Chelsea manager Antonio Conte describes his side's first league triumph of 2018 as an "important" win.
MATCH REPORT: Brighton 0-4 Chelsea
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Brighton manager Chris Hughton believes his side's 4-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea is not an accurate reflection of the game.
MATCH REPORT: Brighton 0-4 Chelsea
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Chelsea moved level on points with second-placed Manchester United after two goals in the opening six minutes put them on the way to victory over a spirited Brighton.
Eden Hazard opened the scoring for the visitors with a neat finish from inside the box and midfielder Willian added a second from 18 yards, after a slick move that he started, to leave Chris Hughton's side facing an uphill task.
The hosts' response was impressive. They should have had a penalty when Chelsea stand-in goalkeeper Willy Caballero upended defender Ezequiel Schelotto, while Israeli striker Tomer Hemed was brilliantly denied by the former Manchester City shot-stopper.
Netherlands international midfielder Davy Propper headed against the post and Schelotto went close after the break as Brighton pushed to get back in the game.
Chelsea were always a threat though and Willian saw a free-kick pushed on to the post by Brighton keeper Mat Ryan before Hazard scored his second with a fine solo effort and Victor Moses' late goal completed the victory.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte could savour a first league triumph of 2018 for his reigning champions and a strong finish to the game, although he lost defender Andreas Christensen to a head injury in the second half and was already without captain Gary Cahill, keeper Thibaut Courtois and Cesc Fabregas from the start.
But Hughton's concerns continue, despite his team's battling qualities. This defeat means they have now won only one of their last 13 league games.Fresh approach is unrewarded for Brighton Shane Duffy tries to stop a free-flowing Eden Hazard
The Brighton manager tried something different at the back, selecting five defenders to try and halt his side's costly tendency to concede from set-pieces.
But it was from open play where they simply couldn't live with an opponent they haven't beaten since 1933.
Brighton, with a steady central defensive pairing of Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy, have had a relatively mean defence this term - only the league's top eight sides had conceded less than them before this defeat.
Yet a mixture of misfortune and sloppy play cost them dearly, with Hazard the benefactor on both occasions.
First, Moses' early cross was deflected by Dale Stephens into the path of the Belgian playmaker who quickly found a gap to score the opener. Then Duffy lost possession, allowing Hazard to zip forward and stroke home the third.
There were positives for the Seagulls. They caused Chelsea problems and had VAR been in use they could well have been awarded a penalty when Schelotto was felled.
The industrious Argentina full-back combined well with Pascal Gross down the right flank and will soon have a £14m centre forward to aim for in the shape of new signing Jurgen Locadia.Heatmap showing the combination of Ezequiel Schelotto and Pascal Gross on Brighton's right flankWho needs a target man when you've got these two? Eden Hazard and Willian scored three goals between them and made seven key passes for Chelsea
Like their opponents, goals had been hard to come by for Chelsea recently, with only three in their last five games in all competitions - including three consecutive goalless draws.
This was some way to end the drought.
With striker Alvaro Morata, who had been struggling to score, suspended, Conte turned to Michy Batshuayi who was hoping for an upturn in form after not scoring in the league since netting two against Watford in October.
Conte has reportedly spent much of the January transfer window so far searching for a target man who would make Batshuayi's first-team prospects even bleaker, after only four starts this term. Big centre forwards such as Peter Crouch, Andy Carroll and Christian Benteke have all been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
That search might go on because Batshuayi, despite combining well with Hazard for Willian to score the second, failed to score.
But with Hazard and Willian in this type of blistering form, Chelsea can ravage teams even without a free-scoring striker.
Former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, signed to add attacking threat in the final third, was on the bench and not used at the Amex stadium.
Conte opted to bring on 21-year-old Belgian Charly Musonda instead, and his deft lob created the fourth goal for Moses.Man of the match - Willian (Chelsea) Willian took his goal expertly and each of his four shots was on target as he shone at the Amex stadium
Barcelona says it "strongly denies" reports "regarding Atletico Madrid player, Antoine Griezmann, and an alleged deal with our club".
Griezmann's current deal runs until summer 2022 but the forward, 26, has been linked with a move to Barca.
And Spanish newspaper Sport claims a deal has been agreed between Barcelona and the France international.
