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Manchester City are lining up bids for a pair of defenders

City spending Millionarios! Club chase Colombian defender

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22:43 GMT, 19 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:43 GMT, 19 December 2012

Manchester City are continuing to show interest in Colombian defender Pedro Franco.

The 21-year-old, who aptly plays for Millionarios, can also play in centre midfield.

Target: Manchester City are preparing a bid for Colombian defender Pedro Franco (pictured). Franco was captain of the Millionarios side who won the Colombian league (below) and got to the semi-final of the Copa Sudamerica

Target: Manchester City are preparing a bid for Colombian defender Pedro Franco (pictured). Franco was captain of the Millionarios side who won the Colombian league (below) and got to the semi-final of the Copa Sudamerica

Pedro Franco of Millionarios lifts the Colombian league trophy

Although never capped by the full Colombian national side, he was a part of the Colombia U20 that reached the quarter-finals of the U20 World Cup in 2011.

City and neighbours Manchester United, meanwhile, are going head-to-head to sign 15-year-old Italy U16 international defender Giorgio Piacentini, who has yet to sign a professional contract with club Albinoleffe.

Targets: Roberto Mancini is after Colombian defender Pedro Franco and Italian youngster

Targets: Roberto Mancini is after Colombian defender Pedro Franco and Italian youngster Giorgio Piacentini

Roberto Martinez believes he can keep Franco Di Santo and James McCarthy at Wigan

Martinez confident he can keep hold of hot property like Di Santo in transfer window

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22:30 GMT, 14 December 2012

Wigan insist they will not be forced into selling key players like Franco Di Santo and James McCarthy in the January transfer window.

Di Santo, called up by Argentina last month, is out of contract at the end of the season but manager Roberto Martinez would rather let the striker leave for nothing in the summer than damage the club's bid for Premier League survival.

'It's not going to be a financial decision,' said Martinez, who adopted a similar policy with Mohamed Diame and Hugo Rodallega a year ago.

Lockdown: Roberto Martinez believes he can keep the likes of Franco Di Santo (right) at the club

Lockdown: Roberto Martinez believes he can keep the likes of Franco Di Santo (right) at the club

'I can guarantee that we're not going to
try and cash in early. We showed last season that if we feel a player
can give us something we'll keep him, even if he can walk on a free.

'To replace a player who can score 10 or 15 goals in the Premier League you've got to talk about 10million, so if you haven't got that sort of figure it would be foolish for us just to try and get a bit of money.'

Martinez accepts that McCarthy is destined for bigger things in the future but insists that Wigan will take the same stance as they did with Antonio Valencia, Victor Moses and Charles N'Zogbia by keeping the 22-year-old midfielder until they feel it is the right time for him to move on.

He added: 'James is a player who represents what we are as a football club. I've always said that he has the potential to play anywhere in the world, but has he fulfilled his potential with Wigan Athletic Not yet.

'I think there are many things he needs to experiment and improve. Once he does that maybe he will confirm what we expected three or four years ago; that James McCarthy can be one of the best midfielders in the Premier League or European football, but there is a long way to go.'

Wigan travel to Norwich on Satuday after dropping into the bottom three in midweek, but Martinez is not particularly concerned by a situation with which he has become all too familiar during his four seasons in charge.

'We would prefer to be in the top eight, there's no two ways about it, but I think we're close to being a really good team.' he said. 'I don't think we've performed as a bottom three club.'

Confident: Martinez believes Wigan's place in the table does not show their true ability

Confident: Martinez believes Wigan's place in the table does not show their true ability

Carlos Tevez hits out at Gary Neville for Sky work and building a hotel

You're not helping England! Tevez attacks Neville for Sky punditry and hotel plans

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09:44 GMT, 11 November 2012

NEVILLE ON CITY

Concentrate on your job: Tevez thinks Neville (right) should stop thinking about building the hotel (left)

Great timing… Mail on Sunday columnist Gary Neville wrote about Manchester City's lack of identity here

Carlos Tevez has lashed out at Gary Neville for trying to balance his England coaching role alongside his other commitments.

The Manchester City striker believes Neville is risking potential success for national team by working as a Sky pundit and attempting to build a hotel in Manchester.

Tevez argued the former Manchester United defender should concentrate on one job or the other and said his extra-curricular activities did not help England boss Roy Hodgson.

