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Live Reporting

By Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Rio Ferdinand went on to say that he reckons that Tottenham will “look at a back-up” for Harry Kane this month.

    And guess what that ties in with The Sun saying the club have agreed a deal worth £28m for AC Milan and Poland forward Krzysztof Piatek, 24.

    It’s all in the gossip.

  2. ‘I would turn to Rashford’

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    BBC Radio 5 Live

    More from Rio Ferdinand on BBC Radio 5 Live: “I would turn to Marcus Rashford (if Harry Kane is not fit) rather than Tammy Abraham

    “He has that bit more experience and he’s scoring goals. His output in terms of goals, assists and chances created has been very good this season and he has been improving. At the moment in a United shirt he is enjoying the responsibility.”

  3. ‘Kane’s injury a big concern’

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    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Rio Ferdinand has been on BBC Radio 5 Live this morning and picked up the very question that Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is likely to be pulled-up on later, albeit from an England persepective – ‘just how do you replace Harry Kane’?

    He said: “It’s a big concern for England as he’s the captain and the
    main goalscoring threat that we’ve had for the last few years now.

    “He went into
    the last tournament on the back of an injury and he scored some goals but
    didn’t perform as I’m sure he would have liked and the standard we are
    used to and I hope that won’t be the same going into this tournament [Euro 2020].”

  4. Chelsea & Tottenham chase Lemar

    Thomas Lemar

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    Not talking about the English singer, songwriter here, who was pretty big in the noughties…

    But rather the France winger Thomas Lemar, 24, who according to The Telegraph is now being chased by Chelsea and Tottenham.

    You can read all about that in the gossip.

  5. Styling Messi, Kaepernick & Jay Z

    Fashion stylist Rachel Johnson gives a makeover to Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and explains how she has styled Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James and Jay Z.

    Wonder how much those looks cost? I’m guessing probably a little bit more pricey than a trip to the Trafford Centre.

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    Video caption: Styling Lionel Messi, Colin Kaepernick & Jay Z: Meet America’s fashion fairy godmother
  6. ‘Football runs in the family’

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    Football Focus

    Chelsea’s American winger Christian Pulisic explains how football runs in his family, with both his parents former players, as he talks to former Blues defender Graeme Le Saux on Football Focus.

    Watch the full interview on Football Focus on Saturday, 11 January at 12:00 GMT on BBC One.

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    Video caption: Football Focus chat to Chelsea star Christian Pulisic
  7. Quiz: Name the newly promoted teams to finish in the top 10?

    Billy Sharp

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    Time for a bit of fun and a slight nod to Sheffield United, who are on course for a top-10 finish in their first season back in the Premier League.

    As impressive as that might be, it would actually be the 18th time it’s happened.

    Our challenge for you is to name the teams to have done so on the other 17 occasions…

    Have a go at that here.

  8. Premier League Breakfast

    A pretty good line-up for Robbie Savage’s first Premier League Breakfast of 2020.

    If you fancy a listen just click here.

    It’s starting now.

  9. Post update

    Former Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard is going all Edwin van der Sar for his new role.

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    #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)

    Obaji: Felix: CR7 is the Greatest Of All Time. Yeah I said it what can you do?
    Messi: Are you saying that to my face?

    Lionel Messi & Felix Joao

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  11. ‘Maguire’s pain game’

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    The Sun

    Apparently Manchester United defender Harry Maguire is willing to play through the pain barrier and face Norwich.

    Harry Maguire

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  12. ‘Baggies in Barry rage’

    The back pages

    Daily Star

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  13. ‘Jose’s agony as Kane needs operation’

    The back pages

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    Metro back page

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  14. Post update

    The back pages

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    Daily Mirror

    Unsurprisingly Harry Kane and his hamstring cover almost the entire back page of the Mirror.

    They also appear to have gone a little tongue in cheek about Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s return to Manchester United from League One Tranmere. Or is it?

    Daily Mirror back page

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  15. Post update

    Now before we start rolling towards the first manager press conferences let’s have a peek at what’s on the newspaper back pages this morning…

  16. Cutrone in Florence

    A marriage made in heaven. Patrick Cutrone at Wolves….said nobody ever.

    The 22-year-old forward is now close to signing for Fiorentina only five months after arriving in the Midlands. Apparently it’s an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy.

    Florence is a lovely part of the world, there’s the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome, the Galleria dell’Accademia and the Uffizi Gallery for him to soak up.

    Then again if he’d stayed in Wolverhampton he could have enjoyed a few early morning strolls along the canal, which is lovely in spring.

  17. Pederson back at Blackburn

    A bit of nostalgia for Blackburn fans….

    Morten Gamst Pedersen is training at Rovers while he looks for a new club. They must put something in the water at Brockhall, he looks exactly the same as when he played for Blackburn between 2004-2013

    Can remember him banging in a couple of goals in a 2–1 victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

  18. Lukaku’s Inter revival

    Romelu Lukaku has been banging in the goals since joining Inter Milan in the summer.

    The former Manchester United forward has scored 16 goals in 23 appearances since moving to the Serie A club and Rory Smith and Kristof Terreur have been chewing the fat over his revival.

    I see that first touch still gets a mention!

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    #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)

    Angel Correa scored late on as Atletico Madrid stunned Barcelona 3-2 in Saudi Arabia to reach the Spanish Super Cup final.

    But being entirely honest all the chat from that game seems to have come from this image of Lionel Messi and Joao Felix, who were erm, shall we say, exchanging pleasantries.

    The pair had to be pulled apart as things got a tad heated. What do you reckon they were saying to each other?

    Keep your suggestions clean please.

    Lionel Messi & Joao Felix

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  20. Post update

    Another boss doing his pre-Premier League match chat on Thursday was Mikel Arteta.

    Not loads for Arsenal fans to get excited by here in terms of transfers.