Evans welcomes Foxes ambition

Centre-back Jonny Evans is looking forward to helping his new club progress next season, having joined Leicester City from relegated West Bromwich Albion.

The 30-year-old Northern Ireland international has signed a three-year deal with the Foxes, making him their second summer signing after they had previously snapped up Ricardo Pereira from FC Porto.

And former Manchester United stopper Evans is relishing a fresh opportunity to show what he can do in the Premier League and expects City to be challenging to improve on a ninth-place finish in the season just ended.

He told his new club's official website: "It's great to join and I'm happy it's all gone through. When this opportunity came up, it's one that I couldn't turn down.

"It's an ambitious club, the owners are ambitious and everyone wants to push forward.

"I hope that I can give lots to the team and the club. It's a great place to play football, the fans really get behind the team and the players are fantastic – these are all factors that made me want to sign."

Evans, who has 70 international caps to his name, had been with Albion for three years, having previously spent nearly a decade with Manchester United.

During his time at Old Trafford he won three Premier League titles, as well as two League Cup winner's medals.

Meanwhile, Leicester are available at 8/13 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table next season, while they are 7/1 to claim a top-six finish.

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Moore ready for ‘big summer’

Darren Moore said he was "proud" to be appointed West Brom boss on a permanent basis while he is looking ahead to a "big summer" as several key players are set to leave.

The 44-year-old former defender stepped up from his coaching role to take charge of the final six games of the Premier League season following Alan Pardew's sacking with the side marooned 10 points adrift at the foot of the table and destined for relegation.

Under Moore, the Baggies won 1-0 at Manchester United and Newcastle respectively to earn him the April Manager of the Month award, while they also defeated Tottenham 1-0 at the Hawthorns earlier this month.

West Brom picked up 11 points from a possible 18 but fell short of pulling off what would have been the greatest escape in Premier League history.

Moore, who helped the club win promotion on two occasions as a player between 2001 and 2006 has been rewarded for his efforts with a chance to mastermind a promtion push in the Championship next season.

And, while he is delighted at the opportunity, he is facing a summer of upheaval with the likes of defender Jonny Evans and striker Salomon Rondon set to leave in cut-price deals, while Gareth McAuley, James Morrison and Boaz Myhill are all out of contract.

"I am obviously extremely proud to accept this role and also extremely excited," Moore said.

"We have a big summer ahead of us, a lot of hard work we need to get in now. I'm going all out to try to get those plans and personnel in place to make sure we've got everything ready.

"And we need to be because this is a tough league packed with great clubs. But what an opportunity for us to move the club in the right direction."

In 2018/19, Cardiff City are 4/5 to be relegated from the Premier League, while Southampton are 7/1 to go down, Crystal Palace 6/1 and Wolves 5/1.

Roy waits on Loftus-Cheek future

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson will wait until the summer to find out whether he can keep Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek at the club for next season.

The 22-year-old joined the Eagles on a season-long loan deal after finding first-team opportunities at Stamford Bridge limited and his form for Palace earned him a senior England debut against Germany.

An injury sustained against Brazil a matter of days later saw Loftus-Cheek limp off, while just after Christmas he suffered an ankle problem which kept him out of action until mid-March.

However, since his return Palace have lost just once in seven Premier League games to banish any lingering relegation fears and Hodgson has been highly impressed by a player he would clearly like to keep at the club.

He told reporters: "He's a fantastic player and of course we'd love to keep him. We'd love to bring him back, but the bottom line is he was loaned to us for a season.

"At the end of the season the plan from Chelsea was that he would go back to them, so I guess we'll have to wait and see what their thinking is.

"If they make him available in any way then, of course, we'll be right there trying to get to the front of the queue with our hands up but it's totally out of our hands. Chelsea will decide."

Palace complete a topsy-turvy season at home to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

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Pochettino retains top-four belief

Mauricio Pochettino is confident that Tottenham will still secure a top-four Premier League finish despite their defeat at West Brom.

Spurs were hopeful of pulling further clear of fifth-placed Chelsea with a win against bottom club West Brom at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

However, the Baggies snatched the three points in stoppage time courtesy of Jake Livermore's close-range goal to move them off the foot of the table and maintain their slim hopes of avoiding the drop having look doomed a month ago.

Spurs remain in fourth and are five points clear of Chelsea who do have a game in hand.

