Good evening all,

 

As England prepares for more FA Cup action tonight I round up the football news of the day, so sit back, relax and (hopefully) enjoy.

 

If you read my round-up yesterday you’ll remember me saying that Harry Redknapp was planning an eleventh hour raid on Loic Remy as he looked set to join Newcastle. Well, today, it seems QPR have jumped ahead of The Magpies in the race for the Frenchman and a move to London now appears imminent.

 

The SFA have appointed Gordon Strachan as the manager of the Scottish national team today. Strachan will get a chance to see his charges in action against Estonia next month before World Cup Qualifiers against Wales and Serbia in March.

 

Vincent Kompany has successfully appealed the red card he received against Arsenal on Sunday so will now see the ban rescinded.

 

Wigan have suffered a substantial injury setback after a scan revealed Ivan Ramis ruptured a cruciate ligament in the game against Fulham on Saturday. The defender will be out for the rest of the season but manager Roberto Martinez revealed the relief that the injury wasn’t as bad as first thought.

 

AC Milan will not be punished for walking off the pitch in a friendly against fourth division side Pro Patria after suffering racist abuse from the stands.

 

Robbie Keane has returned to Tottenham during the MLS close season but isn’t expected to play for the club. The Irish striker has joined the club’s training sessions but isn’t expected to fill the void left by Emmanuel Adebayor’s departure for the Africa Cup of actions.

 

Chelsea have loaned out Lucas Piazon to Malaga to the end of the season in the aim of building up first team performances.

 

Swansea have signed Roland Lamah from Osasuna on an 18-month loan deal with an option to sign the player on a permanent basis upon expiry.

 

Shakhtar Donetsk will apparently consider selling star midfielder Willian in January providing their £20 million valuation is met. Chelsea and Tottenham have been repeatedly linked with the Brazilian but Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas was behind Chelsea’s interest last season so is expected to continue his pursuit of the playmaker.

 

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has said there have been no bids for midfielder Mohamed Diame and doesn’t expect him to leave in January.

 

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