West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis challenges David Moyes to lead Sunderland out of their relegation dogfight

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis has backed David Moyes to adapt to Sunderland’s relegation battle and replicate the success he enjoyed at Everton.Sunderland find themselves embroiled in yet another relegation dogfight, sitting bottom of the table and without a win this season.The Baggies will be hoping to travel to pile more misery on the north east club when they travel to the Stadium of Light on Saturday.The Black Cats boss is without a win in six since replacing Sam Allardyce in the summer, yet Pulis has backed the 53-year-old to turn things around.&content_img#8220;You have to spend a long time working out how you’re going to get results,” he said.“You’ve got to play to your players’ strengths; you’ve got to work a system out that will enable that team to get points.“Irrespective of how they play and don’t play the important thing as a manager is to give yourself enough time to push the team forward.”The Scot enjoyed success in his first Premier League job, defying the odds to bring European football to Merseyside with Everton.And Pulis, a veteran of relegation battles, has backed his counterpart to display the qualities required to beat the drop.“I’ve a lot of respect for David and he’s joined a club that has to fight and scrap and work hard to get the points that’s needed to maintain Premier League status,” he added.“I don’t think he had that at Everton at all. He built and put in place a club that was looking more at (the) top six than bottom six so this is a new experience for him, but he’s a top man, a top foot way Xavi Simons has settled.The former Barcelona whizkid quit La Masia for Barca last month after turning 16.Roche said, “His way of being is different from what’s going on around him. He is simple in the relationship with his teammates, even if he ball manager and I’m sure he’ll get through ublicly stated that his former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri joining Juventus would be the ultimate betrayal.The Chelsea manager was previously at Napoli for three seasons before his move to Stamford Bridge, but rumours have been ripe that the Italian it.”

Hull midfielder Ryan Mason returns to training ground after head injury

Hull midfielder Ryan Mason has made his first return to the club&#821Trevor Sinclair believes that if Manchester United had stuck with David Moyes, they would be in a better position today!United are struggling for confidence and form after a series of poor results, which has left them two points above the relegation 7;s training ground after suffering a serious head injury in January.The Tigers’ club-record signing, 25, who fractured his skull during Hull’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on January 22, visited team-mates and staff in Cottingham on Friday.“The club was today delighted to welcome back Ryan Mason to the University of Hull training ground for the first time since sustaining a skull fcontent_imgracture in our Premier League fixture away at Chelsea in January,” Hull said in a statement.“The 25-year-old midfielder met up with players and staff at the training ground this ating big Premier League interest.The Burnley-Brighton-prepare-bids-sign-1-5million-rated-Jamie-Hamilton.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says Burnley and Brighton are considering a move for Scotland’s rising star Hamilton.The 17-year-old defender hasfternoon.“There will be no further comment from the club with regards to Ryan’s return to the training ground.“We also ask that people continue to respect Ryan and his family’s privacy during his rehabilitation period.”Mason clashed heads with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill 13 minutes into the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge and later had surgery at St Mary’s Hospital in London.The England midfielder joined Hull from Tottenham in August last year for a club-record undisclosed fee, reported to be in the region of £10million.He made his Tigers debut in a 1-1 draw at Burnley in September and has scored one goal in 16 league appearances.

Bryan Robson: Jose Mourinho can make Man United champions IF they invest this summer