And Pochettino fully believes that his side will get over the line and qualify for the Champions League as they prepare to host mid-table Newcastle and Leicester at Wembley in their remaining fixtures.

The Argentinian said: "I don't believe it's a wake-up call.

"If we need, after 36 games, someone to say 'hey, come on, we need to win, we need to be professional and play with the right attitude'we need to go deeper and assess why.

"Everyone can see the game, we dominated but if you are not clinical in front of goal it's always open.

"We didn't create enough chances, maybe we created more (than West Brom) but we're a team who need to create more to have the capacity and then to score."

"It's still in our hands so we need to work hard in the next two games but it's our chance to be in the Champions League next season," he added.

Spurs, who are 1/12 to finish in the top four, are available at 2/11 to defeat Newcastle on Wednesday night, while the Magpies are priced at 14/1 to pick up the three points and the draw is 11/2.

Baggies fight on

West Brom's incredible end to the Premier League season continued as they beat Tottenham to stave off relegation, for the moment at least.

Stoke City became the first team to be relegated from the top flight earlier in the day, their decade-long stay coming to an end after defeat at home to Crystal Palace, a result that ensured Roy Hodgson's side survived.

The Baggies needed to beat Spurs at home and, going into injury time with the match goalless, relegation looked assured.

However Jake Livermore got on the end of a frantic goalmouth scramble to force the ball home and cause mayhem at The Hawthorns.

That result, combined with Swansea's defeat at Bournemouth, means that they remain a Premier League club though they could still be relegated if Southampton beat Everton on Saturday evening.

Having been bottom of the Premier League table for so long the victory over Spurs, their third in four games, moved them up to 19th.

They still look likely to go down, their incredible revival under caretaker coach Darren Moore may have come too late, but after taking 10 points from five games during his time in charge, they are not going down without a fight.

Goalscorer Livermore accepted that relegation was still likely but said the team would keep battling on.

He said: "It is difficult when you look at the table, it is not a good read but all we can do is take it game by game.

"Darren Moore and his staff, all of the staff mean an awful lot to us. They are with us every kick."

Swansea and Southampton both remain in deep relegation trouble and they meet at the Liberty Stadium in midweek with the Swans 15/8, the Saints at 6/4 with the draw priced at 11/5.

Swansea are 8/1 to win the game 1-0.

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Team matters most to Pochettino

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino remains adamant that the main priority for his Tottenham Hotspur team is to make certain of a top-four Premier League finish.

Spurs need two wins from their final three league games to ensure Champions League football next season, with Pochettino focused fully on that and not a potential push to try and help striker Harry Kane pip Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah to the Golden Boot.

Kane has 27 league goals to his name so far this season, while Salah has 31, a situation which has no importance to Pochettino, who has full faith in his player to put his team before personal success.

He told reporters ahead of a Saturday trip to rock-bottom West Brom: "He needs to be focused on helping the team to finish in the top four and playing in the Champions League next season.

"Of course, if he scores and there is the possibility to catch Salah that would be fantastic, but helping the team to win is the most important thing.

"Now we need to be focused on the club finishing in the top four. Harry will have chances to score in our last three games, no doubt, but now the bigger target is the top four.

"He knows very well he has to keep working hard to score goals and he knows very well the collective target is more important."

Kane can be backed at 4/7 to score at any time against the Baggies on Saturday and is 9/4 to net the opening goal of the game, while the England ace is 12/5 to score two or more goals in the clash at The Hawthorns.

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McClean hails Moore’s influence

James McClean revealed after West Brom's amazing 1-0 win at Manchester United that the players were all behind caretaker boss Darren Moore.

The 43-year-old was placed in temporary charge when Alan Pardew was axed a fortnight ago and has guided the rock-bottom Baggies to a draw with Swansea City and then Sunday's surprising success at Old Trafford.

James Rodriguez grabbed the only goal of the match but it was McClean who was the star of the show.

Even though the victory will only postpone Albion's relegation to the Championship, McClean is pleased that the players are showing some spirit after what has been a desperately disappointing campaign for the club.

"He's got that likeable factor, so everyone's pulling in the same direction for him," McClean said of Moore. "In the past two games we've put on two good performances for him.

"It obviously helps when you go out on the pitch knowing what you're doing – as individuals and as a team.