You can't do it all: Carlos Tevez hit out at Gary Neville for his work on the side

You can't do it all: Carlos Tevez hit out at Gary Neville for his work on the side

Concentrate on your job: Tevez thinks Neville (right) should stop thinking about building the hotel (left)

Concentrate on your job: Tevez thinks Neville (right) should stop thinking about building the hotel (left)

In a column he wrote in The Sun Sunday he said: 'I can’t believe that any of the top countries would employ a television pundit as a part-time coach.

'Can you imagine Spain, Italy, Germany, Holland, Brazil or Argentina employing a manager's right-hand man whose day job is a television pundit I can't ever see it happening.

'This week, I saw that Gary is part of a venture to build a new hotel in Manchester. How does that benefit England and Roy Hodgson'

He continued: 'At least when Fabio Capello was in charge, you saw his assistant, Franco Baldini at Premier League games scouting players. To be honest, I haven’t seen much of that from Gary Neville.'

Tevez also wrote that Neville's
criticism of Chelsea defender David Luiz, when he said the Chelsea
defender looked he was being 'controlled by a 10-year-old in the crowd
on a PlayStation', was wrong.

'He's
happy to make jokes about players referring them to a PlayStation game
but I'm not sure many World Cups have been won on PlayStation – so I
think Gary needs to stop playing games and concentrate on his coaching,'
he said.

'I know Sky is a
high-profile and lucrative job and must pay well but he has to decide
whether his first loyalty is to them or the FA.

'He should be out there watching games
in the Premier League or the Championship, reporting back on current
players and those who might play a part in the World Cup and beyond.

Hodgson and Neville

Tevez

Criticism: Tevez (right) pulled no punches as he said Neville was not helping Roy Hodgson (both left)

ANYTHING ELSE TO SAY, CARLOS

He also told the Sunday Sun about West Ham and City in Europe.

On his Hammers roots: 'I'll always remember West Ham and their fans with real love and respect. It's where I began in English football and it's why I'll always have so much affection for the club.

'That's why I made the sign of the crossed hammers at Upton Park last week.'

On the Champions League: 'When I look around the City dressing room I see a team of champions.'

'There is a trust in the dressing room that makes us believe we can still turn things around.'

'My experience tells me this club will be a big power in Europe.'

'It took Chelsea nine years under the new takeover of Roman Abramovich to win the Champions League… but I believe City will do it much quicker than that!'

'He should also be turning up at clubs, watching their sessions, seeing how top class coaches work and how England players respond to them.'

On being a pundit and a coach for England, Tevez concluded: 'In my opinion, there is too much of a conflict of interest to do both.'

Tevez also hit out at another Sky employee – former Liverpool and Blackburn manager Graeme Souness.

'When I’m unfortunate enough to catch him, I can’t help but laugh,' said the volatile Argentine.

'He tells us football is an easy game. He tells us players like Oscar don’t intentionally score brilliant goals — even though everybody else knew it was wonderful skill against Juventus.

'The question that I would like Graeme to answer is: If football is so easy, why was he so unsuccessful as a manager in England and Portugal

'Why didn’t he buy players like Deco even though he had the chance in 1997

'And why does no chairman trust him with their club any more'

Roberto Mancini chasing Daniele De Rossi

Mancini ramps up De Rossi pursuit as City boss wants Begiristain to sign midfielder in January

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22:30 GMT, 7 November 2012

Roberto Mancini will ask Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain to sign Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi in January.

City pursued the Italy star all last summer but he stayed put.

However, De Rossi, 29, has told friends in Rome he wants to leave his hometown club and will ask for a transfer.

Open to offers: Roma could sell captain Daniele De Rossi come January

Open to offers: Roma could sell captain Daniele De Rossi come January

Open to offers: Roma could sell captain Daniele De Rossi come January

Roma would want in excess of 20million and the player would expect to be paid around 100,000- a-week.

This could be a problem for City as they look to keep within UEFA's financial fair play guidelines.

Therefore, it is interesting to see whether Begiristain will sanction the move.

City manager Mancini met the former
Barcelona man for the first time on Wednesday to reflect on Tuesday's
2-2 draw with Ajax and to talk about their future working together.

There has been recent speculation
about Mancini's job prospects at City, especially with Begiristain's
former Barca colleague Pep Guardiola looking to return to the game next
summer.

However, it is understood Mancini was told he has nothing to worry about and to concentrate on this month's games.

City were encouraged earlier this week to hear that club general Franco Baldini had suggested that any offers for the midfielder would be considered.

Baldini told Sky Italia: 'Should an offer arrive for him, we will consider it.

