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  • [kick-off]Good morning, and welcome along to Weekend Live! - our blog covering all the build-up to the next few days in football. Naturally, Transfer Deadline Day is dominating the agenda and you keep tabs on all the latest deals in our live blog. We'll bring you the major stories here too, as well as team news ahead of round 24 of the Premier League season, managers' press conferences and build-up to our live TV games in the top-flight, the Sky Bet Championship and Spain's La Liga.
    1/31/2014 9:01:01 AM
  • [football]Here's a quick rundown of the major transfer stories on Deadline Day morning...
    • Schalke insist that Arsenal target Julian Draxler is staying with the club for the rest of the season.
    • Chelsea are close to completing the signing of centre-back Kurt Zouma from Saint-Etienne.
    • West Ham are in advanced talks to sign Colombia left-back Pablo Armero from Napoli.
    • Celtic have accepted a bid from Crystal Palace for midfielder Joe Ledley, while the Eagles are also in talks to sign Blackburn defender Scott Dann.
    1/31/2014 9:11:58 AM
  • [fl72]If you missed Thursday night's live FL72 clash from the Sky Bet Championship, it was a real cracker as Watford took a two-goal lead at the City Ground, only to end up losing 4-2 to Nottingham Forest. Billy Davies' men are fifth in the table, while the Hornets languish in 16th spot. Catch the highlights here...
    1/31/2014 9:21:59 AM
  • [hull]Let's get to the press conferences. First up, Steve Bruce - whose Hull team plays host to Tottenham on Saturday - has been discussing Jake Livermore, Jack Hobbs and Matty Fryatt.

    1/31/2014 9:29:44 AM
  • [cardiff]Meanwhile, the Premier League's bottom club Cardiff are at home to Norwich on Saturday in what looks a crunch clash. Defender Ben Turner has been talking to the media today.

    1/31/2014 9:32:06 AM
  • [arsenal]Our second Super Sunday offering sees Arsenal take on Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium (live on Sky Sports 1HD from 3.30pm). First, here's Arsene Wenger with the team news and an update on Aaron Ramsey, who's been sidelined since the Boxing Day win at West Ham...

    1/31/2014 9:36:39 AM
  • [arsenal]Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has also been talking transfers. He insists there's no chance of Julian Draxler arriving from Schalke today, but there could be one arrival...

    1/31/2014 9:39:35 AM
  • [newcastle]Newcastle new-boy Luuk de Jong will go straight into the squad for Saturday's Tyne-Wear derby clash at home to Sunderland (kick-off 12.45pm). However, the 23-year-old loan signing, who has not started a game for parent club Borussia Monchengladbach all season, is likely to be named only among the substitutes, despite leading scorer Loic Remy's failure to have his red card at Norwich in midweek overturned on appeal. Fellow frontmen Papiss Cisse (back) and Yoan Gouffran (muscle strain) remain major doubts, while skipper Fabricio Coloccini continues his recovery from a knee injury.
    Luuk De Jong: Training with his new Newcastle team-mates 
    1/31/2014 9:43:07 AM
  • [cardiff]We heard from Ben Turner earlier, and now Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in the press conference hotseat ahead of the visit of Norwich tomorrow. Kevin Theophile-Catherine is among the players set to return, but a centre-back is struggling...

    1/31/2014 9:55:08 AM
  • [norwich]Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson is free to play at Cardiff on Saturday after his red card in the midweek goalless draw with Newcastle was rescinded on appeal to the Football Association. On-loan midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is available having been ineligible to face his parent club on Tuesday night. Defender Joseph Yobo has signed until the end of the season from Turkish club Fenerbahce, but the move remains subject to international clearance and paperwork. Centre-back Michael Turner (hamstring) and midfielder Jonny Howson (back) are still sidelined, while winger Elliott Bennett also continues his rehabilitation following a serious knee injury.
    Bradley Johnson: Red card rescinded 
    1/31/2014 10:09:14 AM
  • [cardiff]Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Cardiff team may be bottom of the table, but he's pleased with how they performed in tough fixtures at Manchester City and Manchester United.

