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Transfer rumor roundup: Latest on Alexis, Neymar to PSG; Van Dijk

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Neymar and Alexis Sanchez to Paris? Brazil and Chile’s finest living as one? Reunited and it feels so French?

The latter’s talents will see Arsenal’s resolve tested by a $46 million bid, according to Sky Sports, though Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has been adamant that Sanchez will not be sold this summer.

Reports circled last year that Arsenal was prepared to offer Sanchez and Mesut Ozil record deals to stay at the club, though PSG has reportedly met with Sanchez and his agent with ideas of incredible $650,000 per week wages at the Parc des Princes.

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A source also told Sky Sports that it would take “a miracle” for Neymar to remain at Barcelona, so that Sanchez/Edinson Cavani/Neymar trident could be coming to a theater near you.


Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino is hopeful of convincing Virgil Van Dijk to stay at St. Mary’s, but for now he’s been forced to ask the defender to take time away from the club.

Van Dijk, hopeful to engineer a move to a UEFA Champions League club, has not been in the preferred mental state for Pellegrino.

“When I was talking with him, the boy said that he is not available to play because he wants to leave. I need to work with a player that works at 100 percent to defend Southampton. This is the decision. I had to say: ‘OK, if you don’t want to be involved because you don’t feel OK, you have to train alone until this period of time.'”

Liverpool publicly ended their interest in Van Dijk following Southampton complaints, and the club maintains it will not sell the influential center back.


West Ham’s loan move for Joe Hart could see both of its 2016-17 goalkeepers leaving the London Stadium. Multiple reports say Darren Randolph could be off to Middlesbrough, with Adrian also heading to the Northeast to play for countryman Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.

West Ham 1-0 Tottenham: Lanzini sinks Spurs with second-half dagger

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For the first time in 14 matches, Spurs didn’t find the back of the net and that very truth could cost Mauricio Pochettino‘s side a chance at the Premier League title.

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West Ham knocked off Tottenham, 1-0, on Friday at the London Stadium, which may very well prove to be Spurs’ final blow in the title race with three matches remaining.

Spurs remain four points behind league leaders Chelsea, who play on Monday against Middlesbrough with a chance to extend their advantage to seven points.

Manuel Lanzini finished off a scrum inside the Tottenham penalty area in the 65th minute to put the Hammers ahead for his eighth PL goal of the season.

West Ham nearly made it 2-0 with under a quarter hour remaining when Jonathan Calleri had his shot from inside the Spurs area punched out for a corner by Hugo Lloris.

Spurs gave the Hammers a flurry of chances to worry about in the 21st minute when Harry Kane had two close-range attempts saved by goalkeeper Adrian, while Dele Alli also had a shot blocked in front of goal.

Lanzini had the game’s first chance after five minutes when Andre Ayew picked out a fantastic long ball down the left side, but the striker’s left-footed effort went harmlessly wide of Hugo Lloris’ net.

Spurs will finish up their season with matches against Manchester United, Leicester City and Hull while the Hammers take on Liverpool and Burnley.

Adrian, Bilic praise Messi-like equalizer from “pure magic” Payet

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To hear West Ham goalkeeper Adrian describe it, the Irons should start streaming their training sessions so we can see more magic from Dimitri Payet.

West Ham’s talisman rescued a point for his struggling club when he essentially worked six Middlesbrough players and delivered a terrific finish in a 1-1 draw at Olympic Stadium in London.

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Adrian says they see that a lot.

“Payet is like that in training,” the goalkeeper said. “He scored like a Lionel Messi goal at Barcelona. It is a massive goal to us.”

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The goal truly was massive, as the Irons avoided losing five in-a-row. They are still in the relegation zone, but baby steps.

Here’s WHUFC head coach Slaven Bilic:

“It was an unbelievable goal, it was a pure magic. It was only a shame it wasn’t a winning goal. We needed that moment of class from our best player to lift the whole team up.”

West Ham 0-3 Southampton: Austin, Tadic pile on West Ham woes

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Charlie Austin remained hot, scoring his fifth goal in his last four matches to open the scoring, and it only got worse for the home fans at the Olympic Stadium as West Ham slumped to yet another defeat, this time to surging Southampton 3-0 behind goals from Austin, Dusan Tadic, and James Ward-Prowse.

