Transfer roundup: Spurs close in on £55m defender Ndombélé, West Ham ponder Rondón


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• Pochettino moves in on No 1 summer target
• West Ham will sign Rondón if they can sell HernándezTottenham have made a club record £55m (€62m) bid for the Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombélé and are confident of closing a deal for one of the most exciting young talents in Europe.

Mauricio Pochettino has made the 22-year-old France international his prime summer target as he seeks new impetus at the club after spending five years in charge, and negotiations with Lyon are at an advanced stage.

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West Ham fear missing out to Valencia in race for Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gómez


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• 22-year-old striker has £45m release clause in contract
• West Ham tell Manchester United Issa Diop is not for saleWest Ham face an uphill battle to convince Maxi Gómez to choose them over Valencia after lodging a £25m bid for the Celta Vigo striker.

Manuel Pellegrini is determined to continue improving his squad after signing Pablo Fornals from Villarreal on Friday and has long been an admirer of Gómez. However, West Ham fear they will miss out on the Uruguayan to Valencia, who can offer the 22-year-old Champions League football.

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West Ham confirm signing of Villarreal attacking midfielder Pablo Fornals


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West Ham target Villarreal’s Pablo Fornals as Lobotka interest cools


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• Spain midfielder emerges as key target for Manuel Pellegrini
• West Ham also interested in Ozan Kabak from Stuttgart

West Ham have targeted Villarreal’s Pablo Fornals after cooling their interest in Celta Vigo’s Stanislav Lobotka.

Manuel Pellegrini is determined to strengthen his midfield this summer and last weekend it emerged that West Ham were exploring the possibility of signing Lobotka from Vigo.

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West Ham keen to sign Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gómez and Stanislav Lobotka


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• Talks held over Uruguayan forward and Slovakian midfielder
• West Ham also target Olympiakos midfielder Kostas Fortounis

West Ham are in talks with Celta Vigo over the signings of Maxi Gómez and Stanislav Lobotka.

Manuel Pellegrini is determined to strengthen in central midfield this summer and has targeted Lobotka after attempts to woo Barcelona’s André Gomes ended when the Portugal international made it clear he favours a move to Everton. West Ham have indicated they are willing to pay £30m for Lobotka, a 24-year-old Slovakian international who has been compared to Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, and are optimistic a deal can be agreed.

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West Ham bid £20m for Barcelona’s André Gomes but fear Everton interest


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Premier League 2018-19 review: our predictions versus reality


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We thought Manchester City would pip Liverpool to the title, but we also said Watford would go down

What we said: “Pep Guardiola’s talented side look well placed to become the first team to retain the Premier League title since Manchester United did it in 2009.”

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Unforgettable photos: the best of the 2018-19 Premier League season


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Photo editor Jonny Weeks reviews a tumultuous football season through some of its best, weirdest and most defining images

On an average weekend, The Guardian receives around 12,000 photographs from Premier League matches via its staff, agency and contributor photographers. That’s almost half a million images per season. Some capture extraordinary joy and despair; some bear witness to defining moments in the title race; some owe greatly to the creativity of the men and women behind the lenses; and some, like this first one from August, feature the rare but always amusing sight of a referee nearly getting thwacked by a ball.

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos


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The best photos from around the grounds chosen by our picture editors

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action


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Brighton were rewarded for their assertiveness and defence against Arsenal, Crystal Palace continued to do well away from home while Everton’s Phil Jagielka deserves a fitting farewell

Manchester United have suffered their share of indignities already this season but now they will have to start supporting Manchester City in the FA Cup final. A tame draw at Huddersfield finally ended Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s slim hopes of a creeping into the Champions League, but Watford winning the FA Cup and United finishing sixth would bring forward the latter’s Europa League involvement with a qualifying round on 25 July. That will lead to some rescheduling as United are supposed to be in Shanghai then for a meeting with Spurs in the International Champions Cup. Solskjær spoke of the positives Arsenal and Chelsea have drawn from the Europa League this season, but United did all that two years ago when they beat Ajax Continue reading “Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action”

Marko Arnautovic’s double helps West Ham see off Southampton in style


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Marko Arnautovic scored his first goals since January as West Ham swept aside Southampton 3-0.

