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    Chelsea transfer boost as West Ham reduce Declan Rice valuation to £50MILLION… £30m less than original price

    WEST HAM are reportedly considering slashing their asking price for Chelsea transfer target Declan Rice.
    According to the Guardian, Hammers bigwigs could be willing to sell the England international for £50million at the end of the season.

    Declan Rice is under contract at West Ham until the summer of 2024Credit: PA:Press Association

    The potential new fee is £30MILLION less than the asking price just last summer.
    It is claimed that West Ham are thinking of slashing their players’ valuations due to the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.
    Chelsea released Rice at the age of 14 but want him back to solve their issues in defence.
    He has starred in midfield for West Ham, however, and could see that as his long-term position.

    Liverpool and Manchester City are also said to be sniffing around the England international.

    Rice is under contract at the London Stadium until the summer of 2024, with the club holding an option for a further season.
    The 22-year-old has established himself as an integral figure for West Ham since his debut in May 2017.
    He is also club-captain-in-waiting having skippered the side when Mark Noble does not make the XI.

    West Ham boss David Moyes has issued a hands-off warning to Rice’s suitors.
    Speaking earlier this month, he said: “He’s doing great for us, he’s a big leader now, he’s taken a lot of the weight off Mark Noble. He’s turning out to be a really good player but also a really good boy and good around the club.”
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    And former West Ham striker Tony Cottee believes his old club would be foolish not to offer Rice a bumper contract extension.
    Speaking to SunSport earlier this month, he said: “I know he signed a five-year deal not so long ago but get him tied down and up there with the bigger earners and make him a bedrock of the future team.
    “We all know other teams are interested. West Ham should be acting to secure Declan, so he is not allowed to drift into the last two years of his contract and possibly leave on a free transfer.”
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    FA Cup 4th round round-up: Sheffield United sneak past Plymouth while West Ham and Swan run riot

    YVES BISSOUMA hit a 30-yard cracker for Brighton as the Seagulls and fellow Premier League strugglers Sheffield United sneaked past third-tier opposition in the FA Cup fourth round.
    Elsewhere, West Ham, Swansea and Bristol City pulled off big wins, with Barnsley stunning Championship leaders Norwich to also reach the last 16.

    Brighton’s Mali midfielder Yves Bissouma notched a spectacular opener in the 2-1 defeat of BlackpoolCredit: Reuters

    Scorer Billy Sharp celebrates as Sheffield United put their Premier League misery behind them in the FA CupCredit: Reuters

    Oladapo Afolayan nipped in for West Ham’s fourth goal against Doncaster after finally making his debut – three years after joining Credit: Reuters

    Brighton battled past League One Blackpool 2-1, courtesy of Bissouma’s stunner and Steven Alzate’s deflection.
    Meanwhile, Chris Basham and Billy Sharp seemingly put the Blades in control against Plymouth but Pereira Camara’s 75th-minute reply gave Chris Wilder’s men an uncomfortable finale.
    Elsewhere, the Hammers dispatched Doncaster 4-0, with debutant 23-year-old striker Oladapo Afolayan bagging their simple fourth goal eight minutes after coming on as a sub.

    TODAY’S FA CUP 4TH ROUND RESULTS

    Here are the results so far from today’s last-32 action.

    Southampton 1 Arsenal 0
    Barnsley 1 Norwich City 0
    Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Blackpool 1
    Millwall 0 Bristol City 3
    Sheffield United 2 Plymouth Argyle 1
    Swansea City 5 Nottingham Forest 1
    West Ham 4 Doncaster Rovers 0

    Andriy Yarmolenko was involved in Pablo Fornals’ s early opener before doubling West Ham’s lead himself with a lob.

    Then after the break Andy Butler’s own goal and Afolayan’s special moment completed the rout.
    Swansea saw off in-form Championship rivals Nottingham Forest 5-1 to reach the fifth round for the third time in four seasons.

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    Liam Cullen and Matt Grimes netted two apiece, while sub Oli Cooper rounded off the romp in just his second senior appearance.

    Callum Styles’ notched Barnsley’s deserved winner against second-tier high-fliers Norwich.
    Finally, Bristol City won 3-0 at Millwall in another all-Championship tie, Nahki Wells providing a deflected free-kick goal and an assist.