Barcelona added it had "objections" to the reports "and reiterates its full respect" for Atletico Madrid.
One report also claimed Barcelona had given new £142m signing Philippe Coutinho the number 14 shirts as they were saving the number seven shirt for Griezmann.
In December, Atletico reported Barcelona to Fifa over an alleged illegal approach for the striker, who has also been linked with Manchester United.
Atletico claimed Barcelona have spoken to people around Griezmann, including family members, and the Spanish club said that broke Fifa regulations.
A spokesman for football's world governing body Fifa said in December: "We can confirm that we have received a complaint from Atletico Madrid."
Sunday's Scottish Cup fourth-round tie between Highland League Fraserburgh and Rangers has been postponed and rearranged for Wednesday 31 January.
Three of Saturday's ties - Albion Rovers v St Johnstone, Livingston v Falkirk and Peterhead v Dumbarton - also went off due to cold weather.
Those three ties are now scheduled for Tuesday 23 January.
Friday's tie, Formartine v Cove Rangers, was postponed and rearranged for 31 January.
Alloa Athletic v Dundee United on Saturday goes ahead following an inspection.
Three games in League Two have been called off - Berwick v Elgin City, Stenhousemuir v Cowdenbeath and Stirling Albion v Edinburgh City.
The rearrangement of the cup ties involving Rangers and St Johnstone is likely to result in the postponement of Premiership fixtures.
With Saints due to face Albion Rovers on Tuesday, Kilmarnock v St Johnstone on Wednesday should be rescheduled.
And Partick Thistle v Rangers on 31 January will also be rearranged with Fraserburgh v Rangers now taking place on that date.
Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is being lined up to replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager in the summer, with former Blues defender Juliano Belletti as his director of football. (Star)
And Manchester City's boss Pep Guardiola is the prime target for Paris St-Germain. (Mirror)
Tottenham are expected to beat Arsenal to the signing of Bordeaux's 20-year-old Brazilian attacking midfielder Malcom. (Telegraph)
There will be no Manchester United return for West Ham's Javier Hernandez as Besiktas close in on an £7.5m (8.5m euro) deal for the Mexican striker, 29. (Goal)
Crystal Palace have bid £9.75m for 31-year-old Italy striker Eder, who plays for Inter Milan. (Corriere dello Sport, via Croydon Advertiser)
Norwich are close to completing a deal to sign Eintracht Braunschweig's 24-year-old Cuban-born German winger Onel Hernandez. (Sun)
Everton are interested in Lille defender Adama Soumaoro, 25, but have yet to make a move for the player. (Liverpool Echo)
Rangers' Portuguese defender Bruno Alves, 36, has emerged as a target for Italian side Benevento. (Sky Italia - in Italian)
Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has said the club did "everything" to try to bring Theo Walcott back to the Saints, before the 28-year-old winger moved from Arsenal to Everton. (Southampton Echo)Gossip column extra: Sanchez to Manchester United and Mkhitaryan to Arsenal
Bournemouth are happy to sell striker Benik Afobe this month but want to get back the £10m they paid Wolves to sign the 24-year-old two years ago. (Sun)
Chelsea will hold more talks with Roma over deals for 23-year-old Brazilian left-back Emerson Palmieri and Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko, 31, next week. (Telegraph)
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has stopped looking for a new left-back after changing his mind about Luke Shaw, 22. (Mail)
Swansea have turned to 'super-agent' Jorge Mendes to help them make some January signings. (Telegraph)Lawro v Fall Out bassist Pete Wentz
It may not be a done deal yet but Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has congratulated Manchester United on signing of Arsenal's Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 29. (Talksport)
Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan bid a tearful farewell to his Manchester United team-mates after what could be the 28-year-old's last training session before joining Arsenal. (Mail)
Manchester United and Paris St-Germain are set to battle it out for French free agent Lassana Diarra, 32. The former Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth midfielder left Al Jazira in the UAE last month. (Le Parisien - in French)
Arsenal are ready to throw in French striker Olivier Giroud, 31, as part of the deal to sign Borussia Dortmund's 28-year-old Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (Independent)
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp doubts Manchester City ended their pursuit of Alexis Sanchez because of money. (Independent)
Derby County are prepared to let their 29-year-old Scotland striker Chris Martin join Sunderland on loan. (Evening Chronicle)
