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Sheffield Utd 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Jos Luhakay impresses on debut and weathers Glenn Loovens' red card

Sheffield Wednesday’s new manager Jos Luhukay survived his baptism of fire, in his first match, as his men held on for a gutsy draw despite a 64th-minute red card for their captain, Glenn Loovens.  Luhukay had stepped into the heat of a Sheffield derby, in front of 31,000 noisy fans by matching bitter rivals United’s 3-5-2 formation. The brave tactical ploy of the Dutchman worked, and his injury-hit squad refused to wilt late on in front of a baying Bramall Lane faithful. Loovens had been sent off in the 64th minute when he picked up his second yellow card for a late challenge on Clayton Donaldson. As he came off, a bottle appeared to be thrown at him, which was picked up by the fourth official.  Loovens’ challenge was a foul but whether it was a second yellow or not was debatable. Regardless, it was foolish for the Wednesday captain to rashly attempt the challenge on a night that required cool heads. Former VfB Stuttgart manager Luhukay admitted that he will be having words with his compatriot Loovens about the challenge - having already warned the player at half-time.  Jos Luhukay, Wednesday's new manager, made a fine first impression Credit: Danny Lawson/PA The Wednesday manager said: “I said to Glenn to have patience, to have timing with one-on-ones. Glenn was too fast to go into the challenge.  “He knows that. He is very experienced and a very good captain. But I must speak to Glenn about why he did that. What I saw from the team after that gave me hope though.”  Fighting talk had not been lacking from United manager Chris Wilder before this game. He spoke like the boyhood Sheffield United fan that he is.  After the game, he delivered a veiled dig at the Wednesday players for their effort - in comparison to the way they had been playing over the course of this season.  United's John Fleck and Sheffield Wednesday's Frederico Venancio (right) and Ross Wallace battle for the ball Credit:  Danny Lawson/PA Wire “They ran around and competed,” said Wilder. “I imagine Carlos [Carvahal, sacked by Wednesday last month] might be a little disappointed.” Wilder’s mood would not have been helped by the fact David Coote was referee here. The United manager had been enraged when John Fleck had been sent off by the official against Bristol City last month. Wednesday were on the receiving end this time with the Loovens dismissal - but the home side could also argue that Ross Wallace should then have been sent off in the 74th minute for a challenge on Fleck, which the Scottish midfielder was booked for. Wilder, indeed, argued that. “I can’t see why he’s not given that,” he said.  Even before the tackles started flying, this atmosphere had been simmering. Many of the streets outside the ground had been buzzing with anticipation before the game and the police - heavily increased in numbers - were called into action to take care of some of the consequent disorder.  Inside the stadium, this certainly felt like the first visit of Wednesday on to enemy territory since October 2011 as noise levels were cranked up. The early initiative was taken by United but Luhukay’s men slowly took the sting out of the home side. With no shots on target and no keeper forced into significant action, it had been a case of job done by the away side.  Wednesday’s goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith came to rescue early in the second half though, with an acrobatic save from Donaldson’s flick. Sheffield-born Wildsmith is a lifelong Wednesday fan - and came up through their youth ranks then broke into the first team - so that particular moment would have felt sweet for him.   Sheffield United (3-5-2): Moore; Baldock, Stearman, O’Connell; Basham, Lundstram, Duffy, Fleck, Stevens; Clarke, Donaldson (Wilson 66).  Subs Sharp, Wright, Leonard, Evans, Lafferty. Sheffield Wednesday (3-5-2): Wildsmith; Loovens, Venancio, Pudil; Palmer, Wallace (Clare 90), Jones, Reach, Fox; Rhodes (Boyd 70), Joao (Nuhiu 82).  Subs Dawson, Butterfield, Matias, Thorniley. Booked Loovens, Venancio, Wallace, Nuhiu. Sent off Loovens. Referee David Coote (Nottinghamshire).

Sheffield Utd 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Jos Luhakay impresses on debut and weathers Glenn Loovens' red card

Sheffield Wednesday’s new manager Jos Luhukay survived his baptism of fire, in his first match, as his men held on for a gutsy draw despite a 64th-minute red card for their captain, Glenn Loovens.  Luhukay had stepped into the heat of a Sheffield derby, in front of 31,000 noisy fans by matching bitter rivals United’s 3-5-2 formation. The brave tactical ploy of the Dutchman worked, and his injury-hit squad refused to wilt late on in front of a baying Bramall Lane faithful. Loovens had been sent off in the 64th minute when he picked up his second yellow card for a late challenge on Clayton Donaldson. As he came off, a bottle appeared to be thrown at him, which was picked up by the fourth official.  Loovens’ challenge was a foul but whether it was a second yellow or not was debatable. Regardless, it was foolish for the Wednesday captain to rashly attempt the challenge on a night that required cool heads. Former VfB Stuttgart manager Luhukay admitted that he will be having words with his compatriot Loovens about the challenge - having already warned the player at half-time.  Jos Luhukay, Wednesday's new manager, made a fine first impression Credit: Danny Lawson/PA The Wednesday manager said: “I said to Glenn to have patience, to have timing with one-on-ones. Glenn was too fast to go into the challenge.  “He knows that. He is very experienced and a very good captain. But I must speak to Glenn about why he did that. What I saw from the team after that gave me hope though.”  Fighting talk had not been lacking from United manager Chris Wilder before this game. He spoke like the boyhood Sheffield United fan that he is.  After the game, he delivered a veiled dig at the Wednesday players for their effort - in comparison to the way they had been playing over the course of this season.  United's John Fleck and Sheffield Wednesday's Frederico Venancio (right) and Ross Wallace battle for the ball Credit:  Danny Lawson/PA Wire “They ran around and competed,” said Wilder. “I imagine Carlos [Carvahal, sacked by Wednesday last month] might be a little disappointed.” Wilder’s mood would not have been helped by the fact David Coote was referee here. The United manager had been enraged when John Fleck had been sent off by the official against Bristol City last month. Wednesday were on the receiving end this time with the Loovens dismissal - but the home side could also argue that Ross Wallace should then have been sent off in the 74th minute for a challenge on Fleck, which the Scottish midfielder was booked for. Wilder, indeed, argued that. “I can’t see why he’s not given that,” he said.  Even before the tackles started flying, this atmosphere had been simmering. Many of the streets outside the ground had been buzzing with anticipation before the game and the police - heavily increased in numbers - were called into action to take care of some of the consequent disorder.  Inside the stadium, this certainly felt like the first visit of Wednesday on to enemy territory since October 2011 as noise levels were cranked up. The early initiative was taken by United but Luhukay’s men slowly took the sting out of the home side. With no shots on target and no keeper forced into significant action, it had been a case of job done by the away side.  Wednesday’s goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith came to rescue early in the second half though, with an acrobatic save from Donaldson’s flick. Sheffield-born Wildsmith is a lifelong Wednesday fan - and came up through their youth ranks then broke into the first team - so that particular moment would have felt sweet for him.   Sheffield United (3-5-2): Moore; Baldock, Stearman, O’Connell; Basham, Lundstram, Duffy, Fleck, Stevens; Clarke, Donaldson (Wilson 66).  Subs Sharp, Wright, Leonard, Evans, Lafferty. Sheffield Wednesday (3-5-2): Wildsmith; Loovens, Venancio, Pudil; Palmer, Wallace (Clare 90), Jones, Reach, Fox; Rhodes (Boyd 70), Joao (Nuhiu 82).  Subs Dawson, Butterfield, Matias, Thorniley. Booked Loovens, Venancio, Wallace, Nuhiu. Sent off Loovens. Referee David Coote (Nottinghamshire).

Sheffield Utd 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Jos Luhakay impresses on debut and weathers Glenn Loovens' red card

Sheffield Wednesday’s new manager Jos Luhukay survived his baptism of fire, in his first match, as his men held on for a gutsy draw despite a 64th-minute red card for their captain, Glenn Loovens.  Luhukay had stepped into the heat of a Sheffield derby, in front of 31,000 noisy fans by matching bitter rivals United’s 3-5-2 formation. The brave tactical ploy of the Dutchman worked, and his injury-hit squad refused to wilt late on in front of a baying Bramall Lane faithful. Loovens had been sent off in the 64th minute when he picked up his second yellow card for a late challenge on Clayton Donaldson. As he came off, a bottle appeared to be thrown at him, which was picked up by the fourth official.  Loovens’ challenge was a foul but whether it was a second yellow or not was debatable. Regardless, it was foolish for the Wednesday captain to rashly attempt the challenge on a night that required cool heads. Former VfB Stuttgart manager Luhukay admitted that he will be having words with his compatriot Loovens about the challenge - having already warned the player at half-time.  Jos Luhukay, Wednesday's new manager, made a fine first impression Credit: Danny Lawson/PA The Wednesday manager said: “I said to Glenn to have patience, to have timing with one-on-ones. Glenn was too fast to go into the challenge.  “He knows that. He is very experienced and a very good captain. But I must speak to Glenn about why he did that. What I saw from the team after that gave me hope though.”  Fighting talk had not been lacking from United manager Chris Wilder before this game. He spoke like the boyhood Sheffield United fan that he is.  After the game, he delivered a veiled dig at the Wednesday players for their effort - in comparison to the way they had been playing over the course of this season.  United's John Fleck and Sheffield Wednesday's Frederico Venancio (right) and Ross Wallace battle for the ball Credit:  Danny Lawson/PA Wire “They ran around and competed,” said Wilder. “I imagine Carlos [Carvahal, sacked by Wednesday last month] might be a little disappointed.” Wilder’s mood would not have been helped by the fact David Coote was referee here. The United manager had been enraged when John Fleck had been sent off by the official against Bristol City last month. Wednesday were on the receiving end this time with the Loovens dismissal - but the home side could also argue that Ross Wallace should then have been sent off in the 74th minute for a challenge on Fleck, which the Scottish midfielder was booked for. Wilder, indeed, argued that. “I can’t see why he’s not given that,” he said.  Even before the tackles started flying, this atmosphere had been simmering. Many of the streets outside the ground had been buzzing with anticipation before the game and the police - heavily increased in numbers - were called into action to take care of some of the consequent disorder.  Inside the stadium, this certainly felt like the first visit of Wednesday on to enemy territory since October 2011 as noise levels were cranked up. The early initiative was taken by United but Luhukay’s men slowly took the sting out of the home side. With no shots on target and no keeper forced into significant action, it had been a case of job done by the away side.  Wednesday’s goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith came to rescue early in the second half though, with an acrobatic save from Donaldson’s flick. Sheffield-born Wildsmith is a lifelong Wednesday fan - and came up through their youth ranks then broke into the first team - so that particular moment would have felt sweet for him.   Sheffield United (3-5-2): Moore; Baldock, Stearman, O’Connell; Basham, Lundstram, Duffy, Fleck, Stevens; Clarke, Donaldson (Wilson 66).  Subs Sharp, Wright, Leonard, Evans, Lafferty. Sheffield Wednesday (3-5-2): Wildsmith; Loovens, Venancio, Pudil; Palmer, Wallace (Clare 90), Jones, Reach, Fox; Rhodes (Boyd 70), Joao (Nuhiu 82).  Subs Dawson, Butterfield, Matias, Thorniley. Booked Loovens, Venancio, Wallace, Nuhiu. Sent off Loovens. Referee David Coote (Nottinghamshire).

