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Pellegrini ready for VAR after West Ham draw Leicester City

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West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini knows his side played well enough for three points in its 2-2 draw with Leicester City, but also is well aware that the Irons should’ve had three goals before the Foxes’ nabbed their second equalizer of Saturday’s match at the London Stadium.

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Lucas Perez’s would-be brace wouldn’t stand when the linesman’s flag was raised for what should’ve been an insurance goal for the hosts, who were very good on the day.

But Leicester would score through Harvey Barnes in stoppage time to eke out a point in London.

“I think we deserved more than a draw,” Pellegrini said.

“We should have been leading 3-1 but it was a mistake of the linesman. Yes, I’ve seen the goal again and he was one meter onside. There is nothing you can do about that. Next season when we have VAR it can be more fair.”

Still two switched-off moments cost the Irons a win nearly as much as the linesman’s flag.

“We generally played well but you cannot concede two goals.”

Barnes saves Leicester point at West Ham (video)

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  • Antonio gives Irons halftime lead
  • Vardy answers
  • Perez, Barnes trade late goals

Harvey Barnes used stoppage time to score his first Premier League goal as Leicester City twice came back in a 2-2 draw with West Ham United at the London Stadium on Saturday.

Michail Antonio and Lucas Perez scored for West Ham, while Jamie Vardy had Leicester’s other goal.

Leicester moves to 48 points, one back of seventh place Watford, while Manuel Pellegrini‘s Irons have 43 and sit 11th.

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West Ham were better money for an early goal, and Ricardo Pereira got to Michail Antonio just ahead of Marko Arnautovic‘s splendid 26th minute cross to deny the Irons an opener.

Robert Snodgrass stole a pass and fed Felipe Anderson for a shot which looked headed for the far post but smashed Antonio in the chest from close range.

Antonio got a deserved goal of full intent when he collected a Mark Noble crosss and turned a header beyond the reach of Kasper Schmeichel.

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Vardy scored for Leicester out of nearly nothing, with Vardy cutting in front of Fabian Balbuena to knife a Ben Chilwell cross inside the near post.

Balbuena made some amends with a fine block of a James Maddison chance cued up by Harvey Barnes.

Substitute Pedro Obiang cranked a shot off the post that clattered onto the path of Perez for the goal.

Barnes then struck in the second of five minutes stoppage, rolling across and under Lukasz Fabianski following a Youri Tielemans through ball.

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Transfer rumor roundup: Carrasco to Arsenal; Leicester land Tielemans

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Make sure to tune-in for our special Transfer Deadline Day show on NBCSN on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 5 p.m. ET as we focus on all of the moves across the Premier League in the January window. You can stream the show live online right here.

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Yannick Carrasco’s big-money move to Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang last winter hasn’t exactly worked out how he had hoped, and now the 25-year-old Belgian midfielder is desperately seeking to leave the club and return to relevance in Europe. More specifically, the former Atletico Madrid winger is reportedly in talks with Arsenal over a loan move, with an option to buy, to the Premier League. However, AC Milan have reportedly emerged as last-second suitors hoping hijack the deal.


Leicester City and Monaco are reportedly close to completing a loan swap, with no money involved, of a pair of midfielders. Multiple reports have placed 21-year-old Belgian wonderkid Youri Tielemans as joining join the Foxes with Portuguese veteran Adrien Silva, who only joined the PL side in the summer, for $28 million, heading the other way.


Lucas Perez has only been at West Ham United since signing for the Hammers from Arsenal in the summer, but his time at the London Stadium might already be finished. Bundesliga side Schalke have reportedly made a loan bid, with an option to buy, for the 30-year-old Spanish forward.


If Cardiff City have any chance of avoid relegation, they must improve their defensive record (46 goals conceded in 24 games, second-worst in the PL). With that in mind, the Bluebirds are reportedly working toward signing 22-year-old Monaco right back Almamy Toure for a fee believed to be in the neighborhood of $10 million.

Perez powers Irons past Cardiff City

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  • West Ham wins 2nd in four days
  • Two for super sub Perez
  • Antonio also scores

Lucas Perez scored two goals in five minutes to lead West Ham United to a 3-1 win over Cardiff City at the London Stadium on Tuesday.

Robert Snodgrass had two assists, and Michail Antonio also scored for the Irons. Josh Murphy scored in stoppage time for Neil Warnock‘s Bluebirds.

West Ham is now 12th with 18 points, while Cardiff is 16th with 11.

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Felipe Anderson set Marko Arnautovic up for a dangerous early chance, but the Austrian couldn’t find the frame with his effort.

It was an eventful half for Arnautovic who conceded a penalty before leaving the match with an injury.

Arnautovic shoved Junior Hoilett over, but Lukasz Fabianski saved Joe Ralls‘ penalty and it stayed scoreless into the break.

Perez put the Hammers ahead just after halftime with a strong finish, giving Robert Snodgrass a second assist in as many starts.

He’d score his second within minutes, and Snodgrass later garnered a second assist when Antonio headed his corner kick home to make it 3-0.

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Transfer rumor roundup: World record for Maguire, Perez makes London Switch

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No one has spent as much money on a center back as Jurgen Klopp did to bring Virgil Van Dijk to Liverpool.

Jose Mourinho at Manchester United may have to do just that, and all the better if he unsettles his Premier League opening day opponent in the process.

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A Sky Sports report adds fuel to the fire of a Harry Maguire move to Old Trafford, and says United executive Ed Woodward knows he’ll have to spend more than the near $100 million it cost to get VVD away from Southampton.

Maguire’s stock has been raised dramatically since his terrific season at Hull City earned him a move to Leicester City, which in turn helped him to an England spot and the status as a coveted transfer market target.


Di Marzio scribe Matteo Moretto says West Ham United would like to bolster its strike options by asking a player to move just across London.

Lucas Perez arrived at Arsenal from Deportivo La Coruna in 2016, and has scored seven goals with five assists in 21 matches for the Gunners.

He went back to Deportivo in 2017-18, where he scored nine goals with eight assists on loan.