'In summer we heard an offer from Man City and because we listened to it, it means we took it in consideration. Then we decided to give up.

'Should another offer will arrive, we will listen again it, but we could also decide to give up on it again.'

Demands: Roberto Mancini wants to sign De Rossi and has been a long-standing admirer of the Italy midfielder

Demands: Roberto Mancini wants to sign De Rossi and has been a long-standing admirer of the Italy midfielder

Wigan 2 Everton 2: match report

Wigan 2 Everton 2: Baines maintains record from the spot to rescue Toffees at the death

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16:11 GMT, 6 October 2012

Leighton Baines lashed home an 88th minute penalty to deny his former club their first home win of the new Barclays Premier League season after an all-action encounter at the DW Stadium.

Baines kept his nerve after Kevin Mirallas was pulled down by Maynor Figueroa in the box to claim a point for David Moyes' men, who had dominated much of the second half but until then failed to find a leveller.

Arouna Kone's 10th-minute opener for the home side was cancelled out almost instantly by a Nikica Jelavic header, but Franco Di Santo's 23rd minute strike put the attack-minded Latics back in control.

Not bad: Leighton Baines maintained his 100 per cent record from the spot

Not bad: Leighton Baines maintained his 100 per cent record from the spot

Rescuer: Baines equalised for Everton from the spot in the 87th minute against his former club

Rescuer: Baines equalised for Everton from the spot in the 87th minute against his former club

Get in! Franco Di Santo smashed home Wigan's second goal

Get in! Franco Di Santo smashed home Wigan's second goal

MATCH FACTS

Wigan: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Boyce, Ramis, Figueroa, McCarthy, Maloney, McArthur, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo (McManaman 84min)

Subs not used: Pollitt, Jones, Watson, Gomez, Boselli, Miyaichi,

Goals: Kone 10, Di Santo 23

Everton: Howard, Baines, Heitinga (Distin 46min), Jagielka, Neville (Anichebe 81min), Coleman, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic, Mirallas (Naismith 90min)

Subs not used: Mucha, Duffy, Oviedo, Gueye

Goals: Jelavic 11, Baines 87 (pen)

Referee: Friend

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Both sides missed plenty of clear
chances and Wigan almost won it in injury time when a shot from Shaun
Maloney took an enormous deflection and looped over the helpless Tim
Howard only to land on the roof of the net.

The livelier Latics deserved their
lead when Maloney turned Seamus Coleman inside-out in the left side of
the box before crossing for Kone to nod home the simplest of chances.

But it was a lead that lasted less
than a minute, with Everton responding in almost identical fashion when
Steven Pienaar floated a header from the left and Jelavic was unmarked
in front of goal to head home from point-blank range.

Everton's best spell of the game came
to an abrupt end in the 23rd minute when Kone dribbled in along the
right touchline and beat Baines before pulling the ball back for Di
Santo to ram into the roof of the net.

The recalled Di Santo almost grabbed
his second and Wigan's third three minutes later with a fantastic
25-yard effort which Howard did well to tip round the post, then Maloney
dragged a shot just wide as the Latics pressed forward in some style.

About time: Kevin Mirallas was awarded a penalty after a number of strong claims for Everton

About time: Kevin Mirallas was awarded a penalty after a number of strong claims for Everton

Leon Osman was unlucky not to equalise
on the half-hour when his goal-bound shot inside the box took a big
deflection off Gary Caldwell and was pushed over the bar by Ali Al
Habsi, who also pushed a low Mirallas effort round the post.

And, as Everton ended the half
strongly, they came even closer on 40 minutes when Baines dribbled a
shot against the base of a Wigan post from a tight angle and the rebound
bobbled in the six-yard box with no team-mate lurking to touch it in.

The first period ended in some
controversy when Marouane Fellaini was booked for an aerial challenge on
Figueroa which led to strong protests from the Latics who alleged the
use of an elbow.

The visitors started the second half
with more purpose, Mirallas making an early foray deep into the Wigan
half, then the ever-dangerous Jelavic attempting a shot on the turn
which flashed over Al Habsi's bar.

First up: Arouna Kone celebrated scoring Wigan's opener in front of the home fans

First up: Arouna Kone celebrated scoring Wigan's opener in front of the home fans

Back in it: Nikica Jelavic (centre) bagged the equaliser for Everton one minute after Kone's strike

Back in it: Nikica Jelavic (centre) bagged the equaliser for Everton one minute after Kone's strike

Baines cut the ball back for Mirallas
to lash another effort just over in the 52nd minute, and the same player
was threaded clean through two minutes later to try a low shot which Al
Habsi brilliantly turned round the post.

