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Tottenham continue to harvest rewards from Mauricio Pochettino’s methods

Spurs head to West Ham United on Wednesday for the first of two crunch derby matches this week One by one, the Tottenham Hotspur players came across to shake Daniel Levy by the hand. The club’s chairman was bemused, to the point where he turned to Mauricio Pochettino and asked him whether it was a new rule he had implemented. The manager smiled. It had started out as a rule but …

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The Gallery | Dimitri Payet

This week’s winner is Alastair Wake who wins a copy of Got, Not Got: Shirt Tales & Short Stories: The Lost World of Football Kits . Next week we’d like your takes on the new Fifa president, Gianni Infantino . Send your efforts to gallery@theguardian.com by noon on Monday 7 March as a jpeg, complete with a caption . Anyone who forgets will have to book Louis van Gaal for diving Continue reading…

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The best goals of the week: Dimitri Payet, Thomas Müller and Christine Sinclair

Featuring a couple of crackers from the FA Cup, a swirling free-kick from Malaysia, a looping shot from Scotland and an overhead kick from the Bundesliga Continue reading…

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FA Cup quarter-final draw: Chelsea face tricky trip to Everton in sixth round

• Arsenal will play Watford at home if they can beat Hull in fifth-round replay • West Ham face trip to either Manchester United or Shrewsbury Town Chelsea have been given a difficult away tie at Everton in the FA Cup quarter-final in the only confirmed all-Premier League clash in the sixth round draw, after the London sailed past Manchester City 5-1 on Sunday. Related: FA Cup sixth round draw – as it happened Continue reading

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Slaven Bilic wary of Blackburn inflicting another FA Cup upset on West Ham

• West Ham depleted by injuries for trip to Ewood Park • Bilic remembers cup defeats as a player 19 years ago Seventh in the Premier League and still buzzing from the exhilarating high inspired by the Angelo Ogbonna header that looped beyond Simon Mignolet in the last minute of their replay against Liverpool, West Ham United are heavy favourites to reach the last eight of the FA Cup at the expense of Blackburn Rovers, who are 18th in the Championship and …

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Dimitri Payet ends China speculation by signing improved West Ham deal

• French playmaker agrees new long-term contract until 2021 • Summer signing had been reported £38m target for unnamed Chinese club Dimitri Payet has signed a new long-term contract at West Ham. The 28-year-old French playmaker was only seven months into a five-year deal having joined from Marseille for £10.75m last summer but had been a reported £38m target for an unnamed Chinese club. Such has been Payet’s impact…

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West Ham v Liverpool: FA Cup fourth round replay – live!

FA Cup fourth round replay from Upton Park (7.45pm GMT kick-off) Liverpool owners discuss ticket prices again as fans plan further protests And feel free to send an email to scott.murray@theguardian.com 12.21pm GMT West Ham United go into this match as strong favourites, whatever team Liverpool decide to put out. The logic is simple enough. They’ve beaten tonight’s opponents home and away in the league this season…

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West Ham begin talks with France’s Dimitri Payet over new contract

• Club confirm negotiations over new deal for Payet have started • ‘Talks are progressing well and it is hoped they can be concluded shortly’ West Ham have entered contract negotiations with the France international Dimitri Payet amid speculation the player was demanding a huge pay increase. The 28-year-old joined the Hammers in the summer but has proved to be one of the best pieces of business completed by a Premier League club and has been hailed…

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Maya Yoshida celebrates as 10-man Southampton keep out West Ham

Another clean sheet and, most important, another win for Southampton. Victor Wanyama’s avoidable sending-off in the 54th minute meant they had to withstand a barrage of West Ham United pressure but the resurgence of Ronald Koeman’s team since the turn of the year shows no sign of abating thanks to Maya Yoshida’s early goal. This victory made it 13 points from the last 15 and suddenly a top-six place is in Southampton’s sights. They have still not conceded since Fraser Forster made…

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Aston Villa’s Jordan Ayew apologises for red card at West Ham