Bryan Robson believes Manchester United will be genuine title contenders next season IF Jose Mourinho is backed with transfer funds this summer.United are still battling on two fronts, hoping to secure Champions League football for next season through the Premier League or in the Europa League.And while there has been a general improvement in United’s results and performances this season, Robson believes new recruits will transform the club from also-rans into title challengers.Robson told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Jose’s four signings have been really good – Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and I think Eric Bailly’s been outstanding in defence.“Paul Pogba was a big miss last night because he gets on the ball, people say he’s underachieved, but he’s got a presence about him and his counter-attacking qualities were missed against City.“If the club give the manager a big wake-up call.The Toffees had arrived at Stamford Bridge on an impressive run of just one defeat in seven games.Sharp said: “The Chelsea ­defeat was a massive reality check and ­illustrated the work that needs to be done.“We all know that the money that he wants to recruit again, I’m sure United will be a real force and will challenge for the title next year.”, but their game in hand over Liverpool means they are in a decent position to finish in the top four.Robson was happy with the result and believes Jose’s side are just a handful of results away from having a successful season.Robson said: “(It wasn’t) a disappointing result for a Manchester United fan as far as I’m concerned.“The game wasn’t great, United defended well, but didn’t counter-attack as you’d like them to.“But with Liverpool getting beat at the weekend, it was important for bormer Croatia and West Ham boss has jumped to the head of the queuer for the position.According to Sky Sports, there have been face to face meetings between Bilic and West Brom upper management.The only issue that appears to remain is his salary, butoth teams not to get beat, because if they win their game in hand they bocontent_imgth go above Liverpool.“And they’re then in a strong position going into the last four games.“If they can win the Europa League, get in the Champions League and win the League Cup it’s going to be a great first season for Jose.”

FA Cup result: Sutton beat Leeds 1-0 thanks to Jamie Collins penalty

Sutton provided the biggest upset of the FA Cup fourth round with a stunning 1-0 win against Leeds.Captain Jamie Collins scored the winner from the penalty spot as the lowest-ranked side in the competition shocked the Championship high-flyers.No less than 83 places separatethese teams but Leeds manager Garry Monk, clearly concentrating on promotion back to the Premier League, paid the price for making 10 changes to his line-up.Monk’s side, packed full of youngsters and including two debutants – neither of whom were even named in the squad line-up on the back of the programme – struggled badly on Sutton’s artificial pitch.And Collins’ second-half spot-kick ensured Sutton joined Lincoln in the fifth round – the first time two non-league teams have made it to the last 16.Sutton have FA Cup previous, of course, having famously dumped out top-flight Coventry in the third round in 1989.Their run to roundcontent_img four this season had seen them dispose ofManchester United defender Chris Smalling is enjoying his loan with Roma. Smalling scored in last night’s win at Udinese.He said, “I started my journey in football ten years ago, but time has flown. “I am now in Italy and I am enjoying this experience, I think it is very suited to my characteristics. “I hope that in May the season was positive and the team had a good, successful season.” Forest Green, Dartford, Cheltenham and AFC Wimbledon to land a plum tie which evoked memories of the same fixture – at the same stage – in 1970.That was before the days of squad rotation, with iconic names like Charlton, Bremner and Hunter running out at Gander Green Lane in a 6-0 victory.Allan Clarke grabbed four goals that day and Peter Lorimer – a guest here on Sunday – chipped in with the other two.But never mind being a pale shadow of that legendary side – this Leeds t defender Jan Vertonghen is not ruling out a move away from the club.The veteran defender has been at Spurs since 2012.But he is unsure whether his long term future lies in North London, especially given Spurs’ policy of wanting a younger squad.He saeam did not even resemble the one which beat Nottingham Forest four days ago.Roarie Deacon has been the talisman behind Sutton’s remarkable run with five goals, and he tormented the visitors in the first half.The ex-Arsenal youngster hit the net after just five minutes but was adjudged offside, by surely the tiniest of margins, as the ball was touched on to him by Maxime Biamou.Deacon was twice denied by spectacular saves from Leeds keeper Marco Silvestre, who also somehow kept out a point-blank shot from Bedsente Gomis with his backside.All Leeds had to show for the opening 45 minutes was an effort from Stuart Dallas, who raced onto a ball over the top and tried to lift his shot over Ross Worner, only for the Sutton keeper to make a fine save.And Sutton got the breakthrough they deserved six minutes into the second half, thanks to some shambolic Leeds defending.Silvestre came out to meet Biamou but succeeded only in colliding with team-mate Lewie Coyle, taking the Sutton forward out and giving referee Stuart Attwell little option but to point to the spot.Sutton skipper Collins stepped up and nervelessly sent Silvestre the wrong way to spark wild celebrations on the old-style terraces behind the goal.As if Leeds’ afternoon could not get any worse, they were reduced to 10 men with 10 minutes left after captain Liam Cooper was sent off for a foul on Craig Eastmond.Attwell’s whistle at the end prompted a joyous pitch invasion as humiliated Leeds made a hasty exit towards the tunnel.The Elland Road side have bigger fish to fry and this chastening defeat will be a distant memory should they go on and clinch promotion, but it was another day for the Sutton fans to cherish.

