Transfer Roundup 24th January- Payet saga goes on, Dani Alves China-bound and more

Less than a week to go before the January transfer window comes to a close, the deals are coming in thick and fast, with lots happening across the globe. Let us take a look at the hottest transfer stories from today: WEST HAM REJECT THIRD BID FROM MARSEILLE FOR PAYET Sky Sports sources say West Ham United have rejected yet another bid from Marseille for wantaway star Dimitri Payet. The latest bid is believed to be in the region of £22.5 million while the Hammers rate their French (homesick) star at £30…

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Dimitri Payet: Hero to Zero Within a Week

If you are an avid football follower, you would have already heard the news of Dimitri Payet putting his foot down with West Ham because he wants to leave the club, as a lot of fans have shared their unhappiness of his desire to leave. With that being said, a lot of fans don’t mind the fact players want to leave their beloved clubs, as they always expect it, but the way in which Dimitri Payet has handled his desire to leave is despicable. This is a player who last…

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West Ham fans turn their backs on Payet with hilarious chant, Twitter reactions

Following Dimitri Payet’s request to leave West Ham last week, the fans have quickly turned their backs on him. His regular matchday chant has been revisited, to a hilarious—if a tad crude—result. As the Hammers cruised to 3-0 win over London rivals Crystal Palace at London Stadium on Saturday, the home fans serenaded their former beloved with a new chant. “F*ck off,  Payet,” “Dimitri Payet,” “We just don’t want you anymore” “You’ve got some f*cking front,” *You money-grabbing c*nt,” *F*ck off Dimitri Payet.” One got to love the unified voice…

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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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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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Multiple heroes emerge to help France to Euro 2016 final

France were the big favourites to win Euro 2016 at the star of the tournament en they made it all the way to the final in the Stade de France, where they will face Portugal on Sunday. Meanwhile, multiple Frencg heroes have emerged. The great Griezmann The French striker deservedly did so when substituted in the last minute of his country’s 2-0 semi-final victory over Germany, as he produced a man of the match performance and scored both goals to send Les Bleus through to the final of Euro 2016.…

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Euro 2016 Group A – Payet to take centre stage for Albania clash

Perhaps it was inevitable, but there were obvious signs of nerves from hosts and tournament favourites France as they began their campaign on Friday against Romania, where only a stunning late goal from Dimitri Payet prevented them from unexpectedly dropping points. But in the circumstances it was clearly the result that mattered most, and victory over Albania in their latest outing will see them qualify for the knockout stages. It is a game where anything other than a French victory would come as a major surprise, but Albania showed that,…

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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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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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PFA announces nominees for Premier League’s Player of the Year award

As the Premier League season has entered it’s final stage, the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has announced the nominees for the Player of the Year award. Like always, there are six nominees. The first one is Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian joined the Foxes in the winter of 2014 from French side Le Havre and has rocketed his club to Premier League gold with 16 goals and 11 assists, making him the favourite to win the award. Riyad Mahrez has been directly involved in 27 Premier League goals, more than any other…

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Top five most creative players in the Premier League

Scoring goals is crucial in a football team’s success rate. But most of the time a player would be unable to hit the net if not for an assist by one of his team-mates. Therefore, we take a look at the five most creative players in the Premier League (via Goal), with the amount of created chances being the difference maker. 5. Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City Despite playing just 21 of a possible 32 league matches for the Citizens, the Belgian sits at 69 created chances. No wonder…

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West Ham vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will be after a third successive win in order to keep their faint title hopes alive, but have a very tricky game ahead of them as they make the short journey across London to face a West Ham United team that is unbeaten at home since August. The hosts are in a terrific vein of form and hopes of the Champions League are still very much alive despite losing a little ground on the top four last weekend as the debatable sending off of Cheikhou Kouyate allowed opponents Crystal…

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Arsene Wenger reveals why Arsenal did not want to sign Dimitri Payet

When Dimitri Payet joined West Ham from Olympique Marseille during the summer of 2015 for £11.25 million, not many expected the Frenchman to become a Premier League star. However, the 29-year-old has provided 12 goals and 11 assists in 31 appearances for the Hammers, nine goals and eight assists coming in the English top flight, including this stunning free-kick against Crystal Palace. West Ham are enjoying a stellar season according to their standards, being ranked sixth in the standings with 51 points after 31 matchdays, just two points down from Manchester…