Sheffield Utd 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Jos Luhakay impresses on debut and weathers Glenn Loovens' red card

Sheffield Utd 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Jos Luhakay impresses on debut and weathers Glenn Loovens' red card

Sheffield Utd 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Jos Luhakay impresses on debut and weathers Glenn Loovens' red card

Sheffield Utd 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Jos Luhakay impresses on debut and weathers Glenn Loovens' red card

Sheffield Utd 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Jos Luhakay impresses on debut and weathers Glenn Loovens' red card

Sheffield Utd 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Jos Luhakay impresses on debut and weathers Glenn Loovens' red card

Sheffield United 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Luhukay gets debut derby point despite Loovens red

Sheffield Wednesday may have had a man sent off, but they still held on to a 0-0 derby draw with United in Jos Luhukay's first game.

Sheffield United held to goalless draw by Wednesday in Steel City derby

Sheffield Wednesday’s captain, Glenn Loovens, fouls Clayton Donaldson to pick up his second yellow card.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder predicts derby of Titanic proportions

Local boy Chris Wilder makes no attempt to downplay the importance of Friday night’s Sheffield derby. “Well, there’s great respect for the history of their football club, what they’ve done and the great players they’ve had over the years,” says the Sheffield United manager when asked what he thinks of his club’s bitter rivals, Sheffield Wednesday. “But they’re not really like us – they’re different. I don’t know how I can put this in a way that won’t offend people, but I know that if I’m on the Titanic and there’s a Blade and an Owl and one space left on that life raft I’m dragging that Blade into it!” This isn’t the way managers normally talk but then Wilder is not your average manager – not when it comes to Sheffield United, at least. He was born in Stocksbridge, in the north of Sheffield, and grew up an avid supporter of the club. Wilder attended his first derby in 1980 and is even said to have a tattoo of the club’s crest somewhere on his body – a claim he does not refute, laughing as he says: “Some things I have to keep to myself.” And in May 2016, after 15 years in management at the likes of Alfreton Town, Halifax, Oxford  and Northampton, Wilder was finally given his dream job. He secured promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt, ensuring that after a gap of six long years there would finally be a Steel City derby again. United won 4-2 at Hillsborough back in September but Friday night is the first time the two have met at Bramall Lane since October 2011 and Wilder’s excitement is obvious. “I ringed this one in the calendar when the fixtures came out, 100 per cent,” he says. “Our supporters have missed going toe-to-toe with the heavyweights and the sides we are coming up against this season are incredible – but for me the two outstanding games are these two against our rivals. Wilder and Sheffield United won the last meeting between the old rivals when they met in September Credit: Getty Images “It still amazes me how many people are affected by it and for me as a player and a manager, the highs are a lot higher and the lows a lot lower than at other clubs. I quite like getting the bus every now and again and I might get a smile if the bus driver is a United fan, or I might get a stare if they’re from the other side. If we lose I might have to start getting an Uber! “The majority of my pals are United fans and I think it’s certainly not one for the glory-seekers or the faint-hearted after what we’ve been through the last few years. I know what it means to everybody and the responsibility I have is a little heavier than I’ve had at other clubs.” It is a responsibility Wilder has borne well so far, with United going into Friday night’s game just outside the play-off places after a hugely impressive start to life back in the Championship. The 20 fiercest rivalries in English football - by Jonathan Liew The undoubted highlight so far was that win at Hillsborough the day after Wilder’s 50th birthday – “I had an ideal opportunity and excuse to push the celebrations a little further than I maybe would have done normally,” he chuckles – and a second successive promotion is not out of the question. “It was a fantastic achievement by Huddersfield to go up last year and now everyone looks at that and says, ‘It’s not an impossible task’. I would love to take this club on and I am ambitious and still have fire in my belly to achieve. “A lot of things have to happen and go our way but we’ve a good group of staff and excellent players and supporters so we are in a  good place.” But while victory on Friday night would be a boost to United’s promotion hopes you get the sense that Wilder, for one night only, is more concerned with simple bragging rights. “There’s going to be 28,000 of our supporters who will be desperate to do a famous old double over the rivals,” he says, “and one on the touchline.”

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder predicts derby of Titanic proportions

Local boy Chris Wilder makes no attempt to downplay the importance of Friday night’s Sheffield derby. “Well, there’s great respect for the history of their football club, what they’ve done and the great players they’ve had over the years,” says the Sheffield United manager when asked what he thinks of his club’s bitter rivals, Sheffield Wednesday. “But they’re not really like us – they’re different. I don’t know how I can put this in a way that won’t offend people, but I know that if I’m on the Titanic and there’s a Blade and an Owl and one space left on that life raft I’m dragging that Blade into it!” This isn’t the way managers normally talk but then Wilder is not your average manager – not when it comes to Sheffield United, at least. He was born in Stocksbridge, in the north of Sheffield, and grew up an avid supporter of the club. Wilder attended his first derby in 1980 and is even said to have a tattoo of the club’s crest somewhere on his body – a claim he does not refute, laughing as he says: “Some things I have to keep to myself.” And in May 2016, after 15 years in management at the likes of Alfreton Town, Halifax, Oxford  and Northampton, Wilder was finally given his dream job. He secured promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt, ensuring that after a gap of six long years there would finally be a Steel City derby again. United won 4-2 at Hillsborough back in September but Friday night is the first time the two have met at Bramall Lane since October 2011 and Wilder’s excitement is obvious. “I ringed this one in the calendar when the fixtures came out, 100 per cent,” he says. “Our supporters have missed going toe-to-toe with the heavyweights and the sides we are coming up against this season are incredible – but for me the two outstanding games are these two against our rivals. Wilder and Sheffield United won the last meeting between the old rivals when they met in September Credit: Getty Images “It still amazes me how many people are affected by it and for me as a player and a manager, the highs are a lot higher and the lows a lot lower than at other clubs. I quite like getting the bus every now and again and I might get a smile if the bus driver is a United fan, or I might get a stare if they’re from the other side. If we lose I might have to start getting an Uber! “The majority of my pals are United fans and I think it’s certainly not one for the glory-seekers or the faint-hearted after what we’ve been through the last few years. I know what it means to everybody and the responsibility I have is a little heavier than I’ve had at other clubs.” It is a responsibility Wilder has borne well so far, with United going into Friday night’s game just outside the play-off places after a hugely impressive start to life back in the Championship. The 20 fiercest rivalries in English football - by Jonathan Liew The undoubted highlight so far was that win at Hillsborough the day after Wilder’s 50th birthday – “I had an ideal opportunity and excuse to push the celebrations a little further than I maybe would have done normally,” he chuckles – and a second successive promotion is not out of the question. “It was a fantastic achievement by Huddersfield to go up last year and now everyone looks at that and says, ‘It’s not an impossible task’. I would love to take this club on and I am ambitious and still have fire in my belly to achieve. “A lot of things have to happen and go our way but we’ve a good group of staff and excellent players and supporters so we are in a  good place.” But while victory on Friday night would be a boost to United’s promotion hopes you get the sense that Wilder, for one night only, is more concerned with simple bragging rights. “There’s going to be 28,000 of our supporters who will be desperate to do a famous old double over the rivals,” he says, “and one on the touchline.”

FA Cup fourth round draw: Yeovil Town get dream home tie against Manchester United

Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd's 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day." There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already.  “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season.  “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two.  “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club.  Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We'll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We're ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here's the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go'orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight's game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain's more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That's what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We'll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It's Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 "Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup," says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all  Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That's enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently.  6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels' 'Now, that's magic!' Paul 'Magic Man' Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you're all wrong, 'the magic of the FA Cup' is the greatest magic of them all, and we're about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say 'about' I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You'll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger's shirt.  6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom  Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January

FA Cup fourth round draw: Yeovil Town get dream home tie against Manchester United

Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd's 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day." There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already.  “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season.  “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two.  “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club.  Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We'll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We're ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here's the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go'orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight's game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain's more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That's what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We'll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It's Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 "Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup," says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all  Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That's enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently.  6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels' 'Now, that's magic!' Paul 'Magic Man' Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you're all wrong, 'the magic of the FA Cup' is the greatest magic of them all, and we're about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say 'about' I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You'll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger's shirt.  6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom  Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January

FA Cup fourth round draw: Yeovil Town get dream home tie against Manchester United

Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd's 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day." There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already.  “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season.  “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two.  “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club.  Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We'll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We're ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here's the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go'orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight's game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain's more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That's what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We'll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It's Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 "Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup," says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all  Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That's enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently.  6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels' 'Now, that's magic!' Paul 'Magic Man' Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you're all wrong, 'the magic of the FA Cup' is the greatest magic of them all, and we're about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say 'about' I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You'll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger's shirt.  6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom  Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January

FA Cup fourth round draw: Yeovil Town get dream home tie against Manchester United

Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd's 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day." There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already.  “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season.  “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two.  “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club.  Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We'll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We're ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here's the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go'orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight's game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain's more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That's what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We'll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It's Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 "Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup," says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all  Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That's enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently.  6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels' 'Now, that's magic!' Paul 'Magic Man' Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you're all wrong, 'the magic of the FA Cup' is the greatest magic of them all, and we're about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say 'about' I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You'll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger's shirt.  6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom  Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January

FA Cup fourth round draw: Yeovil Town get dream home tie against Manchester United

Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd's 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day." There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already.  “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season.  “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two.  “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club.  Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We'll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We're ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here's the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go'orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight's game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain's more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That's what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We'll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It's Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 "Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup," says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all  Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That's enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently.  6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels' 'Now, that's magic!' Paul 'Magic Man' Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you're all wrong, 'the magic of the FA Cup' is the greatest magic of them all, and we're about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say 'about' I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You'll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger's shirt.  6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom  Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January

FA Cup fourth round draw: Yeovil Town get dream home tie against Manchester United

Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd's 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day." There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already.  “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season.  “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two.  “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club.  Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We'll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We're ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here's the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go'orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight's game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain's more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That's what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We'll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It's Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 "Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup," says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all  Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That's enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently.  6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels' 'Now, that's magic!' Paul 'Magic Man' Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you're all wrong, 'the magic of the FA Cup' is the greatest magic of them all, and we're about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say 'about' I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You'll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger's shirt.  6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom  Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January

Football transfer news and rumours: 'Arsene Wenger could be open to selling Alexis Sanchez this month'  

