Chelsea have indicated they would be willing to sign Andy Carroll on a permanent basis and have opened discussions with West Ham.
The Premier League champions are scrutinising a number of forwards in an attempt to ease the workload on Álvaro Morata and were initially interested in taking Carroll on a six-month loan. West Ham would want around £20m for a player who has 18 months on his £70,000-a-week deal.
West Ham finally saw off Shrewsbury in added time of their FA Cup third round replay but it took a thumping volley from a rookie centre-half to do so.
Reece Burke scored his first goal for the club with seven minutes remaining of the added half-hour at a chilly London Stadium. He smashed home Marko Arnautovic’s cutback off the underside of the bar, just when the match looked like heading to penalties without a single goal in either tie.
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It’s over! Reece Burke, a Newham-born West Ham fan, has scored his first professional goal to take the Hammers into round four, where they will meet Bournemouth or Wigan, who replay tomorrow.
At West Ham, there’s a lot of talk about Stefan Payne’s miss with half an hour of normal time remaining, apparently a wonderful chance.
63: Big chance for Town after Nolan gets a block in and the ball drops for Payne, he's in behind the West Ham defence and drives for the box, he hits his shot under Hart but the keeper gets enough on it to keep the ball out #salop 0-0
In other “news”, a player who hasn’t played for nearly three years isn’t going to play again:
This is the image that assisted the VAR decision. Blue lines, it turns our, are good. I took my screengrab a moment before Mahrez hit the ball, so the decision was even closer than this appears:
The decision to award Leicester’s VAR-assisted goal took 67 seconds. Or 1.24% of a standard 90-minute football match.
Numbers can be very hard to read on stripes, though, hence the blank back. It’s the identical number font and colour, though, that’s really confusing.
@Simon_Burnton looks like a great victory for awful shirt designs at Reading. Why can’t they have the same design front and back? Or am I getting too old for this?
Paul McInnes is at West Ham for us tonight, and has the unfortunate task of filing an interim match report for the early editions. It starts thus:
West Ham United were taken to extra time at the London Stadium by Shrewsbury as their third round tie went into a fourth hour without a goal. Chances were few and far between on a cold East London night and Shrewsbury had the best of them on a rare breakaway. The addition of second half substitutes for West Ham upped the intensity somewhat, but not enough for a breakthrough.
There will be extra time at the London Stadium, where West Ham still haven’t found a way through the Shrewsbury defence.
Three games are over, and these are the new-look FA Cup fourth-round ties:
Cardiff v Manchester City Peterborough v Leicester Sheffield Wednesday v Reading (probably, barring a crazy late Stevenage fightback)
This is certainly many times clearer:
Here’s a picture from the first half at Reading. I think from the front it’s easy enough to tell the teams apart, but from the back it’s another matter:
“VAR at its best” seems a strange turn of phrase, given that us English are only just working out what it looks like. Still, we can consider its intervention tonight to have been emphatically positive.
VAR at its best. Such a tight call for the naked eye. History made on @btsport#LEIFLE
Cardiff’s victory now has a cherry on the top, courtesy of Hoilett’s 25-yarder:
88- That's the pick of bunch. The ball falls for Hoilett 25 yards out and he fizzes a half-volley into the bottom corner. 1-4.
It looks like Manchester City won’t be coming to Mansfield – but their manager is there already:
Mention of Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal has got Jonny Mac reminiscing. “I watched that game one afternoon while working for a major record label in New York,” he writes. “I had to get a website finished and launched for a very important artist by 5pm and had the game playing in a small screen on my monitor. Each time Liverpool scored I had to pretend that me punching the air was down to a fix that worked and every time Arshavin scored, my ‘effin’ ‘ell!’ outbursts owed to glitches that were delaying the launch. It all worked out. Happy days!”
