Arsenal interested in Premier League defender, Gunners turn down Juventus move

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Arsenal have been linked with a move for West Ham defender Sam Byram by Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb. The report claims that the North London club have identified the 22-year-old as a long-term replacement of Hector Bellerin, who is a summer target of Barcelona. The Catalan club are looking to replace Dani Alves, who recently joined Juventus, with Bellerin. However, it’s very unlikely that Arsenal will let the Spanish international leave in the summer. Bellerin, who was selected in the Premier League Team of the Year last season, has a contract until…

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Crystal Palace stun top clubs as huge bid for striker is accepted

Crystal Palace have agreed a fee £31.6 million with Marseille for Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, according to a report by French source L’Equipe. Marseille are under pressure to balance their books and deliver on the budget that they had presented to the league’s financial watchdog the Direction Nationale du Contrôle de Gestion (DNCG). Therefore, Marseille are keen to sell the 22-year-old. Batshuayi provided 17 goals and nine assists during the past Ligue 1 season for a poor Marseille team, also sparking interest from the likes of West Ham, Tottenham, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid,…

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West Ham make improved bid for winger after signing La Liga star, to shelve striker bid

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West Ham are set to make an improved bid of £8 million for Matt Ritchie after having an initial approach turned down by Bournemouth, according to a report by The Telegraph. The Hammers originally made a bid of £25 million for both Ritchie and striker Callum Wilson last month, but will make a new offer of £8 million, potentially rising to £10 million, for the 26-year-old winger. Ritchie is believed to have met with Cherries boss Eddie Howe shortly after the end of the season and expressed an interest to…

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Two Arsenal stars linked with exits from the club

Arsenal looked one of the busiest clubs in the transfer market with a host of players getting linked with the club. Amidst all the potential arrivals, a number of players are also expected to leave the club in the summer. The likes of Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky are the usual suspects, but the latest reports have claimed that a number of first-team players might also depart from the club. Evening Standard has exclusively claimed that forward Theo Walcott is a £25million target for West Ham. The 27-year-old…

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Premier League Season Review – West Ham United

West Ham United: 7th FA Cup: Quarter-finals Capital One Cup: Round Three Europa League: Third Qualifying Round It was always certain to be an emotional season for West Ham as they said goodbye to their home of over a century, Upton Park, before their long-awaited move to the Olympic Stadium for 2016-17. The rather cautious aim was to make sure that they were still a Premier League club when they relocated, but the team then proceeded to make a mockery of that to the extent that for a time they…

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West Ham table offers for two Serie A stars

West Ham United will move to the Olympic Stadium next season and are hoping to build on a very solid season, in which they reached the preliminary rounds of the Europa League. Manager Slaven Bilic is particulary searching for a top class striker and has been linked with the likes of Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi, Liverpool’s Christian Benteke, and Juventus’ Simone Zaza. According to a report by The Daily Mail, the Hammers have identifyed a new summer transfer target and have launched a £16million bid to sign AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca.…

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Manchester United extend starlet’s deal, chasing two young guns

Manchester United have been linked with a number of big football stars all season long, especially since Jose Mourinho was named the club’s manager. However, the Red Devils are also trying to secure their future by adding a set of young starlets. First and foremost, teenage sensation Marcus Rashford has signed a new long-term deal at Old Trafford after his impressive start in the Red Devils first team, according to the club’s official website. Rashford’s new contract is a four-year deal with the option of a further year. The 18-year-old…

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This Premier League stat will haunt Arsenal fans forever

The Premier League season was officially over when Manchester United beat Bournemouth 3-1 on Tuesday, with Wayne Rooney scoring his 100th goal at Old Trafford. Leicester City were crowned league champions after a magical season, with Arsenal coming in second, Tottenham third, Manchester City fourth and Manchester United fifth, as Liverpool and Chelsea struggled all season. However, what if shots that hit the woodwork counted as goals? In that case, three clubs would have registered a total of 70 points: Arsenal, Man City and West Ham. The Gunners would have…

