene Wenger always played four at the back and now plays five. Analyse why he's decided to do that - that's what I'm talikng about."

    Main news is Gabriel Jesus will be back much earlier than expected from his knee injury. Possibly after two weeks. Certainly in time for the Champions League first leg against Basel on 13 Feb.

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    SMS Message: Hi, as a Chelsea fan, why are we not considering a player swap Luiz for Sanchez..... We need a goal scorer and they need to bolster their defence???? from Jim (Bristol)
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    SMS Message: As a Liverpool fan 30 mil is good business for Sturridge. Use that money and the 142 mil recently acquired to buy Sanchez and De Gea. from Chris, Bourne, Lincs.
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  14. Pardew - No Evans news, Chadli absence a 'blow'

    West Brom v Brighton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

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    West Brom manager Alan Pardew
    Image caption: West Brom manager Alan Pardew

    West Brom manager Alan Pardew says in-demand defender Jonny Evans remains in his plans despite reported interest from Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United.

    The Baggies boss said the Northern Ireland centre-back is fit and available for selection on Saturday.

    He said: "There are no excuses going into the Brighton game.

    "Nothing has changed on Jonny. He is fit this weekend, so you can expect to see him on the teamsheet tomorrow.”

    Pardew said he has bonded with his players at the Hawthorns.

    “I really like this group of players. I’m doing everything I can to put ideas and thoughts into their heads because I want them to do well," he said.

    "It was a relief to get that victory at Exeter last weekend.”

    He confirmed that West Brom will be without injure duo James Morrison and Nacer Chadli for another four to five weeks.

    "It’s a blow.," he said. "They’re two creative forces. It’s weakened our squad. Everybody else is fit."

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  16. Guardiola not expecting another 5-0

    Liverpool v Man City (Sunday, 16:00 GMT)

    More from Pep Guardiola now ahead of Sunday's game against Liverpool.

    City won 5-0 the last time the two sides met but Guardiola is not expecting a repeat of that at Anfield.

    "I don't think so. It's far away, the past, a lot has happened, that's true.

    "I said after the game before the sending off it was equal, they had chances, Salah had chances then after the sending off, we scored before half-time, it could have been different, every game is completely different."

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    Guardiola has also sort to shield Mo Salah from comparisons to Lionel Messi.

    "(I have) a lot of respect of Salah, I helped him to try to avoid being compared to the other guy (Messi)."

  17. Mo Salah will be fit to face Man City - Klopp

    Liverpool v Man City (Sunday, 16:00 GMT)

    Jurgen Klopp has confirmed his 23 goal man - Mo Salah - will be fit to face Manchester City on Sunday.

    Who needs Coutinho anyway?

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  18. Moyes - We won't sell in January

    Huddersfield v West Ham (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

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    Image caption: David Moyes is not in a selling mood this month.

    Hammers boss David Moyes has been talking about his strikers, and transfers ahead of his trip to Yorkshire tomorrow.

    He said: "The form of Marko Arnautovic and Antonio at the start has made it difficult for Chicharito and he was injured when I first arrived.

    "He is a really good player, he thrives on things in and around the box but sometimes we haven't had the service to him."

    Discussing outgoings from the London stadium during this window, the Scot said: "I don’t want any players to go. Ideally we strengthen, my intention is not to let anyone go.

    "We have four or five strikers and there is competition. It would take an awful lot of money to prise them away."

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  20. More from Antonio Conte on his future

    Chelsea v Leicester City (Saturday, 1500 GMT)


    More now from Conte on the speculation around his future at Chelsea.

    "There is something strange, if after the first game we lost against Burnley the press pushed quickly to sack me for another coach. I think in other clubs this doesn't happen.

    "I have another year of contract. In this case, I think the club has to decide to send me away," said Conte

    "We have started our work, our big work here together with the players, then with the club. When you start the work, you need time to improve your work, to create a solid base."