There’s been a hat-trick at Reading! But there won’t be one at Leicester, where Iheanacho comes off, and Okazaki is on. Also on is Jamie Vardy, who replaces Mahrez to great acclaim from fans of both sides.
An excellent goal - lovely football. A slide-rule pass sets Gunter free down the left, and it's a peach of a cross to allow Böðvarsson to tap in his third from inside the six-yard box.
For the first time ever in English football, a goal has been awarded as a result of VAR intervention. It was a close decision, but a correct one.
Another Leicester goal is disallowed: Mahrez runs forward, engages all defenders and slips in Iheanacho to his right, who lifts the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper and into the net, but was offside. The VAR again has to check it, and on TV replays it looks extremely close.
Anthony Pilkington scores a third for Cardiff, who look all set to book themselves a home date against Manchester City in round four!
Was Pond fouling Iborra at a Leicester free-kick? The VAR is called upon, and can’t see anything that should convince Jonathan Moss to point to the spot.
“While following the Sheffield Wednesday v the mighty Carlisle game from British Columbia, I am watching Liverpool v Arsenal on premier league classics,” writes David Marriott. “Arshavin has scored a hat trick and Torres has just scored his second. Whatever happened to these lads? Great game – tell you what, this could end up 4-4.” Well you’ve seen more goals than anyone else tonight. For everyone else, here’s a visual reminder:
Peeeep! Action is back under way in Leicester, and at all the other 7.45pm kick-offs.
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson has his second goal of the night, and it sounds splendid:
Terrific switch from Bacuna to find Gunter on the left - he clipped a ball to the edge of the box and Böðvarsson comes steaming onto it. Powerful header from the edge of the box and it's in via the post! ⚪
This is impressive. His shots-to-goal stats when he broke through at Manchester City were entirely ludicrous.
6 - Kelechi Iheanacho has scored six goals in eight appearances in the FA Cup, however this was his first as a Leicester player. Opportunity.
The half-time whistle blows in Leicester, and though Fleetwood had their moments, the home side lead at the break.
This was, according to the Stevenage Twitter feed, Reading’s first shot on target. And it’s gone in, from Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.
“Clearly the Leicester players can’t be arsed,” sniffed Rai Skrupskis, a minute or two too soon. “Neither can I, and I remember us losing three finals in the 60’s and actually attended the 1969 one at old Wembley. It mattered a lot then. Not now. Sad!”
That is Leicester’s first shot on target, and it’s also their first goal. Slimani plays to Iheanacho, whose first touch brilliantly takes it out of his feet and sets him running, and he bears down on the goalkeeper before popping the ball between his legs!
Now McAleny sends a near-post header wide. For all Leicester’s possession, Fleetwood have come closer to actually scoring.
Oooh! Dempsey’s lovely shot from 22 yards is fizzing and dipping and probably on its way onto the bar, but Jakupovic tips it over!
Benalouane fouls Hiwula-Mayifuila, a really late ankle-cruncher, and is deservedly booked.
It’s no longer raining in Sheffield, though – it’s snowing.
Cardiff don’t lead for long, as Rose equalises from close range.
Meanwhile in Leicester, Mahrez’s shot from that free-kick goes just wide.
They’re really flying in now! Bruno Ecuele Manga puts Cardiff ahead at Mansfield.
Mahrez is fouled a couple of yards from the edge of the area, and Leicester have a fine shooting chance. “Meanwhile in Hammerland,” writes Patrick van Ijzendoorn, “the main excitement in the London Stadium is the 4,000 Shrews fans singing ‘Is this a library?’”
Marco Matias has scored a goal! An actual goal!
And then Fleetwood break, and McAleny carries the ball from the centre circle before sending a nice curling shot goalwards. Jakupovic has to dive to stop it, but the save isn’t particularly difficult.
Mahrez sends a terrible cross into the Fleetwood area, but the defender seems distracted and his clearance skews behind. The visitors clear the corner, though.
