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Live Reporting

By Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

  1. stalled because the clubs cannot agree a fee.

    Sporting are demanding 80m euros (£68m) for the 25-year-old, which United are unwilling to pay.

    Talks are continuing between the clubs for a player rated at 45m euros by Tottenham Hotspur last summer.

    One thing is for sure – Manchester United need a midfielder with a bit about him.

  • have a read of the piece on our site all about big Nige.

    The writer of the piece not only really knows his stuff, but is also an extremely handsome man, who has many leather-bound books and an apartment that smells of rich mahogany.

  • discussing a potential transfer.

    No love lost between those two then.

    As for Eriksen, and with no disrespect meant, I can’t help but feel that Inter is a downgrade on the level of club he will have thought he could move to in the summer.

  • ‘Pearson had an instant aura’

    Watford v Tottenham (KO 12:30 GMT)

    Tom Cleverley

    Watford midfielder on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Nigel Pearson has stripped it back to basics. He has come in and ruffled a few feathers which I don’t think people were used to. Even in his first day, new managers usually bring the staff in and have a small meeting with the players but he said no. He was by himself, got the whole club at the training ground and gave a speech about how he wants to operate, the route he wants to go down and he had an instant aura. He is the type of guy you are willing to run for, you’re a little bit scared of and he has been brilliant for us.

  • Team news

    Watford v Tottenham (12:30 GMT)

    Watford are unchanged from the side that beat Bournemouth 3-0 last time out, but new signing Ignacio Pusseto is on the bench.

    Watford XI:Foster, Mariappa,
    Cathcart, Dawson, Masina, Chalobah, Capoue, Doucoure, Sarr, Deulofeu, Deeney.

    Gomes, Gray, Quina, Holebas, Kabasele, Pussetto, Pereyra.

    Watford team v Spurs

    Copyright: BBC Sport

    Jose Mourinho makes three changes to the side that lost 1-0 to Liverpool last Saturday, with Jan Vertonghen, Erik Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso in for Danny Rose, Davinson Sanchez and Christian Eriksen, who will be on the bench alongside new loan signing Gedson Fernandes.

    Spurs XI:Gazzaniga, Tanganga, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Aurier, Alli, Winks,
    Lo Celso, Son Heung-Min S, Lamela, Lucas Moura.

    Substitutes:Vorm, Sanchez, Dier, Sessegnon, Eriksen, Skipp,

    Spurs team

    Copyright: BBC Sport

  • a three-match suspension on Saturday.

    Sead Kolasinac and Lucas Torreira have been unable to train properly because of minor injuries and they will both be assessed.

    Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has reported no fresh fitness concerns ahead of the match.

    Reserve goalkeepers Michael Verrips and Simon Moore could be available after injuries.

  • winger’s arrival from Udinese.

    Christian Kabasele is back after a ban, while Will Hughes and Kiko Femenia are close to a return from injury.

    Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho is likely to recall Toby Alderweireld, who was rested for the FA Cup replay against Middlesbrough.

    New signing Gedson Fernandes could play, while club captain Hugo Lloris is back in training and nearing a return.

  • Battle at the bottom

    Moving on… much of today’s potential drama comes from events taking place lower down the table.

    There are a couple of classic ‘six-pointers’ taking place, chief amongst them being the battle of the bottom two – Norwich v Bournemouth.

    And then down on the south coast, Brighton host Aston Villa.

    Watford and West Ham also play, although not against each other (more on the Hornets shortly).

    Before all that, though, and so we sneak in before the fantasy football deadline, here is your early team news…