Sport Gus Poyet has made his first move of the January transfer window with a bid of £2.5m for Liam Bridcutt

The midfielder joins from Brighton

Nemanja Vidic can't believe his red card in the 3-0 defeat to Chelsea

Nemanja Vidic loses appeal over red card against Chelsea

The Manchester United captain was shown a straight red card

Nemanja Vidic has claimed he will not give up on Manchester United's title chances

Chelsea v Manchester United: Nemanja Vidic refuses to rule out Premier League title chances as he targets win over Blues

Vidic's side will be six points off Chelsea should they become the first team to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the league under Jose Mourinho

Mauricio Pochettino's decision to stay as manager was contingent on the club not selling their players

No players will be sold by Southampton, promises owner Katharina Liebherr

The uncertainty that engulfed Southampton in the wake of chief executive Nicola Cortese's resignation was reduced further when the club's owner, Katharina Liebherr, pledged not to sell any players during the transfer window.

A view of the Stadium of Light

Sunderland director of football Roberto De Fanti to leave Stadium of Light

Owner Ellis Short decided to dispense with his services

'It is one of the easiest things in football' - has Jose Mourinho rediscovered Chelsea's defensive mojo?

Blues boss blasé about improving his side's defence

Transfer news: Sunderland target Argentine striker Ignacio Scocco in bid to avoid relegation

Poyet looking to South America to save his club's season

Steve Sidwell heads in Fulham's third

Fulham 3 Norwich City 0 match report: Brede Hangeland's return for FA Cup replay gives Fulham confidence for bigger battles ahead

Norwegian defender helps Cottages to victory - and earns his side a first clean sheet in eight games

Transfer news: Everton interested in bringing in Stoke City forward Kenwyne Jones - reports

Toffees seeking cut price deal for Stoke striker

Nicklas Bendtner wins the Ballon d'Or...according to Arsenal teammate Emmanuel Frimpong

The latest in a series of photoshopped images from the Gunners' midfielderhas added Bendtner to its list of victims

An emergency ambulance similar to the one a seven-year-old called out for is grandad

Seven-year-old Sunderland boy and his younger sister save grandad from heart attack

Adam Smith  called an ambulance and knew to show the paramedics his grandfather's medicine

Jermain Defoe scores Tottenham’s second against Crystal Palace
Reda Johnson scored for Sheffield Wednesday in their 6-0 win over Leeds

Sheffield Wednesday 6 Leeds United 0 match report: Owls smash Yorkshire rivals for six to continue rise up the Championship table

Matt Smith was sent off for Leeds early in the second half but they were already two goals down and the rout only got worse after the dismissal

Leaky Fulham pin survival hopes on Brede Hangeland’s return

When Brede Hangeland joined Fulham six years ago this month the deal’s timing meant he had to watch from the stand while his new club lost 3-0 at home to Arsenal. After Emmanuel Adebayor scored the second of two barely challenged headers he received a text from a Fulham employee: “That’s why we need u” it read.

The Mourinho and Rooney saga may never end

Transfer news round up: Chelsea willing to wait for Wayne Rooney; Jermain Defoe completes switch away from Tottenham; Courtois seeks Mourinho talks

The day's biggest headlines all in one place as Chelsea retain their interest in Rooney and Liverpool turn their attention to Yarmolenko

Gus Poyet

Transfer news: Sunderland boss Gus Poyet confirms interest in Argentinian trio

The Black Cats are on the verge of three more signings, but Poyet admits difficulty in signing English players

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Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
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America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?