The Austrian, whose form had deserted him since a lucrative move to China failed to materialise during the transfer window, found the net twice to sink the Saints and remind the home fans of his ability.

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Marko Arnautovic’s double helps West Ham see off Southampton in style


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Marko Arnautovic scored his first goals since January as West Ham swept aside Southampton 3-0.

The Austrian, whose form had deserted him since a lucrative move to China failed to materialise during the transfer window, found the net twice to sink the Saints and remind the home fans of his ability.

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Marko Arnautovic’s double helps West Ham see off Southampton in style


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Marko Arnautovic scored his first goals since January as West Ham swept aside Southampton 3-0.

The Austrian, whose form had deserted him since a lucrative move to China failed to materialise during the transfer window, found the net twice to sink the Saints and remind the home fans of his ability.

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West Ham v Southampton: match preview


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After scoring the first away goal and inflicting Tottenham’s first defeat at their new stadium, can West Ham conjure another impressive performance? The stats are not in their favour as they’ve only won two games in succession once this season. They also face a Southampton side who have recently put pressure on Liverpool and Manchester United, going ahead in both games but then failing to make it stick. Ralph Hasenhüttl has turned them around since taking over from Mark Hughes, praising the club saying they “worked very hard to stay in the league”. Zoe Burgess

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action


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Chris Hughton’s position looks uncertain after five successful years, Youri Tielemans catches the eye but Leicester will face a battle to keep him and Wolves show the way forward

When was the last time Manchester City finished a Premier League match with four centre-halves on the pitch? Pep Guardiola, who admitted he had been “trembling”, said he would have brought on another one if he had not already used all his substitutes and Sean Dyche said, with some pride, that he could tell the City manager was anxious. “I saw Pep Guardiola with my own eyes – and I heard it too – screaming, ‘Get it in the corner.’ That’s some compliment.” It was certainly not a stress-free afternoon at Turf Moor for the league leaders and reigning champions but 12 league wins in a row suggest City can handle the pressure. If they can make it 14, Continue reading “Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action”

The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos


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Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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Mauricio Pochettino fears home defeat shatters Spurs’ spirit for Ajax


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• Tottenham manager worries over team mood for Tuesday
• ‘It’s a setback,’ for hopes of top-four finish and facing AjaxMauricio Pochettino feared that the 1-0 home defeat by West Ham had not only inflicted a blow to Tottenham’s top-four hopes but changed the mood at the club before the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Ajax on Tuesday.

Michail Antonio scored the goal for West Ham, which was the first Spurs had conceded at their new stadium, and it was also the first time in five matches that Pochettino’s team had done anything other than win here.

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Michail Antonio and West Ham send Spurs to first defeat at new stadium


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Michail Antonio has previous against Totttenham. Back in the 2015-16 season, when Spurs were pushing for the Premier League title, it was Antonio that helped to derail them with the only goal of a 1-0 West Ham win at Upton Park. Here, the forward struck the first goal by a visiting player to Spurs’ new stadium and it was one that stood to damage their hopes of a top four finish.

Antonio’s reward was no more than West Ham deserved for a fine second-half performance and it served to end the club’s woeful recent away run. They had arrived on the back of one point from an available 24.

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Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United: Premier League – live!


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Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Foyth, Dier, Alli, Rose, Eriksen, Son, Lucas Moura.
Subs: Trippier, Janssen, Wanyama, Walker-Peters, Llorente, Gazzaniga, Skipp.

West Ham United: Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku, Rice, Antonio, Noble, Snodgrass, Felipe Anderson, Arnautovic.
Subs: Zabaleta, Adrian, Obiang, Hernandez, Wilshere, Ogbonna, Lucas Perez.

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West Ham United have lost three of their last four matches, haven’t won in five, and have already been beaten by Tottenham Hotspur twice this season, in the League (0-1) and League Cup (1-3). While the Hammers mooch around in mid-table, Spurs sit third, have a fair chance of winning the Champions League, and have a record in their fancy new stadium of P4 W4 F8 A0. If Continue reading “Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United: Premier League – live!”

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 West Ham United: Premier League – as it happened


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