    1/31/2014 10:10:55 AM
  • [spanishfootball]There were unusual scenes in Spain last night as Racing Santander players refused to play their Copa Del Rey quarter-final against Real Sociedad in protest over unpaid wages.

    1/31/2014 10:23:42 AM
  • [everton]Everton manager Roberto Martinez will be forced into a change up front for the visit of Aston Villa on Saturday, with Romelu Lukaku ruled out for several weeks and fellow on-loan striker Lacina Traore at least 10 days away from being fit. Steven Naismith or Kevin Mirallas are the two likely options vying for the centre-forward role. Defenders Seamus Coleman and Sylvain Distin and forward Gerard Deulofeu (all hamstring) will not be ready to return for another week.
    Steven Naismith: Could lead Everton line against Villa 
    1/31/2014 10:37:34 AM
  • [westham]Sam Allardyce's assistant Neil McDonald is taking the West Ham press conference today ahead of the Saturday lunchtime meeting with Swansea at Upton Park. He's played it cool on transfer rumours, and has again laughed off talk of the Hammers playing '19th-century football'.

    1/31/2014 10:45:12 AM
  • [audio]If you support a Football League club, you'll want to check out Sky Sports News Radio's Football League Hour - our Thursday show that discusses all the big stories affecting the FL72. Last night, new Scunthorpe midfielder Dave Syers joined Mikey Burrows in the studio for plenty of transfer debate and discussion. New Bristol City goalkeeper Simon Moore was also on the show, plus Preston striker Kevin Davies, Brighton's Craig Mackail-Smith, Torquay's Kevin Nicholson and Plymouth Argyle's Guy Branston. Listen again here...

    1/31/2014 10:54:50 AM
  • [hull]Steve Harper will start in goal for Hull as Tottenham head to the KC Stadium on Saturday, with regular stopper Allan McGregor ruled out through suspension after his red card at Crystal Palace. Manager Steve Bruce can also count on Robbie Brady (groin) if needs be, with Maynor Figueroa (muscle problem) also available to play if required. Strike duo Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long are poised for home debuts. Midfielder Stephen Quinn is in line to start in midfield as Jake Livermore, on loan from Spurs, is unable to face his parent club. Sone Aluko (Achilles) is expected to feature in a reserve game next week as he continues his comeback.
    Steve Harper: Set for Hull duties against Spurs 
    1/31/2014 10:57:56 AM
  • [liverpool]He's had a few hiccups in his Liverpool career (to say the least) but that £22.7million that the Reds paid to Ajax for Luis Suarez in 2011 was money well spent...
    On this day three years ago... Luis Suarez became an #LFC player. 74 goals in 117 games have followed for #elpistolero #theKOP
    by Liverpool Football Club via Instagram
    1/31/2014 11:12:00 AM
  • [qpr]Our Saturday game in the Sky Bet Championship comes from Loftus Road, where Harry Redknapp's QPR take on Sean Dyche's Burnley - it's second against third, with only three points separating the two clubs. Tune in to Sky Sports 1HD from 12pm for live coverage.

