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PL roundup: Spurs run wild on Everton, Chelsea settles for another draw

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Get caught up on all seven of Saturday’s Premier League fixtures…

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Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 EvertonFULL RECAP

Harry Kane‘s 98th career goal for Spurs helped pace a comprehensive victory for Mauricio Pochettino‘s side at Wembley Stadium, bringing his goal total up to 20 on the season. Spurs now sit level on points (44) with fourth-place Liverpool, who have a game in hand.

Chelsea 0-0 Leicester CityFULL RECAP

The Blues looked second-best again on Saturday, and were lucky to see Ben Chilwell sent off in the second half to relieve some pressure from the Chelsea back three. Antonio Conte‘s side have now gone three straight PL matches winless, all of which resulted in 0-0 draws.

Watford 2-2 SouthamptonFULL RECAP

Controversy struck at Vicarage Road, prompting a major request for VAR to be introduced in the PL. Abdoulaye Doucouré’s equalizer proved to be a contentious one for the Hornets, after the attacker clearly appeared to use his hand in the lead up to his goal.

Crystal Palace 1-0 BurnleyFULL RECAP

Don’t look now, but there’s been some serious life with Crystal Palace as of late, and the Eagles are up to 12th in England’s top flight. Bakay Sako’s second goal in as many matches paced the home side, providing another blow to Sean Dyche and Burnley — who now sit in seventh place on 34 points.

West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion — FULL RECAP

For the first time since August, the Baggies have won a league match, and that’s brought West Brom to within two points of 17th place. Meanwhile, Brighton’s up-and-down league struggles have pulled the Seagulls to within three points of the relegation zone with 15 matches remaining.

Newcastle United 1-1 Swansea CityFULL RECAP

No team has scored fewer goals this season than the Swans, who have found the back of the net just 14 times. The finish proved to be vital though at St. James’ Park, as Swansea picked up an important point to remain in the relegation race. Joselu‘s second-half finish helped pull one back for the Magpies though, as the match finished level at full time.

Huddersfield Town 1-4 West Ham UnitedFULL RECAP

 

David Moyes has sparked life into his West Ham side, and the former Manchester United boss picked up his 200th PL victory on Saturday. Manuel Lanzini‘s brace helped put the match away for the Hammers after Mark Noble and Marko Arnautovic gave the visitors the initial lead.

Bayern signs Germany midfielder Goretzka from rival Schalke

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MUNICH (AP) Bayern Munich signed Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka on Friday on a free transfer from Bundesliga rival Schalke effective from next season.

Bayern said the 22-year-old Goretzka signed a four-year deal from July 1 through June 2022.

Schalke, which Goretzka joined in 2013 from hometown club Bochum, said the player informed the club this week of his wish to join Bayern when his contract expired.

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“We think we did everything in the last months to convince Leon to stay with us,” Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel said. “In the end, it wasn’t enough.”

Schalke had long been engaged in trying to get Goretzka to extend his contract, but was aware of reported interest from Bayern, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Liverpool.

“We’re very happy that Leon Goretzka, a German international with big potential, has decided in favor of Bayern despite big-name international competitors. This way it’s ensured that Leon Goretzka remains in the Bundesliga,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

Goretzka scored 19 goals and set up 13 more in 130 appearances for Schalke.

The club had previously expressed its displeasure with Bayern making public statements about its player after Goretzka was praised by sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and coach Jupp Heynckes.

Heidel said “we don’t need to hear every day from the Munich people how good our player is.”

Goretzka has six goals in 12 games for Germany.

Pele hospitalized overnight in Brazil

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The most famous soccer player in the world had a scare last night as he was hospitalized in Brazil for “severe exhaustion.”

Pele, 77, was set to travel to London this weekend to be honored by the Football Writers Association, though it looks like that trip has now been postponed.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Pele collapsed and was taken to a hospital in Brazil where he has undergone a series of tests which appear to point to severe exhaustion,” a FWA statement said. “He remains on fluids while doctors monitor his recovery.

“Thankfully, there is no suggestion of anything more serious than exhaustion.”

Here’s to hoping Pele makes a full recovery.

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USMNT centerback Carter-Vickers heads to Ipswich Town on loan

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Cameron Carter-Vickers has a new club to call home for the next five months or so after a rough first half of the season.

Tottenham announced Friday morning that it had loaned the U.S. Men’s National Team centerback to Championship club Ipswich Town for the rest of the season. Carter-Vickers spent the first five months of the season at fellow Championship side Sheffield United, starting 17 times though he struggled recently as Sheffield won just one game he played in during the month of December, losing three and drawing one.

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Carter-Vickers was then recalled earlier this week and now has a new home with a mid-table Championship club, with a new chance to impress. Hopefully Carter-Vickers can recover his form and continue to grow, potentially latching on to another Premier League side next year or breaking into the Tottenham first team.

There’s another interesting American tie-in to this. Carter-Vickers appears to be a short-term replacement for Ipswich Town’s Tommy Smith, who the club states is headed to join the Colorado Rapids ahead of the 2018 MLS season.

Sanchez, Mkhitaryan transfer still up in the air

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The player-swap/trade/transfer between Arsenal and Manchester United still appears to be heading towards completion, but it was further delayed Friday.

Multiple reports in England state that while Alexis Sanchez seems set to move to Manchester United, Henrik Mkhitaryan has yet to agree to move the other way, as talks between the player’s agent and Arsenal continue. Mkhitaryan was seen training at Manchester United’s practice facility on Friday, and because the latest delay, both players would be unable to debut for their new teams this weekend after missing the Premier League registration deadline.

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Arsenal hosts Crystal Palace Manchester United travels to Burnley, both on Saturday at 10 a.m. (Watch Arsenal live on CNBC, Manchester United live on NBCSN, and both live on NBCSports.com)

The London Evening Standard reports that Mkhitaryan would command a $242,000-per-week salary but that as of Friday morning he had yet to undergo a medical for the transfer. Arsenal reportedly still wants a transfer fee included for Sanchez, while Manchester United would prefer to just swap the two players.

It’s also looking as if that won’t be Arsenal’s only business in the transfer market. While it seemed like a far-fetched rumor at first, the links between Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Arsenal have only grown stronger in the past few days, and the Gabon international appears to be in the Gunners sights. It appears that Bordeaux’s young striker Malcolm is now off the table.