But the Toffees were again reminded of
Wigan's danger on the counter-attack in the 62nd minute when Di Santo
set Maloney clear and the wideman's ball into the box was crucially
intercepted by Phil Jagielka with Kone poised to tap it home.

Relax! Tim Howard commanded his defence from the goal-line

Relax! Tim Howard commanded his defence from the goal-line

Catch me if you can: Steven Pienaar slides in on Emmerson Boyce (right)

Catch me if you can: Steven Pienaar slides in on Emmerson Boyce (right)

Figueroa made a vital interception to
deny Jelavic in the 76th minute as the striker swung back his leg to
shoot, the Wigan man stretching to get an all-important touch despite
strong Everton claims for a penalty.

When they spot-kick did arrive there
were few complaints, Figueroa blatantly nudging Mirallas and giving
Baines the opportunity to ram home the the equaliser to the relief of
the massed ranks of Toffees fans behind the goal.

But Wigan almost grabbed the points
back in the first minute of injury time when Kone played in Maloney,
whose shot took a mighty deflection and looped over Howard only to drop
agonisingly on the roof of the net.

Shoulder-to-shoulder: Shaun Maloney (right) and Seamus Coleman (left) battle for the ball

Shoulder-to-shoulder: Shaun Maloney (right) and Seamus Coleman (left) battle for the ball

Battle: Kone appears to be pushed by his marker as he jumps for the ball

Battle: Kone appears to be pushed by his marker as he jumps for the ball

Roberto Martinez considers appealing FA charge

Martinez considers FA charge appeal for comments made after Man United game

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11:27 GMT, 27 September 2012

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez looks set to appeal a Football Association charge for comments he made after the Barclays Premier League game against Manchester United on September 15.

Wigan lost 4-0 at Old Trafford during which the Latics boss was unhappy about a penalty awarded to the hosts, as well as a Danny Welbeck challenge on Franco di Santo which he felt warranted a red card.

Martinez has until 4pm on Thursday to contest the charge against him for comments he believes were 'rational'.

Decision: Roberto Martinez is set to appeal

Decision: Roberto Martinez is set to appeal

'I have to look into it because I never questioned the integrity of the referee,' Martinez said.

'I don't know really which comments are the ones for the charge but I'll look into it and we'll take it from there.

'The charge must be based in certain quotes and I think it will be a good opportunity to explain myself. I need to find out first what are the quotes or the lines that have been charged on.

'I can understand that sometimes things can be taken out of context. I was rational, it wasn't an emotional burst. I think it was a very rational comment that I would like to explain.

'I am sure they are not going to charge for the sake of it. There must be a reason behind it and I need to see their point and have time then to express mine.

'I can remember my points in the press conference and I can remember the analysis of the game and I have huge respect for the referee Michael Oliver and would never question his integrity.

'But it is true we were on the wrong end of two big decisions and that's something you have to comment on at the end of a game.'

Complaints: Wigan players surround Michael Oliver

Complaints: Wigan players surround Michael Oliver

Frustrated: Martinez at Old Trafford

Frustrated: Martinez at Old Trafford

Martinez said after the defeat at Old
Trafford: 'I have come to United three times before today and for
whatever reason we don't seem to be measured in the same manner as the
team at home.

'Today the penalty is as bad a decision as you are going to see in the Premier League.

'In many ways, you feel as though you are fighting against a mountain.

'There were tackles flying around that if they had been the other way round there would have been a couple of red cards.'

Martinez also described Welbeck's
challenge as 'completely reckless', adding: 'It is a red card, for a
Wigan player, Manchester United, everyone.'

The comments prompted the FA to charge the former Spaniard with a statement adding: 'The charge is in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E3 concerning media comments which implied that the match referee and/or match officials in general are motivated by bias and/or brought the game into disrepute.'

Roberto Martinez charged by FA after Old Trafford rant

Wigan boss Martinez charged by FA after Old Trafford outburst

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10:43 GMT, 26 September 2012

Furious: Martinez was disappointed with the officials at Old Trafford

Furious: Martinez was disappointed with the officials at Old Trafford

Roberto Martinez had been charged by the Football Association following comments he made after Wigan's 4-0 defeat at Manchester United earlier this month.

