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Transfer roundup: Daley Blind set to leave Manchester United for Ajax

• Clubs reportedly agree £14.1m fee for Dutch international • West Ham sign £3.5m Paraguay defender Fabian Balbuena Manchester United’s Daley Blind is set for a return to Ajax after the two clubs reportedly agreed a £14.1m fee for the defender. Blind made 141 appearances in four seasons at Old Trafford after leaving Ajax in 2014, but only played seven Premier League matches last term for José Mourinho’s side. Related: Transfer…

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Dimitri Payet keen on surprise return to West Ham from Marseille

• Frenchman’s representatives have approached West Ham • Hammers set to announce Jack Wilshere signing on Friday West Ham have been offered the chance of a shock reunion with Dimitri Payet less than two years after selling the France forward to Marseille in acrimonious circumstances . Payet’s representatives have asked West Ham, who expect to announce the signing of Jack Wilshere on a free transfer on Friday, whether they would be interested in signing him this summer. The offer has come …

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Premier League fixtures 2018-19: Manchester City start at Arsenal

• Champions travel to Emirates for Unai Emery’s Arsenal debut • Spurs’ new ground not ready until Liverpool on 15 September Manchester City will start their Premier League title defence at Arsenal. The 2018-19 fixtures, announced on Thursday morning, handed Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking team an Emirates Stadium opener on the weekend of 11-12 August – a fixture that will be Unai Emery’s first competitive match as Arsenal manager. Related: Football transfer rumours: Liverpool in for Lazio’s Thomas …

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Bouncebackability: a word coined for the play-offs that fits them perfectly

The best preparation a team can have for a play-off final is the experience of losing one the year before By Richard Foster , author of The Agony and the Ecstasy Iain Dowie coined the word bouncebackability in the 2003-04 season when describing how his Crystal Palace team had gone from the fringes of relegation in December to winning promotion through the play-offs in May. Not many managers have been responsible for adding words to the English lexicon but Dowie shared the…

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Manuel Pellegrini’s in-tray: what the new West Ham manager must tackle

The 2014 Premier League winner with Manchester City has to stiffen the defence, rebalance the squad and handle controversial owners Related: West Ham landing Manuel Pellegrini has the look of a managerial coup Continue reading…

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West Ham landing Manuel Pellegrini has the look of a managerial coup

The Chilean has succeeded with a variety of budgets and his attacking style should help to soothe the disquiet at West Ham West Ham United may just have pulled off the summer’s managerial coup by appointing Manuel Pellegrini , affectionately known as This Charming Man. The Chilean’s sobriquet is borrowed from a Smiths ditty and was given by adoring Manchester City fans during the success-soaked years of 2013-16. Pellegrini was, indeed, the epitome of …

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David Moyes set for talks over West Ham future next week

• Former Everton manager’s current deal expired on Sunday • West Ham also looking at other options to replace Moyes West Ham United are aiming to end the uncertainty over their managerial situation in the next fortnight and will give themselves time to pursue other options before deciding whether to offer David Moyes a new contract. An added complication, however, is that Moyes might choose to reject an offer from West Ham. The former Everton …

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Manuel Lanzini double gives West Ham victory over lacklustre Everton

It spoke volumes that the Everton fans did not spring to the defence of their manager when the locals started having fun at Sam Allardyce’s expense. They simply could not be bothered and are unlikely to shed any tears if this limp defeat marks the end of Allardyce’s unhappy tenure. The former England manager has a year left on his contract but it is difficult to see how he can hope to survive. Leading Everton to eighth place is …

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Karren Brady under pressure to drop Sun column after ‘malcontents’ claim

• West Ham vice-chair wrote of ‘malcontents and keyboard warriors’ • Brady has been repeatedly urged within the club to drop column Karren Brady is facing pressure to drop her weekly column with the Sun after writing that “malcontents and keyboard warriors” have undermined West Ham’s efforts to make improvements to the London Stadium. It is understood that West Ham’s vice-chairman has been repeatedly urged from within the club to end her association with the newspaper, amid weariness at the…

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Mark Noble fires West Ham to win at Leicester and step closer to safety

It must have felt unusual for West Ham United to be revelling in another club’s misery. David Moyes could be seen embracing his players on the pitch after a victory that should secure his team’s survival and even Andy Carroll, who was sent home from training in disgrace earlier in the week, was serenaded by the jubilant away fans at the end. The discontent belonged to Leicester City and it is difficult to see how …

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Alan Curbishley: ‘Football moves on so quickly but I haven’t been on Mars’

Alan Pardew, Mark Hughes, Sam Allardyce, David Moyes and Roy Hodgson have all been given jobs this season so why has a manager with more Premier League experience been ignored? By Sean Cole for The Set Pieces , part of the Sport Network The frequency with which old hands have been given jobs in the Premier League this season has been remarkable. Alan Pardew, Mark Hughes, Sam Allardyce, David Moyes and Roy…

