Florian Thauvin left the Premier League a transfer bust, and may be returning for a lot more money as a World Cup champion.
Thauvin, 26, is being linked with a move to West Ham United for $45 million and the services of Mexican national team star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez.
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Newcastle boss Steve McClaren couldn’t coax a single goal out of Thauvin in 2015-16, and he was quickly back at Marseille.
He then scored 15, 26, and 15 goals over the next three seasons, breaking into the French national team and playing a single minute in France’s World Cup victory. Here’s the thing, though: you can’t prove they would’ve won it without that minute.
Hernandez has scored 15 Premier League goals in the two seasons since he arrived from a Bundesliga run with Bayer Leverkusen. He’s earned just two of his 108 caps since the 2018 World Cup, scoring against Paraguay after a sub’s turn versus Chile in March 2019.
Good deal for the Irons? Marseille probably likes what it sees from its end.
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Declan Rice and Mark Noble scored first half goals to lead West Ham United to a 2-0 defeat of Newcastle United on Saturday at the London Stadium.
West Ham United has closed ground on Wolves in the race for 7th with the win.
Newcastle United remains six points clear of 18th place with nine matches to play.
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West Ham struck early through Rice, who lost Federico Fernandez while jockeying for position pre-corner and put a simple header past Martin Dubravka.
Ayoze Perez was offside for a 28th minute equalizer bid. Sean Longstaff then played a beautiful diagonal ball into the West Ham box to no avail.
West Ham earned a penalty, when Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez was taken down in the box by Florian Lejeune. Noble went to the spot and finished well for 2-0.
Fabian Schar nearly turned a second chance off a corner kick into a goal in the fifth minute of first half stoppage, but it was blocked out for a corner and the Irons saw their lead into halftime.
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Perez’s shot across goal could’ve easily been 2-1, but it was too wayward to be a goal and too hard to meet a receiver.
Arthur Masuaku cued up Hernandez with a diagonal beauty, but the Mexican’s first touch wasn’t enough.
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There are goals in all five 10 a.m. ET kickoffs, including a stunner at Leicester City and two red cards.
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Bernardo Silva‘s early goal was answered by Callum Wilson before halftime as the Cherries are hanging with the hosts.
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It’s level at the John Smith’s Stadium, where Mathias Jorgensen put the Terriers ahead in the first minute. His teammate Steve Mounie took a red card in the 32nd and Shane Duffy restored level terms for Brighton before the break.
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A Jamie Vardy penalty and marvelous juggling goal from James Maddison have the Foxes holding the Hornets down.
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Javier Chicharito took one of West Ham’s few chances, and Ayoze Perez has missed several chances to level the score at St. James’ Park.
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The Eagles are deservedly ahead of lowly Burnley, with James McArthur‘s 16th minute the only goal as Palace is out-attempting the Clarets 9-0.
Mexico is nearly onto the knockout rounds with plenty of time to spare.
Carlos Vela converted a PK and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez also scored in a 2-1 win over South Korea on Saturday in Rostov-on-Don.
Heung-Min Son buried a shot in stoppage time for South Korea’s goal.
El Tri got another decent performance from Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, who also scored Mexico’s goal in a 1-0 win over Germany.
A Swedish win or draw against Germany at 2 p.m. ET moves Mexico onto the knockout rounds.
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A handball allowed Vela his chance from the spot, and Mexico had its lead after 26 minutes.
Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa made several decent stops for Mexico in the win, though South Korea were admittedly wasteful in the final third.
Lozano then cued up Mexico’s insurance goal from Chicharito, who danced around a defender before bounding a ball home.
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Son scored a beautiful goal in the third minute of stoppage time to put South Korea on the board.
Mexico will take on Wales on Monday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA as they warm up for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Playing in the United States is nothing new for the USMNT’s southern neighbors, and it doesn’t phase them. In fact, they love it.
Star striker Chicharito told reporters that he and the rest of the squad is more than happy playing north of the border, because according to him, apart from a pair of venues, they can’t even tell they’re on the road.
“We always feel welcome here,” Chicharito said. “It’s like our second country, if we can say that, apart from Columbus [Ohio] and apart from the stadium in Miami when we played Colombia…those two stadiums, that’s the only time I’ve felt that we were the away team.”
Chicharito knows that the high population of his countrymen and women in the United States helps the Mexican team feel close to home when they play over the border. He’s all for the melting pot of the US.
“We feel at home [in the United States],” Chicharito said. “We have plenty of Mexicans here, so I don’t know what else to tell you, we feel welcome, we feel glad, happy to be in touch with those people here. They are sacrificing a lot of things, and they are all enjoying their lives that they decide to live in the USA…it’s great. It’s great when you come to another country and you feel like you are home. You see all the stadium green, shouting and screaming your names, screaming your goals, so yeah, it’s great.”
Mexico will play Wales on Monday at 9:00 p.m. ET, and will return home to take on Scotland at Azteca on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET.