Premier League stars from the region have joined a literacy drive by naming their favourite books.
A comprehensive roundup of all the transfers for our Midlands teams in the Premier League, as we look back at the January window.
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says he hopes his side can scupper Manchester United's title celebrations tonight with a win.
Aston Villa striker Libor Kozak will miss the rest of the season after breaking his leg in training on Thursday.
The 24-year-old, who signed for Villa in the summer, is set to undergo surgery.
A new campaign, highlighting the dangers of bringing flares and smoke bombs into football grounds, claims children as young as eight have been used to smuggle the pyrotechnic devices into stadiums.
The Premier League, Football League and the FA are working in unison in light of the growing number of incidents in recent months. Earlier this year, a 15-year-old boy suffered lung damage from a smoke bomb thrown during Wigan Athletic's match against Aston Villa.
The Premier League said:
"A disturbing element of increased pyrotechnics has been the involvement of children, whereby it is not uncommon for 'mules' to bring the pyrotechnics into a ground on behalf of others."
Fireworks are illegal at football matches, but more recently a linesman was struck by a smoke-bomb during Tottenham Hotspur's encounter at Aston Villa in October this season.
Stoke have doubts over the fitness of Kenwyne Jones and Marc Wilson, while Sunderland will give Wes Brown a late fitness test.
Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace have named Tony Pulis as their new manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal.[
](http://www.itv.com/news/central/2013-05-22/tony-pulis-disappointed-with-stoke-exit-but-proud-of-legacy/)Pulis left Stoke by mutual consent in May after the club failed to make much progress in the 2012/13 season.
West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka is available again for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Swansea at The Hawthorns after missing the last two games while on compassionate leave.
West Bromwich Albion have confirmed striker Nicolas Anelka will resume first-team training tomorrow.
He had been excused from club duty for matches against Everton and Newport on compassionate grounds. After meeting with head coach Steve Clarke earlier today, Anelka will now be available for Sunday's game against Swansea.
West Brom have signed Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal.
Stoke City have lost the first game of the new Premier League season, succumbing to a 1-0 defeat by Liverpool.
Jonathan Walters had a marvellous chance to earn a point for the Potters in the final minutes, but his penalty was saved by Liverpool goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet, who also saved the rebound.
Liverpool took the lead in the first half through Daniel Sturridge, to send Mark Hughes' side to defeat in his first Premier League game in charge.
Nicolas Anelka is set to make his competitive West Brom debut in Saturday's Premier League clash with Southampton at The Hawthorns.
The 34-year-old, scorer of seven pre-season goals for Albion since joining in July, is one of three new faces added to the squad this summer along with fellow striker Matej Vydra and defender Diego Lugano, both of whom could also be involved in the campaign-opening game.
Much like Newcastle the season before, the Baggies livened up the Premier League last season with a successful campaign that harvested an extremely impressive eighth finishing position.
They came out the traps like a thoroughbred greyhound to shock the establishment, however a mid-season lull ruined their chances of Europa League football leading into a strong finish.
Can West Brom have the strong start they managed last year but keep up the momentum?