Two Premier League playmakers sign new contracts

Despite interest from several clubs, Bojan Krkic and Dimitri Payet have signed a new contract with Stoke City and West Ham respectively. Krkic signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with the Potters, according to the BBC, despite the interest of the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal. The Spaniard joined Stoke during the summer of 2014 from Barcelona for a £1.35 million transfer fee and has provided five goals and one assist in 19 Premier League appearances this season. Last year, he scored four times in 16 league matches before being ruled out for…

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Stoke vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Stoke City will be aiming to collect their fourth consecutive Premier League victory when they play host to a goal-shy Watford side that has not won on any of their last three outings. After a slow start, the Potters have really found their groove in recent weeks, and the main secret to their improvement is a greater solidity at the back. In the early weeks of the season goalkeeper Jack Butland was given very little protection from those in front of him and was often the man responsible for keeping his side…

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Stoke vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Determined to lift themselves out of the bottom three, Stoke City will be hoping to claim their first Premier League victory of the season over a confident Bournemouth side who they have not faced since the 2001-02 season when they were both in the third tier. There was a marked improvement from the Potters in their last game against Leicester City, with the return of long-term absentee Bojan Krkic to the starting XI making a massive difference in terms of their attacking play. His presence inspired more inventiveness and incision,…

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