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Watford 1-1 West Ham United: Deeney, Ayew trade goals

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  • Zarate gives away quick PK
  • Deeney converts
  • Ayew equalizes

Andre Ayew tapped in after Michail Antonio struck two posts with one shot, as West Ham scored a well-deserved equalizer in drawing Watford 1-1 at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Troy Deeney converted a penalty for Watford, who lost ex-West Ham man Mauro Zarate to a serious-looking knee injury in the first half.

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Watford earned a penalty within two minutes, as Troy Deeney played Mauro Zarate into the box and Cheikhou Kouyate took down the Argentine. Deeney beat Darren Randolph and it was quickly 1-0 to the hosts.

The Hornets continued to dominate the proceedings before West Ham saw a terrific chance in the 18th minute, with Robert Snodgrass‘ shot deflected out.

The Hammers had the better of play for a spell before a long delay when Zarate suffered a serious knee injury that stretched the first half into 10 minutes of stoppage time.

West Ham came close to answering several times in the second half, but was either a shade off or denied by Heurelho Gomes. The ex-Spurs backstop flew to deny Jose Fonte’s 62nd minute header.

And Michail Antonio nodded Aaron Cresswell‘s inviting cross wide of the near post in the 69th minute.

Antonio was the catalyst for the equalizer, curling a shot off both posts that went right to substitute Ayew. He finished. 1-1.

A second yellow card came Antonio’s way in the 86th minute, as the Irons would have to finish the away match down a man.

Isaac Success nearly won it for Watford on the doorstep just before the final whistle.

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Transfer rumor roundup: Jagielka, Begovic, Berahino, Zarate

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There’s action all over England, from those defending the goal mouth to others striving to conquer it.

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— Bournemouth wants an upgrade on Artur Boruc, according to The Telegraph, and that could come in the form of Chelsea backstop Asmir Begovic.

The Cherries reportedly had a $12.5 million bid turned down by Antonio Conte, who has Thibaut Courtois in the No. 1 seat and Portugal national team backup Eduardo in the ranks (along with three keepers on loan and young goalie Mitchell Beanie).

— Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger shut the door on acquiring West Ham wantaway Dimitri Payet according to Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre:

“We have many players offensively who can play in this position. You are interested by the quality of the player but there needs to be a need as well, and we have no need in this domain.”

— Clubs in need of experienced Premier League backs need look no further than Everton, where manager Ronald Koeman has admitted that England international Phil Jagielka could leave Goodison Park. The 34-year-old center back has 40 caps for England and has made 337 appearances for Everton. He could be a massive upgrade for Sunderland if David Moyes is up for a reunion.

— Stoke City chairman Peter Coates says a purchase of Saido Berahino from West Brom is not contingent on a sale of Bojan Krkic. The latter has been linked to Middlesbrough.

— Mauro Zarate may be returning the Premier League. Watford boss Walter Mazzarri has been largely let down by his strike corps as Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney have taken steps back this season. Could $4 be enough to bring the ex-West Ham and QPR man from Fiorentina to Vicarage Road? Zarate has four goals in nine matches for La Viola, and has nine goals in 40 Premier League matches.

Hammer blow: West Ham ace Dimitri Payet out for three months


It’s still early days, yes, but life at West Ham United is going rather swimmingly for first-year manager Slaven Bilic. Through 12 rounds of action, the Hammers sit sixth in the Premier League, just three points out of the fourth and final UEFA Champions League place.

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Midfielder Dimitri Payet, who was signed from Marseille for $18 million in the summer, has been a key cog (5 goals, 3 assists in 12 appearances) in West Ham’s unexpected start to the 2015-16 season. For the next three months, though, Bilic’s side will have to get by without their high-flying French talisman, thanks to an ankle injury suffered in a 1-1 draw with Everton on Saturday.

The challenge, a dangerous scissor-kick tackle from James McCarthy, force the 28-year-old from Saturday’s game on 50 minutes.