As Storm Eleanor batters Britain's coastline, there is a rising tide of transfer speculation to keep us sated before Arsenal's match against Chelsea at the Emirates.  Once again, Alexis Sanchez is centre stage with The Mirror reporting Arsene Wenger is softening his stance over the Chilean's future and could be open to a January sale.  That would depend on Arsenal procuring a replacement of remotely comparable quality, with Monaco's Thomas Lemar the player they lined up last summer.  Wenger said: “We are open in any position for the exceptional player who can give us a plus. “Of course it depends a little bit on the injuries as well and on the other hand I must say it depends on if we manage to extend the contracts of the players who are on the end of their contracts in June. Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal might have to react in the January window Credit: PA “It will depend on that as well because we will have to take the consequences of these decisions and respond to it."  Manchester City is Sanchez's preferred destination though Arsenal would rather sell to a foreign club such as Paris Saint-Germain - but they have lost control of the situation with only six months left on his contract.  Chelsea manager Antonio Conte described Sanchez as 'one of the best in the world', while John Aldridge used his column in the Irish Independent to urge former club Liverpool to make a 'cheeky' £40 million bid. Perhaps £40 million and one pound would do the trick.  Speaking of Liverpool, they too could be preparing for a major departure with The Times reporting Philippe Coutinho believes he has played his last game for Liverpool.  Chris Bascombe reported earlier this week that the Anfield club will only sell for an astronomical fee, and it could take an offer in excess of £130 million to make Liverpool budge.  David Luiz's future is in his own hands Credit: Getty Images Our own Matt Law reports that Chelsea could be willing to let David Luiz and Michyi Batsuayi leave this month, but only if they have a strong desire to leave Stamford Bridge.  Luiz has been demoted in favour of Andreas Christensen, while Michy Batshuayi has never quite gained his trust despite scoring the odd crucial goal from the bench.  The Mirror say Chelsea are keen to push through £50 million move for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, who was their first choice left wing-back target throughout last summer. Completing a move of that stature in January could prove difficult though.  Everton's move for Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun is already threatening to drag on, but The Guardian report they hope to wrap up a deal at a meeting on Wednesday.   Elsewhere, West Ham retain their interest in Stoke midfielder Joe Allen according to Sky Sports while Spanish newspaper AS report that West Ham, Everton, Crystal Palace and Southampton want to sign Atletico Madrid's Nicolas Gaitan.  January 2018 transfer window In the Midlands, Championship leaders Wolves could be about to sign Real Madrid target and Valencia forward Rafa Mir according to the Express and Star, while Grzegorz Krychowiak could be free to leave West Brom - so say TalkSPORT.  And the rest... Ahead of schedule Jose Mourinho was not supposed to reach this stage until mid-way through next season, but the Daily Mail report that he is walking a fine line with the Manchester United hierarchy after saying their investment in the transfer market was 'not enough.  Round of applause for  The Burton Albion supporter who gave CPR to one of his fellow fans during their trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and saved his life. Derek Wainwright started a Twitter search for the hero, and 5,000 retweets later he was identified as Rob Wakelin. Bravo, that man.  We are looking for a Burton fan that was at Hillsborough yesterday, they did CPR on one of our fans helping to save his life, is it possible to spread the word as the guys family are trying to trace the fan that helped? Any #bafc know who this was? Cheers— Derek Wainwright (@DerekWainwright) January 2, 2018 Blast from the past  Man United and PSG have made contact with free agent Lassana Diarra, according to various sources. The former Chelsea, Arsenal, Portsmouth and Real Madrid midfielder was released by UAE side Al Jazira, and reportedly favours a move to Paris. Is it 2018 or 2008?

Football transfer news and rumours: 'Arsene Wenger could be open to selling Alexis Sanchez this month'  

As Storm Eleanor batters Britain's coastline, there is a rising tide of transfer speculation to keep us sated before Arsenal's match against Chelsea at the Emirates.  Once again, Alexis Sanchez is centre stage with The Mirror reporting Arsene Wenger is softening his stance over the Chilean's future and could be open to a January sale.  That would depend on Arsenal procuring a replacement of remotely comparable quality, with Monaco's Thomas Lemar the player they lined up last summer.  Wenger said: “We are open in any position for the exceptional player who can give us a plus. “Of course it depends a little bit on the injuries as well and on the other hand I must say it depends on if we manage to extend the contracts of the players who are on the end of their contracts in June. Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal might have to react in the January window Credit: PA “It will depend on that as well because we will have to take the consequences of these decisions and respond to it."  Manchester City is Sanchez's preferred destination though Arsenal would rather sell to a foreign club such as Paris Saint-Germain - but they have lost control of the situation with only six months left on his contract.  Chelsea manager Antonio Conte described Sanchez as 'one of the best in the world', while John Aldridge used his column in the Irish Independent to urge former club Liverpool to make a 'cheeky' £40 million bid. Perhaps £40 million and one pound would do the trick.  Speaking of Liverpool, they too could be preparing for a major departure with The Times reporting Philippe Coutinho believes he has played his last game for Liverpool.  Chris Bascombe reported earlier this week that the Anfield club will only sell for an astronomical fee, and it could take an offer in excess of £130 million to make Liverpool budge.  David Luiz's future is in his own hands Credit: Getty Images Our own Matt Law reports that Chelsea could be willing to let David Luiz and Michyi Batsuayi leave this month, but only if they have a strong desire to leave Stamford Bridge.  Luiz has been demoted in favour of Andreas Christensen, while Michy Batshuayi has never quite gained his trust despite scoring the odd crucial goal from the bench.  The Mirror say Chelsea are keen to push through £50 million move for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, who was their first choice left wing-back target throughout last summer. Completing a move of that stature in January could prove difficult though.  Everton's move for Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun is already threatening to drag on, but The Guardian report they hope to wrap up a deal at a meeting on Wednesday.   Elsewhere, West Ham retain their interest in Stoke midfielder Joe Allen according to Sky Sports while Spanish newspaper AS report that West Ham, Everton, Crystal Palace and Southampton want to sign Atletico Madrid's Nicolas Gaitan.  January 2018 transfer window In the Midlands, Championship leaders Wolves could be about to sign Real Madrid target and Valencia forward Rafa Mir according to the Express and Star, while Grzegorz Krychowiak could be free to leave West Brom - so say TalkSPORT.  And the rest... Ahead of schedule Jose Mourinho was not supposed to reach this stage until mid-way through next season, but the Daily Mail report that he is walking a fine line with the Manchester United hierarchy after saying their investment in the transfer market was 'not enough.  Round of applause for  The Burton Albion supporter who gave CPR to one of his fellow fans during their trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and saved his life. Derek Wainwright started a Twitter search for the hero, and 5,000 retweets later he was identified as Rob Wakelin. Bravo, that man.  We are looking for a Burton fan that was at Hillsborough yesterday, they did CPR on one of our fans helping to save his life, is it possible to spread the word as the guys family are trying to trace the fan that helped? Any #bafc know who this was? Cheers— Derek Wainwright (@DerekWainwright) January 2, 2018 Blast from the past  Man United and PSG have made contact with free agent Lassana Diarra, according to various sources. The former Chelsea, Arsenal, Portsmouth and Real Madrid midfielder was released by UAE side Al Jazira, and reportedly favours a move to Paris. Is it 2018 or 2008?

Football transfer news and rumours: 'Arsene Wenger could be open to selling Alexis Sanchez this month'  

As Storm Eleanor batters Britain's coastline, there is a rising tide of transfer speculation to keep us sated before Arsenal's match against Chelsea at the Emirates.  Once again, Alexis Sanchez is centre stage with The Mirror reporting Arsene Wenger is softening his stance over the Chilean's future and could be open to a January sale.  That would depend on Arsenal procuring a replacement of remotely comparable quality, with Monaco's Thomas Lemar the player they lined up last summer.  Wenger said: “We are open in any position for the exceptional player who can give us a plus. “Of course it depends a little bit on the injuries as well and on the other hand I must say it depends on if we manage to extend the contracts of the players who are on the end of their contracts in June. Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal might have to react in the January window Credit: PA “It will depend on that as well because we will have to take the consequences of these decisions and respond to it."  Manchester City is Sanchez's preferred destination though Arsenal would rather sell to a foreign club such as Paris Saint-Germain - but they have lost control of the situation with only six months left on his contract.  Chelsea manager Antonio Conte described Sanchez as 'one of the best in the world', while John Aldridge used his column in the Irish Independent to urge former club Liverpool to make a 'cheeky' £40 million bid. Perhaps £40 million and one pound would do the trick.  Speaking of Liverpool, they too could be preparing for a major departure with The Times reporting Philippe Coutinho believes he has played his last game for Liverpool.  Chris Bascombe reported earlier this week that the Anfield club will only sell for an astronomical fee, and it could take an offer in excess of £130 million to make Liverpool budge.  David Luiz's future is in his own hands Credit: Getty Images Our own Matt Law reports that Chelsea could be willing to let David Luiz and Michyi Batsuayi leave this month, but only if they have a strong desire to leave Stamford Bridge.  Luiz has been demoted in favour of Andreas Christensen, while Michy Batshuayi has never quite gained his trust despite scoring the odd crucial goal from the bench.  The Mirror say Chelsea are keen to push through £50 million move for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, who was their first choice left wing-back target throughout last summer. Completing a move of that stature in January could prove difficult though.  Everton's move for Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun is already threatening to drag on, but The Guardian report they hope to wrap up a deal at a meeting on Wednesday.   Elsewhere, West Ham retain their interest in Stoke midfielder Joe Allen according to Sky Sports while Spanish newspaper AS report that West Ham, Everton, Crystal Palace and Southampton want to sign Atletico Madrid's Nicolas Gaitan.  January 2018 transfer window In the Midlands, Championship leaders Wolves could be about to sign Real Madrid target and Valencia forward Rafa Mir according to the Express and Star, while Grzegorz Krychowiak could be free to leave West Brom - so say TalkSPORT.  And the rest... Ahead of schedule Jose Mourinho was not supposed to reach this stage until mid-way through next season, but the Daily Mail report that he is walking a fine line with the Manchester United hierarchy after saying their investment in the transfer market was 'not enough.  Round of applause for  The Burton Albion supporter who gave CPR to one of his fellow fans during their trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and saved his life. Derek Wainwright started a Twitter search for the hero, and 5,000 retweets later he was identified as Rob Wakelin. Bravo, that man.  We are looking for a Burton fan that was at Hillsborough yesterday, they did CPR on one of our fans helping to save his life, is it possible to spread the word as the guys family are trying to trace the fan that helped? Any #bafc know who this was? Cheers— Derek Wainwright (@DerekWainwright) January 2, 2018 Blast from the past  Man United and PSG have made contact with free agent Lassana Diarra, according to various sources. The former Chelsea, Arsenal, Portsmouth and Real Madrid midfielder was released by UAE side Al Jazira, and reportedly favours a move to Paris. Is it 2018 or 2008?

