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Asia Trophy: Wolves top Man City on penalties

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The 2019 Premier League Asia Trophy wrapped up on Saturday, as four PL sides took the field in Shanghai, China…

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Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 (3-2 PKs) Man City

Wolves turned in a fantastic defensive display against the two-time reigning PL champions, indicating that Nuno Espirito Santo‘s side is very much ready for the start of the season. Man City had plenty of the ball in dangerous areas, but Wolves were quick to close off the passages when City typically dominate.

Wolves captain Conor Coady was part of the stellar defensive performance and he lauded some of the young players who entered the game as second-half substitutes and saw the game out to 0-0.

“To beat City at any point is a great accomplishment for us,” he said after the game. “We rode our luck at times but I thought the young boys were outstanding”

David Silva had perhaps the game’s best scoring chance in the 78th minute, but Rui Patricio made a top-drawer save to deny the Spaniard’s curling effort at the last possible moment.

Silva and Ilkay Gundogan began the penalty shootout with back-to-back efforts saved by Patricio. 20-year-old forward Lukas Nmecha was also denied on City’s fifth and final attempt.

Newcastle United 1-0 West Ham United

Newly appointed head coach Steve Bruce watched as an observer, due to “the terms of his visa,” as his Newcastle side beat Manuel Pellegrini‘s West Ham 1-0 in the third-place playoff.

Yoshinori Muto bagged the game’s only goal in the 34th minute. Jamie Sterry whipped in a cross from the right wing that curled around a pair of defenders at the near post and presented itself to Muto, still with plenty of work to do, for a first-time finish.

Watch Live: PL Asia Trophy – Newcastle v. West Ham, Man City v. Wolves

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Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers aim to collect a bit of silverware on the second Premier League Asia Trophy match day of the summer.

But first, a pair of Uniteds look to get off the map after beatdowns in their tournament openers.

Newcastle United and West Ham United were both walloped in Nanjing, and old hands Steve Bruce and Manuel Pellegrini would be happy to massage a victory out of their men.

Then Pep Guardiola and PL champions City get a taste of Wolves before their Oct. 5 meeting in league play.

Below is the full schedule for Saturday’s games in Shanghai’s Hongkou Stadium.

Newcastle United v. West Ham United – 5 a.m. ET – STREAM LIVE
Man City v. Wolves – 7:30 a.m. ET – STREAM LIVE

West Ham signs Sebastian Haller on club record deal

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West Ham made a highly anticipated signing official on Wednesday morning as they secured Sebastian Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt for a club-record transfer fee.

Prior to their Premier League Asia Trophy loss to Manchester City, the club announced the signing on Wednesday on a reported $56 million deal. He signed a five-year deal with an option for a sixth.

“I feel really great,” Haller told the club’s official website. “I think it’s a really good opportunity for me to be here. It means a lot (to be the record signing). It proves that the club [has] really wanted me for a long time. I felt this desire to sign me and I’m really happy to sign, also. it is an ambitious club, a nice club, a nice city and nice fans too

“For me I can guarantee that I will give 100% for the club because the club has given me this confidence and I will try to give it back every day in every game.”

The 25-year-old was prolific during his time in the Bundesliga, arriving at Eintracht Frankfurt two years ago. He made 77 appearances for the club during his two-year tenure, scoring 33 goals, including 24 goals in 60 Bundesliga matches. Prior to joining Eintracht Frankfurt, Haller spent time at Dutch side FC Utrecht and Ligue 2 side AJ Auxerre whose youth system he graduated from.

“Sebastien is a player we have been watching closely for some time,” Director of Football Mario Husillos said in the official club release. “He has always been a key target and someone who myself, Manuel Pellegrini and David Sullivan were very keen to bring to the football club. He is a player with excellent pedigree and experience in three of Europe’s top leagues. His record at Eintracht Frankfurt in recent seasons has been up there with the top strikers in the Bundesliga, and we believe that his physical and technical qualities will be well suited to the Premier League. ”

According to a report by The Guardian, there was a late attempt to hijack the bid by an unnamed Champions League club, but the effort was unsuccessful.

West Ham reportedly on verge of $45M Eintracht striker Haller

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The end of Marko Arnautovic‘s cantankerous London act may’ve walked West Ham United right into a top upgrade on the Austrian.

Arnautovic left town for $27.6 million after Manuel Pellegrini and his players grew tired of the player’s antics and lack of loyalty, and now the Irons are being linked with a $45 million move for Eintracht Frankfurt’s Sebastien Haller on a four-year deal.

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Haller was a big part of an electric attack, combining with Luka Jovic, Goncalo Pacienca and Ante Rebic for 52 Bundesliga goals. Jovic’s 17 paced the group, but Haller was just two behind in 80 fewer minutes.

He added nine assists and was the highest rated player on the roster according to advanced stats site WhoScored.

Haller scored five more times in the Europa League, and is just 24 years old. This would be a huge addition for West Ham, which has plenty of suppliers highlighted by Felipe Anderson.

Transfer rumor roundup: Marcelo to Arsenal; Gomez to West Ham

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Marcelo’s hugely successful time at Real Madrid looks to be coming to an end after they signed Ferland Mendy from Lyon this summer, and plenty of Europe’s top clubs are lining up to sign him.

According to a report from Sport in Spain, Marcelo has told Real he wants to move on as Mendy, 24, has arrived for $55 million and is expected to become Zinedine Zidane’s new first-choice left back.

The report states that Arsenal have joined the likes of PSG, AC Milan and Juventus who are interested in signing the Brazilian full back who was left out of the Selecao’s squad for the Copa America this summer.

Marcelo, 31, has won four UEFA Champions League titles during his 13-year stay at Real and his marauding runs down the left have become a center piece of their play over the last decade.

Do Arsenal need a new left back? It is expected to be confirmed that veteran Spanish defender Nacho Monreal will sign a new one-year deal with the Gunners, but Unai Emery doesn’t have many left back options aside from that with Sead Kolasinac inconsistent last season.

With Celtic digging their heels in and demanding upwards of $30 million for left back Kieran Tierney, maybe Marcelo could be bought for a cheaper price and his experience may help this Arsenal defense.


West Ham have chased Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez for the last six months and after the Hammers failed to sign the Urugugyan striker in January, it looked like they were about to miss out on him again.

But then came a dramatic twist…

Our partners at Sky Sports are reporting that Celta Vigo had agreed a deal with Valencia for the transfer of Gomez, as the La Liga strugglers would receive $20 million and three Valencia players (including former Celta star Santi Mina) in part-exchange for Gomez moving to the Mestalla.

However, per the report, the Valencia players were in the middle of their medical at Celta Vigo’s training ground on Friday but it was then halted as Gomez made a U-turn and decided he now wants to sign for West Ham instead of heading to Valencia to play in the UEFA Champions League.

Gomez, 22, scored 13 goals last season and has 30 La Liga goals in 69 appearances since joining Celta from Defensor Sporting in 2017. West Ham would have to pay Celta Vigo his release clause of $56 million to pip Valencia to Gomez’s signature, and that would be a club-record fee.

With the Hammers selling Lucas Perez, releasing Andy Carroll, reportedly ready to let Javier Hernandez leave and also agreeing a deal to sell wantaway forward Marko Arnautovic to Shanghai SIPG for $28 million, all of a sudden they desperately need to sign a new striker.

Gomez is strong, quick and his hold-up play would link up very nicely with the likes of Felipe Anderson and Michail Antonio in support of him. Signing a young, hungry striker who has given up the chance to play in the UCL may be a perfect fit at a perfect time for Manuel Pellegrini‘s men as they aim to push for European qualification this season.