Atlanta United have signed 18-year-old Argentine defender Ezequiel Barco from Independiente in a record-breaking MLS deal. (Goal)
A move to an Italian club could give 28-year-old Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge's career a boost, says former Reds captain Jamie Redknapp. (Liverpool Echo)
Alexis Sanchez could start for Arsenal against Crystal Palace after coming back into first-team training on Friday having previously trained with the youth team. (Mirror)
Sam Allardyce planned to spend the new year in Dubai before going on safari in South Africa but cut his retirement plans short because he "just had to" take the Everton job. (Times - subscription required)
Antonio Conte has called on Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, 25, to overcome any "stupid" psychological problems he may have in front of goal because everyone at the club trusts him. (London Evening Standard)Best of Friday's gossip
Stoke's former England striker Peter Crouch, 36, has emerged as a new target for Chelsea after injury denied Andy Carroll, 29, a possible move from West Ham. (Telegraph)
Chelsea are keen to sign Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko, 31, and Italian left-back Emerson Palmieri, 23, from Roma. The pair could cost a combined £77m. (Star)
Tottenham are rivalling Manchester United in a bid to sign Paris St-Germain's Brazilian forward Lucas Moura, 25. (L'Equipe - in French)
Chelsea may face a transfer ban for breaking the rules on the signing of foreign players aged under 18. (Guardian)
Joey Barton claims it would be "hypocritical" of Liverpool to sack his former team-mate Jon Flanagan, 25, after the English full-back pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend. (Talksport)
Former Wales striker Nathan Blake has claimed he was the subject of racist abuse as a youth player at Chelsea.
Blake, 45, alleges a "culture" of racism existed during his time at the club as a teenager.
"It is the culture that was created. It is not any specific club. It is people within clubs," he claimed to BBC Wales.
A spokesman for Chelsea said the club would support any investigation. He said: "We take allegations of this nature extremely seriously."
He added: "We are absolutely determined to do the right thing, to assist the authorities and any investigations, and to fully support those affected which would include counselling for any former player that may need it."
Blake's allegations come after the Guardian reported that former Chelsea youth-team coaches Graham Rix and Gwyn Williams allegedly racially abused black players during the 1990s.
Both coaches denied "all and any allegations of racial or other abuse" in a statement from their lawyers.Nathan Blake's allegations
Blake claims "a lot went on that should not have happened" while he was an apprentice at Stamford Bridge and that he was not the only subject of racist abuse.
"I had a real super hero strong mother who brought us up to understand racism and to never accept it, and to deal with it if it confronts you.
"[The Chelsea coaches] weren't expecting replies from a dippy little Welsh kid with an afro. They were thinking I was a little kid from woolly-back Wales and wouldn't have a clue.
"Other apprentices at the time, they had been there so long they would say to me, 'You kind of get used to it'.
"These were black players and I was like, 'No, how do you think this?' I am fighting my corner and I'm on my own fighting my corner.
"It was confusing to the point of having a mixed-race player and even he would call the black players derogatory names. The coaches would say you can't fight everyone, but I said 'no, if it is done on the pitch I would rather you comfort me and tell me it is not like that in here, just out there'.
"I did speak to management about it but you can only go so far. I spoke to coaches and the response was, 'We are doing it for your benefit.' Then it was more cutting a deal, 'Ok we won't do it to you.' It was ignorant beyond belief.
"If they say it to others, they are saying it to me. But they would say, 'It is part and parcel'."'Delighted' to leave
Blake was released by the London club in 1990 and the striker, who went on to have a successful career with eight clubs and won 29 international caps, claims he intentionally got himself released.
"I had turned up late the previous week and been told if I turned up late again I was out, so I did, deliberately," he said.
"I wasn't glad to leave Chelsea, I was delighted. It wasn't the strong surviving, the weak did - it depended if you could take the abuse or not."The 'pain never leaves you'
Blake added that while he was subject to alleged racist abuse at Chelsea, he blames individuals rather than the club itself, but was scared to speak out at such an early point in his career.
"Someone is doing it more than you ever heard before and they are in control of your destiny. They are [saying] you are not allowed to react.
