Marseille agree terms with West Ham star

Following West Ham manager Slaven Bilic’s revelation that Dimitri Payet wants to leave the club, French publication L’Equipe, this morning, have reported that Marseille have reached an agreement with the Frenchman. Payet has reached an agreement with Marseille pic.twitter.com/hzJz353yiY — Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) January 13, 2017 The 29-year-old attacking midfielder had a blistering start to his career in England, capped off by an international call-up to the Euros. He, however, has found life harder this season, caused, in part by West Ham’s struggles to maintain their great form from last…

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Analysis – Bilic comments call Payet’s commitment into question

On Thursday morning, West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic confirmed the suspicions of many by revealing that star man Dimitri Payet is intent on leaving the club, a fact which reflects badly on the player himself, as well as representing yet another setback in what has been a frustrating campaign for the Londoners up until now. Last term the Frenchman lit up the Premier League, delivering a number of starring contributions as West Ham finished an excellent seventh place and were among the division’s great entertainers. Some of what he…

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Slaven Bilic angry as Dimitri Payet requests transfer

In the press conference, ahead of his side’s game against Crystal Palace, an angry Slaven Bilic announced Dimitri Payet’s decision to leave West Ham. “We have said we don’t want to sell our best players but Payet does not want to play for us. He wants to leave,” Bilic said. “He’s definitely our best player and that’s why we gave him a long contract. We are not going to sell him. This team, the staff, we gave him everything, we were always there for him. I feel let down. I feel…

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Conte Plotting Swap Deal with West Ham?

Michy Batshuayi, who joined Chelsea from Marseille for £33m earlier this summer, is yet to start a League game for Antonio Conte this season and is understood to be unsettled at Stamford Bridge. Conte’s Chelsea has taken the Premier League by storm as they sit five points clear at the top of the table with Diego Costa leading the race for Golden Boot with 14 goals to his name. Even in the absence of suspended Costa, the former Juventus and Italy padrone started with Hazard up front instead of Michy Batshuayi.…

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Premier League relegation fight heats up

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As the Premier League fast approaches the halfway stage of the season, ambitions will soon be fine-tuned and attentions turned towards getting the results needed to achieve specific goals. For the likes of Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool, focus will be on winning as much as possible to try and mount a serious title challenge. For other clubs – Hull, Sunderland, Swansea, Middlesbrough and so on, the focus will quickly change to specifically trying to garner as many points as they can to try and lift themselves away from the…

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Premier League 2016-17 season preview

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The new Premier League season is finally upon us! Time to preview the 2016-17 campaign! Top two It seems the two Manchester clubs will battle for the English football crown this season. Manchester City have Pep Guardiola to coach them and made a couple of excellent signings this summer. Ilkay Gundogan could be gold in City’s midfield, while Leroy Sane adds pace and creativity, and John Stones is made to play in a Guadriola-led team due to his great feet. But can the Citizens play Guardiola football? That’s the big…

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Bilic building a superb young squad at West Ham

Several English Premier League clubs have already been extremely busy in the transfer market this summer and none more so than West Ham. The Hammers have recruited six new players, as manager Slaven Bilic continues to build a superb young squad, with the Croatian having began that work immediately after arriving at the club last June. Bilic preparing for a bright future Bilic inherited a reasonably strong group of players from his predecessor Sam Allardyce but identified the need to strengthen his squad so as to develop a team capable…

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Real Madrid shocked by Dimitri Payet’s price tag, Los Blancos reject massive offer for Alvaro Morata

West Ham United joint-chairman David Sullivan has warned that Dimitri Payet will not be sold unless someone is prepared to pay around £100 million, according to a report by The Sun. The La Liga giants have been linked with a £40 million move for the France international, but it’s clear that won’t be enough to tempt Sullivan into selling his playmaker. “We’re not selling him unless someone wants to break the world transfer record and then we might consider it. Even at his age he must be worth £100 million”, Sullivan said.…

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West Ham to close big transfer soon

Carlos Bacca’s agent is expected to meet West Ham United next week after AC Milan received and accepted a formal £25.6 million offer, according to Football-Italia. The Colombian striker joined the Rossoneri from Sevilla last summer, and scored 18 goals in his first season in Serie A. However, with the Diavolo missing out on Europe again for the coming season and new coach Vincenzo Montella seemingly unwilling to fit Bacca into his plans, it has been suggested he could leave the club. According to Gianluca Di Marzio’s website (via Football-Italia), the Hammers…

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Liverpool accept high bid for winger, ready to move for two midfielders

With the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City making big moves, Liverpool can’t stay behind and have been looking for reinforcements themselves. Manager Jurgen Klopp is hoping to be reunited with Jakub Blaszczykowski, who was one of the German’s star performers at Borussia Dortmund, according to report by Bild. The 30-year-old Poland international, who played for his country at Euro 2016 and scored two goals, is available for around £4.9 million after spending last season on loan at Fiorentina. He’s under contract until 2018. In addition, Liverpool have made a £12.8 million…

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Arsenal and Manchester United battle for Euro 2016 star

Arsenal and Manchester United are reportedly interested in Legia Warsaw midfielder Ondrej Duda. The 21-year-old scored for Slovakia in their 2-1 defeat to Wales at Euro 2016 and was also a part of the team which earned the goalless draw against England. According to Daily Star, Premier League clubs Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham United are interested in signing the player. Duda has been playing for the Polish club since 2014 and is valued at £5 million. Legia Warsaw are expected to let him leave if their valuation is met…

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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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