Everton boss Roberto Martinez will use upcoming games against Arsenal and Chelsea to gauge whether he needs to sign more players.
In the second of our series on the people behind our weather photographs, Adam McClean meets 19-year-old Tom Nokes.
Mainly dry with sunny spells. Cloud bubbling up later, risk of an odd shower and feeling cool.
A heavyweight line up will be performing at this weekend's international music festival in Liverpool. 200 acts will be playing including home grown talent like Ian Broudie from the Lightning Seeds, The Farm and Marsha Ambrosius.
Other acts performing include Boy George, Shaggy and Kid Creole with events taking place at Sefton Park and St George's Hall.
The Manchester Pride parade starts at 1pm on Saturday and the Greater Manchester Police band has created the route map below.
Manchester is getting ready for it's annual pride festival.
There is a music event tonight and thousands of people are expected to turn out over the weekend for a parade.
The police have issued a number of road closures to help the public when planning journey's over the bank holiday.
- The Village area around Chorlton Street and Sackville Street will be closed to traffic throughout the weekend from Friday morning 22rd to Tuesday morning 26th August.
- As a result, bus services 219, 219N, 220, 221, X40, X41, X43, Terravision A40, Transpeak and Metroshuttle 1 will be diverted around the area. - The main parade will take place on Saturday 23 August from 1pm, travelling along Liverpool Road, Deansgate, John Dalton Street, Princess Street and Whitworth Street.
This will mean road closures from 6am on Saturday continuing until the parade finishes by 6pm. Parking restrictions will be in place within the closed routes.
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Campaigners on Merseyside fighting to save an historic warship say they're not giving up, even though the vessel's on its way to the scrapyard.
It was on HMS Plymouth where the surrender document was signed at the end of the Falklands conflict.
She's spent the past decade at the docks in Birkenhead, whose owners say her condition has deteriorated so badly they've no choice but to dispose of the warship.
But the HMS Plymouth Trust hope a last-minute legal challenge could save her as Daniel Hewitt reports:
Liverpool FC are believed to have agreed a fee of £16m with AC Milan.
And Balotelli could arrive on Merseyside just in time for a trip to the Etihad Stadium and a game against his old club, Manchester City.
So, after losing Luis Suarez, are the fans happy to bring in another controversial character?
We sent David Chisnall to find out.
Police say they've arrested three people following the rescue of a woman from Eastern Europe, who's believed to have been trafficked into the north west.
Our reporter Amy Welch reports from Greater Manchester Police headquarters:
A teenager from Oldham is looking forward to a bright future tonight, against all the odds.
Jesmin Begum suffered horrific head injuries after a road accident, and doctors thought she wouldn't walk or talk again.
But she defied all medical expectations, and has now got the grades to go to university to study psychology, inspired by those who've helped her deal with brain damage.
Our correspondent Rob Smith has the story:
There has been celebrations and some commiserations across the region today as thousands of pupils collected their GCSE results.
Nationally, the proportion of exams awarded at least a C grade has risen, and some schools here have achieved their highest ever pass rates.
Ralph Blunsom reports from one high school in Cheshire:
Milan said on their website on Thursday afternoon that Balotelli had bid farewell to his team-mates before leaving training.
The statement on the club's website read: "Mario Balotelli left Milanello's sporting centre at 13.30 (local time), after saying goodbye to his team-mates. "Before leaving the premises, the striker has said goodbye to members of Milan's press office."