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Five Things: Arsenal boss in denial, Man City striker the star of the show, Newcastle dig in for big win

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It was another fun-packed weekend in the Premier League, with plenty of areas for discussion at both ends of the table.

Manchester City’s victory over Leicester City left them eleventy million points clear at the top of the standings and they could have things wrapped up by the end of March.

Done deal: West Ham confirm forward departure

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West Ham United confirm forward Toni Martinez has joined Segunda Division side Real Valladolid on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old made just three appearances in all competitions since joining from Valencia in 2016.

Done deal: World-class defender makes Premier League return

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West Ham have confirmed the signing of Patrice Evra, with the French international signing a short-term deal until the end of the season.

The world-class 36-year-old returns to the Premier League where he won five titles in an eight-year stay at Manchester United. His final season at the club saw him play under David Moyes, whom he’s now reunited with at West Ham, and will bring even more experience to an already aged backline.

Five Things: Man City boss should grow up, Liverpool forward deserves better, West Ham United in a pickle

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There’s just 12 games to play in the Premier League and despite Saturday’s disappointing 1-1 draw at Burnley it’s difficult to imagine Manchester City not winning this season’s title.

Raheem’s Sterling’s shocking miss gave the Clarets the chance to secure an undeserved point, but Pep Guardiola’s side still hold a 13 point lead over Manchester United.

Transfer round-up: West Ham seal late deal, Everton bag Man City defender, Ayew returns to Swansea

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It was a hectic final day in the January transfer window, with dozens of deals completed across Europe.

West Ham United, Everton and Newcastle United were amongst the clubs busy trying to seal last minute transfers at the end of a month that saw Premier League clubs spend more than they had ever previously done during the winter window.

Transfer round-up: Mahrez wants Man City move, Chelsea and Arsenal sagas roll on, Everton eye defender

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It’s Deadline Day! After weeks of rumours and whispers we’ve reached Jim White’s magic day and (at the time of writing) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is STILL a Borussia Dortmund player.

All the big clubs are involved in possible last minute deals, with Aubameyang’s move to Arsenal and Riyad Mahrez’s last ditch attempt to join Manchester City amongst the biggest transfers floating around.

West Ham United join the race to sign talented Ligue 1 midfielder

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West Ham United have been linked with a move for Lille midfielder Ibrahim Amadou.

The Hammers have offered a £2 million loan fee along with an option to buy for £14m.

However, L’Equipe has claimed the French club want a firm commitment from West Ham before they will sanction the move.

Transfer round-up: Liverpool star on his way, West Ham given “hands-off” warning, Manchester duo set for another transfer battle

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With just three days of the January transfer window remaining there’s still plenty of deals left to complete.

The majority of the top clubs in the Premier League are likely to do business as they bid to strengthen for the last few months of the season.

Sportslens takes a look at progress of some of the main transfer rumours.

Everton hope to pinch £20m midfielder from West Ham United

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According to La Derniere Huere, Everton are confident of signing Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker, despite West Ham United also being in the race for his signature, reports talkSPORT.

The 22-year-old has made 156 appearances for the Belgian side, winning one league title and two Super Cups.

Transfer round-up: Moura keen on Tottenham, Giroud rejects Dortmund move, Chelsea set to swoop?

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The last 24 hours in the transfer market can probably be consigned to the “all talk, no action” section in the history books, with the majority of rumoured deals still rumbling on. And on. And on.

Negotiations have stalled between Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund over a potential transfer for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with the Gunners seemingly doing their best to wind up the German club with low offers.

West Ham United linked with move for creative midfielder, 22 goals in 111 games

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West Ham United have been linked with a move for Fulham captain Tom Cairney.

The 27-year-old has helped Fulham climb into Championship promotion contention in recent weeks and the club have insisted the midfielder is not for sale.

West Bromwich Albion reportedly had a £15 million bid rejected earlier this month, but Sky Sports have claimed the Hammers are set to test Fulham’s resolve.

Transfer round-up: Arsenal urged to seal Aubameyang deal, Dzeko’s Chelsea move stalls, Mario’s West Ham move back on

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With under a week to go before the January transfer window closes there’s still plenty of time for some major deals to be completed.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Edin Dzeko and Jean Michael Seri are amongst the players strongly linked to move elsewhere before the end of the month.

Sportslens takes a look at the top transfer rumours doing the rounds.