The Wigan manager called on Premier League bosses to restrict games at Old Trafford to referees at the top end of the age-scale after claiming 27-year-old Michael Oliver should have sent both Danny Welbeck and Paul Scholes off.

Martinez was unhappy about a penalty awarded to the hosts as well as a Danny Welbeck challenge on Franco di Santo which he felt warranted a red card.

Martinez said: 'If you are involved
in football, and you look at the replay, you can see exactly what
Welbeck is trying to do. He dived, and I was really annoyed to see the
referee point to the spot.

'It was shocking, as bad a decision as you are ever likely to see in the Barclays Premier League.

Accusation: Martinez said Welbeck dived to win a penalty

Accusation: Martinez said Welbeck dived to win a penalty

'Michael Oliver is a very capable
referee, who has been outstanding in many big games, but it was clear
from the opening minutes that he was not going to measure both teams the
same way.

'There were a couple of tackles by United players which, if they had been the other way round, would have been red cards.

'In that last challenge by Welbeck,
he had his foot over the ball as he went in on Franco Di Santo. It was
completely reckless and dangerous, and under the current regulations, it
should be a red card, whether you play for Wigan, Manchester United or
anyone else.

Defeat: Wigan were soundly beaten by Manchester United at Old Trafford

Defeat: Wigan were soundly beaten by Manchester United at Old Trafford

'We had a player sent off here last
season, and it was rescinded straightaway. Two seasons ago, we had two
players sent off. Now this.

'I just feel it is a difficult place
for referees. They need to be strong, and they need to be very, very
experienced. They need to know how to handle the occasion. It’s not
about handling the game here, it’s the occasion.

'Welbeck should have been shown a straight red, and Paul Scholes had two bad challenges that were worthy of yellow cards.

'We had James McArthur booked for
something very similar, yet Scholes got away with both. I cannot
understand how those same challenges can be judged in different ways.'

The comments prompted the FA to charge the former Swansea boss with a statement adding: 'The charge is in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E3 concerning media comments which implied that the match referee and/or match officials in general are motivated by bias and/or brought the game into disrepute.

'Martinez has until 4pm on Thursday 27 September 2012 to respond to the charge.'

Franco Baldini set to turn down Tottenham recruitment role

Spurs set to miss out on Baldini as former England No 2 wants to stay at Roma

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05:46 GMT, 24 September 2012

Wanted: Spurs are looking to bring in Baldini in an executive role

Wanted: Spurs are looking to bring in Baldini in an executive role

Tottenham's move for Franco Baldini looks set to end in failure as the former England No 2 looks set to snub the chance to be director of football at White Hart Lane.

The Italian, 51, is on the shortlist to work alongside boss Andre Villas-Boas.

But Baldini wants to remain as Roma general manager.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is looking to reintroduce a European style set-up at the club – not seen since former director of football Damien Comolli was given his P45 back in October 2008 – and Villas-Boas is in favour.

The club are looking to bring in a 'recruitment specialist' to work with Levy, Villas-Boas and the scouting team.

Levy and Villas-Boas are reviewing the
recruitment operation at Spurs and have already sacked former manager Harry Redknapp's chief
scout Ian Broomfield and his academy scout Peter Senior.

It is understood that Villas-Boas had
recommended Baldini to Levy and was hoping to lure him away from his role as Roma
general manager. Baldini speaks fluent English.

Restructuring: Villas-Boas (second left) is looking to rebuild his backroom staff

Restructuring: Villas-Boas (second left) is looking to rebuild his backroom staff

Franco Baldini wanted by Tottenham in recruitment role

Spurs consider move for former England No 2 Baldini to work alongside AVB

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10:02 GMT, 20 September 2012

Wanted: Spurs are looking to bring in Baldini in an executive role

Wanted: Spurs are looking to bring in Baldini in an executive role

Tottenham are considering bringing in former England assistant Franco Baldini in an executive role as they look to restructure their recruitment team under new manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is looking to reintroduce a European style set-up at the club – not seen since former director of football Damien Comolli was given his P45 back in October 2008 – and Villas-Boas is in favour.

According to Goal.com sources the club are looking to bring in a 'recruitment specialist' to work with Levy, Villas-Boas and the scouting team. The new man will not be titled as 'director of football', but the role will be similar.

Levy and Villas-Boas are reviewing the
recruitment operation at Spurs and have already sacked former manager Harry Redknapp's chief
scout Ian Broomfield and his academy scout Peter Senior.

