Fellaini extends United stay

Belgium international midfielder Marouane Fellaini has pledged his future to Manchester United by signing a new two-year contract with the Old Trafford club.

The 30-year-old joined the Red Devils in the summer of 2013 after spending five years with Everton, and has since scored 20 goals in 156 appearances for United in all competitions.

Fellaini has helped his current club to success in the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League and is confident that there is more to come from the men from Manchester in the coming campaigns.

He told his club's official website: "I am pleased to be continuing my journey as a Manchester United player.

"I made this decision because I am very happy here. Also, I feel like this team, under Jose Mourinho, still has a lot we want to achieve.

"I would like to say a special thank you to Jose for the faith he has always shown in me. My focus now is on the World Cup and (then) I am looking forward to a successful season ahead."

United have already been active in the summer transfer market, snapping up Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot from FC Porto and Brazilian midfielder Fed from Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk.

Last season Mourinho's side finished in second place in the Premier League last season, while they were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea in the FA Cup final and knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage by Sevilla.

United are 7/1 to win the Premier League title next season, with Liverpool available at 5/1 and Arsenal priced at 28/1.

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Rooney ready for MLS challenge

Former England captain Wayne Rooney has completed a move to MLS outfit DC United, ending his second spell with Everton after just one season.

The 32-year-old forward has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with United, ending his Premier League career with 208 top-flight goals to his name.

He also netted a national team record 53 goals in 119 appearances for England, while also enjoying a lengthy trophy-laden stint with Manchester United, where he won the Premier League five times and the Champions League in 2008.

However, Rooney says he is now ready for a new challenge and has promised to do all he can to make his time Stateside a success.

He told his new club's official website: "Moving to America and MLS fulfils another career ambition for me. I have the hunger to be a success here and will give DC 100 per cent – as I have always done for every team I have ever played for.

Meanwhile, DC United general manager Dave Kasper has backed Rooney to bring some much-needed leadership characteristics to his new team, as well as his undoubted quality.

He added: "Wayne is undoubtedly one of the best players in Premier League history and his goalscoring record for club and country speaks for itself.

"He is a world-class player and he elevates those around him, both through his work ethic and winning mentality."

Meanwhile, Everton are 6/1 to finish in the top six in the Premier League enxt seaosn, with Arsenal priced at 1/5 and Leicester City 7/1.

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Deulofeu signs for Hornets

Gerard Deulofeu has signed a permanent deal with Watford after spending part of last season at Vicarage Road.

The 24-year-old Spanish international was on loan with the Premier League club during the latter half of the 2017-18 season, making seven appearances.

Now the club have acted to bring him back to the club and he has signed permanently from Barcelona.

Watford chairman Scott Duxbury said: "We are very pleased to welcome Gerard back to Vicarage Road and thank FC Barcelona for their part in concluding this deal.

"Our ambition to succeed and grow in the Premier League remains as strong as ever."

The forward graduated from Barcelona's La Masia Academy and made his debut for the senior team at the age of just 17.

He made over 20 appearances for the Spanish club but has had several loans spells away, with Sevilla, AC Milan and two spells at Everton.

He has four caps for Spain, his most recent appearance for his country coming in 2017 in a World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein.

He will join a club who finished 14th in the Premier League last term. They had an excellent start to the season, losing just one of their first eight matches.

However, they then endured a poor run which cost Marco Silva his job. Javi Gracia took over and he remains and hopes to add other new faces in the coming days and weeks with reports that the club have agreed a fee with Bologna to sign left-back Adam Masina.

The Hornets plans for pre-season include matches against Stevenage and Brentford before the new Premier League season begins on 11th August.

Watford are 5/1 to finish in the top half of the Premier League while they are 2/1 to be relegated with Huddersfield at 6/5 to go down.

Everton are 6/1 to finish in the top six.

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Silva open to Rooney talks

New Everton manager Marco Silva has not ruled out the possibility of former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney staying at Goodison Park.

The 32-year-old ex-England captain has been linked with a summer switch to DC United after spending just one season back at Everton.

"It's something that had started when I arrived," said Silva, who has replaced Sam Allardyce in the Goodison Park hot-seat. "We will talk with him. We need to understand everything.

"The door is open anytime for him to return. We'll talk and see what is happening. It's Wayne's decision."

Meanwhile, former Sporting Lisbon, Olympiakos, Hull City and Watford boss Silva says he is determined to improve Everton next season following their disappointing 2017/18 campaign.

The Toffees flirted with relegation before rallying to finish eighth but it was an underwhelming season considering how much money they spent last summer acquiring the likes of Rooney, Davy Klaassen, Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Everton also snapped up Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun in January and are 1/3 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table in 2018/19 and 6/1 to clinch a top-six spot.

Silva added: "It is a huge club, a huge story behind us as well. We want to develop the club, develop our players and make the club better every single day. This is our goal.

"It is important to make the fans proud of our team. We need to build a strong connection between the team and fans."

Silva is new Toffees boss

Everton have confirmed Marco Silva as their new manager on a three-year deal.

The 40-year-old former Hull and Watford boss replaces Sam Allardyce, who was sacked at the end of the season after six months in charge at Goodison Park.

Silva insists he wants the Toffees faithful to be 'proud' of their team, not only for results but for the way they go about getting them.

Allardyce came in for plenty criticism towards the end of the season for his style of play.

"I know what our fans expect – they expect results but not only results," Silva said.

"I want our fans to be proud when they see our team on the pitch."

Everton finished eighth under Allardyce, who had replaced Ronald Koeman in November.

Everton's major shareholder Farhad Moshiri described Silva as a "young, dynamic, energetic and very modern manager".

Silva will be joined by long-term assistant manager Joao Pedro, plus goalkeeping coach Hugo Olivera, technical scout Antonis Lemonakis and fitness coach Pedro Conceicao.

Former Toffees striker Duncan Ferguson will continue as part of the coaching team under the new boss.

Silva was sacked by Watford in January, after the Vicarage Road outfit became frustrated at Everton's approach for the Portuguese in November.

The new boss insists the club has strong ambitions.

"Everton is a really ambitious club and that is what I want. What we are seeing now are good changes at the club. The club is changing its approach," Silva added.

"But one thing we cannot change and nobody wants to change is the huge history and ambition of the club.

"Everybody knows Everton's history. When you are a club like Everton, you only have one solution – to aim to win."

Everton are 1/3 to finish in the top half of the Premier League next season, while Watford are 5/1.

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The Transfer Window Can Be Just Madness

Premier League football games may have concluded for another season but if they offered betting odds on who will move where – for both players and managers – it would be a truly live betting bonanza.

Few people realise that the transfer window is actually already open, a week earlier than normal, and it won’t be too long before the first signing is made.

In a matter of days since the campaign drew to a close, four clubs have already parted company with managers, Sam Allardyce, David Moyes, Paul Lambert and Carlos Carvalhal departing Everton, West Ham and relegated duo Stoke City and Swansea respectively.

So will it be a new managerial appointment or a new arrival on the playing side that is the first deal of the close season?

We already know that RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita will head to Liverpool in July but who will join the Guinea midfielder in making big-money summer moves?

If reports are to be believed the first move could involve the dug-out with former Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini strongly linked with the West Ham job.

Then again, who isn’t!

Speculation also continues to link Thierry Henry with a possible return to the Premier League as Arsenal hunt for a replacement for the long-serving Arsene Wenger.

After being relegated, Johnny Evans is almost certain to leave West Brom and Arsenal – supposedly interested in recent transfer windows – are once again being linked, as are champions Man City, although their January signing of Aymeric Laporte may deem such a pursuit unnecessary.