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Arsenal fans ambivalent despite win as Arsène Wenger starts long goodbye | David Hytner

The Frenchman will doubtless receive a vociferous send off as his departure draws closer but the response in the stands was distinctly low key during the victory over West ham The promise had come from Ivan Gazidis. Arsène Wenger’s final game at the Emirates Stadium, the chief executive thundered, would feature “a send-off that the world will take notice of”. That is for later – 6 May against Burnley, to be precise. But what of the manager’s …

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Andy Carroll’s late strike for West Ham saves Joe Hart and stuns Stoke

These are the moments when Gareth Southgate could be forgiven for wondering whether it is time to draw a line through Joe Hart’s international career. This was another personal ordeal for the man who has just lost his place as England’s first-choice goalkeeper. Southgate was here to witness it and, at this rate, there has to be a serious possibility that Hart will be cut adrift from the England squad that goes to Russia for this summer’s…

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Javier Hernández dents Chelsea’s top-four hopes as West Ham spy safety

The life of Ray Wilkins had been celebrated with gusto in this arena prior to kick-off, from banners in the stands to flowers and a vintage No 8 shirt placed on the assistant manager’s seat in the home dugout. Both sets of fans had warmed to the glimpses of the former Chelsea midfielder and coach in action, beamed out over the big screens at either end, with West Ham’s support bellowing out their own admiration. The tributes were heart-felt and…

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Chelsea 1-1 West Ham: Premier League – as it happened

An expert finish from Javier Hernandez and some fine goalkeeping from Joe Hart earned West Ham a valuable point at Stamford Bridge 6.24pm BST Chelsea are booed off, which is a bit harsh . They played pretty well and should have won, but Joe Hart made three excellent saves and the substitute Javier Hernandez scored an emphatic equaliser. West Ham are now six points clear of the relegation places, and should have more than enough to stay in this division…

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West Ham happy for now as London Stadium is spared further misery | Paul MacInnes

Extra security were called in for West Ham’s game with Southampton after recent crowd trouble but a more positive performance on the pitch helped lift the atmosphere The London Stadium was a sea of colour as the teams came out for this match. Those colours were fluorescent orange and yellow, representing the uniforms worn by the dozens of extra security and stewarding staff who had been drafted in for the day. Joe Hart’s…

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Fragile mood blights West Ham’s first return since ugly crowd scenes | Jacob Steinberg

A toxic atmosphere at the London Stadium has led to heightened security for Saturday’s relegation match against Southampton In different circumstances it would be possible simply to look forward to a day of huge significance at the bottom of the Premier League. If life at the London Stadium was that straightforward, however, they would not be fortifying security in front of the directors’ box and there would be no clamour for …

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West Ham increase security for Premier League visit of Southampton

• Changes made to police and steward levels • Barriers are put up to protect the directors Police will be inside as well as outside the London Stadium for West Ham’s game on Saturday and significantly more stewards will be on duty to try to prevent a repeat of the disorder which marred the previous game there. Details of the additional security measures for Southampton’s visit were released on Thursday and it is…

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Said & Done: West Ham, Fifa’s rebrand, and Owen Oyston giving back

The week in football – also featuring: Ed Glazer, laptop abuse and 420 sucklings West Ham , looking to have their beer, Sky TV and VIP “hostess” provision costs met by the taxpayer . “We’re seeking no more than we’re entitled to under the contract – yet we’re being portrayed as the bad guys.” Related: The beautiful game is beginning to reflect all that is ugly in society | David Goldblatt Related: David Squires on …

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West Ham vow to give life bans to fans who invaded pitch or threw missiles

• Club working with police after trouble during defeat by Burnley • West Ham will also ask courts to issue blanket banning orders West Ham have vowed to issue life bans to the fans who invaded the pitch during Saturday’s 3-0 defeat by Burnley. The Premier League match at the London Stadium was marred by four separate pitch invasions as well as protests against the club’s board as hundreds of supporters congregated…

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West Ham accused of behaving like ostriches over abuse of fan

• MP asks Karren Brady why board were silent after fan threatened • Club were alerted to abuse by supporter group before meeting them West Ham United have been described as behaving like “ostriches with their heads in the sand” by a Labour MP who has written to Karren Brady demanding to know why the club have not condemned the abuse and threats aimed at the chairman of one of their supporter groups last week. Wes Streeting, the MP for …

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Swansea leap out of the relegation zone by thrashing feeble West Ham

By the end it had turned into an ordeal for just about everyone associated with West Ham United as André Ayew, the player that they sold to Swansea City in January, inspired Carlos Carvalhal’s side to an emphatic victory that lifts the Welsh club up five places in the table and above David Moyes’s side in the process. The £18m club-record signing was involved in three of Swansea’s four goals on a day when Carvalhal’s team …

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