It is understood that Villas-Boas has
recommended Baldini – Fabio Capello's assistant in the England job for four
years – to Levy and is hoping to lure him away from his role as Roma
general manager.

Baldini, 51, speaks fluent English and is understood to be unhappy in his role at Roma.

Restructuring: Villas-Boas (second left) is looking to rebuild his backroom staff

Restructuring: Villas-Boas (second left) is looking to rebuild his backroom staff

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Tottenham v Norwich plus the rest of the day"s action

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Follow all the action from around the grounds as it happens

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15:15 GMT, 1 September 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League where there are four games featuring at 3pm including Tottenham v Norwich. Elsewhere, Swansea host Sunderland, West Brom welcome Everton, while Wigan entertain Stoke at the DW Stadium. Send your thoughts on all the day's action to me at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

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Swansea 1-2 Sunderland

Tottenham 0-0 Norwich

West Brom 0-0 Everton

West Ham 3-0 Fulham FT (1.30pm)

Wigan 2-1 Stoke

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16.16: While Adebayor is now on for Spurs, replacing Sigurdsson as the hosts go 4-4-2.

16.14: Bale fires just off target with an outrageous long range effort for struggling Spurs.

West Brom meanwhile are forced into a change as Stephen Reid is replaced by Billy Jones.

16.11: Still Norwich have the better chances as Grant Holt heads Snodgrass's cross off target.

16.08: GOAL! WIGAN 2-1 Stoke

The Latics storm back in front and it's the much improved Franco Di Santo that scores, firing home from 12 yards.

16.06: AVB has sacrificed Sandro in the Spurs midfield to hand Dembele his debut by the way, Norwich still on top though.

16.03: The second halves are back underway.

16.00: Sportsmail's Alex Kay seems to have found AVB's problem at White Hart Lane:

One up front when that one is five foot five or whatever doesn't work. Especially when you spend all day putting crosses in.One up front when that one is five foot five or whatever doesn't work. Especially when you spend all day putting crosses in.

Struggle: Tottenham's Jermain Defoe (right) had a quiet first half against Norwich

Struggle: Tottenham's Jermain Defoe (right) had a quiet first half against Norwich

15.58: Sunderland with a deserved lead then, while Stoke rallied after falling behind to equalise at Wigan just before the break.

West Brom have wasted the best chance at home to Everton to break the deadlock, while Spurs have Friedel to thank they are not behind at home to Norwich.

Time for Mousa Dembele and Emmanuel Adebayor The hosts look very lost so far against a confident Norwich side.

15.55: From InfostradaLive:

With Stoke City and Swansea City having trailed today, Everton is the only Premier League side that has not been behind in 12/13 EPL season

15.52: GOAL! Swansea 1-2 SUNDERLAND

He is worth every penny! The last touch of the half comes from Steven Fletcher who restores the visitors' lead by sneaking in at the back post.

15.49: Half-time everywhere but Swansea, where time has been added on on for Taylor's ankle injury.

15.46: GOAL! SWANSEA 1-1 Sunderland

It's against the run of play but full credit to the hosts who are back in it after Wayne Routledge latches on to a Dyer flick to fire home.

15.45: What a save from Friedel! The 41-year-old somehow claws away a bullet header from Snodgrass to keep Tottenham level.

Back in it: Stoke's Jon Walters coverts a penalty to bring Stoke level with Wigan

Back in it: Stoke's Jon Walters coverts a penalty to bring Stoke level with Wigan

15.43: GOAL! Wigan 1-1 STOKE

Another strong call from the referee as Maynor Figueroa handles inside the area. Jonathan Walters holds his nerve to fire home the penalty just before half-time.

15.42: GOAL! Swansea 0-1 SUNDERLAND

Did the Black Cats over pay for Steven Fletcher Not on this evidence as the Scottish striker runs into the box to coolly finish.

15.41: PENALTY (Stoke)

15.40: More subs at the Liberty Stadium, but this time for Sunderland as David Meyler replaces Lee Cattermole.

15.39: Charlie Adam has already come on for his Stoke debut, replacing Andy Wilkinson.

The former Liverpool midfielder nearly grabs an instant equaliser too but Wigan clear their lines following a mad scramble.

Heads up: West Brom's Shane Long contests an aerial ball with Everton's Sylvain Distin

Heads up: West Brom's Shane Long contests an aerial ball with Everton's Sylvain Distin

15.36: Everton have responded to that Shane Long chance as Marouane Fellaini loops Hibbert's cross over the crossbar – arguably the visitors' best moment.