    1/31/2014 11:20:06 AM
  • [astonvilla]Paul Lambert will assess striker Gabriel Agbonlahor's fitness ahead of Aston Villa's Premier League trip to Everton on Saturday. The England international missed Wednesday's local derby win over West Brom with an injury to the sole of his foot suffered against Liverpool recently, but may have a chance of returning at Goodison Park. Lambert will run the rule over the rest of his squad on Friday following their intense battle with the Baggies in midweek.
    Gabby Agbonlahor: Fitness must be assessed 
    1/31/2014 11:32:48 AM
  • [paulmerson]Time to check in with Paul Merson, and his predictions for Round 24 of the 2013/14 Premier League season. In midweek, Merse got six results out of 10 correct and was spot on when he called Sunderland's 1-0 victory at home to Stoke. For this weekend, he's going for...
    • Newcastle to edge out Sunderland in a high-scoring Tyne-Wear derby
    • More misery for Fulham as Southampton raid Craven Cottage
    • A Hawthorns cruise for stylish Liverpool
    • Three and easy for Arsenal over Palace
    1/31/2014 11:47:01 AM
  • [norwich]Norwich's Robert Snodgrass says he wants to make peace with Canaries fans after he reacted to taunts from some supporters following the Premier League match with Newcastle on Tuesday night.
    1/31/2014 11:53:39 AM
  • [arsenal]Arsenal will be without Mathieu Flamini for the Super Sunday visit of Crystal Palace in the Premier League (live on Sky Sports 1HD from 3.30pm) as the midfielder starts a three-match ban. Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky is available again following surgery on a broken nose, but Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Aaron Ramsey (thigh) remain sidelined. Forward Yaya Sanogo (back) continues his rehabilitation, while Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott are long-term absentees with their respective knee injuries.
    Tomas Rosicky: Could return for Arsenal against Palace 
    1/31/2014 11:59:15 AM
  • [jamieredknapp]Sky Sports expert Jamie Redknapp has just arrived in the Sky Sports News studio to talk transfers - remember you can keep on top of all the latest Deadline Day activity on our Live Transfer Blog. Earlier, Jamie sat down with us to discuss what's on the horizon in the Premier League in February, particularly for title challengers Arsenal as they begin the month with a home game against Crystal Palace. He says:
    Arsenal need to keep pace with Manchester City as best they can and make sure they're still in a strong position come the start of March. City will still have a couple of wobbles - make no mistake about that.

    1/31/2014 12:09:29 PM
  • [southampton]Rickie Lambert will return for Southampton's trip to Fulham on Saturday. The England forward has returned to training after a hamstring complaint, while midfielder Victor Wanyama may feature for the first time since a hairline fracture in his leg. Dejan Lovren and Gaston Ramirez are both absent due to ankle ligament injuries.
    Rickie Lambert: Southampton striker set to return  


    1/31/2014 12:12:48 PM
  • [westham]West Ham could hand full debuts to Italian duo Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello for their Premier League clash at home to Swansea on Saturday. Both came in on loan earlier in the week, with Nocerino playing 10 minutes in the 0-0 draw at Chelsea and Borriello an unused substitute, but they are now fit enough to start. Fellow new recruit Abdul Razak is not in contention and Joey O'Brien (shoulder) is also ruled out, with George McCartney a potential replacement at full-back after recovering from a neck injury.
    Antonio Nocerino: Could make full West Ham debut
    1/31/2014 12:26:32 PM
  • [arsenal] With Arsenal looking to regain top spot when they face Crystal Palace on Super Sunday, Gary Neville fears a lack of signings could cost the Gunners in the title race.
    1/31/2014 12:39:13 PM
  • [manchesterunited]David Moyes has been speaking to the media as Manchester United prepare to face Stoke City on Saturday.

    1/31/2014 12:42:55 PM
  • [manchesterunited]Juan Mata can expect to start again for Manchester United against Stoke after impressing on his debut in the win over Cardiff.

    1/31/2014 12:43:58 PM
  • [edchamberlin]Sky Sports presenter Ed Chamberlin looks ahead to the latest round of Premier League action and thinks the title could be Manchester City's if they can conquer rivals Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Monday Night Football.
    'Do not lose to your rivals'. That seems to be Jose Mourinho's mantra. He's forced stalemates at Old Trafford and the Emirates this season and Chelsea are the only unbeaten team this season in meetings between current top four teams - but how does he stop the free flowing, goalscoring machine that is Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City?

    1/31/2014 12:52:20 PM
  • [chelsea] One man who won't be involved for Chelsea against Manchester City is striker Fernando Torres, as he continues his comeback from injury, but new signing Mohamed Salah could feature.