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Manchester United target reacts to transfer rumours on Twitter

A recent report from Sky Sports claimed that West Ham youngster Reece Oxford has rejected a new contract from the club and could leave for a bid in excess of £10 million. The report states that the Hammers risk losing one of their brightest prospects in the summer. The 17-year-old is one of the most sought-after youth talent in Premier League. He made an eye-catching senior debut, at the age of 16, against Arsenal in the opening game of the season back in August. He has only made six more league…

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Stoke vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United can make sure of a top-six finish in the Premier League by claiming all three points away to Stoke City, who will determined to end the season on a high having gone six matches without victory. For all of their controlled possession and neat style of play, Stoke are suffering at present due to a lack of intensity when they do not have the ball, as well as the absence of a quality centre forward. Another mid-table finish is acceptable enough for a club of their standing,…

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Six Premier League teams make top 10 most valuable football teams, West Ham are biggest risers

Forbes has released its annual The Business of Soccer study for the 2014/2015 season, ranking the most valuable football teams in the world. Six Premier League teams make the top ten, with Manchester United being the league’s most valuable club. The Red Devils are worth £2.62 billion and only trail La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, who are worth £2.89bn and £2.81bn respectively. Arsenal are down in fifth place behind Bayern Munich, being valued at £2.12bn. The Gunners lead sixth-placed Manchester City, who are worth £1.52bn. Chelsea and Liverpool are ranked…

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ICYMI: West Ham fans attack Manchester United’s bus, Wayne Rooney reacts [Video]

On Tuesday, West Ham beat Manchester United 3-2 during their last game at Upton Park. However, the encounter was delayed as United’s bus was attacked by Hammers fans before the game. Jesse Lingard laughed about it as he was hiding inside the bus, but not everyone was so happy about the incident. “This was unacceptable. We will find the ones responsible and ban them for life,” West Ham posted on their club website. Wayne Rooney also condemned the actions. Players from @ManUtd filmed themselves as @whufc_official fans bombarded their coach…

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Top five hat-tricks of the Premier League season

This season, Premier League fans have seen many remarkable performances from attacking players. Strikers like Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Sergio Aguero, Romelu Lukaku and Jermaine Defore have scored some valuable goals for their respective teams, while midfielders like Riyad Mahrez and Sadio Mane have also shared goalscoring burdens for their teams. Here we take a look at the top five hat-tricks from this season. 5) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) vs. Leicester City [5-2, King Power Stadium] The Chilean star scored an impressive hat-trick to lead his team to a convincing 5-2…

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West Ham linked with Arsenal forward and former Manchester United star

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has been linked with a move to West Ham United. The Sun, in an exclusive report, has claimed that the 27-year-old forward is set to quit the North London club and is on the verge of joining the Hammers. Chelsea are also said to be interested in the speedster, but he would prefer a move to West Ham as he will get more playing opportunities in Slaven Bilic’s side. Walcott joined the Gunners as a 17-year-old in 2006 and has made 231 appearances for the Gunners. He signed…

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West Ham vs Man Utd – Premier League preview and team news

After 112 wonderful years, West Ham United play their final match at Upton Park on Tuesday as they entertain Champions League hopefuls Manchester United on an evening that promises to be tinged with emotion. There will be real determination among the Londoners to give their home the farewell it deserves before they move to the Olympic Stadium for next season, so a repeat of the performance against Swansea City on Saturday will certainly not be on the agenda. It was a game where they lacked energy and intensity, while as a team…

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Manchester United favourites to sign West Ham starlet

Manchester United are favourites to sign West Ham United’s youngster Reece Oxford, according to a report in the Sun. United scouts reportedly watched over the 17-year-old in the Hammers’ Under-21 Cup win over Hull on Wednesday. The Red Devils are reportedly interested in signing the highly-rated youngster and are planning a summer bid for him. Oxford rose to prominence after impressing in his senior debut against Arsenal on the opening day of the season. He played a key role in the game for his team as they caused an upset…

