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Live Reporting

By Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. Bye for now

    And that's where we're going to wrap things up for now folks. Thanks for all your questions for Simon Stone earlier on all that's happening at Manchester United.

    We've also done a story on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's news conference today, when he said there is 'no quick fix' at Old Trafford. The club has also been fined £20,000 for failing to control their players during last Sunday's defeat at Liverpool.

    Liverpool's FA Cup trip to Shrewsbury this Sunday will be shown live on BBC One (17:00 GMT), along with Manchester City's tie at home to Fulham (Sun, 13:00) and Leicester's match at Brentford on Saturday (12:45).

    But if you've already got cup fever, these may help you feel better:

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    Video caption: 'Knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup would be unbelievable' - Shrews boss Ricketts
  2. Clarets could recall Wells

    Burnley v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 GMT)


    Boss Sean Dyche added that Burnley have an option to bring Nahki Wells back from his loan spell at QPR.

    Wells is enjoying a second productive loan spell with the Championship side and could feature in their FA Cup fourth-round tie against Sheffield Wednesday tonight (20:00 GMT).

    But the striker, 29, has attracted interest from elsewhere during the January transfer window.

  3. Changes for Clarets

    Burnley v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 GMT)


    Burnley boss Sean Dyche has confirmed that he will rotate his squad after his side's 2-0 victory at Manchester United on Wednesday.

    Midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson could miss out as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury, while striker Ashley Barnes and defender Ben Gibson will not feature.

  4. Farke's up for the cup

    Burnley v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Norwich City

    Norwich may be fighting to avoid relegation but manager Daniel Farke said they would still like a cup run.

    "We want to be as successful as we can in the cup," he said. "It's the third game in seven days with a quick turnaround. There was no proper sleep for the players after investing a lot at Spurs [on Wednesday].

    "I expect more changes tomorrow to bring fresh energy onto the pitch because we want to go into the next round. We have to deliver a top-class performance. Burnley are on fire and are an established Premier League side.

    "Afterwards, it will be a normal week with time to recover. We're tempted not to risk injuries but we want to win. It's important to have the whole group in their rhythm but we want to go to the next round regardless of who plays. If we make changes it's because there's lots of competition and they have more energy."

  5. Another Norwich signing unlikely

    Burnley v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Norwich City

    Norwich manager Daniel Farke said the club have no plans to add to their squad before the end of January.

    The Canaries - who lost at Tottenham in midweek - are bottom of the Premier League despite picking up a first home win since September against Bournemouth last Saturday.

    Farke has already made two additions in the window - Lukas Rupp from Hoffenheim and Ondrej Duda on loan from Hertha Berlin - but the German boss ruled out any more this month.

    "I don't expect any business between now and the end of the window," he said.

  6. Vardy injury not as bad as first feared

    Brentford v Leicester (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers said that Jamie Vardy's injury is not as bad as first feared. The striker could be fit for the second leg of the Foxes' Carabao Cup semi-final against Aston Villa next Tuesday.

    "He's not available for the weekend and there will be a question mark for Tuesday, although it's certainly not as serious as we first thought," said Rodgers.

    "It's not his hamstring, it's a glute, so we're hopeful for Tuesday, but there's a little bit of work to do. He'll get some work in with the medical team. He'll stay with them for the weekend.

    "He's much better than directly after the game, when he was tight and sore and struggling to move. But today he was much better."

    However, Rodgers expects midfielder Nampalys Mendy to be out for between four and six weeks with a knee injury.

  7. 'Kepa needs to improve'

    Hull v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has spoken about his goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has been criticised for a couple of errors in recent games.

    It has led to links with Burnley’s Nick Pope but Lampard said he wasn’t intending on recruiting in January, although Willy Caballero will start the FA Cup tie on Saturday.

    Lampard said: “I’m not looking at it now, I’m not affected by criticism from outside as much. I’m aware of it but I’m not affected by it. Kepa knows that there have been mistakes that have cost goals. That’s the nature of it and that needs to improve.”

  8. 'We have to do our best'

    Man City v Fulham (Sun, 13:00 GMT)

    Manchester City

    Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte managed 78 minutes on his long-awaited return from injury in Tuesday's 1-0 win at Sheffield United.

    "He played a bit more than 70 minutes in the first game [back] and he played well," said City boss Pep Guardiola. "He’s not going to solve all the problems we have, he’s not going to give us extra, but he’s one more player we have and we believe we can use him."

    On his team selection, Guardiola added: "The FA Cup is important, it’s traditional and we have to do our best. It doesn’t matter who plays, the selection will be good. Always I can put a team out that has responsibility to win the game, it doesn’t matter on my selection."

  9. January spending way down on last year

    I said earlier how the transfer business has been slow so far during this window. Courtesy of Deloitte, here are some stats to show just how quiet it's been:

    • As of 12:00 GMT, Premier League gross spend in the January transfer window was £45m compared to £120m at the same point last season.
    • Total gross spend in the January transfer window last season was £180m and was the first time since 2012 that total gross spend had fallen in the January window.
    • This season’s January transfer window gross spend is anticipated to fall for the second consecutive year.
    • Premier League gross spend for the 2019-20 season totals £1.5bn (combining summer 2019 and January 2020 transfer windows). This is the second-highest ever gross spend by season since the introduction of the transfer window in January 2003. This compares to £1.4bn gross spend in the 2018-19 season.
  10. Birmingham interest in Monschein

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Championship outfit Birmingham City have contacted Austria Vienna about striker Christoph Monschein.