"Since the big man's come in, we've worked in training on what we're doing defensively and what we're doing in attack. In the past two games, we've shown we actually know what we're doing when we go out on the pitch, which obviously always helps."

West Brom are 11/2 to continue their recent improvement by beating Liverpool on Saturday, while they are 7/1 to keep a clean sheet against Jurgen Klopp's free-scoring team.

City win title on United loss

Manchester City are confirmed as the Premier League champions after neighbours United were stunned by West Brom.

The Baggies, bottom of the table and seemingly doomed to relegation won 1-0 at Old Trafford to ensure that City couldn't be caught at the top.

Pep Guardiola's side won on Saturday, away at Tottenham but must have assumed that the title would be sealed when Swansea visit the Etihad Stadium next weekend.

West Brom arrived at Old Trafford with just three league wins to their name all season with the drop down to the Championship all but confirmed.

However, despite soaking up plenty of United pressure it was the visitors who got the only goal of the game, Jay Rodriguez heading in from a second half corner.

They held out for the remainder of the game to complete their first away victory since August and their first league win since January. It still looks too late to avoid relegation with the Baggies nine points from safety.

At the other end of the table though their win gifted City the title. Guardiola's side are 16 points clear of United with five games remaining to claim their third title win in seven seasons and their first under the Spaniard.

United boss Jose Mourinho said after the game that his side had disappointed after the euphoria of beating City last weekend.

He told the BBC: "It was a bad reaction after the City victory, the consequence of that is complicated football. Some players think it is stylish football. We were a complicated team and let them feel comfortable.

"City were the best team, sooner or later they would get the points, so no dramas when the best team wins the league."

West Brom face Liverpool at home next Saturday and they are 6/1 to win again while Jurgen Klopp's side are 2/5 with the draw priced at 15/4.

The Baggies are 20/1 to win the game 1-0.

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Moore hoping for triple boost

West Bromwich Albion caretaker boss Darren Moore hopes to be boosted by the potential returns of three players for the Sunday trip to Manchester United.

With the Baggies all but certain to be relegated from the Premier League this season, Moore is at least looking for some signs of fight in the closing few matches of a dismal campaign.

And he hopes to be able to call on the services of loan striker Daniel Sturridge and midfield duo Sam Field and Nacer Chadli for the trip to Old Trafford.

In particular Moore is excited about the prospect of seeing Sturridge in action, with the England international having seen a loan move from Liverpool in January ruined by fitness problems.

"Daniel is back in training and he's been working incredibly hard on his fitness levels and everything else," Moore told reporters.

"He's a good player and he'll be a good addition to the squad, we will see how he gets on.

"All three players are now back in training, which is excellent for us. I am delighted to have them back as it's always good to have additions to the squad.

"All three are quality players and players we respect highly and we will see how they train over the next couple of days. It is possible they could be part of the squad."

The Baggies, who have only lost once in their last four visits to Old Trafford, are 13/2 to gain a draw on Sunday, with a 1-1 final score priced at 16/1, while Salomon Rondon is priced at 13/2 to score at any time.

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Jose eager to secure second

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is eager to see his side do everything they can to secure second place in the Premier League this season.

The Red Devils currently hold a four-point cushion over Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in the race to finish second behind champions-elect Manchester City, who United beat 3-2 in a derby thriller last weekend.

And Mourinho is keen to maintain that position, with United having won their last five league games – beating Chelsea, Liverpool and the Citizens in that run.

He told reporters ahead of a Sunday visit from rock-bottom West Brom: "We come from a big result and during the week I was trying to fight that result by working well and hard.

"I was trying to make the players understand that it's not enough to deserve to finish second, we need the points to finish second and obviously to finish top four we need four or five points.

"But to finish second we need much more than that and after three important points last weekend we have to try to do this three and be closer to the end of the season and to the second position which is, in this moment, is our ambition."

United are priced at 2/11 to defeat West Brom on Sunday and are 6/1 to claim a 3-0 victory, with former Baggies striker Romelu Lukaku 5/6 to score at any time.

Meanwhile, Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera has admitted that he is unsure whether he will try to extend his Old Trafford stay, with his current contract running out at the end of next season.

He told Mundo Deportivo: "I'm going to fulfil the year I've got left, but I don't know if I will renew. We have started talks but nothing is decided yet."

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