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Steve Sutcliffe

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  1. Goodbye


    That's game over. Thanks for joining me today.

    We will be back later from around 19:00 GMT as Sheffield United take on West Ham in the Premier League.

    Until then though I'll leave you with a few bits to have a look at:

    Adios. See you all soon.

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    Aston Villa v Man City (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    Aston Villa

    Aston Villa boss Dean Smith also appeared to play down links to AC Milan and former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

    With Tom Heaton injured stand-in Orjan Nyland, played in Wednesday's 1-1 Carabao Cup semi-final first leg draw at Leicester and Smith said: "I'm confident in his ability, when I first came he was number one and playing well.

    "He saved a penalty at Swansea and then snapped his Achilles so was out for six months.

    "In that time we brought in other goalkeepers. We recalled Jed Steer (from Charlton) who helped us get promoted and unfortunately he has done his Achilles and Tom Heaton, who got injured against Burnley.

    "He has worked very hard to get to the levels we expect and he can play at this level."

    On Danny Drinkwater: "He's a talented player, holds a medal for a Premier League champion but his career has stalled with his move to Chelsea not going as he would have liked.

    "He's a winner, we spoke a lot in the dressing room about what it took to get promoted last season. It takes that winner's mentality and player with the experience he has got can only help the dressing room."

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    Aston Villa v Man City (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    Aston Villa

    Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has admitted that he is unlikely to sign a striker before the visit of Manchester City after losing record signing Wesley for the rest of the season

    Smith said: "We're working on it all the time, do I think we'll have it before Sunday? No.

    "We're working around the clock to bring players in but it's a narrow window and a lot of clubs don't want their better players to be leaving.

    "When you are after players, four things need to align, the selling clubs want to sell, the buying club wants to buy and have the funds and then the player and his agents."

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    Last but not least, time for some updates from Aston Villa manager Dean Smith...

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    Leicester v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    More from Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers: “I said to the players last week, that Newcastle away and Southampton could be two of the toughest games of the season.

    "In fairness to them, it was a tough evening for them [the 0-9 loss] but the manager has shown his resilience

    "It’s hard to predict what they might play and what structure they use. But, we expect a tough game. If anyone’s thinking we won 9-0 away so we’ll win 10-0 at home are wrong."

  6. ' We’ve no need for a right back'

    Leicester v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    More from Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers: “You have to respect the timing of these transfers.

    "If you’re trying to get someone then it can take time, as sometimes clubs can’t sell until they get someone in - but of course the earlier the better!”

    On links to Moussa Wague from Barcelona: “I have a top European right back in Ricardo and a young man behind him in James Justin. We’ve no need for a right back”

  7. 'He not for sale'

    Leicester v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers must be getting sick of the obligatory questions about James Maddison's future.

    "It’s difficult in every press conference to come up with various ways to say, no he’s not for sale," Rodgers said.

    "There’s lots of rumours around a potential transfer, but he’s not been affected in any way”

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    Wolves v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 GMT)


    Willy Boly and Diogo Jota are both long-term injury casualties at Wolves and Nuno Espirito Santo has given an update on the pair.

    “Boly and Diogo are the bad ones. The good one – Morgan [Gibbs-White] is back. He’s integrated into training sessions, so he’ll be available

    “Willy's progressing well, he’s improving, but we still have the respect the dates and timings of his progression. It’s good to have him back on the grass and running. He’s not integrating 100 percent into the team, but hopefully sooner rather than later.”

    “Jota had a strong impact, fluid and blood on the injury, he’s going to be scanned again next week. After the scan we wait and determine better his return.”

  9. 'It’s a reality, we need to bring players'

    Wolves v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 GMT)


    Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo kicked-off his news conference by expressing his disappointment that things had not worked out for Fiorentina-bound Patrick Cutrone.

    But he quickly moved on to say that Wanderers are "working on" a number of targets themselves.

    “We have to," he said. "There are a lot of names, not only linked with Wolves, all the clubs but most of them are not true.

    “It’s a reality, we need to bring players and we will bring players. It needs time, needs proper decisions for us to bring players that can really help us and bring different characteristics to our squad.”

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    Nearly done, just a little sweep of the Midlands clubs to round-up.