And then there’s Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon, set to retire from Juventus this weekend but linked with a move to the Premier League with Liverpool heavily associated with the 40 year-old.

My tip is don’t be surprised if he stays in Turin in a coaching capacity.

The name Kwadwo Asamoah is linked with Chelsea and Everton, although if the Juventus man fancies a move to England he will probably want to wait to see who fills the managerial hotseat in replace of Allardyce and, possibly, Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

If Aston Villa fail to get promoted, will Jack Grealish be tempted to move up a division or will he stay loyal to his home club who have persevered during his ups and downs?

If fellow play-off finalists Fulham miss out, will they be able to keep the big hitters from snatching teenager wonder Ryan Sessegnon?

Likewise, will Middlesbrough’s failed promotion attempt mean Adama Traore return to the top flight with a different club?

Then there is Fred, the Brazilian who helps make Shakhtar Donetsk tick, once again rumoured to be under the radar of both Manchester clubs.

So much speculation, so many column inches and internet pages populated by rumours – surely some of it is true!

And it’s still only May.

Let the transfer merry go-round begin!

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Everton start new boss search

Everton have announced that they will be appointing a new manager this summer after parting company with Sam Allardyce.

The 63-year-old spent less than six months in charge at Goodison Park as he signed a contract at the end of November 2017 that was not due to expire until June 2019.

Everton had sacked Ronald Koeman in October after which David Unsworth was placed in caretaker charge for almost six weeks.

The Toffees had flirted with relegation before Allardyce's appointment but they eventually finished eighth, 16 points above the drop-zone.

However, many Everton fans were unhappy with the style of play under the former Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham, Sunderland, England and Crystal Palace boss and there were loud chants against the manager in the final home match of the season against Southampton.

New club chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale said: "On behalf of the Chairman, Board of Directors and [club owner] Mr Moshiri, I'd like to thank Sam for the job he has done at Everton. Sam was brought in at a challenging time last season to provide us with some stability and we are grateful to him for doing that.

"However, we have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we will be appointing a new manager this summer and will be commencing this process immediately."

Former Watford and Hull City boss Marco Silva is expected to be named as Allardyce's successor.

Everton are 20/1 to finish in the top four next season, while Arsenal can be backed at 2/1 and Chelsea at 4/6.

Arnautovic key to Hammers survival

David Moyes believes the contribution of Marko Arnautovic has been pivotal in ensuring West Ham's survival in the Premier League this season.

Moyes chose to deploy the Austrian international in a centre-forward role when he replaced Slaven Bilic in November and was rewarded by seeing him score ten times.

The 29-year-old was signed from Stoke City last summer in a big-money move and had predominantly been playing out wide in the early part of his Hammers career.

"He's been a sensation up front, he's been playing as well as most strikers," said Moyes.

"Maybe he wasn't doing as much and not tracking back on the wing. Him going up front made a big difference."

Arnautovic is not noted as the hardest-working of professionals, but his mercurial skills are often game-changing when he is on song.

Moyes insists that his teammates were fully behind him, and willing to credit him with their survival.

"The team think Marko has been the outstanding factor," added Moyes. "He's a big threat to whatever centre-half he is up against.

"Whoever he's up against he looks as if he can beat them, outrun them, he is stronger than them.

"At Stoke his technical abilities weren't in question. His attitude and commitment, at times you would look and think 'is he really interested?'

"But he looks a different man up front, it's given him a bit of freedom, maybe not the responsibility of playing wide.

"It's made a big difference to the team."

West Ham are 11/8 to win their final league game of the season on Sunday at home to Everton. Arnautovic can be backed at 9/2 to score the opening goal.

The Toffees are 11/5 to end their season with a win.

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Allardyce won’t stand in Rooney’s way

Sam Allardyce claims Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave Everton, but he won't stand in his way if he wants a move to America's MLS

The Toffees boss has spoken out on the speculation that the 32-year-old is set to depart Goodison Park after just one season back with his boyhood club for a £12.5million switch to America's Major League Soccer with Washington-based outfit DC United.

