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Manchester City will rival Manchester United and Tottenham for Fulham's 17-year-old English left-back Ryan Sessegnon. (Sunday Mirror)

West Brom boss Alan Pardew is on the brink of losing his job after Saturday's defeat to Watford. (Sunday Telegraph)

West Brom are bracing themselves for a mass exit of players if they drop down to the Championship, with Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 30, England goalkeeper Ben Foster, 34, English defender Craig Dawson, 27, and England striker Jay Rodriguez, 28, all attracting interest from other clubs. (Sun on Sunday)

Germany manager Joachim Low is emerging as the favourite to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal boss. (Mail on Sunday)

Arsenal and Chelsea will battle it out to acquire the services of Carlo Ancelotti as manager in the summer. (Sunday Express)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted the Gunners are getting worse and added: "We analyse that at the end of the season and don't worry, I can live with reality." (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Arsenal are ready to sell Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27, as the club look to avoid losing him for nothing in the summer of 2019. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester United will offer keeper David de Gea, 27, a new deal worth £350-000-a-week to stop him joining Real Madrid. (Daily Star on Sunday)

Everton are determined to sign England striker Jamie Vardy from Leicester and the 31-year-old is the club's number one target in the summer. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is eyeing a reunion with Barcelona and Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta, 33 at Etihad Stadium.(Sunday Mirror)

Liverpool are leading the chase to sign Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham also interested in the 26-year-old. (Sun on Sunday)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has been linked with replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, but the 45-year-old says he is "living in a dream" at the Scottish side. (ESPN)

Brazil winger Willian, 29, says he wants to remain at Chelsea long-term, but admits he will leave if they didn't want him. (Planeta SporTV via Express)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says that signing with a Major League Soccer side in the United States of America is tempting. The 36-year-old Swedish striker is expected to leave Manchester United at the end of the season. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool have begun contract talks with Brazil forward Roberto Firmino. Manager Jurgen Klopp has said that the 26-year-old deserves a new contract. (Metro)

Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola says there is no feud between the French midfielder, 24, and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho. (Rai Sport via Mail)

Brazil and Paris St-Germain forward Neymar, 26, will earn $1m (£725,000) as part of his lucrative Nike sponsorship deal if he can go on to win the Ballon d'Or. (UOL Esporte via Mail on Sunday)

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has questioned the way Fifa president Gianni Infantino and Uefa counterpart Aleksander Ceferin are running the game and says Financial Fair Play "seems a symbol of how football governance is failing". (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Manchester City's players are in line for £1m bonuses if they win both the Premier League and Champions League. (Sun on Sunday)

Notts County are aiming to make ex-Spain winger Diego Capel, 30, the best-paid player in League Two history, with a £15,000-a-week deal. (Sun on Sunday)


Swansea leap out of the relegation zone by thrashing feeble West Ham

Stuart James at the Liberty Stadium

By the end it had turned into an ordeal for just about everyone associated with West Ham United as André Ayew, the player they sold to Swansea City in January, inspired Carlos Carvalhal’s team to an emphatic victory that lifts the Welsh club up five places in the table and above their beleaguered opponents.

David Moyes had given the impression the day before the game that he was not overly keen on making the journey to south Wales because of the weather and it looked as though his West Ham players felt the same way. West Ham were awful, totally outplayed in the first half in particular and unable to come to terms with the intensity of Swansea’s approach.

André Ayew, almost inevitability, revelled in the occasion. The £18m club-record signing was involved in three of Swansea’s four goals and left the field to a standing ovation when he was withdrawn 12 minutes from time. Ki Sung-yueng, who was outstanding in the centre of midfield, opened the scoring, Mike van der Hoorn added the second and Andy King marked his first Swansea start since joining on loan from Leicester with the third. André Ayew then won the penalty that led to Jordan, his brother, scoring the fourth.

Although Michail Antonio pulled a goal back for the visitors 11 minutes from time, that was little consolation for Moyes on a hugely disappointing afternoon for the West Ham manager. This was a second successive 4-1 defeat and leaves his side only three points above the relegation zone. To compound a miserable afternoon for the club, Winston Reid left the pitch on a stretcher with a potentially serious knee injury and David Gold, the club’s co-owner, was confronted by an angry supporter as he tried to leave the Liberty Stadium.

“A day of embarrassment,” said Moyes. “It was the worst performance since I’ve been at West Ham. We just never really looked at any time as if we were in control. From a throw-in we lost the first goal – one that I think we should save. We conceded two goals from corner kicks and one from a penalty kick, so from my point of view they were all avoidable. A poor performance and poor all round.”

Carvalhal, in contrast, was in buoyant mood on the back of a seventh consecutive home victory. Referencing the need for Swansea to “dance to the music that opponents put to us‚” the Swansea manager described his team’s performance as “rock and roll”‚ and praised the “collective” rather than singling out André Ayew.

“It looked like we played with 11 brothers on the pitch instead of two,” Carvalhal said.

Swansea got off to a perfect start and, in truth, never looked back. They were ahead within nine minutes after Ki, picking up possession from André Ayew, drilled a low left-footed shot from 22 yards beyond Adrián and into the corner. Although the shot was well-placed, it carried little power and the West Ham goalkeeper should arguably have done better.

Carvalhal’s side were denied a second when Declan Rice cleared Federico Fernández’s shot off the line but it was only a temporary reprieve as Swansea continued to pour forward. Adrián repelled André Ayew’s left-footed shot but was powerless to prevent Van der Hoorn from heading in Ki’s corner after Rice allowed the Dutchman to get away from him.