Five Things: Man Utd star laughs off Burnley boo-boys, Arsenal must spend, Man City star shows his worth

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It’s ‘as-you-were’ at the top of the Premier League, with the top three sides all recording victories over the weekend.

Manchester City’s 3-1 success against Newcastle United keeps them 12 points clear of Manchester United, with Chelsea a further three points behind in third place.

Sportslens takes a look at five talking points from the latest round of games.

West Ham United chasing talented 24-year-old Serie A defender

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West Ham United are interested in signing Bologna left-back Adam Masina.

Italian football expert Gianluca di Marzio has claimed the Hammers are weighing up a bid for the 24-year-old who is also wanted by Napoli.

The Moroccan-born defender made his Bologna debut in a 2–1 away win over Latina in October 2014 and helped the club win promotion to Serie A that season.

Five Things: Arsenal boss should step aside, calm down Liverpool fans, top four a must for Tottenham

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It was another action-packed weekend in the Premier League, with plenty of areas for discussion at both ends of the table.

Liverpool’s thrilling victory over Manchester City and Arsenal’s continuing troubles under Arsene Wenger were just a couple of the main items debated over the past couple of days.

59-goal striker eager to seal £15 million move to West Ham United

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Krasnodar striker and Russia captain Fyodor Smolov wants to sign for West Ham United.

The 27-year-old is keen to move to London and Sky Sports says the Hammers are expected to make a bid for him once Diafra Sakho completes his move to Crystal Palace.

Smolov has scored 59 times in 90 games for Krasnodar and 11 goals in 28 appearances for Russia.

West Ham United willing to offer €18 million talented defender

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West Ham are willing to offer €18 million for Basel defender Manuel Akanji.

Swiss journalist Andreas Boeni says the player is also wanted by Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton have also been linked with Akanji, who is valued at around €20 million by the Swiss clubb.

West Ham striker heading for exit, move reliant on incoming signing

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West Ham striker Javier Hernandez is wanted by new MLS club Los Angeles FC.

Hernandez joined the Hammers from Bayer Leverkusen for £16 million last summer, but he has scored just four times for the club.

The 29-year-old featured in Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Shrewsbury Town and was largely anonymous before being substituted in the second half.

West Ham, Everton and Newcastle target rules out move abroad

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Olivier Giroud’s agent Michael Manuello says the Arsenal striker won’t move to Turkey or China.

The Frenchman has been linked with numerous clubs after struggling to hold down a starting spot this season.

Giroud has started just once in the Premier League this term, making a further 14 substitute appearances and scoring four times.

Everton and West Ham transfer plans dealt big blow as this player stays put

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Everton and West Ham may be forced to search elsewhere for midfield reinforcements as Steven N’Zonzi could be persuaded to stay at Sevilla.

The French midfielder emerged as a top target for both Sam Allardyce and David Moyes after he fell out with boss Eduardo Berizzo after being substituted at half-time against Liverpool in the Champions League last month.

Swansea pin hopes on new manager bounce

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London (AFP) – Swansea City’s decision to sack manager Paul Clement reflected the mounting anxiety in the Premier League’s lower reaches as the frenetic festive period begins.

Clement was dismissed on Wednesday with Swansea four points adrift of safety at the foot of the table, becoming the sixth manager to have lost his job in the English top flight this season.

Swansea pin hopes on new manager bounce

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London (AFP) – Swansea City’s decision to sack manager Paul Clement reflected the mounting anxiety in the Premier League’s lower reaches as the frenetic festive period begins.

Clement was dismissed on Wednesday with Swansea four points adrift of safety at the foot of the table, becoming the sixth manager to have lost his job in the English top flight this season.

Alonso edges Chelsea past Southampton

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London (AFP) – Marco Alonso’s free-kick on the stroke of half-time gave champions Chelsea their second Premier League win of the week with a 1-0 victory over Southampton on Saturday.

The hosts dominated but could not find a second against a Southampton team that defended resolutely, and needed a good save from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to deny Saints substitute Charlie Austin.

Wenger desperate for win in race for Champions League places

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger knows Arsenal cannot afford another slip-up when they face Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium aiming to end a damaging run of three Premier League games without a win.

Wenger’s team played a scoreless draw at West Ham United on Wednesday and is in seventh place going into Saturday’s meeting with Rafael Benitez’s team.