Allardyce told his press conference, ahead of Sunday's final Premier League game of the season at West Ham, that "there seems to have been some negotiation along the line" with regards to Rooney but nothing was set in stone at the moment.

When pressed further on the future of England and Manchester United's all-time record goalscorer, who has scored 10 league goals with Everton this season, Allardyce added: "I don't get involved with anything regarding transfers in or out or negotiations. I know there appears to be an interest from DC United but where Wayne lies in it I cant tell you until I've spoken to him.

"If the player wants to go – if any player wants to leave – I'm comfortable.

"But let's get this right: Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave and neither has he had a confrontation with me."

As for his own future on Merseyside, Allardyce, who replaced Ronald Koeman in late November and has guided the club away from a relegation battle and to a top ten finish, said: "I have a contract – a one year contract.

"Until that time someone says they don't want me I have a contract. I've already planned for next season."

Everton are 23/10 to win at West Ham on Sunday, with Rooney 2/1 to score at any time, while the Hammers are priced at 13/10 and the draw is available at 5/2.

Can You Trust What I Tell You?

The final instalment of Premier League betting 2017/18 style.

The final collection of my betting tips for this English campaign.

Despite an improvement in my success rate during the second half of the season, would you really back a football prediction made my yours truly?!

Liverpool vs Brighton (May 13, 22:00 GMT +8)

Liverpool require just a point to secure a return to next season’s Champions League (of course, they will be back in it regardless if they defeat Real Madrid in the May 26 showpiece).

Brighton are safe, having reached the magic 40-point mark with a match to spare.

All in all, then, this should be a fairly relaxed afternoon at Anfield.

I expect a strong home start with a 🌟🌟🌟 tip of First Half Asian Handicap -1.00 Liverpool @ 2.11 and a 🌟 tip of total goal 2-3 @ 2.31.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester (May 13, 22:00 GMT +8)

I was in touch with a Spurs-supporting friend of mine in midweek and was rather surprised when he informed me some Tottenham fans were branding their 2017/18 a failure.

That seems manifestly unfair, given Spurs will finish third if they win this encounter, reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup and were unfortunate to lose in the last 16 of the Champions League after proving too strong for the likes of Borussia Dortmund and European champions Real Madrid before Christmas.

That they have achieved this during a season in which they have been away from White Hart Lane makes it a more than acceptable campaign.

The Lilly Whites say farewell to Wembley with a contest against 2016 champions Leicester who beat their north London rivals Arsenal in midweek to ease some of the unjust pressure on Claude Puel.

The Foxes could yet finish eighth if results on Sunday go their way.

They won’t, however, which is why I’m going for 2 x 🌟🌟🌟 bets of First Half Asian Handicap -0.75 Tottenham Hotspur @ 1.99 and Asian Handicap -1.75 Tottenham Hotspur @ 2.09.

Add into the mix a 🌟 prediction of total goal 2-3 @ 2.25 and you have an array of betting options for this one.

West Ham United vs Everton (May 13, 22:00 GMT +8)

An end-of-season meeting between managers facing their old clubs.

Sam Allardyce did a good job at West Ham but was never a fans’ favourite, and it’s the same for him at Everton.

David Moyes was a favourite at Everton but has lost every time he has faced them since moving on in 2013.

Moyes has not proven universally popular at West Ham but, like Allardyce at Goodison, has done a steady if unspectacular job.

In what, if reports are to be believed, could be the final match for Wayne Rooney in the Premier League, my final 🌟🌟🌟 tip is of over 2.75 goals @ 2.12.

Enjoy the final day!

A short explanation on how our (🌟) bets are worth :

🌟🌟🌟 = €20 (Highly confident)
🌟🌟 = €10 (Confident)
🌟 = €5 (Somewhat confident)

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