Sheffield Wednesday announce appointment of Katrien Meire as new chief executive officer

Sheffield Wednesday announce appointment of Katrien Meire as new chief executive officer

Championship Review: Wolves delight as rivals stumble in unison

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What your Premier League team needs in the January transfer window - and potential targets

Arsenal The Bank of England club might have to swallow their indifference to the January window, with the re-build to end all re-builds looming on the horizon. Petr Cech needs a long-term replacement, Per Mertseacker is retiring, Nacho Monreal the wrong side of 30, Laurent Koscielny's Achilles has reduced him to a mere mortal, Hector Bellerin needs back-up, central midfield needs reimagining, Mesut Ozil might need replacing, Alexis Sanchez definitely will and there are no wingers. Oh, and they have to manage the transition away from the most successful manager in the club's history (eventually).  You're not going to get all that done in four weeks, so the emphasis needs to be on short-term impact. Arsene Wenger expresses a preference for a back four, and if Arsenal are to make this work they need better options on the flanks. Theo Walcott looks set to follow Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain out of the door, and there is a lack of devastating pace and willingness to make off-the-ball runs across Arsenal's attack.  Sanchez operates more like a second striker cutting in from the left, while Alex Iwobi is really No.10/No.8 - adept at stitching play together but offering little threat at the sharp end. Danny Welbeck is a good defensive option in big games, but lacks the trickery and guile required against deep-lying defences. Alexandre Lacazette is a fine addition, but needs more support to move defences around and isn't quite as fast as people think over more than 10 yards.  Walcott had his detractors, but was a reliable source of goals and assists in Arsenal's old 4-2-3-1 and they need to be replaced. In truth, Arsenal probably need two high-class wide-forwards for when Sanchez departs.  Potential targets: Nabil Fekir, Julian Draxler, Wilfried Zaha, Thomas Lemar, Riyad Mahrez, Lorenzo Insigne.  Bournemouth Not much has changed at Bournemouth despite a downturn in fortunes. They still concede plenty of goals, but that's a consequence of their ambitious style of play and unlikely to be solved by purchasing a new defender as a sticking plaster. Asmir Begovic looked an astute piece of business last summer, ushering out the error-prone Artur Boruc, but Begovic has not been immune from the odd howler.  Despite Jermain Defoe's ankle injury, Eddie Howe has ruled out a move for a striker in January. The full-back positions could do with some freshening up - Adam Smith and Charlie Daniels have been with Bournemouth throughout their rise up the leagues and will need replacing. Bournemouth have been linked with a move for Chelsea youngster Dujon Sterling, and they have picked up fruit from that particular tree in the past.  Central midfield also looks a little stale, and after they could do with some added technical security and creativity in that area given the style of play Howe wants to execute.  Potential targets: Dujon Sterling, Tom Cairney, Danny Ings.  Brighton They have already shown their hand with a move for Celtic's Moussa Dembele, and Brighton need pace and guaranteed goals at the top end of the pitch. Elsewhere, they are a settled unit, well organised by Chris Hughton with a centre back pairing of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk to rival any team outside of the Big Six. Solly March, Jose Izquierdo and Anthony Knockaert are good options on the flanks, but they desperately need that elusive striker.  There is plenty to like about Brighton, but they risk becoming this season's Middlesbrough: a competitive outfit who avoid any thrashings but ultimately fall short of Premier League quality.  Potential targets: Moussa Dembele, Jarrod Bowen, Ze Luis. Moussa Dembele is a target Credit: Getty Images Burnley Burnley regulars implored Sean Dyche to sign a new centre back following the sale of Michael Keane last summer, but their fears have since been allayed by the form of James Tarkowski. Nevertheless, Burnley lack depth at centre back with Kevin Long their first reserve. Dyche's coaching and style of play often covers for individual deficiencies, but they would not want a lengthy spell with Long and Ben Mee as their only central defenders.  Central midfield has developed significantly since promotion in 2016, with Jack Cork and Steven Defour adding more layers to their play through their range of pass. Johann Berg Gudmunds­son has been involved in more league goals than any squad member, but Burnley could use another tricky winger with speed.  The centre forward position has been shared between Sam Vokes, Ashley Barnes and record singing Chris Wood, but Dyche's side would benefit from a more mobile striker to stretch defences and give them more counter-attacking potential. There will be no rush to do business however, and the window could pass with little activity at Turf Moor.  Potential targets: Aaron Lennon, Joe Worrall, Kamil Grosicki, Karl Toko Ekambi. Chelsea Antonio Conte was left exasperated by Chelsea's dealings in the summer window, so they have plenty of unfinished business this January. After Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain chose a move to Liverpool, Italian utility man Davide Zappacosta was recruited to provide cover in the wing-back positions. The champions need another wing-back to provide back-up for - or replace - Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses. Juventus left-back Alex Sandro is their Goldilocks signing in this area. Cesar Azpilicueta has been used at right-wing back at times but is far more comfortable on the right of a back three.  Could this be the month in which Alex Sandro becomes a Chelsea player? Credit: Getty Images Central midfield and defence is well-stocked - unless David Luiz is moved on - so Conte's focus will be at the top end of the pitch. His reluctance to start with Michy Batshuayi during Alvaro Morata's injury lay-off was telling, and Chelsea need a genuine alternative to the Spaniard. Diego Costa has gone, Romelu Lukaku slipped through the net, but buying high-quality squad members is notoriously difficult.  Willian and Pedro are still reliable performers, but there is a feeling Conte could use more goals and assists from the attacking midfield areas to take the pressure of Eden Hazard. They are expected to pursue long-standing target Ross Barkley again.  Potential targets: Alex Sandro, Ross Barkley, Alex Telles, Thomas Lemar, Richmond Boakye, Riyad Mahrez.   Crystal Palace Roy Hodgson's resurgent Crystal Palace look in a far healthier state than they did a few months ago, but are another team chasing a striker this January. What has happened to Christian Benteke? At Villa, he had a nice balance to his game: aerially strong and a threat from crosses, but also capable of sprinting behind defences on the break. He seems to have lost all of his mobility - perhaps due to an Achilles rupture - and has been reduced to a static target man. Wilfried Zaha has an eye for a cute, reverse pass around the penalty area, and he would benefit from a more subtle forward who could read him.  Conor Wickham has not make a league appearance this season due to a dreadful knee injury, so the situation is urgent - Palace need quality and quantity. Left-back might be a position Roy Hodgson will look at, Jeffrey Schlupp and Patrick van Aanholt are closer in profile to wing-backs than full-back and Palace might want a more conservative option. Julian Speroni might be a fan's favourite, but after Wayne Hennessey's recent dip in form Palace need a new No.1. Possible targets:Diego Lopez, Harry Arter, Islam Slimani, Benik Afobe.  Everton Sam Allardyce has seen a turnaround in Everton's form since arriving and will have identified areas where is team is weak. Clearly, pace and width is an issue and even with Yannick Bolasie returning from injury. A lack of goals is the main problem and to score them you need a finisher and a creator. Could Theo Walcott be tempted by a move north? Even a loan move might do wonders for his wilting World Cup hopes, and the pace and direct wide play he'd offer supplying crosses for the striker Allardyce will also surely look to sign makes sense. Theo Walcott could be on the move this month Credit: Action Images via Reuters That striker could well be Christian Benteke but with Roy Hodgson in the middle of a relegation escape, Crystal Palace would be mad to sell the Belgian, no matter how many penalties he misses. Steven Nzonzi is another linked with the club but is less of a priority than Everton's attack, while Ashley Williams' dreadful season could inspire a bid for a reliable centre-back. Jonny Evans, linked with every club who aren't West Brom, could be an option and who would blame another of Burnley's impressive centre-backs joining Michael Keane and getting the band back together? James Tarkowski would be cheaper and more attainable than many other defensive Premier League stars. Cheaper still might be Lamina Kone at Sunderland, who has already worked with Allardyce. Potential targets: Lamina Kone, Steven Nzonzi, Christian Benteke, Theo Walcott, Jonny Evans, James Tarkowski and *whisper it* Daniel Sturridge. Huddersfield David Wagner's side have proved capable of competing in the Premier League but they will know there is a long way to go just yet, and the squad could yet do with some improving. Jonas Lossl, the Huddersfield keeper, on loan from Mainz, shows flashes of brilliance but he is too error prone and without any real competition, his position isn't too often challenged. Danny Ward is Liverpool's third choice, and would surely like more chance to be playing regularly  Credit: Getty images Potential targets: The most obvious candidate to vie for the goalkeeper spot would be Danny Ward, who played the majority of last season on loan from Liverpool as Huddersfield were promoted to the top flight. He is third-choice at Anfield so why not go back in for him? Leicester Whoever Leicester sign (if any) in January, they'll be sure to get things finalised before the deadline having paid the price for a few seconds' delay in the paperwork of Adrien Silva. He'll count as a new signing and with Leicester looking fairly settled for a mid-table finish this season, will surely not feel pressured into making any drastic changes during the window. It's unclear as to how Claude Puel sees this team developing but a replacement but some talented squad players would certainly help and certainly ones in central defence. A new partner for Harry Maguire? A better right-back? Leicester could do with strengthening their defence Credit: AFP It depends on the ambition of Leicester's owners and the skill of the scouts - candidates exist but is there any point in leaving a mid-table club to join another (other than the signing-on fee)? Is it worth paying an inflated price in January for someone you don't urgently need but could sort of do with? Potential targets: Jonny Evans, Lokomotiv Moscow's centre-back Solomon Kvirkvelia, Lamina Kone. Liverpool A lot is made of Liverpool's supposed defensive weakness but £75m signing Virgil van Dijk could end up with the same familiar problem of being exposed by players higher up the pitch. Jurgen Klopp could do with an old-school number four, a holding defensive midfielder who can provide protection, better reads the game and can hit a pass or two from deep. Naby Keita will join the club in the summer and it wouldn't be a surprise if RB Liepzig allowed him to leave sooner. Stranger things have happened. Potential targets: Julian Weigl from Borussia Dortmund, Ruben Neves from Wolves, Riechedly Bazoer of Wolfsburg. Manchester City Despite appearing so far ahead of the chasing pack that it feels like Pep Guardiola's stunning side might end up lapping some other clubs, the race is still on and Man City intend to keep their foot firmly on the accelerator.  