    The 27-year-old was linked with Aston Villa earlier in the transfer window but it is understood Birmingham are waiting to be told the likely fee they would have to pay before deciding whether to pursue a deal.

    Monschein is fourth top scorer in the Austrian league this season with 13 and he has 16 in all competitions. He started his career with Admira Wacker before joining Austria Vienna in 2017 for around £500,000.

  11. Blues step up striker search

    Hull v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport

    Frank Lampard was also asked if Tammy Abraham’s injury changed his search for replacements or Olivier Giroud staying at the club after being linked with Inter Milan.

    The Chelsea boss replied: “The impetus to bring in a striker or players who can get on the end of chances is there and we have to be honest about that.

    “Recent games have shown that if we are creating chances that’s one problem, but if you’re creating 20 chances a game then it can be crucial. It doesn’t absolutely change [the situation], but with Tammy being our main source of goals it’s very relevant.

    “With Olivier, we are still in the same position. We will keep contact with other clubs and if and when that’s agreed then we will let you know. So he’s still our player on those terms.”

  12. 'It's a tough place to go'

    Shrewsbury v Liverpool (Sun, 17:00 GMT)


    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was reluctant to give much away about his starting XI.

    "We will have a team of fresh legs," he said. "We've had players who have come back from injury, so it makes sense to play them, as they are pretty good. We want to qualify and we know it's a tough place to go.

    "Do you try to find out the line-up by asking is it a chance for these players?" he added. "Yes, it's a chance for a lot of players to play a good game, I'd say, and that's it."

  13. Guardiola expects Harwood-Bellis to stay

    Man City v Fulham (Sun, 13:00 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says if a Premier League club comes in for 17-year-old defender Taylor Harwood-Bellis this month he will consider it.

    However, he expects the youngster from Stockport to remain with City for the rest of the season.

    Harwood-Bellis has made four senior appearances this term, the last coming against Port Vale in the FA Cup third round earlier this month, and he scored in the 4-1 win.

  14. Abraham definitely out

    Hull v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)


    Like buses, three Premier League bosses have turned up at once...

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has just said that Tammy Abraham’s injury status is “unclear” after the striker hurt his ankle during the 2-2 draw against Arsenal on Tuesday.

    He said: “The good news is that he hasn’t fractured anything, the other news is we will have to see how he develops. It’s not clear cut. He’s not fit for the weekend, whether he’ll be fit for Leicester we’re still not sure. It’s not clear at the moment.”

  15. Pep's penalties

    Man City v Fulham (Sun, 13:00 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Pep Guardiola has also had an interesting exchange on Manchester City's problems with penalties recently.

    Gabriel Jesus missed one against Sheffield United on Tuesday, after which manager Guardiola said goalkeeper Ederson was the best penalty taker at the club.

    The City boss was asked about the situation today. And the exchange was amusingly brief.

    Journalist: "Have you made a decision on who to take the penalties?

    Guardiola: "Yes."

    Journalist: Can you tell us who it is?

    Guardiola: "No."

  16. 'Inevitable?? I've never heard that word before'

    Shrewsbury v Liverpool (Sun, 17:00 GMT)


    Jurgen Klopp has now spoken to the media. And his first question was greeted with a funny response...

    Journalist: "Is it starting to feel like there is an inevitability that you will be successful in this title race?"

    Klopp: "In four-and-a-half years in this country, I have never heard that word before and I have no clue what you are talking about. What is inwettable!" (no typo)

    Journalist: "It's going to happen."

    And Klopp laughed before saying: "As I've said before, we couldn't care less about these kind of things. We've not even mathematically qualified for the Champions League next year, so the only thing we can do is focus on the next game and that's how it is."

  17. Gunners to treble Martinelli wages?

    The Daily Mail

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's suspension has opened the door for Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli and the 18-year-old has scored in Arsenal's last two games.

    And the Mail has reported that the Gunners are set to treble his wages to ward off interest from Real Madrid.

  18. Arteta tight-lipped on transfer plans


    Boss Mikel Arteta was also asked about Arsenal being linked with left-sided Ukraine defender Mykola Matviyenko.

    "I don’t know," he said. "I’m not going to be discussing any transfer links publicly. It’s something we’re trying to do internally. When we have news we will communicate with you guys.

    "We’ve been looking at different positions," Arteta added. "Since I joined we lost Calum [Chambers] and we had other circumstances and injuries in those positions. At the back we’ve been short. Other positions as well, depending on what happens in the market, we might need to assess."

    On making a signing before the deadline: "At the moment I am 50:50 because this transfer [window] is very, very complicated. I only want to bring somebody in if I’m really convinced he can improve the levels we have."

  19. Arteta refuses to comment on possible Ceballos return


    According to Spanish newspaper AS, Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has asked to have his loan at Arsenal cut short but the Gunners have turned down his request.

    Here's how Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta responded at his news conference today: “I had a conversation with Dani. When I joined the club he wasn’t here, he was in Madrid because he was doing his rehab for over a month with the team that owns him.

    “When I came here he was doing his rehab in the first two or three weeks, getting back to fitness, and I haven’t seen much of him because he only trained with us for a week or 10 days.

    “It’s very early to assess what I can or cannot do with him. I heard about all those things but I have nothing to comment.”