"The problem is you can't be the Pied Pier of racism, at that time at that club, and then not own it. It comes back and that's karma.
"You have got a lot of people on the bandwagon, a lot of players and staff. This was the culture that was created by people - not clubs, people.
"If it wasn't so extreme, I would say, I couldn't forgive it but I could understand it, I am an adult.
"What they don't understand is that pain never leaves you."
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has told the club he will take up their offer of a first-team coaching role at the end of the season, according to manager Jose Mourinho.
Carrick, 36, has not played since experiencing an irregular heart rhythm in September, but he began training again in November following treatment.
"The club would be very happy for him to do that. I would be very happy also for him to do that," Mourinho said.
"I expect him to join," he added.
"[He had] a few months without even training so now he is in his second week of training with the team. He is a very important player for us.
"I think it is a good decision for the team and a good decision for him to finish playing football and not injured or with some problem."
Carrick had a treatment called a cardiac ablation after "feeling strange" during the second half of a 4-1 EFL Cup victory over Burton on 20 September - his only appearance of the season.
The British Heart Foundation says an ablation is a treatment that aims to control or correct certain types of abnormal heart rhythms.
Carrick joined Manchester United from Tottenham in 2006 and has won five Premier League titles, the Champions League, Europa League and Fifa Club World Cup with the club.
Championship promotion-chasers Derby and Bristol City had to settle for a point each following a goalless draw.
The Rams went closest, with Aden Flint clearing a Curtis Davies header off the line and Johnny Russell hitting the bar with a free-kick in the first half.
After the break substitute Bristol City keeper Luke Steele saved well from Tom Lawrence and Matej Vydra.
Derby's Cameron Jerome was booked for diving late on when he appeared to be fouled in the box by Flint.
Replays showed the Bristol City defender clearly made contact with Jerome, who was making his debut from the bench after joining from Norwich in midweek, but the striker exaggerated his fall.
That decision capped a frustrating night for second-placed Derby, who are now nine points behind leaders Wolves, as they failed to find a way through.
After a cagey opening, it was Bristol City who had the first clear chance of the game only for Jamie Patterson's half-volley from eight yards to fly well over the bar.
Vydra then saw a free-kick pushed around the post by Fielding, who injured his groin and had to be replaced by Steele at half-time.
More to follow.
Brighton have broken their transfer record to sign striker Jurgen Locadia from Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.
The Premier League side have reportedly paid a fee of about £14m for the 24-year-old Dutchman, who has scored nine goals in 15 games for PSV this season.
Locadia, who has spent his whole career with PSV, passed a medical today before signing a contract until June 2022.
Manager Chris Hughton said: "We are delighted to have signed Jurgen and pleased to welcome him to the club."
Brighton's previous transfer record was £13.5m, which they paid Belgian side Club Brugge to sign Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo last August.
Locadia helped PSV win the Dutch Eredivisie league title in 2015 and 2016, and has appeared in the Champions League.
Hughton added: "He is a player we have been aware of for sometime and it's been no secret we have wanted to add a striker of his type.
"He is a strong, powerful and quick centre-forward with a real eye for goal, and will increase our attacking options in the second half of the season."
Only bottom club Swansea have scored fewer goals than Brighton, who are fifth-bottom in their first season in the Premier League having scored 17 goals from 23 games.
Locadia, who will wear the number 25 shirt for Albion, has represented Holland at all levels from under-17s to under-21s and despite being called up to the senior squad, he is yet to win his first cap.
He scored a hat-trick on his league debut, as an 18-year-old substitute in a 6-0 win over VVV-Venlo in 2012-13, and leaves PSV with a total of 45 goals from 82 Eredivisie starts, plus 45 substitute appearances.
"Jurgen already has a prolific goal record with PSV in the Dutch top division and it is one we hope he can continue here with us in the Premier League," said Hughton.
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Chelsea have made contact with Stoke about signing veteran striker Peter Crouch but no deal is imminent, BBC Sport understands.
Blues boss Antonio Conte wants to bring in a striker, which would allow Michy Batshuayi to leave the club this month.
West Ham's Andy Carroll was an option but that avenue has been closed by the ankle injury that will keep him out for at least a month and possibly longer.