Fernandinho has been outstanding this season but when he's not around City don't function in quite the same way and a suitable deputy, or squad rotation member could help. Julian Weigl or someone similarly capable of the deep-lying, short-passing game required would fit the bill. Guardiola had apparently identified Virgil Van Dijk and Alexis Sanchez as two players he wants to help City win every trophy in the land, but Van Dijk has gone to Liverpool and Sanchez would be really expensive form a player with only six months left on his contract, though injuries to Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne may force his hand. Jonny Evans is another heavily linked with a move and would be welcome in a squad slightly weak (in the weakest sense of the word) in depth at centre-back. The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Vincent Kompany is too injured too much of the time and Eliaquim Mangala's default setting is Get Rid Of It, while he doesn't seem capable of learning to pass the ball from the back like Guardiola wants. Any team chasing four trophies every season could do with cover for every single position and signing Evans or another CB would give four solid, reliable options. But what about Toisin Aderabiayo? When will it end? They're so good, it's ridiculous.  Potential targets: Alexis Sanchez, Jonny Evans Manchester United United have conceded the third fewest number of goals (16) and only Man City and Liverpool have scored more than their 43 in the league this season. Who, realistically, could they actually buy to close the gap on their noisy neighbours? Jose Mourinho's well-drilled side isn't the final product yet and if money is spent, it could well be on an attacking left-back at Luke Shaw's expense. Alex Sandro has been linked with a move to the Premier League and would be a real statement buy from United, especially if they outbid Chelsea, who are also keen.  Will Jose Mourinho make another statement purchase? Credit: Reuters Henrikh Mkhitaryan is welcome to leave too and that would free up space for a creative number 10, the kind who can unlock the difficult defences United have grown accustomed to facing and take advantage of the one mistake Mourinho has his men hunting for. Could that be Mesut Ozil? With only a few months left on his contract, Mourinho could be tempted with a big money bid for his former player (at Real Madrid). There are few, if any, others of the quality required who would be available for anything less than insane amounts of cash though Julian Draxler at PSG would fit the bill. A versatile, hugely talented attacking forward currently playing second fiddle to very well paid teammates, one drawback is that he would be Champions League cup-tied. Mourinho still doesn't seem entirely convinced with his central defensive options either. Potential targets: Julian Draxler, Mesut Ozil, Ryan Sessegnon, Alex Sandro. Newcastle Rafa Benitez wants to spend, and it is thought the ongoing takeover saga won't affect Newcastle's transfer activity in January. One thing is for sure, Newcastle certainly need to improve to compete at this level. Could Newcastle move for Islam Slimani in January? Credit: Getty images They are, for the most part, a defensively sound unit and they have technical players capable of creating plenty of chances, but they lack a reliable goal-scorer, with Joselu, Dwight Gayle and the irrepressible Aleksandar Mitrovic all failing to score consistently. Potential targets: Newcastle have been linked with Islam Slimani, and in all honesty, that would make perfect sense for all parties. He hasn't succeeded at Leicester but is clearly more than up to the challenge the Premier League poses. Rafa just needs that money... Southampton £70 million in the bank (plus £5m in add-ons to follow) for Virgil van Dijk and Southampton are ready to go charging full steam ahead into the January transfer window. Replacing Van Dijk has to be a priority, with their defensive failings highlighted brutally by Tottenham and Harry Kane on Boxing Day, but a new striker remains the most important issue to address. Charlie Austin is their best forwards but is far too injury prone (and is currently injured), while Mannolo Gabbiadini has lose his mojo and Shane Long is just so out of form. This stat was true midway through the second half of the game at Wembley: Kane has scored 49 goals since Long's last one.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) December 26, 2017 Kane, of course, scored another before the match was over. Potential targets: Former Atletico Madrid striker Leo Baptistao could be an option. Danny Ings will surely be considered, too. Daniel Sturridge, or even a prodigal son's return for Theo Walcott.  Stoke City Mark Hughes has kept his job for the time being, and we know he likes to spend, and he is very likely to in order to save Stoke's season - and his own bacon. Stoke out-score most teams around them in the table but their defensive record is astonishingly poor, in spite of the fact they recruited well at centre-back in the summer, with Kurt Zouma and Kevin Wimmer joining. Stoke's problem isn't there, though - it is in midfield, where Darren Fletcher and Joe Allen are being overrun too often. That central area could do with reinforcement. Stoke are too often overrun in midfield Credit: afp The Giannelli Imbula experiment failed but another player in his mould could be just what Stoke need. Potential targets: Slightly ambitious, but Danny Drinkwater needs game time if he is to make England's World Cup squad, while Francis Coquelin could be more the type of player Stoke need - and he is out of favour at Arsenal. Etienne Capoue could be a slightly less exciting, but more realistic option. Swansea City New year. New manager. But where to start with Swansea? Paul Clement barely kept them up and didn't improve the team at all, while selling the best players over summer. They need improvements across the board in January. The main focus, though, has to be the lack of creativity in the ranks. Since Gylfi Sigurdsson left, passing in the final third hasn't been what it was, and the able strikers Tammy Abraham and Wilfried Bony have suffered as a result. The biggest problem, though, may be managing to lure anyone to a club looking destined for the drop and who have just hired a manager deemed by Sheffield Wednesday not good enough for the Championship. Potential targets: Carlos Carvahal could look to his native Portugal for cheaper options, though adjusting to the Premier League could be an issue. Otherwise they could look for short-term loan from England. Chelsea have a few players who want football, including Charly Musonda. Tottenham The issue at Tottenham remains the same as it was in the summer... and the summer before that: finding players who will improve their squad but that are not wanted by their rivals, who can offer more money. On the pitch, the biggest issue has been the continued reliance on Christian Eriksen, whose lack of form has coincided with a dip for the whole team. An alternative creator will be high up Mauricio Pochettino's wanted list. Spurs need an alternative to Christan Eriksen Credit: Reuters They could also do with a player who is capable of beating an opponent, too. Potential target: Ross Barkley has long been a target. January is the time for Spurs to make it happen.  Watford Watford have probably been the most inconsistent team in the Premier League this season, going from the team most likely to finish closest behind the 'big six' to relegation candidates in a matter of weeks. They have scored freely all season; it has bee at the other end they have had the biggest problems. Sport tweets of 2017 Marco Silva has chopped and changed things at centre-back, and surely can't be happy with Adrian Mariappa playing regularly there. Why he was not deemed good enough for Crystal Palace four years ago but is now in the Watford team doesn't make a great deal of sense. Potential target: Silva could keep an eye on Liverpool or Man City - if either signs a centre-back another could become available temporarily. Alternatively, he could look to the Championship, where Sean Morrison is having a good season at Cardiff. He also has Premier League experience with Reading.  West Brom The fans were fed up with treading water (highly effectively) under Tony Pulis and demanded a change. The powers that be at the Hawthorns obliged and disposed of the manager, replacing him with Alan Pardew. Pards hasn't made much of a difference so far, but that could make the January transfer window even more important: it's his chance to make his mark on this squad. The biggest problem for West Brom in the last few weeks has been a lack of creative spark - the kind of player who can provide the link between midfield and attack.  Davy Klaassen can barely get a game for Everton Credit: reuters Potential target: Davy Klaassen. Everton have too many attacking midfielders, and Klaassen, a summer recruit, has ended up on the fringes of the squad. May be available on loan or at a cut price in January.  West Ham It's difficult to make a judgement about West Ham given that David Moyes has done a pretty good job so far of proving that it was indeed possible to get more out of the players Slaven Bilic had at his disposal. But nobody would suggest West Ham are the complete article, and they could probably do with another winger in the squad for when the time comes that Marko Arnautovic decides he can't be bothered again. Potential target: Theo Walcott needs minutes and Arsenal aren't giving him any. West Ham could use the extra pace out wide. There's also been talk of a move for Andre Schurrle.