Wenger won’t abandon Arsenal title hope

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has refused to give up on the Premier League title despite a goalless draw at West Ham United that left Arsenal 19 points adrift of leaders Manchester City.

Arsenal are seventh, below Burnley, having added just two points in three games after a 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester United and a 1-1 draw at Southampton before Wednesday’s stalemate.

Wenger won’t abandon Arsenal title hope

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has refused to give up on the Premier League title despite a goalless draw at West Ham United that left Arsenal 19 points adrift of leaders Manchester City.

Arsenal are seventh, below Burnley, having added just two points in three games after a 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester United and a 1-1 draw at Southampton before Wednesday’s stalemate.

‘Honest’ Conte says title still a pipe dream

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Huddersfield (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte says he would rather be honest than pretend he believes his team are realistic contenders for the Premier League title.

Conte claimed after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at West Ham United that his side’s defence of their title was effectively over.

‘Honest’ Conte says title still a pipe dream

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Huddersfield (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte says he would rather be honest than pretend he believes his team are realistic contenders for the Premier League title.

Conte claimed after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at West Ham United that his side’s defence of their title was effectively over.

Arnautovic strikes Hammer blow to Chelsea title bid

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London (AFP) – David Moyes claimed his first win as West Ham United manager after Marko Arnautovic’s goal gave the Premier League strugglers a shock 1-0 win over champions Chelsea on Saturday.

Arnautovic, the Hammers’ £24 million ($32.1 million, 27.3 million euros) record signing, struck in the sixth minute to earn Moyes his first win in his fifth game since succeeding Slaven Bilic.

Arnautovic strikes Hammer blow to Chelsea title bid

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London (AFP) – David Moyes claimed his first win as West Ham United manager after Marko Arnautovic’s goal gave the Premier League strugglers a shock 1-0 win over champions Chelsea on Saturday.

Arnautovic, the Hammers’ £24 million ($32.1 million, 27.3 million euros) record signing, struck in the sixth minute to earn Moyes his first win in his fifth game since succeeding Slaven Bilic.

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Former Man Utd star Patrice Evra at West Ham’s training ground

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Andy Carroll’s head turned by Chelsea interest

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Andy Carroll: Chelsea linked with new approach

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Video: West Ham stars do Supermarket Sweep challenge

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FA Cup 4th Round US TV schedule features intriguing matchups

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The fourth round of the FA Cup kicks off this weekend, and there are several intriguing games to watch. The action kicks off on Friday with Yeovil Town, playing in a stadium with a capacity of less than 10,000, hosting Manchester United in a match that should feature the United debut for Alexis Sanchez.

Capital Crackers: Pedro Obiang And Son Heung-Min Trade Long-Range Stunners As West Ham Hammer Out 1-1 Draw With Tottenham (Photos & Video)

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West Ham battled to a 1-1 draw with Tottenham at London Stadium on Thursday, in a one-sided game which produced two magnificent goals.

Spurs dominated the game throughout, mustering a whopping 31 shots in the 90 minutes, but found themselves thwarted time and time again by the Hammers' backline.

Must See Goals: Obiang and Son light up Wembley

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The Premier League's festive fixtures are coming to a close with a London Derby between West Ham and Tottenham.

The Hammers, defending their way through this difficult away tie, went ahead in the 70th minute thanks to this thunderous blast from Pedro Obiang:

That has GOT to be one of the goals of the season!

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Welbz with a Christmas Cracker

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The midfield was a little flat with two similar players in the centre.

The centre backs handled a strong forward line with ease and composure.

Welbz ran his heart out and was duly rewarded, Big Ollie tried a few flicks, Theo missed a sitter.

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Aside from two good chances for the good guys in the five minutes before half time, there was very little goalmouth action.

Is there a game on?

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Apparently there's a Carabao carnival of soccer ball in North London this evening.

The "happy" Hammers come to the Emirates hoping for another glorious bore draw and penalties. Either that or the shackles will be off with the fear of losing Premier League revenue removed and we could be in for an attacking goal fest.

Academy of Football. Moyes?

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The Hammers. Blowing bubbles. The Academy. Bobby, Geoff and Martin. Trevor's header at Wembley.

All a long time ago. Nothing remains of that West Ham. Now they are just another industrious, unimaginative team. Allardyce and Moyes. Pragmatism. Andy Carroll.

This doesn't mean they cannot beat us, as they showed at the weekend such tactics can work.