    Matt Grimes’ penalty put Swansea in control against Championship rivals ForestCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Billy Sharp doubled Sheffield United’s lead against Plymouth Credit: Getty Images – Getty

    Doncaster defender Andy Butler’s own goal put West Ham 3-0 upCredit: Reuters

    Blackpool’s Gary Madine pounced for a temporary equaliser at BrightonCredit: Reuters

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    West Ham set to reward David Moyes with new contract at end of season as Hammers hunt for European spot

    WEST HAM plan to offer David Moyes a new contract at the end of the season.
    Hammers bigwigs have revelled in their revival in the Scot’s second spell in charge.

    David Moyes has led West Ham to seventh in the Premier League tableCredit: EPA

    A return to 32 points from 19 games has the team in the hunt for European football.
    Moyes has six months left on his current deal, with the option for another year.
    But he is set to be rewarded with a long-term extension as reward for his fine work.
    Moyes got West Ham over the line after replacing Slaven Bilic midway through the 2017/18 campaign.

    But he was replaced by Manuel Pellegrini when his short-term contract expired that summer.

    Liverpool boast the most-valuable squad in the Premier League
    The former Everton and Manchester United was called back 18 months later for a second chance.
    West Ham retained their top-flight status and have performed well over the first half of the current campaign.
    According to the Guardian, West Ham senior figures believe it was a mistake not to keep Moyes in the first place.

    Key for the Hammers has been the impressive form of his recruits Jarrod Bowen, Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal.
    The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic is reportedly behind the club’s decision not to immediately open contract talks.
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    The fluctuating financial situation means the Hammers are unsure what terms they can offer.
    Moyes is happy at the London Stadium and is willing to wait for terms to be tabled.
    He wants to be allowed to continue his work – but recruiting a new striker before this month’s deadline is on the agenda.
    West Ham are light in attack after selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax at a £25million loss.
    However, Moyes is reluctant to break the bank for a new hotshot due to the coronavirus crisis.

    He said: “Do I want a top striker? I certainly do. I really do to help us.
    “But I’m also mindful that football clubs, a lot are on the verge of going bust and I’ve got to make sure I do things correctly.”
    Manchester United full-back Brandon Williams is also being targeted by the Hammers.

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    FA Cup fourth round LIVE SCORES: West Ham and Swansea leading, plus Brighton vs Blackpool – stream, latest updates

    GET ready for another bumper weekend of FA Cup action as Football League clubs aim to conquer their Premier League foes.
    Saturday FA Cup fourth round 3pm games
    Swansea vs Nottingham Forest (BT Sport Extra 4)
    Barnsley vs Norwich (BT Sport Extra 5)
    Millwall vs Bristol City (BT Sport Extra 6)
    Brighton vs Blackpool (BT Sport Extra 3)
    Sheffield United vs Plymouth (BBC iPlayer)
    West Ham vs Doncaster (BBC iPlayer)
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    Stay up to date with all the action below…

    SHEFF UTD 2-0 PLYMOUTH
    47. Less than two minutes into the second period, and Sheffield United are in full control.
    A brilliant defence-splitting pass from Oliver Norwood finds Billy Sharp in beyond Jerome Opoku, and the veteran striker cleverly skips around Michael Cooper before rolling into the empty net.

    GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLL!!BILLY SHARP DOUBLES SHEFFIELD UNITED’S LEAD!!

    PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!THE ACTION RESTARTS!

    BISSOUMA’S BELTER
    Relive the moment that Yves Bissouma thundered in the best goal of the afternoon to give Premier League Brighton the lead over Blackpool.
    However, the League One side hit back in first half stoppage time with Gary Madine stunning the Seagulls with an equaliser.

    HT: SWANSEA 2-0 NOTT’M FOREST

    HT: MILLWALL 0-1 BRISTOL CITY

    HT: BRIGHTON 1-1 BLACKPOOL

    HT: SHEFF UTD 1-0 PLYMOUTH

    HT: WEST HAM 2-0 DONCASTER

    BRIGHTON 1-1 BLACKPOOL
    45+2. On the stroke of half-time, the League One side are level!
    Blackpool open Albion up with slick play down the left, from where Luke Garbutt eventually digs out a cross from the byline.
    In the middle, Gary Madine utilises his experience with clever movement to break free of his marker before steering an instinctive near-post finish beyond Christian Walton.

    GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!!GARY MADINE EQUALISES FOR BLACKPOOL!!