What your Premier League team needs in the January transfer window - and potential targets

Arsenal The Bank of England club might have to swallow their indifference to the January window, with the re-build to end all re-builds looming on the horizon. Petr Cech needs a long-term replacement, Per Mertseacker is retiring, Nacho Monreal the wrong side of 30, Laurent Koscielny's Achilles has reduced him to a mere mortal, Hector Bellerin needs back-up, central midfield needs reimagining, Mesut Ozil might need replacing, Alexis Sanchez definitely will and there are no wingers. Oh, and they have to manage the transition away from the most successful manager in the club's history (eventually).  You're not going to get all that done in four weeks, so the emphasis needs to be on short-term impact. Arsene Wenger expresses a preference for a back four, and if Arsenal are to make this work they need better options on the flanks. Theo Walcott looks set to follow Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain out of the door, and there is a lack of devastating pace and willingness to make off-the-ball runs across Arsenal's attack.  Sanchez operates more like a second striker cutting in from the left, while Alex Iwobi is really No.10/No.8 - adept at stitching play together but offering little threat at the sharp end. Danny Welbeck is a good defensive option in big games, but lacks the trickery and guile required against deep-lying defences. Alexandre Lacazette is a fine addition, but needs more support to move defences around and isn't quite as fast as people think over more than 10 yards.  Walcott had his detractors, but was a reliable source of goals and assists in Arsenal's old 4-2-3-1 and they need to be replaced. In truth, Arsenal probably need two high-class wide-forwards for when Sanchez departs.  Potential targets: Nabil Fekir, Julian Draxler, Wilfried Zaha, Thomas Lemar, Riyad Mahrez, Lorenzo Insigne.  Bournemouth Not much has changed at Bournemouth despite a downturn in fortunes. They still concede plenty of goals, but that's a consequence of their ambitious style of play and unlikely to be solved by purchasing a new defender as a sticking plaster. Asmir Begovic looked an astute piece of business last summer, ushering out the error-prone Artur Boruc, but Begovic has not been immune from the odd howler.  Despite Jermain Defoe's ankle injury, Eddie Howe has ruled out a move for a striker in January. The full-back positions could do with some freshening up - Adam Smith and Charlie Daniels have been with Bournemouth throughout their rise up the leagues and will need replacing. Bournemouth have been linked with a move for Chelsea youngster Dujon Sterling, and they have picked up fruit from that particular tree in the past.  Central midfield also looks a little stale, and after they could do with some added technical security and creativity in that area given the style of play Howe wants to execute.  Potential targets: Dujon Sterling, Tom Cairney, Danny Ings.  Brighton They have already shown their hand with a move for Celtic's Moussa Dembele, and Brighton need pace and guaranteed goals at the top end of the pitch. Elsewhere, they are a settled unit, well organised by Chris Hughton with a centre back pairing of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk to rival any team outside of the Big Six. Solly March, Jose Izquierdo and Anthony Knockaert are good options on the flanks, but they desperately need that elusive striker.  There is plenty to like about Brighton, but they risk becoming this season's Middlesbrough: a competitive outfit who avoid any thrashings but ultimately fall short of Premier League quality.  Potential targets: Moussa Dembele, Jarrod Bowen, Ze Luis. Moussa Dembele is a target Credit: Getty Images Burnley Burnley regulars implored Sean Dyche to sign a new centre back following the sale of Michael Keane last summer, but their fears have since been allayed by the form of James Tarkowski. Nevertheless, Burnley lack depth at centre back with Kevin Long their first reserve. Dyche's coaching and style of play often covers for individual deficiencies, but they would not want a lengthy spell with Long and Ben Mee as their only central defenders.  Central midfield has developed significantly since promotion in 2016, with Jack Cork and Steven Defour adding more layers to their play through their range of pass. Johann Berg Gudmunds­son has been involved in more league goals than any squad member, but Burnley could use another tricky winger with speed.  The centre forward position has been shared between Sam Vokes, Ashley Barnes and record singing Chris Wood, but Dyche's side would benefit from a more mobile striker to stretch defences and give them more counter-attacking potential. There will be no rush to do business however, and the window could pass with little activity at Turf Moor.  Potential targets: Aaron Lennon, Joe Worrall, Kamil Grosicki, Karl Toko Ekambi. Chelsea Antonio Conte was left exasperated by Chelsea's dealings in the summer window, so they have plenty of unfinished business this January. After Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain chose a move to Liverpool, Italian utility man Davide Zappacosta was recruited to provide cover in the wing-back positions. The champions need another wing-back to provide back-up for - or replace - Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses. Juventus left-back Alex Sandro is their Goldilocks signing in this area. Cesar Azpilicueta has been used at right-wing back at times but is far more comfortable on the right of a back three.  Could this be the month in which Alex Sandro becomes a Chelsea player? Credit: Getty Images Central midfield and defence is well-stocked - unless David Luiz is moved on - so Conte's focus will be at the top end of the pitch. His reluctance to start with Michy Batshuayi during Alvaro Morata's injury lay-off was telling, and Chelsea need a genuine alternative to the Spaniard. Diego Costa has gone, Romelu Lukaku slipped through the net, but buying high-quality squad members is notoriously difficult.  Willian and Pedro are still reliable performers, but there is a feeling Conte could use more goals and assists from the attacking midfield areas to take the pressure of Eden Hazard. They are expected to pursue long-standing target Ross Barkley again.  Potential targets: Alex Sandro, Ross Barkley, Alex Telles, Thomas Lemar, Richmond Boakye, Riyad Mahrez.   Crystal Palace Roy Hodgson's resurgent Crystal Palace look in a far healthier state than they did a few months ago, but are another team chasing a striker this January. What has happened to Christian Benteke? At Villa, he had a nice balance to his game: aerially strong and a threat from crosses, but also capable of sprinting behind defences on the break. He seems to have lost all of his mobility - perhaps due to an Achilles rupture - and has been reduced to a static target man. Wilfried Zaha has an eye for a cute, reverse pass around the penalty area, and he would benefit from a more subtle forward who could read him.  Conor Wickham has not make a league appearance this season due to a dreadful knee injury, so the situation is urgent - Palace need quality and quantity. Left-back might be a position Roy Hodgson will look at, Jeffrey Schlupp and Patrick van Aanholt are closer in profile to wing-backs than full-back and Palace might want a more conservative option. Julian Speroni might be a fan's favourite, but after Wayne Hennessey's recent dip in form Palace need a new No.1. Possible targets:Diego Lopez, Harry Arter, Islam Slimani, Benik Afobe.  Everton Sam Allardyce has seen a turnaround in Everton's form since arriving and will have identified areas where is team is weak. Clearly, pace and width is an issue and even with Yannick Bolasie returning from injury. A lack of goals is the main problem and to score them you need a finisher and a creator. Could Theo Walcott be tempted by a move north? Even a loan move might do wonders for his wilting World Cup hopes, and the pace and direct wide play he'd offer supplying crosses for the striker Allardyce will also surely look to sign makes sense. Theo Walcott could be on the move this month Credit: Action Images via Reuters That striker could well be Christian Benteke but with Roy Hodgson in the middle of a relegation escape, Crystal Palace would be mad to sell the Belgian, no matter how many penalties he misses. Steven Nzonzi is another linked with the club but is less of a priority than Everton's attack, while Ashley Williams' dreadful season could inspire a bid for a reliable centre-back. Jonny Evans, linked with every club who aren't West Brom, could be an option and who would blame another of Burnley's impressive centre-backs joining Michael Keane and getting the band back together? James Tarkowski would be cheaper and more attainable than many other defensive Premier League stars. Cheaper still might be Lamina Kone at Sunderland, who has already worked with Allardyce. Potential targets: Lamina Kone, Steven Nzonzi, Christian Benteke, Theo Walcott, Jonny Evans, James Tarkowski and *whisper it* Daniel Sturridge. Huddersfield David Wagner's side have proved capable of competing in the Premier League but they will know there is a long way to go just yet, and the squad could yet do with some improving. Jonas Lossl, the Huddersfield keeper, on loan from Mainz, shows flashes of brilliance but he is too error prone and without any real competition, his position isn't too often challenged. Danny Ward is Liverpool's third choice, and would surely like more chance to be playing regularly  Credit: Getty images Potential targets: The most obvious candidate to vie for the goalkeeper spot would be Danny Ward, who played the majority of last season on loan from Liverpool as Huddersfield were promoted to the top flight. He is third-choice at Anfield so why not go back in for him? Leicester Whoever Leicester sign (if any) in January, they'll be sure to get things finalised before the deadline having paid the price for a few seconds' delay in the paperwork of Adrien Silva. He'll count as a new signing and with Leicester looking fairly settled for a mid-table finish this season, will surely not feel pressured into making any drastic changes during the window. It's unclear as to how Claude Puel sees this team developing but a replacement but some talented squad players would certainly help and certainly ones in central defence. A new partner for Harry Maguire? A better right-back? Leicester could do with strengthening their defence Credit: AFP It depends on the ambition of Leicester's owners and the skill of the scouts - candidates exist but is there any point in leaving a mid-table club to join another (other than the signing-on fee)? Is it worth paying an inflated price in January for someone you don't urgently need but could sort of do with? Potential targets: Jonny Evans, Lokomotiv Moscow's centre-back Solomon Kvirkvelia, Lamina Kone. Liverpool A lot is made of Liverpool's supposed defensive weakness but £75m signing Virgil van Dijk could end up with the same familiar problem of being exposed by players higher up the pitch. Jurgen Klopp could do with an old-school number four, a holding defensive midfielder who can provide protection, better reads the game and can hit a pass or two from deep. Naby Keita will join the club in the summer and it wouldn't be a surprise if RB Liepzig allowed him to leave sooner. Stranger things have happened. Potential targets: Julian Weigl from Borussia Dortmund, Ruben Neves from Wolves, Riechedly Bazoer of Wolfsburg. Manchester City Despite appearing so far ahead of the chasing pack that it feels like Pep Guardiola's stunning side might end up lapping some other clubs, the race is still on and Man City intend to keep their foot firmly on the accelerator.  Fernandinho has been outstanding this season but when he's not around City don't function in quite the same way and a suitable deputy, or squad rotation member could help. Julian Weigl or someone similarly capable of the deep-lying, short-passing game required would fit the bill. Guardiola had apparently identified Virgil Van Dijk and Alexis Sanchez as two players he wants to help City win every trophy in the land, but Van Dijk has gone to Liverpool and Sanchez would be really expensive form a player with only six months left on his contract, though injuries to Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne may force his hand. Jonny Evans is another heavily linked with a move and would be welcome in a squad slightly weak (in the weakest sense of the word) in depth at centre-back. The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Vincent Kompany is too injured too much of the time and Eliaquim Mangala's default setting is Get Rid Of It, while he doesn't seem capable of learning to pass the ball from the back like Guardiola wants. Any team chasing four trophies every season could do with cover for every single position and signing Evans or another CB would give four solid, reliable options. But what about Toisin Aderabiayo? When will it end? They're so good, it's ridiculous.  Potential targets: Alexis Sanchez, Jonny Evans Manchester United United have conceded the third fewest number of goals (16) and only Man City and Liverpool have scored more than their 43 in the league this season. Who, realistically, could they actually buy to close the gap on their noisy neighbours? Jose Mourinho's well-drilled side isn't the final product yet and if money is spent, it could well be on an attacking left-back at Luke Shaw's expense. Alex Sandro has been linked with a move to the Premier League and would be a real statement buy from United, especially if they outbid Chelsea, who are also keen.  Will Jose Mourinho make another statement purchase? Credit: Reuters Henrikh Mkhitaryan is welcome to leave too and that would free up space for a creative number 10, the kind who can unlock the difficult defences United have grown accustomed to facing and take advantage of the one mistake Mourinho has his men hunting for. Could that be Mesut Ozil? With only a few months left on his contract, Mourinho could be tempted with a big money bid for his former player (at Real Madrid). There are few, if any, others of the quality required who would be available for anything less than insane amounts of cash though Julian Draxler at PSG would fit the bill. A versatile, hugely talented attacking forward currently playing second fiddle to very well paid teammates, one drawback is that he would be Champions League cup-tied. Mourinho still doesn't seem entirely convinced with his central defensive options either. Potential targets: Julian Draxler, Mesut Ozil, Ryan Sessegnon, Alex Sandro. Newcastle Rafa Benitez wants to spend, and it is thought the ongoing takeover saga won't affect Newcastle's transfer activity in January. One thing is for sure, Newcastle certainly need to improve to compete at this level. Could Newcastle move for Islam Slimani in January? Credit: Getty images They are, for the most part, a defensively sound unit and they have technical players capable of creating plenty of chances, but they lack a reliable goal-scorer, with Joselu, Dwight Gayle and the irrepressible Aleksandar Mitrovic all failing to score consistently. Potential targets: Newcastle have been linked with Islam Slimani, and in all honesty, that would make perfect sense for all parties. He hasn't succeeded at Leicester but is clearly more than up to the challenge the Premier League poses. Rafa just needs that money... Southampton £70 million in the bank (plus £5m in add-ons to follow) for Virgil van Dijk and Southampton are ready to go charging full steam ahead into the January transfer window. Replacing Van Dijk has to be a priority, with their defensive failings highlighted brutally by Tottenham and Harry Kane on Boxing Day, but a new striker remains the most important issue to address. Charlie Austin is their best forwards but is far too injury prone (and is currently injured), while Mannolo Gabbiadini has lose his mojo and Shane Long is just so out of form. This stat was true midway through the second half of the game at Wembley: Kane has scored 49 goals since Long's last one.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) December 26, 2017 Kane, of course, scored another before the match was over. Potential targets: Former Atletico Madrid striker Leo Baptistao could be an option. Danny Ings will surely be considered, too. Daniel Sturridge, or even a prodigal son's return for Theo Walcott.  Stoke City Mark Hughes has kept his job for the time being, and we know he likes to spend, and he is very likely to in order to save Stoke's season - and his own bacon. Stoke out-score most teams around them in the table but their defensive record is astonishingly poor, in spite of the fact they recruited well at centre-back in the summer, with Kurt Zouma and Kevin Wimmer joining. Stoke's problem isn't there, though - it is in midfield, where Darren Fletcher and Joe Allen are being overrun too often. That central area could do with reinforcement. Stoke are too often overrun in midfield Credit: afp The Giannelli Imbula experiment failed but another player in his mould could be just what Stoke need. Potential targets: Slightly ambitious, but Danny Drinkwater needs game time if he is to make England's World Cup squad, while Francis Coquelin could be more the type of player Stoke need - and he is out of favour at Arsenal. Etienne Capoue could be a slightly less exciting, but more realistic option. Swansea City New year. New manager. But where to start with Swansea? Paul Clement barely kept them up and didn't improve the team at all, while selling the best players over summer. They need improvements across the board in January. The main focus, though, has to be the lack of creativity in the ranks. Since Gylfi Sigurdsson left, passing in the final third hasn't been what it was, and the able strikers Tammy Abraham and Wilfried Bony have suffered as a result. The biggest problem, though, may be managing to lure anyone to a club looking destined for the drop and who have just hired a manager deemed by Sheffield Wednesday not good enough for the Championship. Potential targets: Carlos Carvahal could look to his native Portugal for cheaper options, though adjusting to the Premier League could be an issue. Otherwise they could look for short-term loan from England. Chelsea have a few players who want football, including Charly Musonda. Tottenham The issue at Tottenham remains the same as it was in the summer... and the summer before that: finding players who will improve their squad but that are not wanted by their rivals, who can offer more money. On the pitch, the biggest issue has been the continued reliance on Christian Eriksen, whose lack of form has coincided with a dip for the whole team. An alternative creator will be high up Mauricio Pochettino's wanted list. Spurs need an alternative to Christan Eriksen Credit: Reuters They could also do with a player who is capable of beating an opponent, too. Potential target: Ross Barkley has long been a target. January is the time for Spurs to make it happen.  Watford Watford have probably been the most inconsistent team in the Premier League this season, going from the team most likely to finish closest behind the 'big six' to relegation candidates in a matter of weeks. They have scored freely all season; it has bee at the other end they have had the biggest problems. Sport tweets of 2017 Marco Silva has chopped and changed things at centre-back, and surely can't be happy with Adrian Mariappa playing regularly there. Why he was not deemed good enough for Crystal Palace four years ago but is now in the Watford team doesn't make a great deal of sense. Potential target: Silva could keep an eye on Liverpool or Man City - if either signs a centre-back another could become available temporarily. Alternatively, he could look to the Championship, where Sean Morrison is having a good season at Cardiff. He also has Premier League experience with Reading.  West Brom The fans were fed up with treading water (highly effectively) under Tony Pulis and demanded a change. The powers that be at the Hawthorns obliged and disposed of the manager, replacing him with Alan Pardew. Pards hasn't made much of a difference so far, but that could make the January transfer window even more important: it's his chance to make his mark on this squad. The biggest problem for West Brom in the last few weeks has been a lack of creative spark - the kind of player who can provide the link between midfield and attack.  Davy Klaassen can barely get a game for Everton Credit: reuters Potential target: Davy Klaassen. Everton have too many attacking midfielders, and Klaassen, a summer recruit, has ended up on the fringes of the squad. May be available on loan or at a cut price in January.  West Ham It's difficult to make a judgement about West Ham given that David Moyes has done a pretty good job so far of proving that it was indeed possible to get more out of the players Slaven Bilic had at his disposal. But nobody would suggest West Ham are the complete article, and they could probably do with another winger in the squad for when the time comes that Marko Arnautovic decides he can't be bothered again. Potential target: Theo Walcott needs minutes and Arsenal aren't giving him any. West Ham could use the extra pace out wide. There's also been talk of a move for Andre Schurrle.