15.33: Spurs are not playing at their best but John Ruddy has been seriously tested in the Norwich goal. The England keeper parries away Gareth Bale's drive before also saving Sandro's follow up.

15.30: The goals are not flooding in so far and we can partly blame Shane Long for that. The West Brom striker gets into a great position six yards out, but his header from a Liam Ridgewell cross cannons off the bar. Should score.

15.27: An even game at Tottenham as Norwich go close through Bradley Johnson. The midfielder's first time effort flies just over the crossbar though.

15.24: Everton have also been forced into a change as Darron Gibson looks to have pulled a hamstring. The midfielder has been replaced by Tony Hibbert.

15.21: Yacob is fast becoming a hate figure for Everton as he appears to be fortunate not to concede a penalty after bundling over Nikica Jelavic.

Meanwhile at White Hart Lane, Jermain Defoe goes close for Spurs as he shoots wide following a decent run.

15.19: Taylor is being attended to by paramedics and physio as he is given oxygen. The Welsh full-back is being taken off on a stretcher and has been replaced by Ben Davies – let's hope he will be okay.

15.17: And a bigger worry for Swansea fans. Neil Taylor has gone down in tremendous pain and sadly he doesn't look like he is getting back up to continue this game…more soon.

15.14: Small worry for Everton fans. Steven Pienaar trudges off the pitch for treatment following a challenge from Claudio Yacob, but he is back on the pitch at the Hawthorns.

Spot on: Shaun Maloney's (left) penalty handed Wigan the lead against Stoke

Spot on: Shaun Maloney's (left) penalty handed Wigan the lead against Stoke

Spot on: Shaun Maloney's (left) penalty handed Wigan the lead against Stoke

15.12: Close from Norwich! A Robert Snodgrass free-kick into the box is headed towards goal by Russell Martin, but despite beating Brad Friedel, the defender's effort cannons off the woodwork. Don't forget Norwich won this fixture 2-1 last season.

15.10: Good effort from Nathan Dyer, as the Swansea forward skates past a defender before forcing Simon Mignolet into a smart save in the Sunderland goal.

15.07: Spurs once again are quick out of the blocks and go close through Gylfi Sigurdsson who whistles a shot wide of the post.

15.05: GOAL! WIGAN 1-0 Stoke

A clear-cut decision for me as Robert Huth handles inside the box, allowing Shaun Maloney to convert the resulting penalty.

15.04: PENALTY (Wigan)

Under pressure: Everton's Leon Osman (right) challenges West Brom's James Morrison for the ball

Under pressure: Everton's Leon Osman (right) challenges West Brom's James Morrison for the ball

15.01: Away we go folks…

14.59: The players are making their way out across the country, always a good sign kick off is on the way. Some lovely late summer sunshine has even made an appearance.

14.56: From InfostradaLive:

Everton are unbeaten in their last 11 EPL matches. They have not gone 12 without defeat since 1984-85.

14.53: Stoke's transfer deadline day signings Charlie Adam and Maurice Edu are named on the bench for this afternoon's Barclays Premier League clash with Wigan at the DW Stadium.

Potters boss Tony Pulis makes six changes from the first XI that started Tuesday's Capital One Cup second-round defeat against Swindon, bringing the likes of captain Ryan Shawcross, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and forwards Jon Walters and Peter Crouch back into the side.

For the Latics – who are without suspended defender Antolin Alcaraz – manager Roberto Martinez makes seven adjustments from their midweek cup victory over Nottingham Forest, with skipper Gary Caldwell and front men Arouna Kone and Franco Di Santo among those being restored.

14.50: Swansea manager Michael Laudrup elects to stick with the same starting XI that beat West Ham as his side look to go top of the Barclays Premier League with victory over Sunderland at the Liberty Stadium.

New signing Ki Sung-yueng has to make do with a place on the bench, with striker Itay Shechter is also among the substitutes after getting clearance to complete his loan move from Kaiserslautern.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill hands Premier League debuts to striker Steven Fletcher and winger Adam Johnson, with the big-money signings having made their Black Cats' bows in the midweek win over Morecambe.

Big chance: Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas starts with Jermain Defoe (above) over Emmanuel Adebayor

Big chance: Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas starts with Jermain Defoe (above) over Emmanuel Adebayor

14.47: New signing Mousa Dembele has to settle for a place on the bench as Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas makes just one change for the visit of Norwich.

