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Transfer rumor roundup: Strikers for strugglers

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The Premier League’s transfer window has only a few days left, and strikers are on the menu this Sunday night.

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Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre says West Bromwich Albion is hoping to pry unhappy Watford hero Troy Deeney from Vicarage Road to the Hawthorns for $23 million.

Deeney joined Watford from League One side Walsall in 2010, and has scored 109 goals for the club in its rise from the Championship to the Premier League. He scored 13 goals in first PL season, 10 his second, but has netted just twice in 15 league contests this season.

Speaking of strikers moving between Premier League sides, Crystal Palace is pursuing Burnley striker Ashley Barnes. The 28-year-old has been at Turf Moor since 2014, and has 14 Premier League goals in three seasons. Sky says Burnley would not have much interest in selling Barnes, whose head may already be turned after unexpected rumors of Chelsea interest.

With Feyenoord playing hardball over its Nicolai Jorgensen fee, The Daily Mail says Newcastle United is looking at another strike option in the form of Viktoria Plzen center forward Michael Krmencik.

The 6-foot-3 striker is valued at $14 million, having scored 16 goals in 20 matches across all competitions. Three of those have come in the Europa League, and two in Champions League qualification.

Magpies manager Rafa Benitez also wants Martin Dubravka of Sparta Prague to challenge Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot between the sticks at St. James’ Park.

West Ham United 2-3 Newcastle United: Magpies sweep Irons

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  • Arnautovic scores in 6th minute
  • Saivet makes amends for gaffe
  • First NUFC win since Oct. 21
  • Magpies sweep West Ham

Henri Saivet, Mohamed Diame, and Christian Atsu booted Newcastle United out of the drop zone with a 3-2 win at West Ham United at the London Stadium on Saturday.

The Magpies end a nine-match winless run in the Premier League, rising to 15th with 18 points.

Marko Arnautovic and Andre Ayew scored for David Moyes‘ Irons, who slip 17th.

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DeAndre Yedlin protested an early corner, and West Ham replied by fouling during service.

At the other end, Adrian caught a Mo Diame cross and held it in play as his body carried into the goal.

A horrific giveaway from Henri Saivet sprung Arnautovic for a 1v1 with Ciaran Clark, and the Austrian cut to the right to belt a shot past Rob Elliot. 1-0.

Saivet made amends with a sensational free kick goal. Making his first start in the Premier League under Rafa Benitez, the Frenchman swept a free kick over the wall and just inside the near post to level the score.

Yedlin came close to supplying a go-ahead assist when he ran onto Matt Ritchie‘s through ball, but Dwight Gayle‘s shot popped off the cross bar.

Michail Antonio popped a corner kick over goal with an unmarked header off a corner kick in the 26th. Elliot made a nice stop on Arthur Masuaku moments later.

Matt Ritchie hit the post as Newcastle struck the woodwork for the fourth time in two matches.

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Newcastle went ahead with style, as Christian Atsu nutmegged James Collins and squared to the penalty spot for Diame to belt into the gaping frame.

The lead was set to be shortlived after a penalty was conceded (despite a foul outside the 18) by Newcastle, but Elliot saved Andre Ayew’s poor penalty.

And Atsu piled misery on the Irons with a counter attack that West Ham gave plenty of liberty. Dwight Gayle forced a turnover and Joselu squared for Atsu to finish in the 61st.

But Newcastle born Andy Carroll won a back post header off a corner kick, and Ayew was on the spot to bury West Ham’s second. Game on, 69′.

The Magpies would need every bit of resolve to hold off hard-charging West Ham, but managed to keep the Irons out of their goal.

Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle: Terrific Ozil wins it

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  • Ozil tears into half volley
  • Gunners out-shoot Magpies, 20-8
  • Magpies set for bottom three

Mesut Ozil’s classy half volley led Arsenal to a 1-0 win over stubborn Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

The Gunners move back into fourth with the win, on 33 points.

Newcastle will finish the weekend in the Bottom Three if West Ham holds on to beat Stoke City.

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No big surprise here: Arsenal was on its game early winning a corner after 90 seconds and testing Rob Elliot through Alexandre Lacazette as the clock hit 3:00.

Christian Atsu won Newcastle a free kick at the other end, and Petr Cech conceded a corner from Jamaal Lascelles‘ header.

Some neat movement between Hector Bellerin and Lacazette cued Alexis Sanchez up for a shot that zipped over the bar.

Alex Maitland-Niles picked up a careless Magpies pass and carried into a dangerous position only to rip his shot off the outside of the goal.