WATCH: Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha scores insane solo goal for Ivory Coast against Russia

Wilfried Zaha changed hisinternational football allegiance from England to the Ivory Coast in November 2016, and has since gone on to play six times for tcontent_imgheLes Elephants.The winger’s most recent appearance came on Friday night, as he scored his second goal whilst winning his sixt chances, despite the arrivals of Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares last week.It means there is now competition for places in the first team with the likes of Ainsley-Maitland Niles, who haszio Sarri has touched on what he plans with Cristiano Ronaldo this season.The Bianconeri face the Champions League finalists in Singapore later today.Sarri is known for sticking to a 4-3-3 system and was asked where Ronaldo would be positioned.“Cri impressed since Arteta came in, finding his place at right-back h cap in a friendly against Russia.And the goal was one of the best scored during the entire international break.Picking up the ball inside Russia’s half, Zaha took four players out the game with a fleet-footed dribble, before firing a powerful strike into the back of the net.The goal is well worth watching, and you can check it out below…

Podcast: Danny Kelly’s Trans Europe Express – Sunday, March 5

Danny Kelly is joined by Rob Dalyto take a look at all the bigfootballnews from the continent.They discuss Roger Schmidt’s sacking at Bayer Leverkusen– take in action from Spain, France and Holland, and highlight the continued progression of Torino striker Andrea Belotona youth coach Victor Valdes is delighted for Ansu Fati after his debut on Sunday.Fati made his debut at 16 for Sunday’s 5-2 defeat of Real Belate goals in the space of two minutes to settle for a 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain in Champions League Group A action on Tuesday night at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.A draw in Istanbul between Club Brugge and Galatasaray earlier meant that Lotis.Valdes commented: “If I have to define something what the day meant to him, the number with which he ti.content_imgThis week’s European cult hero is the formerInter Milan and Italy striker Christian Vieri, and there’s also time to preview all of theChampions LeagueandEuropa League action.Listen above, or.

Crystal Palace are not out of relegation battle yet, says Swansea manager Paul Clement

Swansea boss Paul Clement feels Crystal Palace could yet be dragged into the fight for Premier League survival.With three games of the season remaining, Swansea and Hull appear locked in a battle over the final relegation spot with Middlesbrough set to join already-relegated Sunderland in the Sky Bet Championship next season.But Clement feels Sam Allardyce’s Palace – who are six points better off than the Swans with a far superior goal difference – are still in the relegation mix given their closing fixtures against Manchester City, Hull and Manchester United.“Palace have more of a cushion than Hull have,” Clement said ahead of Swansea’s home game with Everton on Saturday.“But the fact they have to play both Manchester teams and Hull at home as well puts an interesting twist on it.“I look at Hull, our biggest rival, and their game agacontent_imginst Sunderland on Saturday and it is difficult to know which way that will go.“One team desperate for the points, the other one playing for pride at the end of the season.“Then they have a really tough game away to Crystal Palace and another one against Tottenham on the final day.“There are a lot of possibilities, but we are just focusing on beating Everton and keeping the pressure right on Hull.”Swansea seemed to be sliding towards the relegation trapdoor after going six games without a win in March and April, five of which were defeats, But a 2-0 home victory over Stoke and a 1-1 draw at Manchester United last weekend has encouraged the Swans that they could beat the drop ahead of closing games against Everton, Sunderland and West Brom.“We have played well in the last two games and we go into the Everton game with a lot of confidence,” Clement said.“I would like us to be in a better position, but because I feel so confident in the way the team are playing I would take it going to the last day now.“To have to win on the last day and stay in the league, I would take that, but our target is to win our last three games.”Everton have, in effect, little to ploan spell with RB Leipzig.The 18-year-old’s move to Germany was confirmed on Monday.Lampard wanted to use Ampadu this season at Stamford Bridge, but understood the Wales international will get more playing time in the Bundesliga.He stated: “I tried lay for with Ronald Koeman’s side having already qualified for the Europa League next season through a top-seven berth.But Clement warned: “They will look to finish the season strongly.“They lost at home to Chelsea last en year-old Leo is the son of former Wimbledon forward Stewart Castledine who played for the Dons between 1991 and 2000.The teenager started off his career in the Wimbledon youth ranks at the age of seven, playing as a “tough-tackling centre-back”.Buweek and good sides with good managers always want to put that right.“I don’t know how they will approach it, but we expect a good Everton.“We will not be complacent and think their season is over.“We have to respect a very good side with players like (Romelu) Lukaku and (Ross) Barkley, we know it will be difficult.”

Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2, October 21

This Friday morning on Sportsday we discuss all of last night’s Europa League fcontent_imgootball.Paul Pogba stole the show as Manchester United beat Fenerbahce 4-1, while Southampton dominated in the San Siro but still lost out 1-0 to Inter Milan.We also preview the weekend’s Premier League football and European Champions Cup rugby union action, plusbring you he pinnacle by joining Barcelona.The midfielder arrived in the summer from Ajax and concedes any future move away would represent a step down. De Jong said, “If I plan to retire from FC Barcelona? I would like to. “I always wanted to play for Barça.the latest from day twoof the first Test betwe Carlisle United.The defender has penned a two-and-a-half year deal at Goodison Park.League Two Carlisle have said Branthwaite’s move to Merseyside is for “a substantial fee”. In a statement director of football David Holdsworth said: “Ideally then England and Bangladesh.All brought to you by Russ Hargreaves and the team.

Chelsea FC: Blues boss Antonio Conte not worried about keeping everyone happy at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte will continue to prioritise a winning team over the happiness of individuals, including Diego Costa and captain John Terry.Conte on Friday spoke of optimism that Costa will stay at Chelsea, but insisted the striker’s future will be addressed at the end of the season.Another possible summer departure after more than 18 years in the Chelsea first team is Terry, who is expected to feature in the FA Cup at Wolves on Saturday.Terry has had no complaints at being absent as Chelsea have marched to an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League, while Cesc Fabregas’ impact has often come as a substitute.And Conte is content that his fringe personnel are frustrated and eager to feature more.“The most important thing, the target, is to win, not to try to have 21 players happy,” Conte said.“I want to be happy, but I’m happy if we win. Not if we lose and have 21 players happy.“To be happy we go to the theatre, (to) the cinema.“I want the players to try to fight to put me (under) pressure, (to give me) problems to solve, to make the best solution for the team.“We must continue to put the team above all.”Conte insists he treats all of his players the same, whether they start every game or are more peripheral. That is imperative to foster a good group, he says.“I want to give them great respect, because I demand this,” he added.“I think that’s the right way to have a good dressinsays that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is taking liberties with the FA Cup.Klopp has stated that he will send a youth team, along with the youth team coach, for their replay against Shrewsbury Town next month.The game falls at a time when the Premier g room.“Believe me it’s not easy to have these types of players, this type of group.“I think we’re growing a lot in these seven months in all these aspects.”He is adamant disgruntled players can always approach hicontent_imgm to seek an explanation.“If the player wants to ask me, the player knows very well that my door is always open,” he added“When you are honest in your choices, you can always see your players straight in the eyes.”Costa, Chelsea’s top scorer with 15 goals this term, has impressed Conte.But last month the former Atletico Madrid striker, who moved to Chelsea in 2014, was linked with a mega-money move to the Chinese Super League.Speculation soon subsided and more recent reports have suggested Costa is nearing an extension to his Chelsea contract, which has two years to run come the summer.“I don’t know about this situation,” Conte added.“I think now it’s very important to be focused on the present and not to look so far forward.“At the end of the season we will see the situation.”He was then asked if he was confident Costa would be staying.He added: “Yes, I’m confm France.The former Lille man arrived with a big reputation and for a club record fee.But he has failed to show the kind of form that made him one of the most wanted attackers of the summer transfer window.And Pepe admits the language has been a barrident. I repeat: now it’s important to keep the great concentration for the present.“The present is tomorrow’s game against Wolverhampton. We must go in the next round.”One striker who is nearing a Chelsea exit is Dominic Solanke. The 19-year-old has reportedly demanded £50,000 a week in wages.“I think this is his will (to leave),” Conte added.Chelsea are seeking to reach the FA Cup quarter-final for the 11th time in 16 seasons. They have won the cup four times since 2005-06, including in 2010 when Carlo Ancelotti’s side also won the league.The double is a target for Conte.“We must have this winning mentality,” he added.“Tomorrow the game won’t be easy. Don’t forget Wolverhampton won against Liverpool away, won against Stoke away.“I hope tomorrow the result will be different and Chelsea to go in the next round.”David Luiz will be rested after playing while managing a knee injury sustained in December in a tackle which saw Sergio Aguero sent off for Manchester City. Terry could take his place in the centre of defence.Marcos Alonso will also be rested and his place at left wing-back could go to Nathan Ake or Kenedy.But with no midweek game next week, Conte is unlikely to make wholesale changes, so the likes of Costa and Eden Hazard could feature at Molineux.