• Striker banned for three games over elbow on Aaron Cresswell • Premier League’s basement club now without three strikers Jordan Ayew has apologised for his red card at West Ham which deepened Aston Villa’s relegation worries. The striker was dismissed after just 17 minutes when he elbowed Aaron Cresswell as Villa slipped to a 2-0 loss at Upton Park on Tuesday. Related: Michail Antonio helps seal West Ham win as Aston Villa pay for

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Michael Antonio helps seal West Ham win as Aston Villa pay for Ayew stupidity

Of all the reasons that Aston Villa look certain to be playing in the Championship next season, nothing is more maddening than their unerring ability to tease us with the idea that they are capable of pulling off one of the greatest escapes in Premier League history, only to let themselves down with needless implosions. Ever so briefly, ever so tantalisingly, Rémi Garde’s side had West Ham United on the ropes, but Jordan Ayew will …

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West Ham stand firm at Liverpool to earn FA Cup fourth round replay

Jürgen Klopp and Slaven Bilic fell laughing into each other’s arms after Joey O’Brien sliced a shot into the bored spectators in the Anfield Road. It was a rare opportunity for West Ham United and a rare moment of levity for the Liverpool manager. He will not be amused at another replay being added to Liverpool’s already congested fixture list. Continue reading…

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Jürgen Klopp rules Daniel Sturridge out of Liverpool clash against West Ham – video

Jürgen Klopp says at a press conference on Friday he does not know when Daniel Sturridge will be fit after ruling the Liverpool striker out of the next two games against West Ham United and Leicester City. He also responds to whether he will play the younger members of the Liverpool squad against West Ham Continue reading…

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West Ham defender Carl Jenkinson could be out for season with knee injury

• Full-back set to return to parent club Arsenal for rehabilitation • New signing Sam Byram now expected to play key role West Ham’s Carl Jenkinson could miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury, with the full-back set to return to his parent club Arsenal for his rehabilitation. The on-loan defender clashed with Sergio Agüero in West Ham’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Saturday and…

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Premier League clubs scouting Marseille winger Georges-Kévin N’Koudou

• West Ham, Manchester United and Liverpool scouts were in Lyon on Sunday • Marseille’s striker Michy Batshuayi will not be sold for less than €50m Scouts from several English clubs including West Ham, Manchester United and Liverpool attended Marseille’s’s 1-1 draw with Lyon on Sunday night to watch Georges-Kévin N’Koudou. Related: Premier League locked in to virtuous circle and likely to stay on its perch | Sean Ingle Continue reading…

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Sergio Agüero rides to Manchester City’s rescue twice in West Ham draw

If these are indeed the final few months of Manuel Pellegrini’s tenure as Manchester City manager then he might as well enjoy them and, in particular, being paid to watch Sergio Agüero. This was another occasion in which the Argentina striker showed his clinical brilliance in front of goal, scoring either side of half-time and rescuing a point for his team that they hardly deserved. Related: West Ham United v Manchester City: Premier League –…

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Ten young footballers to watch out for in 2016

From the latest kid off the block at Tottenham to the next John Stones via Teddy Sheringham’s protege, here our 10 young players set to make their mark Mauricio Pochettino is not always given to effusiveness, so it caught the attention when he spoke almost evangelically about one of Tottenham’s young prospects in December. “He is a special boy, a special player,” said Pochettino of Onomah, who had just made his first …

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Scott Parker: ‘My passion is to coach a team. I’m out of my comfort zone’

The former England midfielder knows time is ticking down on his playing career but he is already one step ahead of the rest, on the road to football management Early afternoon at St George’s Park and Scott Parker has taken leave of the latest intake of Pro Licence candidates, all discussing the day’s early sessions over a buffet lunch, and is shedding light on what a former England midfielder does next. The latest trend among elite players is to gravitate towards punditry…

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Sam Byram is just the latest young star Leeds United have failed to hold on to