    HT: BARNSLEY 0-0 NORWICH

    SHEFF UTD 1-0 PLYMOUTH
    39. Finally, Sheffield United have broken Plymouth Argyle down.
    The Premier League side remain patient, working the ball from right to left, where Billy Sharpe steps up a fantastic cross towards the far post.
    The delivery is perfect for the arriving Chris Basham, who has time to pick his spot before planting his header in the back of the net.

    GOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!CHRIS BASHAM BREAKS THE DEADLOCK AT BRAMALL LANE!!

    MILWALL 0-1 BRISTOL CITY
    32. Famara Diedhiou makes no mistake from the spot!
    The Bristol City man bags his sixth of the season, converting from 12 yards, after winning the penalty himself.
    The Senegalese striker was brought down by Frank Fielding after flicking Zay Vyner’s pass beyond the Millwall goalkeeper.

    GOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL!!FAMARA DIEDHIOU FIRES BRISTOL CITY AHEAD!!

    WEST HAM 2-0 DONCASTER
    32. A lovely goal from Andriy Yamolenko has West Ham in charge at the London Stadium.
    The Ukrainian keeps his cool as he latches on to Said Benrahma’s clever through ball, and dinks his shot over Ellery Balcombe.

    GOOOOOAAAAAALLLL!!ANDRIY YAMOLENKO SCORES WEST HAM’S SECOND!!

    SWANSEA 2-0 NOTT’M FOREST
    29. Another screamer from long range!
    This time it’s Matt Grimes, who thunders in a left-footed strike from 25 yards after Swansea had worked a short corner on the right.
    It left goalkeeper Freddie Woodman with no chance, nor Lyle Taylor, who was lying injured inside the Forest goal.

    GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL!!MATT GRIMES DOUBLES SWANSEA’S LEAD!!

    BRIGHTON 1-0 BLACKPOOL
    27. The League One side have competed well, but they’ve now been undone by a stroke of brilliance.
    There’s no danger when Yves Bissouma collects the ball 30 yards from goal, but the midfielder turns to make space for himself before firing a thunderbolt into the top corner.
    A sensational strike!

    GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLL!!SENSATIONAL STRIKE FROM YVES BISSOUMA!!

    BRIGHTON 0-0 BLACKPOOL
    20. Nearly a shock lead for the League One side as Luke Garbutt’s curls a clever free-kick over the wall.
    The former Everton defender has the accuracy on his strike, but not the power to beat Christian Walton.

    SHEFF UTD 0-0 PLYMOUTH
    18. A big chance for the Premier League side!
    Rhian Brewster steers a sliding shot wide of the far post after John Fleck had squared a low cross from the left.
    It came just a minute after the same youngster had slammed a long range shot straight at Michael Cooper.

    BARNSLEY 0-0 NORWICH
    11. Norwich are controlling the bulk of possession at Oakwell, but the home side are making it difficult for the Championship leaders to create.
    In fact, it’s Barnsley who go close with a Helik header from a corner, but it’s eventually claimed by Krul, who is making his 100th appearance for the Canaries.

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    Man Utd set to send Facundo Pellistri out on loan transfer with Solskjaer wanting 19-year-old to get experience

    FACUNDO PELLESTRI is heading out on loan after failing to play for Manchester United since his summer arrival.
    The Uruguay winger’s agent believes the 19-year-old will join a Spanish club temporarily.

    Winger Facundo Pellestri is set for a temporary United exit, especially as new boy Amad Diallo is already ahead of him in the pecking orderCredit: PA:Press Association

    Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists the former Penarol starlet has “all the technical qualities” needed to succeed.
    But Pellestri has had no senior game-time for United despite recovering from coronavirus.
    The closest he has come has been a spot on the bench for Champions League group games with PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir.
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    And with a loan exit looming, Pellestri’s representative Edgardo Lasalvia said: “We’re working on that, surely Spain is the destination.” 
    But Solskjaer has stressed: “Facundo has the perfect platform at Man United to develop and he has all of the technical qualities and the right mentality required to become a top player here.
    “We are all looking forward to working with him to fulfil his potential over the coming years.”
    United recruited £9milion Pellestri after a dazzling scouting report from their ex-striker Diego Forlan.

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    But he has largely been restricted to Under-23 matches.
    And with fellow winger Amad Diallo joining from Atalanta this month, Pellestri is even further away from the first-team reckoning.
    Diallo, 18, has already been promoted to Solskjaer’s senior squad, reportedly even leapfrogging Jesse Lingard in the pecking order.

