The tea-time kick-off in the Premier League today sees West Ham United host Everton at the London Stadium.
Both sides still harbour ambitions to be ‘best of the rest’ and claim 7th place. A win for either side would go some way to achieving that, while also significantly damaging their opponents’ chances.
The match kicks off at 5.30pm and it is live on BT Sport 1. Here are the factz you need to know:
* West Ham won 1-3 at Goodison Park back in September.
* The Hammers have won their last 3 matches at the London Stadium and are unbeaten in 6 in all.
* Everton have won 15 points away from home this season – as many as they managed in the whole of last season.
* Angelo Ogbonna could make his 100th appearance for the Hammers today.
* Everton have kept 3 clean sheets in their last 4 matches.
Spanish giants Real Madrid are planning to make a £125 million bid to bring Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba to the Bernabeu this summer, according to reports.
Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is a long-term fan of his countryman and tried to sign him three summers ago when Pogba decided instead to join United for a then world record £89 million.
With Zidane planning a major revamp of the Madrid squad, Pogba is a name towards the top of the list of targets, according to The Sun.
The player also admitted in an interview recently that it was a dream for him to play for the club. He also spoke of his admiration for Zidane.
However, this doesn’t mean Pogba wants to leave United right now. He is believed to be happy in Manchester, and is enjoying playing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was confirmed as United’s permanent manager yesterday (March 28). Indeed, his form since the Norwegian took over has been impressive.
United also don’t want to sell one of their star players. Pogba will be one of the players Solskjaer builds his team around.
But if Madrid want to test United’s resolve it will take a bid of at least £125 million, according to The Sun.
Manchester United and Barcelona are reportedly interested in signing Chelsea’s teenage age Callum Hudson-Odoi, joining Bayern Munich and other German clubs.
Reports say that Hudson-Odoi still wants to leave Chelsea. He had a transfer request rejected in January but, frustrated at a continuing lack of game time, he still feels his future lies away from Stamford Bridge.
If that is the case, then top European clubs are lining up to sign him. Bayern Munich were thought to be at the top of the queue, having made a £35 million bid for the 18-year-old in January. While they are thought to be planning another bid, they now have competition from Manchester United and Barcelona, according to The Daily Mail.
In addition, German sides Red Bull Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund are also reportedly interested in Hudson-Odoi . Dortmund may make a move if Jadon Sancho is sold, with United reportedly interested in him as well.
However, Chelsea do not want Hudson-Odoi to leave and have offered him an improved deal worth a rumoured £80,000 a week. This could be especially important if a transfer ban for the next 2 windows is upheld – the club are currently appealing the decision.
Ultimately, where Hudson-Odoi stays or goes may depend on whether he is given an extended run in the Chelsea first-team or not. This far, boss Maurizio Sarri has shown little inclination to do this. Indeed, the player made his full England debut before his full Premier League debut this week.
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