A shot! McAleny has a pop for Fleetwood from the edge of the area, and it’s firm and on target, but straight at Jakupovic.
“I see Geoff Eltringham is the referee at Mansfield today,” writes JR. “About two hours ago I watched the game from Saturday where he completely hosed Middlesbrough and was thinking I’m not sure he should be refereeing any games. Then I found out he used to be a Sunderland season ticket holder so that at least explained his performance. Maybe he just shouldn’t be allowed to ref any games involving Newcastle or Boro?” I daresay he won’t be let anywhere near Middlesbrough for a good while.
Claude Puel talks to BT Sport:
I think a cup game is always difficult. Of course the first leg was not a good game, but we played a strong team, powerful, quality. Now we need to be in the fourth round of the FA Cup and I think it’s an important game for us, the squad, and players without game time. It will be important to start with good focus, good concentration. It’s important always to play good football. If we win this game, it will be a good reward for all the team, not just for some players. I think it’s important to keep our focus. We play at home, it’s another pitch, another atmosphere, and I hope of course we can start strong and put it right for the next round.
The star strikers are on the bench at the King Power: Jamie Vardy and Devante Cole; on BT Sport Uwe Rosler is playing down the importance of his decision to relegate Cole to the bench, and playing up the ability of his stand-ins.
So PA are getting their game together, and these are the names I’ve been given – I’ll add the rest as they arrive:
Tonight’s FA Cup games, then. You’ll notice that none of the home teams start with a letter that comes before L in the alphabet, while three of the away teams do. Incredible scenes! Also, and not very promisingly, every single one of their first attempts to find a winner ended in a 0-0 draw 10 days ago.
Arsenal have hit an all-time low under Arsène Wenger, Chelsea could go for Andy Carroll and Sam Allardyce needs a result
Chelsea have endured three successive goalless draws for the first time and it is inconceivable the scouting department is not exploring forward options. Something has clearly put them off the pursuit of Alexis Sánchez, whom they courted in the summer. Perhaps they believe he is set upon a reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. Maybe they feel they cannot compete with the financial package Manchester United could offer. Possibly they deem the costs excessive. Yet, if that avenue is blocked, and with Crystal Palace unlikely to entertain offers for Christian Benteke, there remains the possibility Chelsea will explore Andy Carroll’s availability. Antonio Conte had hoped to secure a targetman over the summer and is apparently an admirer of Carroll, for all the 29-year-old’s patchy injury record. Such a move would once have seemed outlandish. Yet times may have changed. Dominic Fifield
Chelsea’s eagerness to freshen up their forward ranks could prompt a renewed attempt to secure Andy Carroll from West Ham United before the end of the transfer window.
The Premier League champions endured a third successive goalless draw, for the first time in their history, against Leicester City on Saturday with fatigue blunting the players’ form. Álvaro Morata has scored only twice in the top flight since mid-November and has gone five games without a goal while Eden Hazard, upon whom this side have come to over-rely, has been substituted in each of the past four games he has started.
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Historical Transfer News and Team Gossip has been archived below:
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has been working thick and fast to bring in as many quality new players as he can to the Upton Park for the new season after his newly promoted side climbed their way back to the countries top division. Allardyce has many players in his sights for the up coming campaign and the club are now in talks with many clubs regarding possible additions for his squad.
The first notable signing of the summer is the capture of Malian striker Modibo Maiga from the French side Sochaux in a four year deal thought to be worth around four million pounds. The highly rated striker has been on Allardyces radar for some time and the manager seem extremely happy with bringing in a player of his quality as he feels he will provide a great outlet for his team and ultimately goals that could keep them in England`s top flight.
Another player who looks all set to arrive at Upton Park this summer is Southend superstar Bilel Mohsni who is currently on trial at the club. The twenty four year old defender who also has the ability to play as a striker is seen as a great utility player for Allardyce and if the club do sign the player they could achieve this easily for a fee much less than his market value.
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