Moyes replaced Patrice Evra with Michail Antonio at the start of the second half to try to give West Ham more of an attacking threat, yet it was Swansea who struck again. André Ayew met Sam Clucas’s corner with a twisting header, forcing Adrián into an instinctive save that ended with the ball dropping invitingly for King to stab home. Jordan Ayew’s penalty, after Cheikhou Kouyaté clumsily brought down André Ayew, embellished the scoreline before Antonio drilled a low shot past Lukasz Fabianski late on.


Swansea (3-4-3);

Fabianski 6.5; Van der Hoorn 7, Fernandez 7, Mawson 7.5; Naughton 7, Ki 8.5, King 8 (Carroll 81, 6) Olsson 7; Clucas 7 (Abraham, 89 n/m), J Ayew 7.5, A.Ayew 8 (Dyer, 78, 6)

Subs; Nordfeldt, Britton, Narsingh, Bartley

West Ham (3-5-2):

Adrian 5.5; Rice 5, Reid 6.5 (Byram 17, 5), Creswell 5.5; Zabaleta 5, Kouyate 3.5, Noble 6, Lanzini 4, Evra 4.5 (Antonio 45, 6); Chicarito 4.5, Arnautovic 5

Subs: Hart, Hughill, Mario, Cullen, Brown

Ref: Martin Atkinson 7


Mark Noble thanked West Ham United’s loyal supporters for braving snow and sub-zero temperatures to attend Saturday’s 4-1 Premier League defeat at Swansea City.

The captain issued an apology to the Claret and Blue Army after the Hammers were heavily beaten at the Liberty Stadium, where the Swans scored twice in each half to render Michail Antonio’s late strike a mere consolation.

With hundreds of supporters travelling through challenging conditions to reach South Wales in time for kick-off, Noble admitted the team’s performance simply had not been good enough.

“Nothing seemed to go right and it was one of those games where if something could have gone wrong went wrong,” said the skipper. “It’s down to us now to pick ourselves up.

“We’ve spoken in the dressing room and we need to put this behind us as there is no point dwelling on it. It was a bad result and a bad performance, but we’ve got nine more games and we need to pick points up.

“I can’t believe how many fans turned up, to be honest. We drove through the snow on Friday and it took us just under seven hours to get here on a coach, but it was a poor performance from us.

“They know we appreciate them coming here, especially me, and that’s West Ham fans for you; they’re always going to be here in numbers cheering and they didn’t deserve what happened.”

Noble dismissed the suggestion that a second straight 4-1 defeat, following a loss by the same scoreline at Liverpool, would affect their confidence and performances going forward.

“I wouldn’t say it’s damaging because this is the Premier League and these results can happen. We didn’t play well, it’s as simple as that.

“We need to get back to basics. We’ve got three home games coming up which are key to our season, I think, so we need to get some wins there.

“This leaves us in the same boat as everyone else, really. We’re all fighting to get out of that bottom three and I think it’s going to go down to the wire. We’ve just got to win games."

Moyes: It was the worst performance in my time at West Ham

David Moyes apologised to the Claret and Blue Army after West Ham United produced their ‘worst performance’ of his reign in losing 4-1 at Swansea City.

The Hammers travelled to South Wales hoping to score a victory that would stretch the distance between themselves and the Swans to six points, but instead left the Liberty Stadium below their opponents in the Premier League table.

West Ham conceded two ‘avoidable’ goals in each half – one from outside the box, two from corners and the fourth from a penalty – before substitute Michail Antonio grabbed a late consolation.

“It's a big sorry to the supporters who traveled through the snow to get here,” admitted the manager. "We let them down badly. We're massively disappointed with how we played and it was certainly the worst performance since I’ve been at West Ham and we just never looked at any time as if we were in control.

“For the first goal, we were passing it across the back, then passed it back to the goalie, it bobbled and went out for a throw-in, and from the throw-in we concede the first goal from something I think we should save.

“We then conceded two goals from corner kicks and one from a penalty kick, so from my point of view, they were all avoidable. I didn’t think it was Swansea who opened us up or carved us open, but it was just generally a poor performance and poor all-round.

“We had a couple of half-chances in the second half and started the second half with more intensity, but the first time Swansea went up into our half, they got a corner and scored from it."

Moyes refused to blame the wintry weather conditions which affected his squad’s preparations for the game, forcing them to embark on a seven-hour road journey to Swansea on Friday after their afternoon flight was cancelled.

“It did not affect us at all, not whatsoever. The game should 100 per cent have been on today. The pitch was fine. The weather was fine and at no point did I say the game should be off. All I said on Friday was that the Met Office were telling people not to travel.”

To add injury to the insult of a heavy defeat, Winston Reid was stretchered off after being knocked out during a goalmouth scramble and then hurting his knee as he fell awkwardly in the first half.

“Winston has been knocked unconscious and concussed and it’s his secondary injury we’re more worried about. When he’s fallen, he’s hurt his knee in some way, and that’s our bigger concern.

“He’s in the dressing room and is talking, so he’s got no problem that way, but we need to get his knee checked to see exactly what the problem is.”

Moyes was grateful for the support of the loyal West Ham fans who travelled to South Wales for Saturday’s game, and hopes to reward them with a better performance and better result when Burnley visit London Stadium next Saturday.

“We beat Watford at home, then went away to Liverpool and Swansea, but we’ve got enough home games left to show what we’re capable of.

“I’m more disappointed for a lot of the supporters who travelled from London, who witnessed a really, really poor performance.

“We can say there were mitigating circumstances, with four or five players who would all start being unavailable, because we don’t have enough to carry us when we have so many players out, but I can only say to the supporters that I’ll do everything I can to make sure we are ready for the next game and hopefully they’re behind us when we get to London Stadium next week.”

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