Aitor Karanka won’t experiment with Middlesbrough in FA Cup tie against Accrington as he looks to put fan criticism comments behind him

Aitor Karanka is refusing to use the FA Cup to experiment with his Middlesbrough team as he attempts to avoid a giant-killing act at the hands of Accrington.The defiant Spaniard, who faces the task of re-building bridges with the Riverside Stadium faithful on Saturday after criticising those who called for a more attacking approach and left early last weekend, is in no mood to be deflected from his mission.Asked if he may experiment with both his selection and system against League Two Accrington, he bristled as he said: “I don’t like experiments. I am not here working eight hours every day to do experiments in games.“It’s an important game, we will play in the style that we know to play.”Karanka, a disciple content_imgof Jose Mourinho during their tn shop on the shopping website Amazon, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukEuropean customers can now shop for everything related to AS Roma on the club’s dedicated Amazon storefront. The multinational e-commerce company’s net revenue was US$232.88 billion, ime together at Real Madrid, has made himself the story this week after his outburst on Satian goalkeeper kept his fifth clean sheet in a row during Real Madrid’s 4-0 win over Eibar on Saturday.”It’s good for the whole team. It’s not just the goalkeeper’s work but the work of the whole team,” he said at Ipurua.”We have to defend together aurday evening sparked unfounded rumours that he had been sacked.However, he will look to put that behind him as he attempts to guide the club into the fifth round and extend the run as far as he can go.Two seasons ago as a Championship outfit Boro made the last 16, beating Manchester City on their way to an eventual exit at Arsenal, although they won only five of the following 11 league games as their promotion drive faltered and ultimately ended in play-off final defeat by Norwich.But Karanka is confident they can give it their all this time around.He said: “Now in the Premier League, we have fewer games than we had in the Championship.“Two seasons ago, maybe the game against Manchester City and the following game against Arsenal punished us in the league. But in the Premier League, we don’t have a lot of games.“Normally, I try to win every single game. Now we don’t have excuses to not win the games.“It’s the oldest trophy in football, it’s the trophy that everybody wants to win. Everybody can play because even if you are the smallest team in England and you have your licence, you can play.“In Spain and everywhere else, it’s completely different. To aim to play in the final and Wembley and try to win this title is amazing.”Boro will be without injured defenders Calum Chambers, who is facing several weeks on the sidelines with a stress fracture of his foot, Antonio Barragan and the suspended Daniel Ayala, while midfielder Gaston Ramirez, who has submitted a transfer request amid interest from champions Leicester, has a knee problem.

