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Whenever Big Sam leaves a club in good shape, they fail to build on his success and quickly succumb to relegation

Crunch time approaching for Newcastle boss Alan Pardew as Yohan Cabaye refuses to play again after £10m bid Arsenal

Yohan Cabaye was once again left out of Pardew's matchday squad

Stewart Downing will be in action for West Ham against Newcastle

Premier League: Newcastle v West Ham match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at St James’ Park

Marouane Chamakh scored 14 goals in 67 appearances for Arsenal

Marouane Chamakh reveals blackmail case ruined his Arsenal career

Striker also says Sam Allardyce lied to him at West Ham

Stewart Downing poses with his new number 23 shirt after completing his move to West Ham

Transfer news: West Ham complete signing of Liverpool winger Stewart Downing

29-year-old is hopeful that a move to the Hammers will reignite his England chances ahead of next year's World Cup after Reds take a significant hit on the player they signed for £20m two years ago

Stewart Downing of Liverpool celebrates after scoring against Spurs

Transfer news: West Ham agree fee with Liverpool over transfer of Stewart Downing

Reds winger is close to a move to the Hammers after the east London side had a bid accepted for the 29-year-old

Stewart Downing of Liverpool celebrates after scoring against Spurs

Transfer news: West Ham could return for Liverpool winger Stewart Downing after he was told he can leave Anfield

Downing joined Reds two years ago for £20m but could now be available for as little as £5m

Salomon Kalou could be heading to West Ham from his current club Lille

Transfer news: West Ham seeking 'one more player' this summer, reveals Sam Allardyce

The Hammers are reportedly interested in Salomon Kalou

Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool shakes hands with Stewart Downing

Stewart Downing vows to remain at Liverpool despite West Ham speculation

The winger has struggled since joining from Aston Villa

Andy Carroll: Liverpool are keen for a quick resolution on striker's move to Upton Park

Sam Allardyce will not rush £15m signing Andy Carroll back to action for West Ham

The striker has been dogged by injury problems

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action for PSG
Joe Cole

Joe Cole targets trip to Wembley with West Ham

The midfielder wants to bring silverware to Upton Park

Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll's loan move was key to West Ham move according to Sam Allardyce

Hammer's boss believes that signing of England striker Carroll was swayed by his time with the club while on loan from Liverpool

England striker Andy Carroll

Deal for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll could cost West Ham up to £46m

The England striker will have a medical tonight

England’s Wilfried Zaha has been ‘outstanding’ in training

Transfer speculation: West Ham to 'line up loan bid for Manchester United starlet Wilfried Zaha'

West Ham are lining up a loan bid for English starlet Wilfried Zaha, according to reports.

Martin Skrtel

Martin Skrtel future to be decided as agent jets in for crunch talks with Liverpool

The defender has been linked with a move away

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