Ozil put Arsenal ahead with a terrific left-footed side volley. DeAndre Yedlin has blocked an Alexis shot toward Newcastle center back Florian Lejeune, who popped his clearance toward the German.

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The Gunners started as they finished, and Elliot was forced to slap a rebound away after he failed to corral an initial shot.

Newcastle had its moments in the first quarter hour of the second frame, with Matt Ritchie, Jacob Murphy, and Ayoze Perez especially active.

Elliot denied Jack Wilshere off an Olivier Giroud feed as the game edged toward its final 15 minutes.

Joselu ripped a shot through traffic that Arsenal deflected out for a corner in the 80th minute, and that set piece yielded another corner.

Newcastle had a few more chances, but Cech wouldn’t be beaten at home.

Newcastle United 0-3 Watford: Magpies crushed at home

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  • Hornets rampant
  • Yedlin concedes own goal
  • Hughes, Gray score
  • Newcastle drops 13th

Marco Silva‘s Watford posted an impressive and complete 3-0 win over Newcastle United at St. James Park on Saturday.

Will Hughes and Andre Gray scored for Watford, and Newcastle conceded an own goal off USMNT back DeAndre Yedlin.

The Hornets sit 8th with 21 points, while the Magpies four points above the drop zone.

It’s the fourth-straight defeat for Newcastle United, who looked starved for strike options.

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The Magpies’ 4-4-2 still aimed to find Joselu as if it were a one-man strike force, and the Spaniard mishit an early chance while another Jacob Murphy offering just missed him.

Matt Ritchie also missed with a left-footed offering, while at the other end Rob Elliot made a nice stop on Richarlison.

Jonjo Shelvey scythed down Miguel Britos in the 16th minute which was a foul of the “orange card” variety, so the midfielder was happy to accept a yellow.

Hughes put the Hornets ahead on a nice cut back toward the spot from  Zeegelaar in the 19th minute.

Joselu then had a shot blocked by Adrian Mariappa in a 23rd minute bid to level the score. Matt Ritchie sprung Joselu in the left of the box, but no one was back post to meet his inviting pass.

Newcastle controlled the match following Watford’s first, but DeAndre Yedlin redirected a Zeegelaar cross past Elliot in first half stoppage.

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Andre Gray should’ve put the match to bed in the 48th minute with an unimpeded 40-yard dribble on goal, but his left-footed effort was way off the mark.

Gray converted after a spell of Newcastle possession when Richarlison was able to sweep a cross over Ciaran Clark and onto the path of the striker.

Heurelho Gomes made a 67th minute stop on Joselu as Newcastle tried to find an unlikely way back.

Snakebit Newcastle could not buy a goal, and substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic was stymied several times.

Newcastle 0-1 Bournemouth: Cook wins it in stoppage

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  • Cherries ride strong second half
  • Newcastle wasteful in first
  • Cook nets first of year

Steve Cook‘s stoppage time goal gave Bournemouth a deserved win over Newcastle United at St. James Park on Saturday.

Bournemouth’s win pushed Swansea into the drop zone, and lifts the Cherries out on 10 points. The Magpies drop bottom half with 14.

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Newcastle started well, but a Jonjo Shelvey giveaway sprung Bournemouth into the Magpies third for an early corner kick.

Matt Ritchie laced a left-footed shot that Asmir Begovic pushed wide of the far post in the sixth minute. And Dwight Gayle, getting a rare start, headed Ritchie’s 13th minute cross off a defender and out for a corner.

Begovic stopped Christian Atsu soon after, as the Magpies kept knocking. That’s when Ritchie cranked a shot off the post and Gayle’s rebound goal was deemed offside. It was razor thin if off.

Joselu missed Newcastle’s next chance, after an uncharacteristic turnover from Andrew Surman. It remained scoreless in the 29th minute.

Bournemouth turned the tide for a five-minute span, and Rob Elliot made a pair of strong saves including a remarkable stop on Joshua King.

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Begovic was just a busy after the break, palming over a header from Joselu off a Newcastle corner.

The Cherries should have taken the lead when Callum Wilson found himself alone with Elliot, but he hammered his shot wide.

Bournemouth was very much in the match, and Marc Pugh got away from DeAndre Yedlin to force Elliot into a leaping collection in the 62nd.

Yedlin had a penalty shout at the other end, but Paul Tierney was rightly unmoved. Ciaran Clark then headed a Shelvey corner over the bar.

Pugh cut Yedlin again and beat Elliot only to be denied by Clark and the goal post. Elliot then denied substitute and noted Newcastle killer Jermain Defoe in stoppage time.