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The transfer hunters: how Premier League scouting set-ups compare

As the transfer season hots up, we look at the recruitment structures at the 20 clubs who will be playing in the 2017-18 top flight Arsenal’s chief scout is one of the club’s longest-serving employees. Steve Rowley’s reputation was forged when he spotted an 11-year-old Tony Adams while scouting part-time. Rowley went full-time when George Graham was Arsenal manager, and was promoted to chief scout when Arsène Wenger arrived in 1996. He …

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Premier League pre-season 2017: a full list of all the clubs’ friendlies

From Tanzania to Tennessee here is a rundown of the 20 clubs’ friendly fixtures before the season starts on 12 August All dates and kick-off times BST. All information correct at time of publication Related: Stadiums of the future: a revolution for the fan experience in sport Related: Premier League fixtures: full club-by-club list for the 2017-18 season Continue reading…

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Premier League 2017-18: West Ham unable to play at home until September

• Stadium will not be ready after World Athletics Championships • Chelsea start title defence at home to Burnley, while Spurs begin at Newcastle West Ham United will be unable to play their first scheduled home match of the season against Southampton on 19 August because the London Stadium will not be ready after hosting the world athletics championships this summer. The athletics finish on Sunday 13 August and West Ham confirmed after the Premier League fixtures for 2017-18 had been released that their …

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Who should the 20 Premier League clubs be targeting in the transfer window?

Arsenal need a midfielder, Everton should consider Jordan Pickford, Manchester City should invest in Alex Sandro and West Ham should sign Jermain Defoe By Martin Laurence for WhoScored? , part of the Guardian Sport Network The fact Arsenal need reinforcements in central midfield every summer shows they have failed to rectify an issue that has been holding them back for some time. They have been linked with a move for RB Leipzig’s Naby Keïta on numerous occasions…

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West Ham sign Pablo Zabaleta after defender’s release by Manchester City

• Full-back signs two-year deal with east London club • Álvaro Arbeloa, Jonathan Calleri and Gokhan Tore all exit West Ham have signed the former Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta. The Argentina full-back will join the London club on a two-year deal from 1 July, when his contract with City expires having been released at the Etihad Stadium. “This is an absolute pleasure to be part of West Ham,” Zabaleta told West Ham TV. “I hope I…

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A Premier League season of soap opera where football felt like background music | Barney Ronay

The 2016-17 season still had its drama – moments of brilliance and booming narrative arcs to be resolved – but it was less title race than well-ordered title jog Farewell, then, to the year that almost was. This was a Premier League season that sparked with a controlled excitement, never quite caught fire but still dished up another digestible slice of high-end product. Things kept on almost happening. Leicester City almost completed the most dramatic title-plus-relegation act …

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the final weekend’s action

Jürgen Klopp must reinstate fear factor at Anfield; Southampton’s expectation levels threaten Claude Puel; Antonio Conte sees Arsenal as FA Cup favourites Ronald Koeman was not in the mood to bite when the issue of Ross Barkley’s present and future was presented to him at the end of a flip-flop, relaxed, season-wind-down at Arsenal. Koeman gives the impression he would not be too fussed if an enigmatic homegrown talent headed…

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West Ham’s André Ayew spoils Burnley’s end-of-season party

André Ayew headed a second-half winner as West Ham United gatecrashed Burnley’s party by snatching a 2-1 victory at Turf Moor. Already assured of Premier League survival and their highest finish since 1975 the Clarets were in the mood to celebrate on the final day and Sam Vokes enlivened the atmosphere further by putting them ahead. Related: Peter Crouch heads Stoke to victory over wasteful Southampton Related: Vodafone pulls out of £20m naming-rights deal for

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Premier League clockwatch: Watford v Manchester City and more – as it happened

Chelsea and Spurs are streets ahead of the rest; Liverpool and Manchester City are in the Champions League; the relegated teams were relegated for a reason; Harry Kane wins the golden boot; and Arsenal have defensive issues to sort 5.03pm BST Anyway, thanks all for your company and comments; we’ll be back shortly with the end of La Liga. 5.01pm BST So I guess that’s a season. Snivel. Chelsea and Spurs are …

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Premier League 2016-17 fans’ verdicts part two: Manchester Utd to West Ham

Featuring: Southampton’s record signings; why Stoke need change; and the manager who makes Eeyore sound like Norman Wisdom on nitrous oxide Part 1: Arsenal to Manchester City Pre-season prediction 1st ; Position now 6th Continue reading…

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the final day of the season

John Terry will say goodbye to Chelsea with the title, José Mourinho will pick his weakest team yet and Manchester City should tread carefully at Watford The best team in the league face the worst team in the league in a match that will be played in a carefree atmosphere by everyone except John Terry, whose 717th and final Chelsea appearance will end with him – together with Gary Cahill – …

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Vodafone pulls out of £20m naming-rights deal for West Ham stadium

• Telecoms company abandons plans to sponsor the London Stadium • Breakdown of talks over terms of deal, not over HMRC investigation Vodafone has abandoned plans to sponsor the London Stadium in a £20m deal, dealing the latest blow to the venue’s troubled conversion to West Ham United’s home. The company was believed to be on the verge of a six-year deal to take on the naming rights, several years after the London Legacy Development Corporation, the publicly …

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Philippe Coutinho’s deep impression underlines importance to Liverpool | Sachin Nakrani

Positioned in a different role, the Brazilian was again outstanding in the win at West Ham and showed why they cannot contemplate selling him this summer As Philippe Coutinho departed from the pitch on a warm afternoon in east London, his 89th‑minute substitution met by raucous applause by those who filled the away end, he was embraced by Jürgen Klopp. Nothing surprising there given the frequency with which the Liverpool manger hugs his players but this one felt a little…

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We proved we can cope with pressure, says Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp

• Manager delighted with players after 4-0 victory at West Ham • Victory against Middlesbrough would guarantee top-four spot Jürgen Klopp insisted Liverpool have proved they can handle the pressure after a convincing win against West Ham United tightened their grip on a top-four finish. The manager hailed a “perfect afternoon” as his team defeated West Ham United 4-0 to climb to third position and within three points of securing a place in the Champions League next season…

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Philippe Coutinho strengthens Liverpool’s grip on top four at West Ham

It ended up being one of those afternoons when just about everything went right for Liverpool, who now know they will return to the Champions League next season with a win over Middlesbrough at Anfield in seven days’ time. The equation is that simple for Jürgen Klopp and his players after an emphatic victory over an abject West Ham side ensured Liverpool remain in control of their own destiny going into the …

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West Ham v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

Latest action from the 2.15pm BST kick-off at the London Stadium Jürgen Klopp explains why he’s never doubted Daniel Sturridge Email daniel.harris.casual@theguardian.com | Tweet @DanielHarris 4.11pm BST So, that’s that – but do join Simon Burnton to see grown adults cry. Related: Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United: Premier League – live! 4.09pm BST So, Liverpool need one more win, at home to already-relegated Middlesbrough, to secure their…

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