West Ham pressed forward in the early going, seeing a number of touches inside the Southampton box, but the Saints held strong. As the first half progressed, the teams dribbled back and forth through the midfield, with the occasional moment of excessive physicality, keeping referee Jon Moss busy.

Oriol Romeu was cautioned in the ninth minute for a very heavy challenge on Manuel Lanzini near the mid-line.

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Southampton began to build themselves into possession past the half-hour mark, and with five minutes to go until the break, West Ham’s leaky defense opened the door again. Ryan Bertrand overlapping on the left cut back to Charlie Austin at the penalty spot and he scuffed a shot past Adrian to put Southampton in front.

Following halftime, the visitors pushed for a second, nearly grabbing it in the 52nd minute when Dusan Tadic’s effort from close range was stopped expertly by a wonderful Adrian save down to his left. That sprung West Ham to life, and the Olympic Stadium responded with a ringing endorsement from the home fans.

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Simone Zaza was booked for diving on the hour mark after flopping over a nothing challenge in the box from Romeu. Down the other end, Southampton struck again. With the Hammers dispossessed in their own half, a brilliant flick from Austin sprung Tadic free on goal, and he rounded Adrian and tapped home Southampton’s second.

Down 2-0, Slaven Bilic threw on young Ashley Fletcher and Sofiane Feghouli, both of whom had an impact. The Hammers screamed for a penalty in the 70th minute as Feghouli looked to clean up bright play from Payet, but his shot hit the arm of Bertrand, although from close range it would have been hard for Bertrand to react properly to avoid the contact, and Jon Moss did not award a spot kick.

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The home side continued to flood forward past the 75th minute, with Southampton content to sit deep and look to counter. Adrian was needed to keep things from getting worse, as he produced quality saves to keep out both James Ward-Prowse and Pierre-Emile Hojberg in the 86th minute. Ward-Prowse would tack on a third in added time, as a deflection off Angelo Ogbonna opened up the young Englishman to poke home easily.

The three points sent Southampton shooting up the Premier League table, into the top half with eight points after their second straight win. Meanwhile, West Ham sits on just three points, shut out for the first time this season and owners of the leakiest defense in the league with 16 goals conceded.

West Brom 4-2 West Ham: Chadli, Baggies punish leaky, leaky Hammers

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  • Chadli converts early PK
  • Rondon, McClean make it 3-0 by half
  • Chadli strikes again in second half
  • Antonio, Lanzini strike back

Nacer Chadli‘s brace headline an offensive onslaught for West Bromwich Albion, which heaped questions on Slaven Bilic and West Ham United after a 4-2 loss at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

Salomon Rondon and James McClaren scored as the Baggies built a 3-0 halftime lead, and the Irons allowed four goals for a second-straight Premier League outing.

Michail Antonio ended the clean sheet with a 61st minute goal, and Manuel Lanzini converted a PK to make the final 20 minutes more promising than a four-goal deficit.

It’s West Ham’s third-straight loss, keeping them in danger of finishing the weekend in the Bottom Three. The Baggies are up to eighth with 7 points.

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West Ham gifted the hosts a penalty in the 7th minute, when Arthur Masuaku inexplicably arm-trapped Matty Phillips’ too-long free kick and Chadli buried the PK to make it 1-0.

Aside from a dead ball here or a missed clearance there  — Masuaku had a howler of a first half — West Ham was always searching for an equalizer with little worry going the other way.

Ben Foster stopped red-hot Antonio at the doorstep in the 35th minute, and Rondon supplied an answer at the other end when he belted a shot between James Collins‘ legs and past Adrian. 2-0.

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The hits kept coming, with James McClean redirected a goal home before halftime, and Chadli adding his second goal after the break.

But Antonio scored off a Dimitri Payet assist, imagine that, and the Irons soon drew a penalty that Lanzini converted to make it 4-2. Surely a Tony Pulis side wouldn’t allow two more goals, right?

The Hammers kept pushing, and Foster needed to make a terrific reaction save on James Collins to keep it 4-2 with under 10 to go at the Hawthorns.