  11. 'I can rule out Christensen departure'

    Chelsea v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 GMT)


    In his closing remarks the Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said American midfielder/forward Christian Pulisic is out of Saturday’s game with Burnley, with an abductor tendon injury and could be missing a few weeks.

    He then turns to a question on Andreas Christensen leaving ?

    “I can rule that out," he says.

    "I like Andreas as a player, I want him to be all the things. I think he can play. The reality is we have competition here, I have to choose on what I see. I want to work on all the parts that we can improve. I think those bits in his game can really be the fantastic player that he can be. He gets misjudged on age at times.”

  12. 'We need to find that killer instinct'

    Chelsea v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 GMT)


    More from Chelsea manager Frank Lampard: "It’s not nice to hear about injuries to players like Harry [Kane]. Tammy [Abraham] has given himself a chance. Work is there to be done. It depends on what he does and what the squad is when the Euros come around.

    "I am delighted with him, his progression. I think he is a player who can play in the highest level. I aspect a lot more of him in scoring goals.”

    On the club's home form: “When you analyse the three games we lost, they give you a bad feeling.

    "You see we have created 50 chances but no goals. Southampton we didn’t play that well. But we need to take our chances. It’s easy to say unlucky and things like that. But we have to get things right and we work on that in training. We need to find that killer instinct."

  13. 'Dembele not one we're talking about'

    Chelsea v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 GMT)


    Allowing Olivier Giroud to move to Inter would leave Chelsea with just Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi as recognised senior strikers.

    But Frank Lampard says specualtion over a move for Lyon forward Moussa Dembele is a touch wide of the mark.

    "He's a player I know and a player the club know, but I'm surprised to see his name crop up so frequently in relation to us to be brutally honest.

    "And I could say the same thing about a number of players this week. I don't want to go cut and dried on anyone. But it's not one we're openly talking about."

  14. 'His agent has spoken to Inter'

    Chelsea v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 GMT)


    Olivier Giroud

    Right here's exactly what Cheslea manager Frank Lampard has had to say over Olivier Giroud:

    "With Ollie the situation is, if it's right for everybody, and first and foremost that's us as the club, then we'll look at whether he can leave the club.

    "He's been a great professional here, who has continued to train professionally without many opportunities. But I still have to make a decision for the football club, and nothing's done yet.

    "Everyone's talking about it so I'm not going to beat around the bush. I think his agent has spoken to the club [Inter Milan], but until anything's done he's a Chelsea player."

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    Chelsea v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    John Southall

    BBC Radio 5 live football reporter

    Frank Lampard gave a clear indication that Olivier Giroud could leave Chelsea this month, with Inter Milan pushing to sign the France striker.

    However, he was surprised when he was questioned over links to Lyon forward Moussa Dembele and said Andreas Christensen will not be leaving.

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    Right time to hear from John Southall who has been over listening to what Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has to say.

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    Tottenham v Liverpool (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Jose Mourinho on Crystal Palace interest in Kyle Walker-Peters: "It’s good to know that Roy [Hodgson] is open about it and not trying to hide it.

    "If they have that objective I will be notified by my people. Let me wait for news."

  18. 'Godfrey is nearing return' - Farke

    Manchester United v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Norwich City

    Norwich manager Daniel Farke added: "Ben Godfrey could be back in team training next week.

    "He's doing everything he can in his rehab. He has a chance to join us at any point next week."

    Godfrey has been out of action since 20 December with a knee injury.

    Ben Godfrey
  19. 'I want us to be the protagonists' - Farke

    Manchester United v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Norwich City

    Daniel Farke's Norwich travel to Manchester United bottom of the Premier League table and seven points from safety.

    But still Old Trafford is not quite the daunting proposition of yesteryear is it?

    United are pretty inconsistent these days and Farke says he wants his side "to be brave" to have a chance of getting a result.

    "I want us to stick to our philosophy," said the German.

    "They have some world-class players but I want us to be the protagonists."

    Norwich v Man Utd
  20. Pukki to miss Old Trafford trip

    Manchester United v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Norwich City

    Talk about putting a dampener on the weekend.

    Norwich's top scorer Teemu Pukki is out of this Saturday's trip to Old Trafford.

    The Finland striker, 29, has a hamstring problem but could return for the Bournemouth game.

    Josip Drmic is also unavailable, so that may well open the door for Canaries starlet Adam Idah.