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Joe Hart picks up baseball cap thrown by fan, wears it for full half

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The magic of the FA Cup isn’t reserved only for lower-league opposition against the powerhouses of the Premier League.

Joe Hart was feeling the magic too.

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A fan seated behind Joe Hart’s goal early in the Hammers’ visit to Shrewsbury Town threw a baseball cap onto the field, so Joe Hart did what any sensible goalkeeper would do…he placed it on his own head and played the entire first half with it on.

With the sun in his eyes fir the entire first half, Hart was sporting the cap while defending set-pieces, taking goal kicks, and he even made a huge one-on-one save on Reece Burke in the 36th minute after Shrewsbury Town had a massive breakaway opportunity. He parried a dangerous effort from Alex Rodman just a minute later, still sporting the cap.

A West Ham fan took credit on Twitter for the initial mistake of sending the hat onto the pitch.  His actions make more sense given that Joe Hart is from Shrewsbury and began his career at Shrewsbury Town before moving to Manchester City in 2006 at 19 years old. His attempts at humor would have been well received at a club where he is revered, and if anything, with the sun in his face, the stunt may have been a genuine attempt to block out the sun which was shining brightly on his goal throughout the first half.

The teams went into the locker without a goal to show for it, and if anything, the League One side looked the more dangerous throughout the 45 minutes. Credit the cap for keeping them out.

Transfer rumor roundup: Coutinho out, Mahrez in; Hart on the move

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A roundup of all the day’s biggest transfer rumors involving clubs in the Premier League, and elsewhere…

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With Liverpool set to demand $220 million for Coutinho — and Barcelona apparently only just short of willing to pay it — the rumor mill has moved a step further in the Brazilian’s six-month-long transfer sage, now focusing on which players Liverpool will spend all that money to replace Coutinho and further improve the squad.

One could surmise that the Reds’ $100-million deal for Virgil Van Dijk was a proactive piece of business with a massive windfall of cash expected to arrive either in the next three weeks or in six months’ time. If so, that leaves just one critically important need in the Liverpool squad: the attacker to replace Coutinho. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, it’ll be Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez, whose transfer fee could also approach nine figures. Mahrez spent most of the summer trying to engineer a move away from the King Power Stadium, but to no avail. Suffice to say, he’d be receptive to the idea.

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Joe Hart moved away from Manchester City because Pep Guardiola was never going to play him, and now it appears the former/perhaps-still-current England no. 1 will have to leave West Ham United, where he’s currently on loan, because David Moyes doesn’t appear interested in playing him either. According to the Daily Mirror, the three aforementioned parties could all agree to terminate his current loan in order to facilitate a move — whether temporary or permanent is unknown — to Newcastle United, where Rafa Benitez attempted to sign Hart in the summer before losing out to West Ham.

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According to Sky Sports, Mousa Dembele could leave Wembley Stadium/the new White Hart Lane for a spell at the San Siro — for either AC Milan or Inter Milan. Both of the Milan giants still-somewhat-big-sides are reportedly interested in the 30-year-old Tottenham Hotspur midfielder who has spent a worrying portion of the last two seasons dealing with nagging foot injuries which have turned into long-term absences. Tottenham would likely prefer to wait until the summer to move Dembele on, unless an obvious replacement were to unexpectedly become available and make him surplus to requirements.

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Elsewhere, Liverpool have Emre Can‘s contract situation hanging over their heads, as they face losing the 23-year-old German midfielder on a free transfer this summer. According to the Guardian, Juventus have already offered Can a five-year contract which would pay him $115,000 per week, plus a “sizable signing-on fee.” Liverpool paid just $13 million to sign Can in 2014, thus it wouldn’t be the biggest loss on their original investment, though his value is easily twice — if not three times — that in the current transfer climate.

West Ham 1-4 Liverpool: Salah keeps shining

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  • Reds score twice in 3 first half minutes
  • Liverpool sixth with 19 points
  • West Ham now 17th

Red-hot Mohamed Salah scored two more goals as Liverpool hammered West Ham United 4-1 at the London Stadium on Saturday in what will surely lead to more calls for Irons coach Slaven Bilic‘s job.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Matip also scored for the Reds, while Manuel Lanzini scored West Ham’s only marker.

Liverpool finishes the day in sixth, climbing back above Burnley on 19 points.

West Ham could finish the weekend in the drop zone if Everton beats Watford on Sunday.

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Joe Hart made a fine intervention early, and it was Simon Mignolet‘s chance to feel danger when Andre Ayew beat him but not the goal in the ninth minute.

West Ham looked up for it until opening up for a counter after a misplayed corner kick. Sadio Mane dribbled the majority of the pitch before deferring to Salah to beat Hart.

Matip then tapped a rebound past Hart off a corner kick. Salah’s corner came off Mark Noble to force Hart’s parry. That fell right to Matip. 2-0, 24′.

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Lanzini bodied Joe Gomez to make it 2-1 with two slick touches, but West Ham made it 3-1 within a minute when Oxlade-Chamberlain had two cracks at Hart.

It could’ve been 3-2 through Lanzini again, but he skied his chance over the bar after a nice feed from Andy Carroll.

Javier Hernandez was pushed in the back with a chance to nod home, but Neil Swarbrick didn’t see a enough for a penalty kick.

Salah made it a three-goal cushion with his final marker of the day.

WATCH: Liverpool scores twice in 157 seconds vs. West Ham

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West Ham’s plans to topple Liverpool quickly went to the birds on Saturday at the London Stadium.

The Reds struck like lightning off a West Ham corner, and Opta tweeted that it took Mohamed Salah 13 seconds from the set piece to the back of its own net.

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Edimilson Fernandes didn’t help things by charging and missing the counter attack, and Sadio Mane dribbled long down the pitch before setting Salah up for the goal.

It took under three minutes for Liverpool to double its lead and heap misery on Slaven Bilic‘s men. Salah’s corner was almost an own goal, but Joe Hart made a solid reaction save off Mark Noble only to see the ball zip to the path of Joel Matip for a tap-in.

Hart rages after “so unprofessional” West Ham misery

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Joe Hart is not used to this, at all.

The West Ham United keeper is used to battling for the top spots in the table, and at worst was a mid-table scrapper with Torino last season.

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But his Irons tossed aside a 2-0 lead at Crystal Palace on Saturday, a silly decision from Michail Antonio allowing the Eagles to race to the other end and score a 97th minute equalizer through Wilfried Zaha.

Hart was baffled. From the BBC:

“I can’t believe we have done that. We fought all the way to the end and then we have been so unprofessional. It is two points dropped. As simple as that.”

It could cost manager Slaven Bilic dearly, with the under fire boss hoping his team’s midweek League Cup fight back at Tottenham would’ve lifted the team into a promising place.

Instead, West Ham’s snared just a single point and sit 13th instead of 10th. Those margins, frankly, are killing the Hammers.

“It feels like a defeat. We knew that the game was not over at 2-0 up at half-time. I am very disappointed with the penalty, but the way we conceded the leveler was very disappointing. We needed to keep the ball and we made the wrong decision with Michail Antonio choosing to cross the ball rather than keep it.”

Antonio was in the Palace corner deep into stoppage time, but instead dribbled toward the goal mouth before meekly giving away possession.

West Ham is one of the more infuriating sides in the Premier League, capable of sublime goals like Javier Hernandez’s opener but also just as adept at tossing aside leads in calamitous fashion. That, ultimately, feels like it will be Bilic’s undoing.

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