West Ham completed the signing of the 22-year-old on Wednesday, leaving Leeds United with an all too familiar transfer window feeling The moment Leeds United’s president, Massimo Cellino, suggested he would ‘prefer to sign someone else’ even if Sam Byram changed his mind about the new contract offer he had turned down, the writing was on the wall for the player’s future at the club. The 22-year-old’s 143rd…

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Leeds defender Sam Byram snubs Everton to join West Ham

• Byram has rejected chance to move to Goodison Park • Both clubs had an initial offer of £3.7m accepted last week West Ham United have beaten Everton to the signature of Leeds United’s coveted defender Sam Byram. Everton last week agreed an initial £3.7m deal with the Championship club for the 22-year-old, who discussed a proposed move with manager Roberto Martínez and the personal terms on offer at Goodison Park. However, the prospect of more regular…

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FA Cup: talking points from the third round

Héctor Bellerín could be the best right-back in England; Kelechi Iheanacho deserves his chance; Jon Walters is the Cup specialist; Oxford provide an upset When Arsène Wenger was asked after Arsenal’s 3-1 win against Sunderland if there was a better right-back than Héctor Bellerín in England he could not help laughing a little. “I don’t know,” Wenger said, clearly wishing the question could simply go away, before adding: “Look at the numbers…

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West Ham’s Slaven Bilic rules out selling Andy Carroll this month

• Sunderland and Newcastle have been linked with moves for striker • ‘Nobody at the club wants to sell him, he’s a very good player’ West Ham manager Slaven Bilic insists Andy Carroll will not be sold this month. Sunderland, and Carroll’s former club Newcastle, have been linked with moves for the 27-year-old striker, amid reports the Hammers were considering cashing in on a player with a bad injury record. Related: Andy Carroll…

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Andy Carroll delivers knockout blow for West Ham against Liverpool

Jürgen Klopp has brought much to Liverpool since arriving there last October, most notably a renewed sense of belief, but the one thing the German is still struggling to give the team is momentum. They arrived here looking for a third straight victory but instead lost for a second time in four games, with the pain for those who filled the away end here extended further by the identity of the man who delivered the killer blow. Andy Carroll has waited …

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West Ham United v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 12.45pm GMT game at Upton Park And tweet @bglendenning or mail barry.glendenning@theguardian.com 1.00pm GMT 13 min: West Ham are playing very well here, buoyed by the confidence gleaned from their early goal. Cresswell picks out Andy Carroll with a cross from the left, but the big Geordie’s header isn’t anywhere near powerful enough to trouble Simon Mignolet in the Liverpool goal. 12.58pm GMT 11 min: Antonio began…

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Transfer window wishlists: who Premier League fans want to sign this winter

Fans assess where the money should go this month – from big deals for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marco Reus and Gareth Bale, to a swoop for Curtis Davies The need for defensive midfield cover for Francis Coquelin is obvious: Leicester’s Kanté has been impressive, and Bender and Krychowiak are among the rumour mill’s usual suspects. But with competition for that sort of talent fierce and availability limited, it’s hard to imagine …

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Jürgen Klopp: ‘I don’t want to bring Daniel Sturridge back too soon’

• Klopp: ‘I am not holding Daniel back, I am trying to get him fit’ • Sturridge will not make his comeback for Liverpool at West Ham on Saturday Daniel Sturridge will not be making his latest injury comeback at Upton Park on Saturday afternoon despite hints from Jürgen Klopp that he might be ready to play against West Ham. The Liverpool striker declared himself fit after a hamstring strain a few days ago but has stayed on Merseyside along …

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English Premier League Table

# Team P
1 Manchester City 6
2 Arsenal 6
3 Brentford 4
4 Tottenham Hotspur 4
5 Newcastle United 4
6 Leeds United 4
7 Chelsea 4
8 Brighton & Hov… 4
9 Aston Villa 3
10 Nottingham Forest 3
11 AFC Bournemouth 3
12 Liverpool 2
13 Fulham 2
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
15 Leicester City 1
16 Crystal Palace 1
17 Southampton 1
18 Everton 0
19 West Ham United 0
20 Manchester United 0

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