    1/31/2014 12:53:51 PM
  • [manchesterunited]David Moyes must decide whether to include Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney for Manchester United's visit to StokeThe pair both made their comebacks from thigh and groin problems respectively in Tuesday's win over Cardiff, but Moyes will not want to risk either man if not 100 per cent. Marouane Fellaini is nearing full fitness after wrist surgery, while Nemanja Vidic serves the final game of a three-match suspension.
    Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney: Manchester United striker duo being eased back into action 


    1/31/2014 1:17:26 PM
  • [cardiff]Cardiff have another new face in their squad for Saturday's clash with Norwich after completing the loan signing of defender Fabio from Manchester United for an undisclosed fee,

    1/31/2014 1:22:06 PM
  • [manchestercity]Striker Sergio Aguero is facing a month on the sidelines, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed at his pre-match press conference today.
    He will be out for maybe a month. Yes, we are losing one of our best players, but he's just come back from an injury. We have Dzeko, Negredo and now Jovetic scoring so we have good players who can replace him. 

    1/31/2014 1:26:32 PM
  • [manchestercity]Manuel Pellegrini saw his Manchester City side move top of the Premier League in midweek, but the Chilean would not be drawn on title talk ahead of their Monday Night Football meeting with Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.

    1/31/2014 1:32:11 PM
  • [hull]Hull City boss Steve Bruce has been speaking to the press ahead of the Tigers' testing home game against Tottenham tomorrow. For those of you who don't speak Twitter, @29_JL is Jake Livermore.

    1/31/2014 1:42:53 PM
  • [tottenham]And in a wonderful piece of unplanned synergy, Hull's press conference is followed a few hundred miles away Tottenham's, with Tim Sherwood looking for his side to recover from their midweek home mauling by Manchester City.

    1/31/2014 1:49:06 PM
  • [chelsea]Mohamed Salah could be included in Chelsea's squad for Monday's clash at Premier League leaders Manchester City, live on Sky Sports 1HD. The Egypt winger trained with his new team-mates on Friday for the first time since joining from Basel. Striker Fernando Torres (knee) remains out, while midfielder Marco van Ginkel (knee) is a long-term absentee.
    Fernando Torres: Chelsea striker will not face Manchester City 


    1/31/2014 2:03:52 PM
  • [supersunday] Jamie Redknapp looks ahead to the Super Sunday showdown between Arsenal and Crystal Palace, live on Sky Sports 1HD.

    1/31/2014 2:14:46 PM
  • [liverpool] It looks as though Luis Suarez is in good spirits ahead of Liverpool's Super Sunday trip to West Brom. He may have been thinking about he Baggies' defending in their midweek defeat at Aston Villa...

    1/31/2014 2:26:54 PM
  • [cardiff]Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could hand debuts to Kenwyne Jones, Fabio and Wilfried Zaha when Cardiff face Norwich on Saturday. The trio all completed moves to the Welsh club this week as the Bluebirds look to try and move off the bottom of the Premier League table. Club captain Mark Hudson is ruled out by a hamstring problem, but Jordon Mutch and Kevin Theophile-Catherine look set to be fit enough to play some part.
    Fabio and Wilfried Zaha: Cardiff's new duo set to face Norwich 


    1/31/2014 2:34:17 PM
  • [swansea]Swansea manager Michael Laudrup will have the same squad that secured victory against Fulham for the weekend trip to West Ham.  Nathan Dyer, Jonjo Shelvey, Jonathan de Guzman and Angel Rangel all returned from injury in the vital win over the Cottagers. Michel Vorm, Michu and Jose Canas are continuing their recoveries from various ailments, although they could be fit enough to play some part in the upcoming south Wales derby.
    Michu: Swansea striker still sidelined by injury 


    1/31/2014 2:40:10 PM
  • [crystalpalace]Crystal Palace coach David Kemp faced the media this afternoon in place of Tony Pulis to look ahead to their Super Sunday clash with Arsenal, live on Sky Sports 1HD.

    1/31/2014 2:42:25 PM
  • [manchesterunited] David Moyes looks ahead to Manchester United's trip to Stoke and insists there will be no more new faces at Old Trafford this month.
    1/31/2014 2:50:44 PM
  • [westbrom]Two key injuries for West Brom to deal with this weekend, with both Nicolas Anelka and Stephane Sessegnon ruled out of the Super Sunday clash with Liverpool.

    1/31/2014 2:56:06 PM
  • [supersunday] Jamie Redknapp previews the Premier League showdown between West Brom and Liverpool on Super Sunday.
    1/31/2014 3:07:16 PM
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