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Chelsea vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United will be aiming to secure their fifth successive Premier League victory when they make the short journey across London to Chelsea, who appear to have little to play for after exiting two knockout competitions. After being beaten by a superior Paris St. Germain over two legs in the second round of the Champions League, Chelsea were undone by their former striker Romelu Lukaku last weekend as they crashed out of the FA Cup at the quarter-final stage. Given their mid-table position in the Premier League and with…

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West Ham vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

A resurgent Sunderland will be after a second straight win which they hope will lift them out of the bottom three, but Sam Allardyce sees his side face a tough test away to his former club West Ham United. The hosts have not lost at home since back in August, and after their quick-fire comeback to earn a point away to struggling Norwich City they continue to fire on all cylinders. Last weekend they produced a brilliant attacking display to thrash Blackburn Rovers of the second tier and make it…

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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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Top 10 Premier League summer transfers of 2015

The winter transfer period is in full effect, but with the Premier League season passed the halfway point, it’s a good time to evaluate the best summer transfers of 2015. 1. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) Performance: 5 goals + 9 assists The Belgian joined City from Wolfsburg for a record £51.8m this summer. He once escaped from Chelsea, but has not disappointed one bit at the Etihad, scoring five goals and recording nine assists. No other new player has been involved in more goals this season than De Bruyne.…

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Newcastle vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

Resurgent West Ham United will be after their fourth consecutive win in all competitions when they travel to the North East to take on Newcastle United, whose losing streak came to an end last time out. Although it was not enough to lift them out of the bottom three, the epic 3-3 draw at home to Manchester United on Tuesday provided plenty of cause for optimism for everybody at Newcastle. They showed determination, character and fighting spirit to come back from a two-goal deficit instigated by a harsh penalty award, and…

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Crystal Palace vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

Two London clubs who have been responsible for some surprising results so far in this Premier League season clash at Selhurst Park, as fourth-placed Crystal Palace take on a West Ham United side that lies a point and two places behind. The home side are targeting their third consecutive victory after edging past Watford and overcoming the stubborn resistence of a dreadfully dour West Bromwich Albion rearguard action, with their only defeats so far coming narrowly against sides who finished in the top five last term. Palace are a threat…

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West Ham vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United will be looking to make it three Premier League wins in succession when they host a Norwich City side that has only lost once on the road in the entire calendar year thus far. Widely written off before each of their three away games this season, West Ham have been able to leave most football observers dumbstruck after taking a maximum nine points from trips to Arsenal, Liverpool, and most recently leaders Manchester City. Last weekend’s success at the Etihad Stadium was far and away the most impressive,…

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

Top of the league with maximum points from five games, Manchester City will be aiming to recover from their midweek European setback with a win over West Ham United in Saturday’s late kick-off. There was a noticeable difference between City’s display against Juventus on Tuesday evening and the ones which have seen them imperiously to the top of the Premier League. They lacked flair and inventiveness for the most part as their attacking quartet all struggled to get into their game. Samir Nasri was particularly anonymous, while Wilfried Bony found…

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West Ham vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Bournemouth continue their search for their first Premier League points when they travel to Upton Park to face West Ham United in the first meeting of the two clubs in any competition since 1999. After getting the better of title hopefuls Arsenal in such impressive fashion in their opening match, it was something of a disappointment for the Hammers to be beaten by Leicester City last time out in a keenly contested encounter where the visitors had slightly more of a clinical edge in front of goal. The sending off of goalkeeper…

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Preview: West Ham vs Leicester – Dark horses set for fiery meeting at the Boleyn Ground

West Ham United will be looking to follow up their shock victory at title hopefuls Arsenal with success over fellow opening weekend winners Leicester City as they begin their final ever season at Upton Park. Very few people gave Slaven Bilic’s men a chance of taking anything against their London rivals, and not only because they had lost each of the last 10 meetings home and away. But as it turned out, the win was thoroughly merited as they forced Arsenal into numerous uncharacteristic mistakes, and always looked to pose…

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The SIX summer signings that will take the Premier League by storm: Man United new boy tops the list

There have been a number of high profile comings and goings in the Premier League so far this summer, but there are six deals in particular that stand out as exceptionally good business. With the Premier League season set to kick off this weekend, we’re highlighting those six players as ones to watch for the upcoming campaign. Memphis Depay – Manchester United The 21-year-old is well on his way to being the complete forward, and at such a young age, too. Pace, power and an eye for goals, United fans…

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