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With Payet out until February at the earliest, Bilic will be forced to turn to Manuel Lanzini (3 goals, 1 assist), Diafra Sahko (3 goals), Mauro Zarate (2 goals) and Victor Moses (1 goal, 2 assists) for much larger contributions to keep afloat a chase for a top-six or -seven finish this season. Up next for West Ham is an away date with Tottenham Hotspur on Nov. 22, following the current international break.

Morning news: Jelavic medical for West Ham, ball in Borini’s court after Liverpool accepts bid

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It looks like we’re headed for a bonkers Transfer Deadline Day on Tuesday, and a trio of Premier League teams might be doing some under-the-radar business on Monday.

Fabio Borini’s been wanted back by Sunderland for a long, long time, and now Dick Advocaat just might see the Italian join after Liverpool accepted a $15 million bid for the striker.

It’s the first bid accepted by the Reds after $9-11 million bid came in from Inter Milan and Watford (and the BBC says Fiorentina is still in the mix). Borini turned down a full-time bid to Sunderland a few years ago. What will he do now? Only the player knows, but surely he wants to get on with his career if the Black Cats are his only option accepted by Brendan Rodgers.

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And West Ham has seen a $4.5 million bid accepted, and will add Premier League striker depth in the form of Hull City’s Nikica Jelavic (a countryman of Hammers’ boss Slaven Bilic). Pending a medical, the Croatian forward Jelavic has also spent two seasons at Everton.

Jelavic will join a Hammers unit that features Mauro Zarate and Diafra Sakho, and will see the return of Enner Valencia later this Fall. He scored eight goals for the Tigers last season, and last cracked double digits in 2012-13 with Everton. Simply a depth move for Bilic in adding the 30-year-old, right?

Arsenal 0-2 West Ham: Hammers stun defenseless Gunners

  • Cheikhou Kouyate put West Ham in front before halftime
  • Hammers grab a 2-0 lead through Mauro Zarate 60 minutes in
  • Olivier Giroud returns to field after appearing to be knocked unconscious

New West Ham manager Slaven Bilic got off to a flying start to his Hammers tenure with a stunning 2-0 win over title hopefuls Arsenal at the Emirates.

Cheikhou Kouyake took advantage of some poor free-kick marking to open the scoring just before halftime, and Mauro Zarate cracked a low fizzler past Petr Cech for a 2-0 lead on the hour mark to put the visitors through.

West Ham’s physical play cost them early with a pair of yellow cards to Mark Noble and Angelo Ogbonna just eight minutes in, and handed Arsenal a few set-pieces which saw a headed chance for Laurent Koscielny that he floated just over the top corner, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain went close with a volley.

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The visitors had a chance on 20 minutes thanks to great work on the wing from Winston Reid that resulted in a stretching effort by Diafra Sakho but it was well covered. As things progressed towards the half-hour mark, Arsenal lost its grip on the game and the game seemed to retreat into its shell.source: Getty Images

The Gunners began to look clunkier as the first half ticked down, and just two minutes before halftime West Ham took a shocking lead. A free-kick from a long way out sliced into the box and Petr Cech made the decision to come out. It turned out to be the wrong decision as the veteran goalkeeper whiffed leaving Chiekhou Kouyate totally unmarked to head the ball into the back of the net.

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Arsenal pushed for an equalizer out of the second-half gates, but the visiting Hammers got a second to stun the Emirates. Aaron Cresswell was dispossessed on the edge of the box but Francis Coquelin whiffed on his clearance, and the ball fell to Mauro Zarate who ripped a low shot tucked inside the near post.

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With the Gunners looking for answers, Wenger brought on Alexis Sanchez with 23 minutes to go, but he had little effect as Arsenal’s quick passing style was easy for West Ham to peg back. There was an ugly clash of heads between Olivier Giroud and Lee Tomkins that appeared to leave both players briefly unconscious, but both made their way back onto the pitch after some treatment.