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Summary

  1. Premier League news conferences coming up: Pep Guardiola, Rafael Benitez, Marco Silva
  2. Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri describes Bayern Munich as 'unprofessional' over Callum Hudson-Odoi pursuit
  3. Christian Benteke set to return for Crystal Palace after four months out
  4. Seven Premier League games on Saturday, including Brighton v Liverpool
  5. Karanka parts company with Nottingham Forest
  6. Have your say via #bbcfootball and text 81111 (UK only)

Live Reporting

By Elizabeth Hudson and Laura Savvas

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    And that's your lot!

    Thanks very much for joining us on a jam-packed day of updates, transfer gossip and news conferences.

    Have a great evening and enjoy the return of the Premier League tomorrow!

  2. What's on this weekend

    Just before we go, here's a handy reminder of this weekend's fixtures:

    Saturday

    • West Ham v Arsenal (12:30 GMT)
    • Brighton v Liverpool (15:00)
    • Burnley v Fulham (15:00)
    • Cardiff v Huddersfield (15:00)
    • Crystal Palace v Watford (15:00)
    • Leicester v Southampton (15:00)
    • Chelsea v Newcastle (17:45)

    Sunday's action is Everton v Bournemouth (14:15) followed by Spurs v Manchester United (16:30).

    And to round it off on Monday at 20:00, it's Manchester City v Wolves.

  3. Fantasy football klaxon

    Congratulations - you've almost made it through the working week.

    If, like us, you work weekends, then we share your pain.

    But Fridays also means it's time to reshuffle your fantasy football team ahead of the new game week.

    Here are our top tips for the weekend.

    Olivier Giroud
  4. 'I've retired' - Huth

    Former Chelsea and Leicester City defender Robert Huth says he has retired from playing.

    The 34-year-old was responding to a message on Twitter from a football agent that Huth was set to join Derby County.

    "This literally couldn't be less true. I've retired. (I just haven't done an interview and cried about it)," said the ex-Germany international.

    Robert Huth
  5. Townsend wins December Goal of the Month

    Crystal Palace v Watford (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    And the award for the Premier League's December Goal of the Month goes to... Andros Townsend.

    The Crystal Palace winger admitted he wasn't aware of how special his goal was until he saw it on TV.

    "We got a free-kick and the ball's dropped out of the air," Townsend said.

    "I just thought, 'Yeah, it's sat up perfectly, I'm going to hit this.'

    "I didn't really know how good a goal it was. Everyone was saying, 'It was incredible, it was the best goal I've ever seen.'

    "I just thought it was a volley from outside the box and it's not until I watched it back, then I thought, 'Oh wow, maybe that is a bit special.' "

    View more on twitter
  6. Klopp and Van Dijk scoop December manager and player awards

    Brighton v Liverpool (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Jurgen Klopp and Virgil Van Dijk have been named as the Premier League Manager of the Month and Player of the Month.

    Klopp claimed the award for the second time after guiding Liverpool to victory in all of their seven Premier League matches, with a league-high 22 goals scored and only three conceded.

    "It’s nice, the icing on the cake," said Klopp, whose first award came in September 2016. "It was a very successful but difficult month.

    "Each game felt like the most important one of the season. It was unbelievable. The intensity was massive but that's what made it a special month."

    View more on twitter
  7. Post update

    Everton v Bournemouth (Sun, 14:15 GMT)

    Everton

    Finally for now, Silva also addressed the comments made by winger Nikola Vlasic who earlier this week criticised the "awful" football played under former manager Sam Allardyce.

    And he has not closed the door on Vlasic, who is currently on loan at CSKA Moscow, returning to Goodison Park in the future.

    "When we took the decision it was for him to go and play and return ready to play and fight," said Silva. "It was his decision also. Let's see what happens in the future."

    Nikola Vlasic
  8. 'It was a tough December for us'

    Everton v Bournemouth (Sun, 14:15 GMT)

    Everton

    Everton are currently in 11th place in the table after just one win from their last five Premier League games.

    "Our goal for the second half of the season is to do better than in the first. I want more and our players want more," said Silva.

    "The table is really tight at the moment. We know why we didn’t get the points last time.

    "It was a tough December for us. Four matches in 10 days. Leicester wasn’t a good game. They scored from our mistake. We couldn’t score from our chances. We lost but it is in the past and we need to look forward."

    Marco Silva
  9. 'It is not easy spending big, big money in all the markets'

    Everton v Bournemouth (Sun, 14:15 GMT)

    Everton

    The final manager we will be hearing from is Everton manager Marco Silva who has played down speculation about a January move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.

    The Belgium international had his loan at Valencia cut short and is available this month.

    "We are aware of the market, we know what's happened, but it is not something which is a priority for us," said the Portuguese.

    "Because we spent some money last summer it is not easy spending big, big money in all the markets.

    "For us to do something in this moment it would mean another player would leave the club and it is not something in our mind. If you do something it because something has happened in our squad."

    Marco Silva
  10. Wolves team news

    Man City v Wolves (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Wolves

    Wolves have no fresh injury concerns for their trip to Manchester City on Monday.

