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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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Boleyn Ground has been the most-packed Premier League stadium this season

According to the latest study from Daily Mail, West Ham United’s home ground Boleyn Ground has been the Premier League’s most-packed stadium this season. West Ham fans have been rewarded with some attractive football by Slaven Bilic’s men in their last season at Boleyn Ground, before the clubs move to the Olympics Stadium, and they have filled the stadium to 99.8 percent of its capacity on an average. Second on the list are relegation strugglers Norwich City, who have managed 99.7 per cent capacity at Carrow Road. Premier League big boys Manchester…

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

West Ham United continue their attempts to reach next season’s Champions League with a home clash against London rivals Crystal Palace, who desperately need points in order to arrest their slide and secure safety. By each passing game it is difficult not to be impressed by West Ham, who are full of confidence thanks to being on a run of just two defeats in all competitions since the turn of the year and at the same time are playing an increasingly stylish brand of football. If it were not for…

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Roy Hodgson draws the ire of fans after his comments [Tweets]

England manager Roy Hodgson gave a very weird explanation for not selecting West Ham midfielder Mark Noble for the Three Lions squad. Speaking ahead of the friendly with Germany, Hodgson called Noble the flavour of the month and compared him to former Norwich striker Grant Holt. Hodgson said: “The fact is there are are always two or three players that are in the news that many people would like to be selected or are better than the players I have selected, that is the nature of my job. I have…

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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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Man Utd vs West Ham – Match preview and team news

Manchester United will be hoping to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 2011, but in order to get there they have to negotiate a tricky home tie with West Ham United. There is very little between the two clubs in terms of league placing, with West Ham in fifth position lying just two points above the hosts. The big difference lies in terms of the style of play, with Man Utd’s patient and possession-based game in stark contrast to the expansive, free flowing outlook…

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Manchester United line up a move for ‘New Vidic’

Manchester United are eyeing up a move for Torino defender Nikola Maksimovic, according to latest reports. The Serbian defender has been hailed as ‘the New Nemanja Vidic’ in football circles. talkSPORT claims that the Red Devils have joined Tottenham and West Ham United in the pursuit of 24-year old. Both London clubs reportedly attempted to sign the defender during the January transfer window, but he opted to stay with the Serie A club. He signed for Torino from Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade in 2013, and his current deal with the Serie…

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Everton vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United are very much in contention to finish in the top four, but to maintain their current fine form they have to negotiate a visit to an Everton side who they have not beaten since all the way back in 2007. This represents something of a test of character for the Toffees, who have struggled for results at home of late despite having the majority of possession and territory in games. It has been on the road where they have found some solace as victory at Bournemouth took…

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Manchester clubs to battle for Premier League defender

West Ham United defender Angelo Ogbonna is having an impressive debut season in Premier League. The Italian international, who signed for the Hammers from Juventus for £8.25 million in summer, has made 22 appearances for the London club this season. According to the Times, his performances have attracted the attention of Manchester United and Manchester City, and both clubs are set to start a bidding war for the player next summer. Both Manchester club are in need of defensive reinforcements and are expected to sign at least one centre-back during the summer transfer…

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West Ham vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Tottenham have the chance to make it a magnificent seven Premier League wins in a row, but face a battle royal against London rivals West Ham United. Although it was a performance that did not carry the same amount of verve as their FA Cup win at Blackburn Rovers the previous week, West Ham still had enough to see off lowly Sunderland last time out. Michail Antonio continued his terrific form by scoring another goal, an area to his game that adds to his impressive energy and work rate. If…

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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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FA Cup Round Five Preview

The last 16 of the FA Cup is when a number of clubs normally begin to feel that they may just have a chance of winning the famous trophy in May, and many of the big guns make up the names that remain in the competition, with six of the Premier League’s current top seven involved in the eight fixtures to be played over the course of this weekend. Having triumphed in each of the last two seasons, Arsenal are the team to stop and they begin proceedings with a…

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Norwich vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

Following a dismal run of five straight defeats, Norwich City will be desperate to begin turning things around with victory over a West Ham United side that has qualification for Europe in their sights. With the exception of a couple of promising moments where striker Dieumerci Mbokani looked mildly threatening, the Canaries were very poor once again last time out as they lost worryingly comfortably to bottom club Aston Villa, a result that also saw them slip into the bottom three. Therefore, this has now turned into a must-win game…

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