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Newcastle make £21m Berahino offer

 Posted by at 2:16 AM
Feb 012016
 
Berahino was the subject of a number of bids from Spurs last summer

Newcastle United have made a £21m bid to sign striker Saido Berahino from fellow Premier League club West Brom.

Baggies boss Tony Pulis said Berahino, 22, had “wasted three or four months” after a move to Tottenham was blocked last August.

The forward suggested he would not play for Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace again after the deal did not go through.

Berahino made a rare start against Peterborough in the FA Cup on Saturday and scored twice in a 2-2 draw.

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FA Cup: West Brom 2-2 Peterborough United highlights

He took his tally for the season to six, while he has scored 22 league goals for Albion, and scored 20 in all competitions last season.

“There’s two more days to wait,” said Pulis after the game against Peterborough.

“The chairman will make the decisions on the financial matters and that’s really what it boils down to.

“I think football-wise, everyone would want to keep Saido here. When you put Saido in front of goal, he’s a goalscorer.

“But we need to get him fit because he’s not fully fit.”

West Brom are just seven points ahead of Newcastle, who are in the relegation zone, in the Premier League and may not want to sell to a close rival.

The transfer window will also close on Monday, 1 February, which would give the Baggies limited time to find a replacement.

However, if Newcastle succeeded in landing Berahino, he would join Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend and Henri Saivet as new arrivals at the club this month.

Find all the latest football transfers on our dedicated page.

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Milton Keynes Dons 1-5 Chelsea

 Posted by at 1:13 AM
Feb 012016
 

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FA Cup: Oscar scores hat-trick for Chelsea against MK Dons

Oscar scored a hat-trick as Chelsea outclassed Championship opponents MK Dons to reach the FA Cup fifth round.

The Brazilian slotted in to give the Blues the lead before Darren Potter equalised with a strike that looped in off midfielder Nemanja Matic.

Oscar made it 2-1 with an angled shot and grabbed his third goal following a great solo run before the break.

Eden Hazard scored the fourth from the penalty spot, and then set up Bertrand Traore for a side-foot finish.

More to follow.

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Ross County 3-1 Celtic

 Posted by at 12:16 AM
Feb 012016
 
Ross County made it to their second major final

Ross County created a massive upset by beating 10-man Celtic in a frenetic League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park.

Gary Mackay-Steven scored after only 26 seconds to give Celtic the lead, but the turning point came when Efe Ambrose was sent off for fouling County’s Alex Schalk in the box.

Martin Woods scored from the penalty, Paul Quinn headed a second after the break and Schalk hammered in the third.

Scott Fox saved Leigh Griffiths’ penalty to secure a place in the final.

County seized the day once Ambrose departed and deserved what was a momentous victory for the club.

This time last year, they were rock bottom of the Premiership, six points adrift. Now they are sitting fourth in the league and in the League Cup final for the first time in their existence, where they will face Hibernian on 13 March.

All this came despite County looking a shambles in the early minutes. Celtic were ahead in the blink of an eye.

Callum McGregor played a ball through the giant chasm between County’s centre-halves and in motored Griffiths, who ran on freely before squaring to Mackay-Steven.

That goal could have been followed by others. Griffiths had the County defence tied in knots in the minutes that followed.

Ambrose twice went close with headers, the second of them kicked off the line by Richard Foster. It was so easy for Celtic and then, in a sudden twist, it became impossibly hard.

In that fateful moment, Mikael Lustig allowed Schalk to get away from him and on to a loose ball in the Celtic penalty area. Ambrose was slow to appreciate the danger and, in his attempt to recover his ground, his knee came into contact with Schalk, who went over.

It was a penalty and it was a red card for Ambrose. Storm Efe had done its damage again and Woods sent Craig Gordon the wrong way from the spot.

Efe Ambrose (right) was red carded for clipping Alex Schalk in the box

Celtic, to their credit, had the best of the rest of the half. They brought on their new recruit, Erik Sviatchenko, for the unlucky McGregor, to plug the Ambrose gap and create some trouble for County.

Stuart Armstrong and Lustig had half-chances but could not capitalise. When the next opportunity fell to County, they were infinitely more ruthless.

McIntyre’s team went at Celtic and got their reward. From a corner that carried to the back post, Andrew Davies nodded precisely to Quinn, who buried his own header past Gordon.

The goalkeeper complained bitterly that he had been impeded as the delivery came into the box – he was booked for his trouble – but he would have been better off castigating his defenders, who allowed two free headers so close to his goal.

Celtic’s misery – and vulnerability – was seen again just after the hour, when Woods played Schalk through on goal and the Dutch Under-21 striker thumped his finish into the top corner.

Again, Celtic’s defence was a soft touch, easy prey to a simple pass through its heart.

Even when Celtic got a very fortunate penalty, given against Brian Graham for handball, Griffiths – of all people – could not convert. Indeed, Celtic had to rely on Gordon making a fine save from Jackson Irvine to avoid a fourth.

It hardly mattered. County created history none the less. For Ronnie Deila’s Celtic, this was a catastrophic day and an abrupt end to their treble dream.

For Jim McIntyre and his players, a day of days.

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Transfer spending set to break £1bn

 Posted by at 11:45 PM
Jan 312016
 

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Alternative transfer round-up

Premier League spending on transfers in a single season could break the £1bn mark for the first time.

The 2014-15 campaign saw a record £965m spent, but this has already been surpassed this season and it is likely the final figure will be in excess of £1bn by Monday’s 23:00 GMT deadline.

The BBC will bring you extensive coverage of deadline day online and on radio, television and social media.

Live text commentary begins on the BBC Sport website at 07:00 GMT.

Where can you follow deadline day on the BBC?

Follow transfer deadline day on the BBC – online, radio, TV and social

Online

Our Transfer Deadline Day (TDD) live text commentary gets under way at 07:00 GMT and you can access it from your computer, tablet or mobile via the BBC Sport website or app.

We will bring you the latest news, analysis, gossip and done deals from our reporters around the country and worldwide. You can also have your say on the potential transfers and signings as they go through. We await plenty of eyewitness reports of Gareth Bale at Manchester Airport…

Our transfers page will capture every confirmed move, while each club page will be updated with the latest transfer stories.

Social media

You will be able to follow all the deadline-day deals via the BBC Sport’s Twitter account