    Rui Patricio, Matt Doherty and Romain Saiss are expected to return after being rested for Monday's 2-1 FA Cup win over Liverpool.

    Diogo Jota may lose his place to Ivan Cavaleiro after a below-par return against the Reds following almost a month out with a hamstring problem.

    Provisional squad: Patricio, Ruddy, Norris, Doherty, Dendoncker, Bennett, Boly, Coady, Gibbs-White, Jonny, Saiss, Neves, Costa, Moutinho, Vinagre, Bonatini, Traore, Jimenez, Jota.

  11. 'Any transfer must be someone we really think can add to our squad'

    Man City v Wolves (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Wolves

    Unsurprisingly, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo maintained a silence around the club's failed bid for Tammy Abraham.

    The Chelsea striker was expected to cut short his loan at Aston Villa and move to Molineux on loan for the rest of the season, but has decided to remain at Villa Park, having scored 16 goals in 20 games this term.

    Nuno said: "I don't speak about rumours. Our approach is simple, we do our work at home and when things happen we announce then. Until then - rumours.

    "The window is open, for us to bring someone it has to be someone we really think can add to our squad. We are happy with the squad.

    On Divock Origi rumours: "It's just a rumour. All the clubs, names, press, it's all normal. We should focus on what we have and what we can control. The rest, we don't even have to think about."

    Tammy Abraham
  12. Post update

    The end is in sight! Stick with us...

    Wolves and Everton news conferences are dropping shortly.

  13. 'We have the fighting spirit to stay seventh in the league'

    Leicester City v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Puel on his aims in the Premier League: “We have to keep momentum to stay in the stop half of the table and we’ll see in which position we can finish. We have lots of teams ready to compete with us and with the same objective.

    “We have six top teams in front of us with fantastic squads with great players and they pay a lot of money.

    “We have teams like West Ham and Everton who spend a lot of money, more than us. There are good players in other teams that want the same as us.

    “We have fighting spirit to stay in this position in the table. It’s a lot of encouragement for us with all the young players to have this momentum.”

    Claude Puel
  14. 'Barnes is a complete player'

    Leicester City v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Some more from Puel on Harvey Barnes: “Harvey can give different options for us. He can play left side, he can play like a striker or just behind the striker.

    “I like his runs, he has a lot of power, quickness and behind he has good clinical edge, with good feet and and good moves. He can bring good help.

    “I was happy to see him at West Brom to take confidence and character in his game.

    “He’s a player who can start the moves and finish the moves. He wants to score and wants to give good service. He’s a complete player.”

    Claure Puel
  15. 'We know the difficulties to maintain this ranking in the table'

    Leicester City v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Puel on Southampton: “I saw a team with good organisation in the last game. I think they have good mentality and aggressiveness, it will be a tough game."

    On Newport defeat: "We have the same feeling as the fans, disappointment and frustration. We had the possibility to win, a lot of chances. It was a special scenario. We want a reaction.”

    On current aims: "Our objective doesn’t change. We are seventh at this moment but we know the difficulties to maintain this ranking in the table. We have difficult games to play. We need focus and concentration.”

    Leicester
  16. 'I appreciate Barnes' qualities; I think he can help us'

    Leicester City v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Claude Puel has explained his reasons behind the decision to recall Harvey Barnes.

    “There are different reasons, but the principal reason is because I think he can help us.

    “I watched his games and I’m happy about his progress, he played very well. I would like to thank West Brom and their manager because he gave him good opportunities to play. He gave his best for West Brom.

    “I think it’s a good moment to come home and help his team-mates. He is a clinical player, he can push, he can make good penetration, and behind he can keep a good pressure and calm to finish his moves. I appreciate his qualities.”

    Harvey Barnes
  17. Barnes available for Foxes

    Leicester City v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Claude Puel has confirmed Harvey Barnes is available to play tomorrow after being recalled from his loan spell at West Brom.

    “He trained today with us. He didn’t need adaptation because he knows his team-mates and that’s a good thing. He will be available for the game tomorrow.

    “Perhaps he will be in the squad, he is match fit and is available.

    “I cannot promise [game-time]. For me, it’s important that the player comes at the same level and competes for their game-time.

    “It’s not the manager who chooses the players, it’s the players because they show quality in training sessions.”

    Harvey Barnes
  18. Foxes team news

    Leicester City v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    A brief fitness update from Claude Puel...

    “Jonny Evans has broken his little toe. We will try to manage for a few weeks. He needs to have 45 days' recovery but I hope we can use him earlier.

    “For the other players, we don’t have any problems.”

    View more on twitter
  19. Lovren given one-match international ban

    Liverpool

    Liverpool and Croatia defender Dejan Lovren has been banned for one international match following comments he made on social media about Spain and Sergio Ramos following his side's 3-2 UEFA Nations League win in November.

    Lovren posted a video on Instagram appearing to brag about elbowing Real Madrid defender Ramos and made insulting comments about the Spain team following the game on March 15.

    Read more here.