Former Liverpool striker Crouch, 36, is contracted to Stoke until summer 2019.
As a short-term measure, Crouch is attractive to the Premier League champions because he is used to the league, having made 449 appearances, would understand his role as back-up to main striker Alvaro Morata, and is available for the Champions League. He has scored 18 times in European football's top competition.
One drawback is that the former England man has played in both domestic cup competitions for Stoke and is therefore unavailable for the remainder of those competitions.
Find all the latest football transfers on our dedicated page.'It's a no-brainer'
Analysis from former England and Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas on 5 live
It is a weird one, I am not going to lie. What is going through Conte's head is the need for a clear plan B - to go long and cause problems. In terms of that it is a good option. I played with him for years and for a midfielder he is an absolute dream.
It looks like it will be a year-and-a-half deal. It is a no-brainer in terms of wages and what he brings to the table. Why not?
Crouch is as professional as they come - he will be great to have around the dressing room. He will not be overawed because he has been at some big clubs. It is a great opportunity for him and I think the fans will take to him.
French midfielder Francis Coquelin says there is no crisis at his former club Arsenal.
The Gunners have gone five games without a win and are involved in several drawn-out transfer deals, with forward Alexis Sanchez set to leave.
Coquelin, 26, was sold to Spanish club Valencia last week but continues to have faith in manager Arsene Wenger.
"It's not a crisis, they just need a couple of results to get going again," he told the BBC World Football show.
Sanchez looks set to join Manchester United, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan potentially moving in the opposite direction, and Wenger has also expressed an interest in Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Wenger took charge in 1996, with the most recent of his three Premier League titles coming in 2004, and Coquelin believes the French boss must sign an immediate replacement if star man Sanchez leaves this month.
"People tend to forget what Wenger has done for the club," he added. "I understand the frustration but everyone should stand by him, everyone should be behind [him]. That's the only way results are going to turn around.
"If they let Sanchez go, what I am sure of is they will have to strengthen the team, because he will be a big miss. For fans, they demand a competitive team. They will be upset if no-one comes in the transfer market and they let Sanchez go."
You can listen to an interview with Francis Coquelin on the BBC World Football show. He is also on Football Focus on BBC One from 12:00 GMT on Saturday.
Paul Lambert tells Football Focus he was shocked to be offered the manager's job at Stoke City, but has no doubt that he can keep the club in the Premier League.
Watch Football Focus on Saturday, 20 January at 12:00 GMT on BBC One, and the BBC Sport website.
Former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has signed for his boyhood club Feyenoord, 14 years after leaving the Dutch giants.
The 34-year-old is to return on a free transfer after leaving Turkish side Fenerbahce.
The Netherlands international made his senior debut at Feyenoord in 2001 and went on to play 78 games for the club, scoring 22 goals.
He left to join Arsenal in 2004.
Van Persie spent eight seasons with Arsene Wenger's side, winning the FA Cup with them in 2005, before joining Manchester United in 2012 after scoring 132 goals in 278 games for the Gunners.
He is the all-time top scorer for the Netherlands with 50 goals and won the Premier League in his first season in Manchester before moving to Fenerbahce three years ago.
Feyenoord are managed by Van Persie's former international team-mate Giovanni van Bronckhorst and are currently fifth in the Eredivisie, nine points off the Champions League places.
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez says he knew "two or three weeks" ago that Amanda Staveley's takeover wouldn't go through.
Benitez says he has spoken to Mike Ashley about adding to the squad, saying "the club has the names and targets" and that the conversation was "positive".
Burnley have agreed a deal with Everton to sign winger Aaron Lennon for an undisclosed fee.
The 30-year-old, who is surplus to requirements at Goodison Park following the arrival of Theo Walcott, still needs to have a medical, but personal terms have been agreed.
Lennon joined Everton from Tottenham in 2015 and has scored seven goals in 63 appearances.
The former England international has played 19 games this season.
The second half of the 2016-17 campaign was disrupted for Lennon after he was detained by police in May under the Mental Health Act over concerns for his welfare.
Speaking shortly after returning for pre-season training in July, he said he had received "incredible" support from "Everton, Spurs, their fans, football fans and concerned members of the general public".
He has provided two assists in the 19 appearances he has made for the Toffees in all competitions this term.