Gylfi Sigurdsson comes in for Rafael van der Vaart, who departed for Hamburg yesterday, and Villas-Boas opts for Jermain Defoe up front ahead of Emmanuel Adebayor.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton keeps faith with the same XI that drew with QPR last week, meaning Sebastien Bassong lines up in defence against his former club.

14.44: And finally from the Liberty Stadium where the hosts aim to make it three wins on the spin and go top of the table:

Swansea v Sunderland
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Chico, Taylor, Dyer, Britton, de Guzman, Routledge, Michu, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Shechter, Moore, Ki, Agustien, Davies.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Cuellar, O'Shea, Colback, Johnson, Larsson, Cattermole, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Kilgallon, Ji, Meyler, Bramble, Saha.

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

14.41: Full line-ups from the Hawthorns as West Brom and Everton aim to maintain unbeaten starts:

West Brom v Everton
West Brom: Foster, Reid, Olsson, McAuley, Ridgewell, Yacob, Morrison, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Long, Fortune. Subs: Myhill, Rosenberg, Brunt, Gera, Odemwingie, Dawson, Jones.

Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Gibson, Naismith, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Heitinga, Mirallas, Gueye, Coleman, Anichebe.

Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

14.38: Some breaking news coming through is that Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is set to be ruled out for a month due to eye surgery this Tuesday. More details should follow on the home page soon…

14.36: It's full time at Upton Park where West Ham have recorded a 3-0 victory over Fulham. I fear for the Cottagers after this, sorry for the cliche but they really missed Mousa Dembele and Clint Dempsey.

The Hammers meanwhile are looking good on their Premier League return.

Heading back: Peter Crouch (top) returns to the Stoke side after starting on the bench mid-week

Heading back: Peter Crouch (top) returns to the Stoke side after starting on the bench mid-week

14.33: Full line-ups from the DW Stadium where the hosts are looking for back-to-back wins and the Potters their first win of the season:

Wigan v Stoke
Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McArthur, McCarthy, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo, Maloney. Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Crusat, Watson, Gomez, Boselli, Miyaichi.

Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Whelan, Cameron, Whitehead, Kightly, Crouch, Walters. Subs: Sorensen, Pennant, Jones, Edu, Adam, Upson, Jerome.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

14.30: From InfostradaLive:

Norwich have conceded in each of their last 34 EPL away matches – an all-time PL record & Spurs have scored in their last 25 at home

14.27: I can understand if all your thoughts in the last few days have been concentrated on the transfer window, so luckily I have a preview on this weekend's action for you to feed your eyes on.

Sportsmail's Martin Keown gives us his take on the upcoming drama this weekend in his Boot Room.

14.24: Full line-ups from White Hart Lane where Spurs and Norwich will hope to record their first victories of the season:

Tottenham v Norwich
Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Livermore, Sandro, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Bale, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Huddlestone, Adebayor, Naughton, Dembele, Townsend, Caulker.

Norwich: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Bassong, Barnett, Garrido, Johnson, Howson, Snodgrass, Pilkington, Holt, Jackson. Subs: Rudd, Turner, Surman, Hoolahan, Morison, Tierney, Tettey.

Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

Last gasp hero: James Morrison (front) secured a point in injury time for West Brom at Spurs last week

Last gasp hero: James Morrison (front) secured a point in injury time for West Brom at Spurs last week

14.21: West Brom boss Steve Clarke keeps faith with the side which drew at Tottenham last weekend for the home Barclays Premier League clash with Everton.

Midfielder James Morrison has recovered from an ankle injury but on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku – a substitute at White Hart Lane – is ruled out with his own ankle setback.

Everton manager David Moyes names the line-up which won 3-1 at Aston Villa last weekend – their second successive league win.

14.18: There is one game in the Premier League happening right now and it's at Upton Park.

Click here to join Alex Horlock and see whether Andy Carroll is hammering the goals in for West Ham on his debut, or whether Dimitar Berbatov is turning on the style for Fulham.

14.15: It's not even been a day since the transfer window closed and already we are starting to see the fall-out.

Well I am feeling it anyway, after constantly refreshing for live updates last night my poor F5 button couldn't take it anymore and gave up on me.

But will the purchases made by Premier League clubs in the last few days turn out to be last minute panic buys or inspired late deals Four fixtures today will provide some clues and the team news is coming up.

Main action: Swansea, Everton, Tottenham and West Brom feature at 3pm

Main action: Swansea, Everton, Tottenham and West Brom feature at 3pm