What your Premier League team needs in the January transfer window - and potential targets

Arsenal The Bank of England club might have to swallow their indifference to the January window, with the re-build to end all re-builds looming on the horizon. Petr Cech needs a long-term replacement, Per Mertseacker is retiring, Nacho Monreal the wrong side of 30, Laurent Koscielny's Achilles has reduced him to a mere mortal, Hector Bellerin needs back-up, central midfield needs reimagining, Mesut Ozil might need replacing, Alexis Sanchez definitely will and there are no wingers. Oh, and they have to manage the transition away from the most successful manager in the club's history (eventually).  You're not going to get all that done in four weeks, so the emphasis needs to be on short-term impact. Arsene Wenger expresses a preference for a back four, and if Arsenal are to make this work they need better options on the flanks. Theo Walcott looks set to follow Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain out of the door, and there is a lack of devastating pace and willingness to make off-the-ball runs across Arsenal's attack.  Sanchez operates more like a second striker cutting in from the left, while Alex Iwobi is really No.10/No.8 - adept at stitching play together but offering little threat at the sharp end. Danny Welbeck is a good defensive option in big games, but lacks the trickery and guile required against deep-lying defences. Alexandre Lacazette is a fine addition, but needs more support to move defences around and isn't quite as fast as people think over more than 10 yards.  Walcott had his detractors, but was a reliable source of goals and assists in Arsenal's old 4-2-3-1 and they need to be replaced. In truth, Arsenal probably need two high-class wide-forwards for when Sanchez departs.  Potential targets: Nabil Fekir, Julian Draxler, Wilfried Zaha, Thomas Lemar, Riyad Mahrez, Lorenzo Insigne.  Bournemouth Not much has changed at Bournemouth despite a downturn in fortunes. They still concede plenty of goals, but that's a consequence of their ambitious style of play and unlikely to be solved by purchasing a new defender as a sticking plaster. Asmir Begovic looked an astute piece of business last summer, ushering out the error-prone Artur Boruc, but Begovic has not been immune from the odd howler.  Despite Jermain Defoe's ankle injury, Eddie Howe has ruled out a move for a striker in January. The full-back positions could do with some freshening up - Adam Smith and Charlie Daniels have been with Bournemouth throughout their rise up the leagues and will need replacing. Bournemouth have been linked with a move for Chelsea youngster Dujon Sterling, and they have picked up fruit from that particular tree in the past.  Central midfield also looks a little stale, and after they could do with some added technical security and creativity in that area given the style of play Howe wants to execute.  Potential targets: Dujon Sterling, Tom Cairney, Danny Ings.  Brighton They have already shown their hand with a move for Celtic's Moussa Dembele, and Brighton need pace and guaranteed goals at the top end of the pitch. Elsewhere, they are a settled unit, well organised by Chris Hughton with a centre back pairing of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk to rival any team outside of the Big Six. Solly March, Jose Izquierdo and Anthony Knockaert are good options on the flanks, but they desperately need that elusive striker.  There is plenty to like about Brighton, but they risk becoming this season's Middlesbrough: a competitive outfit who avoid any thrashings but ultimately fall short of Premier League quality.  Potential targets: Moussa Dembele, Jarrod Bowen, Ze Luis. Moussa Dembele is a target Credit: Getty Images Burnley Burnley regulars implored Sean Dyche to sign a new centre back following the sale of Michael Keane last summer, but their fears have since been allayed by the form of James Tarkowski. Nevertheless, Burnley lack depth at centre back with Kevin Long their first reserve. Dyche's coaching and style of play often covers for individual deficiencies, but they would not want a lengthy spell with Long and Ben Mee as their only central defenders.  Central midfield has developed significantly since promotion in 2016, with Jack Cork and Steven Defour adding more layers to their play through their range of pass. Johann Berg Gudmunds­son has been involved in more league goals than any squad member, but Burnley could use another tricky winger with speed.  The centre forward position has been shared between Sam Vokes, Ashley Barnes and record singing Chris Wood, but Dyche's side would benefit from a more mobile striker to stretch defences and give them more counter-attacking potential. There will be no rush to do business however, and the window could pass with little activity at Turf Moor.  Potential targets: Aaron Lennon, Joe Worrall, Kamil Grosicki, Karl Toko Ekambi. Chelsea Antonio Conte was left exasperated by Chelsea's dealings in the summer window, so they have plenty of unfinished business this January. After Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain chose a move to Liverpool, Italian utility man Davide Zappacosta was recruited to provide cover in the wing-back positions. The champions need another wing-back to provide back-up for - or replace - Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses. Juventus left-back Alex Sandro is their Goldilocks signing in this area. Cesar Azpilicueta has been used at right-wing back at times but is far more comfortable on the right of a back three.  Could this be the month in which Alex Sandro becomes a Chelsea player? Credit: Getty Images Central midfield and defence is well-stocked - unless David Luiz is moved on - so Conte's focus will be at the top end of the pitch. His reluctance to start with Michy Batshuayi during Alvaro Morata's injury lay-off was telling, and Chelsea need a genuine alternative to the Spaniard. Diego Costa has gone, Romelu Lukaku slipped through the net, but buying high-quality squad members is notoriously difficult.  Willian and Pedro are still reliable performers, but there is a feeling Conte could use more goals and assists from the attacking midfield areas to take the pressure of Eden Hazard. They are expected to pursue long-standing target Ross Barkley again.  Potential targets: Alex Sandro, Ross Barkley, Alex Telles, Thomas Lemar, Richmond Boakye, Riyad Mahrez.   Crystal Palace Roy Hodgson's resurgent Crystal Palace look in a far healthier state than they did a few months ago, but are another team chasing a striker this January. What has happened to Christian Benteke? At Villa, he had a nice balance to his game: aerially strong and a threat from crosses, but also capable of sprinting behind defences on the break. He seems to have lost all of his mobility - perhaps due to an Achilles rupture - and has been reduced to a static target man. Wilfried Zaha has an eye for a cute, reverse pass around the penalty area, and he would benefit from a more subtle forward who could read him.  Conor Wickham has not make a league appearance this season due to a dreadful knee injury, so the situation is urgent - Palace need quality and quantity. Left-back might be a position Roy Hodgson will look at, Jeffrey Schlupp and Patrick van Aanholt are closer in profile to wing-backs than full-back and Palace might want a more conservative option. Julian Speroni might be a fan's favourite, but after Wayne Hennessey's recent dip in form Palace need a new No.1. Possible targets:Diego Lopez, Harry Arter, Islam Slimani, Benik Afobe.  Everton Sam Allardyce has seen a turnaround in Everton's form since arriving and will have identified areas where is team is weak. Clearly, pace and width is an issue and even with Yannick Bolasie returning from injury. A lack of goals is the main problem and to score them you need a finisher and a creator. Could Theo Walcott be tempted by a move north? Even a loan move might do wonders for his wilting World Cup hopes, and the pace and direct wide play he'd offer supplying crosses for the striker Allardyce will also surely look to sign makes sense. Theo Walcott could be on the move this month Credit: Action Images via Reuters That striker could well be Christian Benteke but with Roy Hodgson in the middle of a relegation escape, Crystal Palace would be mad to sell the Belgian, no matter how many penalties he misses. Steven Nzonzi is another linked with the club but is less of a priority than Everton's attack, while Ashley Williams' dreadful season could inspire a bid for a reliable centre-back. Jonny Evans, linked with every club who aren't West Brom, could be an option and who would blame another of Burnley's impressive centre-backs joining Michael Keane and getting the band back together? James Tarkowski would be cheaper and more attainable than many other defensive Premier League stars. Cheaper still might be Lamina Kone at Sunderland, who has already worked with Allardyce. Potential targets: Lamina Kone, Steven Nzonzi, Christian Benteke, Theo Walcott, Jonny Evans, James Tarkowski and *whisper it* Daniel Sturridge. Huddersfield David Wagner's side have proved capable of competing in the Premier League but they will know there is a long way to go just yet, and the squad could yet do with some improving. Jonas Lossl, the Huddersfield keeper, on loan from Mainz, shows flashes of brilliance but he is too error prone and without any real competition, his position isn't too often challenged. Danny Ward is Liverpool's third choice, and would surely like more chance to be playing regularly  Credit: Getty images Potential targets: The most obvious candidate to vie for the goalkeeper spot would be Danny Ward, who played the majority of last season on loan from Liverpool as Huddersfield were promoted to the top flight. He is third-choice at Anfield so why not go back in for him? Leicester Whoever Leicester sign (if any) in January, they'll be sure to get things finalised before the deadline having paid the price for a few seconds' delay in the paperwork of Adrien Silva. He'll count as a new signing and with Leicester looking fairly settled for a mid-table finish this season, will surely not feel pressured into making any drastic changes during the window. It's unclear as to how Claude Puel sees this team developing but a replacement but some talented squad players would certainly help and certainly ones in central defence. A new partner for Harry Maguire? A better right-back? Leicester could do with strengthening their defence Credit: AFP It depends on the ambition of Leicester's owners and the skill of the scouts - candidates exist but is there any point in leaving a mid-table club to join another (other than the signing-on fee)? Is it worth paying an inflated price in January for someone you don't urgently need but could sort of do with? Potential targets: Jonny Evans, Lokomotiv Moscow's centre-back Solomon Kvirkvelia, Lamina Kone. Liverpool A lot is made of Liverpool's supposed defensive weakness but £75m signing Virgil van Dijk could end up with the same familiar problem of being exposed by players higher up the pitch. Jurgen Klopp could do with an old-school number four, a holding defensive midfielder who can provide protection, better reads the game and can hit a pass or two from deep. Naby Keita will join the club in the summer and it wouldn't be a surprise if RB Liepzig allowed him to leave sooner. Stranger things have happened. Potential targets: Julian Weigl from Borussia Dortmund, Ruben Neves from Wolves, Riechedly Bazoer of Wolfsburg. Manchester City Despite appearing so far ahead of the chasing pack that it feels like Pep Guardiola's stunning side might end up lapping some other clubs, the race is still on and Man City intend to keep their foot firmly on the accelerator.  