Scottish Football Association drop disciplinary charges against Hibernian and Rangers

All disciplinary charges against Hibernian and Rangers over the Hampden crowd trouble have been dismissed.The Scottish Football Association confirmed that a judicial panel had thrown out notices of complaint issued to both clubs in the Both clubs had been cited overWayne Rooney could manage Manchester United one day, if he wants the job edo Berahino has hit back at former Stoke City teammate Glen Johnson.Berahino has expressed his disappointment at the ex-Liverpool fullback’s comments about his attitude and questioned why he never confronted him during their time together at Stoke. “nough.Derby veteran Rooney will face his old club in the FA Cup fifth-round on Thursday.United’s record goalscorer is undertaking his coaching badges and has staked his intent damage to advertising equipment wcontent_imghile Hibs also faced charges over the destruction of the goalposts and areas of the pitch after their late win sparked a pitch invasion.

Manchester City BLOW! Injured Vincent Kompany OUT of Champions League clash with Monaco

Manchester City have suffered a blow with confirmation captain Vincent Kompany will miss Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Monaco .Kompany was ruled out of Saturday’scontent_img FA Cup tie at Huddersfield with a leg injury he picked up in training, and the Belgian centre-back has not recovered in time for the Etihad Stadium meeting.Blues manager Pep Guardiola confirmed the news on Monday, and revealed the defender should be back in action in time for their replay against Huddersfield next week, Speaking ahead of the Monaco clash, Guardiola said: “Vincent is not ready for tomorrow. I think it won’t be longer. Hopefully, for the Huddersfield game he will be ready.”Kompany has only made six appearances for City this season thanks to his persistent injury troubles.Meanwhileas signed a one-year contract extension at the club.The Brazilian, who turns 35 in May, has won three Premier League titles since joining from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013.Fernandinho said: “I have enjoyed every second of my time here. I never expected t, left-back Gael Clichy is hoping to prove his fitness after a back problem while Guardiola is still to decide whether Willy Caballero or Claudio Bravo will play in goal.The City boss added: “More or less the rest are okay. We will see after the session tomorrow.“Gael had a problem i to West Ham due to the small details.Sebastien Haller and Andriy Yarmolenko struck the goals for West Ham’s 2-0 win.Farke said, “At this level small details cost. This is a game where VAR didn’t work. There was a nasty tackle against my centre-back n his back. He is much, much better. Maybe he will be back tomorrow. Tomorrow we will also decide which goalkeeper will play.”Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan [knee] and striker Gabriel Jesus [foot] are both sidelined with long-term injuries.

Premier League round-up: Tottenham throw away lead and Leicester top of the league

