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Alan 1:40 Sat Mar 2
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Real Madrid will look to sell Wales forward Gareth Bale, 29, this summer. (AS in Spanish)

Tottenham's players fear striker Harry Kane, 25, could leave if the club doesn't break its trophy drought. (Telegraph)

Paul Pogba's Manchester United future hinges on the club qualifying for the Champions League with the 25-year-old still open to a return to Juventus. (Tuttosport in Italian)

But the France midfielder is also being tipped to take over as United's captain with Antonio Valencia set to leave the club in the summer. (Sun)

Manchester City remain keen to sign Leicester defender Ben Chilwell, 22, but are also watching Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, 19, and 21-year-old Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic. (Mail)

However, Chilwell has calmed talk of a possible summer move to the Etihad with the England international saying nobody wants to leave Leicester now that Brendan Rodgers has become manager. (Goal)

Chelsea are in contract talks with Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 28, amid interest from Real Madrid. (Le10Sport in French)

Argentine goalkeeper Willy Caballero, 37, is in line to earn a new contract at Chelsea - but only if the club can fill their homegrown quota. (Telegraph)

Manchester United are in pole position to sign Brazil left-back Alex Sandro, 28, this summer if he decides to leave Juventus. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal, 33, and Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno, 26 - both Spain internationals - are targets for Barcelona. (Sport - in Spanish)

South Korea forward Son Heung-min, 26, has revealed he almost quit Tottenham after his first season in England because he "didn't feel comfortable". (Standard)

The FA is looking at Neil Warnock's dealings at Cardiff after his son James was used in contract negotiations. (Sun)

How Oldham's Jose Baxter fought back

Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden has revealed he wants to leave the club so he can be closer to his fiancee and young daughter. The 23-year-old says his family have gone through a "traumatic" time in having a child. (Times - via Newcastle Chronicle)

Winger Jason Puncheon is unlikely to feature for Huddersfield again after the 32-year-old, who is on loan from Crystal Palace, was involved in a row with manager Jan Siewert. (Mail)

Inter Milan are prepared to target Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, 30, this summer. (Onet in Polish)

Arsenal are preparing a £4m bid for 17-year-old Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli who plays with Sao Paulo state Championship side Ituano. (Goal via Mirror)

The Gunners are also among the clubs interested in signing Ajax and Argentina left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, 26, this summer. (ESPN)

Chelsea's Nigerian full-back Ola Aina, 22, is set to complete an £8.7m move to Torino after an impressive loan spell with the Serie A outfit. (Goal)

Manager Roy Hodgson says defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 22, is fully focused on Crystal Palace despite links to Manchester United. (Express)

Midfielder Denis Suarez, 25, may choose not to make his loan move to Arsenal permanent if he continues to be a substitute, says the club's former defender Lee Dixon. (Evening Standard)

Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt, 24, says he wants to stay with Spanish club Celta Vigo when his loan spell ends at the end of the season. (Read Southampton)

Pop star and Ipswich Town fan Ed Sheeran is having a football pitch installed in his Suffolk home so he can have a kickabout with his friends. (Sun)

This is Futbol

Moyes makes unexpected West Ham claim

Written by: James Turner

David Moyes has made the shock claim that his spell at West Ham was perhaps the best of his 21-year managerial career.

In an interview with the Times, the 55-year-old Scot explained how he reflects with immense pride on what he achieved at the London Stadium last season.

Moyes took over when West Ham were threatened with relegation and guided them to the safety of a 13th-place finish only to end the season with the sack.

“I have been around it for a long time and the one thing I have from that is big experience,” Moyes told the Times. “But I know I am a better manager now than I was ten years ago. I actually feel my last job was one of my best.”


This is a surprising claim from Moyes, given the wonders he worked during his 11 years at Everton, which made him one of the most in-demand managers around and led to Sir Alex Ferguson getting him the Manchester United job. Many observers would claim Moyes’ two most impressive managerial spells were his first two, at Preston North End, who he guided to the third-tier title and nearly all the way into the Premier League, and at Everton. His verdict on West Ham is unexpected, as few really expected them to get relegated when he took over from Slaven Bilic in November of 2017. The Hammers had been under-performing massively under the Croatian and had a fine squad, including the likes of Manuel Lanzini, Marko Arnautovic, Mark Noble and company that required organising and rejuvenating. Moyes did what he was asked to do, but clearly the West Ham hierarchy weren’t impressed enough to give him the job full-time.


Five things to look out for when West Ham face Newcastle!

1. The unveiling of the Billy Bonds Stand

West Ham United will pay tribute to the Club’s all-time record appearance-maker, two-time FA Cup-winning captain, four-time Hammer of the Year and former player and manager Billy Bonds MBE before kick-off, when the East Stand will be renamed in his honour.

2. Pellegrini's near-perfect Newcastle record

Manuel Pellegrini has faced Newcastle United nine times previously as a manager – eight during his three-season spell in charge at Manchester City between 2013-16 and the other as West Ham United boss back in December – and lost just once.

Pellegrini’s City did not let in a single goal in winning the first four meetings – three in the Premier League and one in the EFL Cup – before falling to a surprising 2-0 EFL Cup fourth-round defeat at the Etihad Stadium in October 2014.

The Chilean’s side bounced back to thrash Newcastle 5-0 and 6-1 before drawing 1-1 at St James’ Park in April 2016.

And he extended his near-perfect record against the Magpies eleven weeks ago, when West Ham scored an emphatic 3-0 win on Tyneside.

3. Newcastle's Schar Man

If Newcastle United’s Player of the Season vote was held now, there is a good chance that Switzerland centre-back Fabian Schar would win it.

The 27-year-old may have appeared in just over half of the Magpies’ Premier League matches following his £3 million summer move from Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna, but he has already convinced the club’s passionate fans of the quality that has made him a regular for his country.

A tenacious tackler who is never afraid to put his body on the line for the cause, Schar can also play with the ball at his feet, as evidenced by the two outstanding goals he scored in the vital 3-0 win over Cardiff City at St James’ Park in January.

4. Local hero

Andy Carroll was born just across the River Tyne from St James’ Park in Gateshead and grew up a keen Newcastle United supporter.

The centre forward joined the Magpies as a schoolboy before debuting in a UEFA Cup tie with Palermo in November 2006.

Carroll scored 33 goals in 91 appearances in Black and White, firing Newcastle to the Championship title in 2009/10, before becoming England’s most-expensive player ever when he joined Liverpool for £35 million in January 2011.

Eighteen months later, the England international moved to West Ham United, initially on loan, before making the move permanent in summer 2013.

The 30-year-old is yet to score in nine appearances against his first club, so could he make it tenth-time lucky on Saturday?

5. Newcastle to sit back

Only Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City enjoy less possession than Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle United.

The Magpies have averaged just 42.8% of the ball in their Premier League matches this season – nearly 5% lower than West Ham United.

Newcastle also complete just 72.4% of their passes – better than only Burnley and Cardiff – with only the same two sides playing more long balls than Benitez’s men.

That defensive, direct approach may have kept tonight’s visitors competitive in most matches, but Newcastle are far from free-scoring, with their haul of 26 goals from 28 matches better than only bottom side Huddersfield Town and Cardiff.

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gph 4:00 Sat Mar 2
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Thanks, Alan

Does Moyes want to be Pellegrini's successor as well as predecessor?

Texas Iron 2:29 Sat Mar 2
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Sven Roeder 1:54 Sat Mar 2
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Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 1:42 Sat Mar 2
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The Stoat 1:42 Sat Mar 2

The Stoat 1:42 Sat Mar 2
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Thanks Alan

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