Fernandinho has been outstanding this season but when he's not around City don't function in quite the same way and a suitable deputy, or squad rotation member could help. Julian Weigl or someone similarly capable of the deep-lying, short-passing game required would fit the bill. Guardiola had apparently identified Virgil Van Dijk and Alexis Sanchez as two players he wants to help City win every trophy in the land, but Van Dijk has gone to Liverpool and Sanchez would be really expensive form a player with only six months left on his contract, though injuries to Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne may force his hand. Jonny Evans is another heavily linked with a move and would be welcome in a squad slightly weak (in the weakest sense of the word) in depth at centre-back. The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Vincent Kompany is too injured too much of the time and Eliaquim Mangala's default setting is Get Rid Of It, while he doesn't seem capable of learning to pass the ball from the back like Guardiola wants. Any team chasing four trophies every season could do with cover for every single position and signing Evans or another CB would give four solid, reliable options. But what about Toisin Aderabiayo? When will it end? They're so good, it's ridiculous.  Potential targets: Alexis Sanchez, Jonny Evans Manchester United United have conceded the third fewest number of goals (16) and only Man City and Liverpool have scored more than their 43 in the league this season. Who, realistically, could they actually buy to close the gap on their noisy neighbours? Jose Mourinho's well-drilled side isn't the final product yet and if money is spent, it could well be on an attacking left-back at Luke Shaw's expense. Alex Sandro has been linked with a move to the Premier League and would be a real statement buy from United, especially if they outbid Chelsea, who are also keen.  Will Jose Mourinho make another statement purchase? Credit: Reuters Henrikh Mkhitaryan is welcome to leave too and that would free up space for a creative number 10, the kind who can unlock the difficult defences United have grown accustomed to facing and take advantage of the one mistake Mourinho has his men hunting for. Could that be Mesut Ozil? With only a few months left on his contract, Mourinho could be tempted with a big money bid for his former player (at Real Madrid). There are few, if any, others of the quality required who would be available for anything less than insane amounts of cash though Julian Draxler at PSG would fit the bill. A versatile, hugely talented attacking forward currently playing second fiddle to very well paid teammates, one drawback is that he would be Champions League cup-tied. Mourinho still doesn't seem entirely convinced with his central defensive options either. Potential targets: Julian Draxler, Mesut Ozil, Ryan Sessegnon, Alex Sandro. Newcastle Rafa Benitez wants to spend, and it is thought the ongoing takeover saga won't affect Newcastle's transfer activity in January. One thing is for sure, Newcastle certainly need to improve to compete at this level. Could Newcastle move for Islam Slimani in January? Credit: Getty images They are, for the most part, a defensively sound unit and they have technical players capable of creating plenty of chances, but they lack a reliable goal-scorer, with Joselu, Dwight Gayle and the irrepressible Aleksandar Mitrovic all failing to score consistently. Potential targets: Newcastle have been linked with Islam Slimani, and in all honesty, that would make perfect sense for all parties. He hasn't succeeded at Leicester but is clearly more than up to the challenge the Premier League poses. Rafa just needs that money... Southampton £70 million in the bank (plus £5m in add-ons to follow) for Virgil van Dijk and Southampton are ready to go charging full steam ahead into the January transfer window. Replacing Van Dijk has to be a priority, with their defensive failings highlighted brutally by Tottenham and Harry Kane on Boxing Day, but a new striker remains the most important issue to address. Charlie Austin is their best forwards but is far too injury prone (and is currently injured), while Mannolo Gabbiadini has lose his mojo and Shane Long is just so out of form. This stat was true midway through the second half of the game at Wembley: Kane has scored 49 goals since Long's last one.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) December 26, 2017 Kane, of course, scored another before the match was over. Potential targets: Former Atletico Madrid striker Leo Baptistao could be an option. Danny Ings will surely be considered, too. Daniel Sturridge, or even a prodigal son's return for Theo Walcott.  Stoke City Mark Hughes has kept his job for the time being, and we know he likes to spend, and he is very likely to in order to save Stoke's season - and his own bacon. Stoke out-score most teams around them in the table but their defensive record is astonishingly poor, in spite of the fact they recruited well at centre-back in the summer, with Kurt Zouma and Kevin Wimmer joining. Stoke's problem isn't there, though - it is in midfield, where Darren Fletcher and Joe Allen are being overrun too often. That central area could do with reinforcement. Stoke are too often overrun in midfield Credit: afp The Giannelli Imbula experiment failed but another player in his mould could be just what Stoke need. Potential targets: Slightly ambitious, but Danny Drinkwater needs game time if he is to make England's World Cup squad, while Francis Coquelin could be more the type of player Stoke need - and he is out of favour at Arsenal. Etienne Capoue could be a slightly less exciting, but more realistic option. Swansea City New year. New manager. But where to start with Swansea? Paul Clement barely kept them up and didn't improve the team at all, while selling the best players over summer. They need improvements across the board in January. The main focus, though, has to be the lack of creativity in the ranks. Since Gylfi Sigurdsson left, passing in the final third hasn't been what it was, and the able strikers Tammy Abraham and Wilfried Bony have suffered as a result. The biggest problem, though, may be managing to lure anyone to a club looking destined for the drop and who have just hired a manager deemed by Sheffield Wednesday not good enough for the Championship. Potential targets: Carlos Carvahal could look to his native Portugal for cheaper options, though adjusting to the Premier League could be an issue. Otherwise they could look for short-term loan from England. Chelsea have a few players who want football, including Charly Musonda. Tottenham The issue at Tottenham remains the same as it was in the summer... and the summer before that: finding players who will improve their squad but that are not wanted by their rivals, who can offer more money. On the pitch, the biggest issue has been the continued reliance on Christian Eriksen, whose lack of form has coincided with a dip for the whole team. An alternative creator will be high up Mauricio Pochettino's wanted list. Spurs need an alternative to Christan Eriksen Credit: Reuters They could also do with a player who is capable of beating an opponent, too. Potential target: Ross Barkley has long been a target. January is the time for Spurs to make it happen.  Watford Watford have probably been the most inconsistent team in the Premier League this season, going from the team most likely to finish closest behind the 'big six' to relegation candidates in a matter of weeks. They have scored freely all season; it has bee at the other end they have had the biggest problems. Sport tweets of 2017 Marco Silva has chopped and changed things at centre-back, and surely can't be happy with Adrian Mariappa playing regularly there. Why he was not deemed good enough for Crystal Palace four years ago but is now in the Watford team doesn't make a great deal of sense. Potential target: Silva could keep an eye on Liverpool or Man City - if either signs a centre-back another could become available temporarily. Alternatively, he could look to the Championship, where Sean Morrison is having a good season at Cardiff. He also has Premier League experience with Reading.  West Brom The fans were fed up with treading water (highly effectively) under Tony Pulis and demanded a change. The powers that be at the Hawthorns obliged and disposed of the manager, replacing him with Alan Pardew. Pards hasn't made much of a difference so far, but that could make the January transfer window even more important: it's his chance to make his mark on this squad. The biggest problem for West Brom in the last few weeks has been a lack of creative spark - the kind of player who can provide the link between midfield and attack.  Davy Klaassen can barely get a game for Everton Credit: reuters Potential target: Davy Klaassen. Everton have too many attacking midfielders, and Klaassen, a summer recruit, has ended up on the fringes of the squad. May be available on loan or at a cut price in January.  West Ham It's difficult to make a judgement about West Ham given that David Moyes has done a pretty good job so far of proving that it was indeed possible to get more out of the players Slaven Bilic had at his disposal. But nobody would suggest West Ham are the complete article, and they could probably do with another winger in the squad for when the time comes that Marko Arnautovic decides he can't be bothered again. Potential target: Theo Walcott needs minutes and Arsenal aren't giving him any. West Ham could use the extra pace out wide. There's also been talk of a move for Andre Schurrle.

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