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West Ham vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United will be hoping to maintain their wonderful form as they push for European football, and their latest opponents are a Swansea City team that now has the satisfaction of having secured mathematical safety. The hosts are still not totally out of Champions League contention, and their hopes are improved by the fact that they have a game in hand on fourth-placed Manchester City. The first target however will be to make absolutely sure of a top six finish, with pressure coming from both Southampton and Liverpool. But the…

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West Ham launch record bid for star striker to beat heavy competition

West Ham have reportedly launched a record bid to lure in Marseille’s striker Michy Batshuayi, according to The Guardian. However, the Hammers are facing heavy competition. West Ham are understood to be in talks over Batshuayi with the French club and any deal would break their record transfer fee, which currently stands at the £15 million the club paid Liverpool to sign Andy Carroll. According to reports in France, Marseille are under pressure to balance their books and deliver on the budget that they had presented to the league’s financial…

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West Brom vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United are just about still in the running for a top four place but they need to finish the season with a run of wins if they are to achieve that, beginning on Saturday when they travel north to face West Bromwich Albion. For the home side points have been tough to come by of late, but they got one against all the odds last time out at Tottenham, in all probability ending their opponents’ title aspirations in the process. Craig Dawson was the man at the centre…

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West Ham facing fierce competition for Bournemouth striker and PSG starlet

West Ham, Inter and Olympiakos are all interested in Bournemouth winger Max Gradel and are willing to pay his £10 million asking price, according to The Daily Mail. The Ivory Coast international joined the Cherries only last summer from French side Saint-Etienne, as they paid £7 million for his services. Gradel provided only one goal and two assists in his first Premier League season, as a cruciate ligament injury ruled him out for six months. However, the 28-year-old has impressed since his return to action for the Cherries and is now wanted by…

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West Ham to inaugurate new stadium with friendly against Serie A giants

West Ham will move from Upton Park to the new Olympic Stadium next summer and the Hammers’ first fixture will be a friendly against Serie A champions Juventus. They will host the Old Lady a week before the 2016/2017 Premier League season starts, on Sunday, August 7, following a ceremony to celebrate the inaugural match at the ground in Stratford. Both teams have never met previously, either in European competition or in friendly games. The joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold told the club’s website: “We are delighted to be marking such a monumental day in West…

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West Ham vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United will be hoping to win for the first time in five matches in all competitions when they take on Watford, who can now play out the season with the satisfaction of having broken the 40-point barrier. There was a lot to dissect from West Ham’s game at leaders Leicester City on Sunday, where two quick-fire goals in the dying minutes saw them go ahead and make their one-man advantage count, only for a disputed penalty at the death to deny them all three points. Overall the performance…

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Jamie Vardy’s famous last words against West Ham could derail Leicester’s title push [Tweets]

Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy was shown his marching orders during the 2-2 draw with West Ham on Sunday. Following his suspension, Vardy was supposed to miss the league game against Swansea, but now the striker has been hit with a charge of improper conduct by the FA, which would see his suspension increased by one game. Vardy supposedly called match referee Jon Moss a “f**king c*nt” after Moss showed him a second yellow for diving at King Power Stadium. The 29-year-old’s outburst following the red card was reported by…

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Four Premier League stars in top 10 players with most assists since 2012/2013

Mesut Ozil is leading the way this season with 18 assists in the Premier League. The German playmaker even leads all players in the five biggest European competitions (England, Italy, Spain, Germany, France). The Arsenal star is also featured in Europe’s top ten assists leaders since the 2012/2013 season, together with three other current Premier League playmakers (via OptaJean). 10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) – 38 The Swede is proving that these days strikers are more than goalscorers. Ibrahimovic has scored a leading 32 league goals this season, but has also…

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Leicester vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

Three more wins are all that stand in the way of Leicester City winning the title, and in order to collect the first of them they must overcome a tricky test posed by a West Ham United side that has not lost in the league since January. Having reached this stage of the season with such a healthy lead at the top, it is now more about results rather than performances for Leicester, who have won several of their recent fixtures without hitting sparkling form. That was certainly the case…

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