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By Steve Sutcliffe

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  1. Goodbye

    Right that's me done for now. But before I go here are a few of the best bits of content floating around today.

    Thanks for joining me this morning.

  2. Dear Barca fans....

    Ernesto Valverde has been saying his goodbye to the Barcelona fans...

    In a statement on the club's website he has penned a rather nice note saying he has "enjoyed some joyful moments celebrating victories and trophies but also others that have been tough and difficult."

    He also then goes on to thank the fans, president and wishes luck to the new coach Quique Setien.

    What a guy.

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  3. Liverpool distance themselves from Grealish move

    Mandeep Sanghera

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool are believed to have no interest in signing Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.

    Grealish, who was close to joining Tottenham in the summer of 2018 has been one of the shining lights at Villa Park this term and has been linked with moves to several other Premier League clubs.

    Both Manchester clubs have been mentioned as possible destinations for Grealish, but it understood that Liverpool, who have previously been offered the chance to sign the player, are not interested in him.

  4. Andreas Pereira to be used in Bruno Fernandes deal?

    Andreas Pereira

    I've seen Marcos Rojo mentioned as a possible makeweight in Manchester United's proposed transfer for Bruno Fernandes.

    But what about Andreas Pereira?

    According to reports in Portugal, United have offered various players in order to get the deal for the Portuguese attacking midfielder over the line, and Pereira is the one Sporting are most interested in.

  5. Post update

    Saw this before and it reminded of standing in the tunnel at Molineux, trying to get down a couple of minutes or so of Nuno Espirito Santo before he disappeared after a post-match press conference.

    The joys.

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  6. The man behind the beard

    Seeing as I got a Burnley mention in to the last post...

    I thought I'd follow up with this clip from my friends over at BBC Lancashire.

    What's not to like about Sean Dyche talking about beards, curries and his voice.

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  7. Post update

    I can certainly see a case for Danny Ings.

    Only Leicester City's Jamie Vardy has scored more than Ings' 14 Premier League goals this season.

    Ings, who won his sole England cap in 2015, is also only 27, and he is rebuilding his career after two bad knee injuries while at Liverpool.

    Personally a fan of Ings, his partnership with Sam Vokes at Burnley reminded me of the little and large double act between Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips, at Sunderland back in the day.

    Kevin Phillips & Niall Quinn
  8. Ings for England?

    Danny Ings

    Now what about this one....

    Harry Kane is out two minutes and everyone is already worried about England and talking about potential replacements.

    And former Three Lions striker Ian Wright reckons Southampton's Danny Ings deserves an England recall.

    Just have a read of this.

  9. Post update

    If that last story has any truth poor old Ashley Young....

    Seemingly plays full-back in the Manchester United changing room these days, behind Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw, Brandon Williams and Diogo Dalot.

    So a move to Serie A title challengers Inter Milan would probably be most welcome.

  10. Ashley Young's Inter move in doubt?

    Ashley Young

    Ashley Young's proposed move from Manchester United to Inter Milan is reportedly in serious doubt.

    The 34-year-old is out of contract at Old Trafford in June and is free to hold transfer talks with foreign clubs.

    However, Sky in Italy claim the Nerazzurri are now close to wrapping-up a swap deal to bring in Leonardo Spinazzola from Roma. That would see midfielder Matteo Politano heading out of the San Siro in the opposite direction and potentially scupper Young's plans.

  11. Setien likens football to chess


    Was swotting up on Barcelona's new boss Quique Setien before and this came to my attention...

    The 61-year-old is a big admirer of chess and is understood to have played against former world champions Anatoli Karpov and Garry Kasparov, although the results of these meetings have not been disclosed.

    Apparently the strategic style of chess can be linked to football and this is a view shared by Setien, who has long been a fan of the board game.

    I wonder, if he'll divide the pitch up into square for his tactical briefings? The Barca players would love that I'm sure.

  12. Gedson Fernandes to Spurs close?

    The view from Portugal that is that Gedson Fernandes to Tottenham is pretty much signed, sealed and close to being delivered.

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  13. Transfer gossip: Blades look to strengthen

    Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder isn't one to rest on his laurels and according to The Sun he is planning to strengthen his defensive options in a bid to keep the club in contention for a European berth.

    Apparently the Blades are looking at a combined £10m move for Anderlecht's Belgian defender Elias Cobbaut, 22, and Ipswich centre-back Luke Woolfenden, 21.

    It's all in the gossip.

  14. Leeds interested in Man City's Poveda

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Premier League promotion chasers Leeds United are looking to do some business ahead of their push for the top flight.

    It is understood Leeds have a number of targets, one of whom is Manchester City winger Ivan Poveda.

    The England Under-20 international made his first-team debut in the EFL Cup semi-final against Burton last season and is out of contract in the summer.

  15. Camarasa returns to Spain

    Victor Camarasa

    In case you missed this one....

    Victor Camarasa's loan agreement between Real Betis and Crystal Palace has ended early with the midfielder returning to Spain to join A

    The 25-year-old was expected to remain at Selhurst Park until the summer after joining on a season-long loan in August, but struggled for game time under Eagles manager Roy Hodgson.

    He only appeared once in the Premier League this campaign - as a late substitute during a 4-0 loss at Tottenham - and started one other game in the Carabao Cup; a penalty shoot-out defeat to Colchester.

  16. Post update

    Crikey first Stam, Vidic and Ferdinand mentioned on the box and now Keane, Scholes and G.Neville mentioned by the Manchester United manager.

    They were different gravy. Talk about depressing for supporters.

  17. 'Results give you energy'

    Man Utd v Wolves (Weds, 19:45 GMT)

    Manchester United

    More from Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer: "Results give you energy. For me I'm fine, I only have to see you before and after the game.

    "It's our 14th game in 45 days. We've still got five or six games before the winter break, it's relentless, 18 games in less than 60 days which is physically and mentally demanding, we have to energise them.

    "We have a good result and performance like Norwich and bad results have to be used as a motivation, as in we're not there yet, we need to keep improving.

    "Just need the rhythm. When I was playing I felt us as a team got rhythm of match rest match rest, I never got that physical thing. Players like Roy [Keane], Scholesy [Paul Scholes] and Gary [Neville] improved."

  18. Post update

    Man Utd v Wolves (Weds, 19:45 GMT)

    Manchester United

    More from Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, who finally gets round to talking about Wolves: "We've played them so many times so we're going to be facing a team that know more or less everything about us and we've got them in a couple of weeks in the league.

    "We played a decent first half last week. The second half was disappointing, but at home we want to make sure we go through. This tournament is one we dream about winning when we are young, I loved my time in finals and winning trophies so we want to go through."

  19. OGS doesn't like Greenwood England talk

    Man Utd v Wolves (19:45GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    He didn't want to talk about Bruno Fernandes but Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was happy to discuss the development of Mason Greenwood.

    The 18-year-old scored his ninth goal of the season against Norwich on Saturday.

    It has led to talk of a possible call-up to Gareth Southgate's England squad for Euro 2020, which would repeat what happened to Marcus Rashford, who went to Euro 2016 months after making his United debut.

    But Solskjaer is urging caution around a player who has only just made his debut for England's Under-21 side.

    "Let the boy settle in first," he said.