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    Watch as brave Chorley bench laugh in face of Wolves star Adama Traore in FA Cup fourth-round confrontation

    CHORLEY’S brave bench laughed in the face of jacked Wolves star Adama Traore during their FA Cup fourth-round clash.
    The Non-League side’s fairytale run came to an end with a 1-0 defeat at home to Wolves on Friday night.

    Chorley manager Jamie Vermiglio laughs in the face of Adama TraoreCredit: BT Sport

    Goalkeeper coach Craig Dootson chuckled at Traore’s confrontationCredit: BT Sport

    Assistant boss Andy Preece also sported a beaming smile at the bust-upCredit: BT Sport

    But the part-timers certainly weren’t intimidated by the Prem big boys.
    Spanish hardman Traore, 24, bundled over defender Lewis Baines with a late challenge midway through the second-half.
    The collision caused the Chorley bench to jump up and referee Anthony Taylor duly awarded a free-kick.
    Traore didn’t take kindly to the call and exchanged jibes with some of the home side’s staff.

    But the ballsy National League North lads laughed in his face at the attempted confrontation.
    Chorley boss and primary school headteacher Jamie Vermiglio chuckled as he came face to face with a raging, greased-up Traore.
    No2 Andy Preece and goalkeeper coach Craig Dootson were also caught sporting cheeky grins by the BT Sport cameras.
    But Traore’s Wolves had the last laugh as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side ran out unconvincing winners thanks to Vitinha’s absolute worldie from 30 yards out.

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    Traore came face to face with the Chorley benchCredit: BT Sport

    Adele fans Chorley gave another great account of themselves with Wolves keeper John Ruddy putting in a stand-out display to deny the amateurs another rendition of Someone Like You.
    Fans ripped into Traore online as one tweeted: “Hard to take a grown man who has baby oil on their arms seriously at the best of times.”
    Another suggested it was bullish behaviour from Chorley given they were losing, they added: “Don’t you have to be winning the game to do the ‘laugh in the players’ face bit.”

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    FA Cup fourth round TV games: How to live stream FREE and watch all fixtures this weekend on BT Sport and BBC iPlayer

    THE world’s greatest cup domestic competition returns this weekend.
    With the UK back in lockdown the magic of the FA Cup will be a tonic for supporters facing months under new coronavirus regulations.

    Manchester United face Liverpool at Old Trafford after squeezing past Watford in the third roundCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    And in a boost for fans, you’ll be able to watch every single clash on TV – with a number of matches on free-to-air.
    FA Cup fourth round TV matches
    There are 16 matches in the fourth round, spread across several days of action.
    Matches are being shown on BT Sport and the BBC, although none are on the FA Player as they were in the third round.
    Games on BBC ONE and BBC iPlayer are FREE to watch for everyone.

    BT Sport games will be available to anyone who has a subscription to the service, with the BT Sport Extra channel available by pressing the red button.

    BT Sport will be showing the majority of matchesCredit: Paul Marriott – The Sun
    If you have an EE phone contract, you can grab a three-month BT Sport trial by texting SPORT to 150.
    To get the FA Player, head to their official website or download the app from the App or Play Store on your mobile.

    FA Cup fourth round fixtures:
    Friday, January 22
    FT: Chorley 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers – 7.45pm (BT Sport 1)
    Saturday, January 23
    FT: Southampton 1-0 Arsenal – 12.15pm (BT Sport 1)
    Bournemouth vs Crawley – 3pm (BT Sport Extra 2)
    Swansea vs Nottingham Forest – 3pm (BT Sport Extra 4)
    Barnsley vs Norwich – 3pm (BT Sport Extra 5)
    Millwall vs Bristol City – 3pm (BT Sport Extra 6)
    Brighton vs Blackpool – 3pm (BT Sport Extra 3)
    Sheffield United vs Plymouth – 3pm (BBC iPlayer)
    West Ham vs Doncaster – 3pm (BBC iPlayer)
    Cheltenham Town vs Manchester City – 5.30pm (BBC One/iPlayer)

    Sunday, January 24
    Chelsea vs Luton Town – 12 Noon (BBC One/iPlayer)
    Fulham vs Burnley – 2.30pm (BT Sport Extra 2)
    Brentford vs Leicester – 2.30pm (BT Sport 1)
    Manchester United vs Liverpool – 5pm (BBC One/iPlayer)
    Everton vs Sheffield Wednesday (BT Sport 1)
    Monday, January 25
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