Following , Swansea maintained their excellent start to the Premier League, Leicester find themselves on top,while it is going frombad to worse for Sunderland…Sunderland’s season is not looking good and they were 2-0 down at home in the first half. Russell Martin opened the scoring from close range when the ball fell to him after Costel Pantilimonparried the ball into his path from a Robbie Brady shot. Steven Whittaker made it two with some excellent passing between him and Wes Hoolahan and Nathan Redmond got in on the action after the break to score the third. The home fans got something to cheer about when Premier League debutant Duncan Watmore scored for the hosts late on.Bafetimbi Gomis displayed his panther celebration in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea and Swansea fans did not have to wait long to see it again. Jonjo Shelvey opened up the Newcastle defence and the Frenchmacontent_imgn collected the ball,lost Chancel Mbemba, rounded Tim Krul and scored inside ten minutes. Then, just before half-time, Daryl Janmaat was sent off for a second bookable offence when he pulled Jefferson Montero to the ground and it was the Ecuadorianwhose cross saw Andreted will travel to Arsenal.Leicester City v Wigan AthleticQPR v Swansea CityFulham v Aston VillaChelsea v Nottingham ForestWolves v Manchester UnitedCharlton Athletic v West BromRochdale or Boston United v Newcastle UnitedCardiff City v Forest Green Ayew make it 2-0.Tottenham threw away a two-goal lead against Stoke having gone 2-0 up by half-time. Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli’s efforts were cancelled out by a Marko Arnautovic penalty and Mame Biram Diouf in the space of five second half minutes. Hugo Lloris and Jack Butland bothproduced excellent saves to keep the scores down.It was all square at half-time at Vicarage Road, despite Watford’s dominance. Arare foray into the Watford penalty ares-Marcus-Tavernier-prepare-life-without-Ryan-Fraser.html”>Daily MailMiddlesbroughs-Marcus-Tavernier-prepare-life-without-Ryan-Fraser.html”> says Bournemouth are keen on Boro’s England U20 international winger Tavernier. The south coast club are weigha from West Brom early in the second half saw Saido Berahino appeal for a penalty, though the home side continued to press, but they tired towards the end. Baggies manager Tony Pulis will be happier with the point here.Shinji Okazaki headed in from a yard out after Adrian had superbly saved his initial volley and then five minutes before the break, Okazaki fed Marc Albrighton, who pulled it back for Riyad Mahrez to slam the ball into the Hammers’ goal. WhileWest Ham’s popular new signing Dimitri Payet fired West Hamback into the game from 16 yards,the home side were unable to build on their excellent win at Arsenal in their first game and the day was made worse by goalkeeperAdrian’s red card late on.

Bayern Munich star Manuel Neuer ‘honoured’ by Manchester City speculation but plays down prospect of joining Pep Guardiola’s side

Manuel Neuer has played down rumours he could join Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.The Bayern Munich goalkeeper, widely regarded as the best in the world, starred under the Spaniard when he was in charge of the Bundesliga giants.There has been speculation Guarcontent_imgdiola, who left Bayern for City in the summer, could make a move to bring Neuer to the Etihad with Claudio Bravo having failed to impress since his arrival at the club.The World Cup winner, who is contracted to Bayern until 2021, says he is ‘honoured’ by the speculation – but insists he is happy where is dian says Tottenham’s pursuit of WiIlian has struck a hitch, with the club’s £11million apart from agreeing a fee.Spurs want to sign the 28-year-old to ease their striker crisis, and have tabled a bid of £10m.But Sociedad are aware they will not beand there have been no talks with City.“There was no contact and, as you know, I’m happy and satisfied here – and my contract I’ve just extended actually,” he said.&future to Spain.The Express & Star says he has not ruled out playing for Mali after withdrawing from the Spain squad due to injury.Speaking after the 2-1 Premier League win over Villa and before he was forced to withdraw from the squad for Spain’#8220;It honours me that there’s speculation and talk about it.“Pep still has my phone number – but he hasn’t called me, so everything is alright.”

West Brom FC transfer news: Jake Livermore close to Hawthorns move after Hull accept £10million offer

Hull City have accepted a £10million offer from West Brom for midfielder Jake Livermore.The Baggies made a move fw going to Champions League opponents RB Leipzig.Steven Bergwijn has been ruled out of Tuesday’s match because of an ankle injury, reports the London Evening Standard.The £27million January signing pulled up at the end of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Buor the 27-year-old after missing out on They have now agreed a fee with the Tigers andLivermore is set to have a medical at West Brom’s training ground on Thursday.Should the deal be finalised, decided to give Chelsea first refusal on his next contract.With his current deal to expire in June, the midfielder is in contact wcontent_imgith Barcelona – well aware they wish to take him on a Bosman deal next summer.Mundo Deportivo says Willian is delightedLivermorewill become Tony Pulis’ first signing of the January transfer window.He has been at Hull since 2014, arriving from Tottenham for a fee of around £8million after a successful loan spell, andhas made144 appearances for the club, scoring nine goals.West Brom are also understood to be keen on Watford strikerOdion Ighalo, although they are yet to make a formal offer.A move for Ighalo is likely to depend on Saido Berahino’s future.Stoke are in talks over a deal for Berahino, who is out of contract at the end of the campaign.