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David Moyes agrees new three-year West Ham contract after stunning season despite interest from old club Everton

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DAVID MOYES has agreed a new three-year West Ham contract but is yet to sign it.

The Scot led the Hammers to sixth last season – their best finish this millennium – and he has been offered with a new deal as a result.

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David Moyes has agreed a new West Ham contract but is yet to sign it[/caption]

And that would rule him out of the running for the Everton job, having been linked with a return to Goodison Park to replace Carlo Ancelotti.

SunSport exclusively revealed Moyes would sign a three-year deal last month.

But the 58-year-old is yet to put pen to paper with the fan favourite said to be waiting for certain assurances from West Ham’s board – David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady.

Jesse Lingard and Tammy Abraham are reportedly high on Moyes’ transfer wishlist as he looks to bolster the ranks ahead of his side’s Europa League campaign.

Moyes’ assistant last season Alan Irvine has stepped back from his role and will take up a technical advisor position due to personal reasons.

Billy McKinlay is reportedly in line to replace him.

Another of Moyes’ coaching staff Stuart Pearce has also been offered new terms by the club he used to play for.

But the former England star confirmed he would not sign until Moyes has.

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Pearce, 59, told TalkSPORT earlier this week: “He [Moyes] is certainly speaking with the club now I think, for all intents and purposes he has agreed and the club have agreed to extend his contract as such.

“Until certainly David agrees his contract, it’s folly me making any sort of movements towards signing a contract at the club.

“The club have made me an offer which I am very grateful for, but I have not spoken to them in regard to agreeing a contract because my allegiance is with David in many ways as he was the one who brought me to the club.”

Moyes has formed a special bond with Hammers fans and gave an emotional speech to them on the London Stadium pitch after West Ham beat Southampton 3-0 to secure their Europa League qualification on the last day of the season.

And soon after he urged the club’s board to back him if they want to ‘move to the next level’.


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Moyes said: “I am not asking for time. I don’t think any manager can ever ask for time.

“But I think if you’re ever going to give a manager time, it would be now, where somebody has come in and saved the club twice, had one year and got ourselves in a position where we are going to challenge for Europe.

“If you are ever going to trust and say, ”Let’s go to the next level”, now you have got to give that trust over.

“You have got to give the manager the ability to try to take the club on to reach what you see as the next level.”

Earlier this month, former Hammer Nigel Winterburn exclusively told SunSport he cannot understand why Lingard would go anywhere but West Ham if he decides to leave Old Trafford this summer.

And the club made their second signing of the window so far when they poached Pierre Ekwah Elimby from Chelsea’s academy.

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Team news, injury updates and latest odds for Turkey vs Italy as Euro 2020 gets underway in Rome

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AFTER more than a year of waiting Euro 2020 finally gets going as Turkey take on Italy in a mouthwatering opener tonight.

The Azzurri will have the all-important home advantage in the crucial Group A clash, with 16,000 fans allowed in to watch at the Stadio Olimpico.

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Italy will have the benefit of home advantage for the first game of the tournament[/caption]

Getting underway at 8pm, fans here in the UK can settle down to watch the game – and the Opening Ceremony – live on BBC ONE.

What’s the form?

Italy enter the tournament in sparkling form and will be delighted that they’re going slightly under the radar.

Coached by former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, his side have won EIGHT on the bounce – and kept a clean-sheet in every one of those victories.

A tough task then for the Turks, who will be looking to breach an Italian defence which hasn’t conceded in 795 minutes of play.

Turkey – managed by the formidable Şenol Güneş – have themselves lost just once in their last 13 internationals, memorably putting four past Holland back in March.

I know Turkish football well and the spirit they have.

They might not be the top level teams like France, Belgium, Germany or Holland, but they can still cause us a lot of problems.

Roberto Mancini, Italy coach

Who’s in and who’s out?

Back in the big time after missing out on World Cup 2018, Italy have a settled side and Mancini is unlikely to dish out any major shocks.

Ageless defender Giorgio Chiellini will be a rock at the back, with Jorginho set to pull the strings in midfield and Ciro Immobile tasked with banging them in.

Turkey were superb in qualifying and will be out to replicate their excellent tournament efforts of 2002 and 2008.

Lille magicians Burak Yilmaz and Yusuf Yazici will reunite after storming Ligue 1 this season, while Caglar Soyuncu, Merih Demiral and Ozan Kabak form a stubborn defensive trio.

Watch out for…

AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu, who has been linked with a big-money move to Arsenal this summer.

Available on a freebie with his contract running out this July at the San Siro, expect Calhanoglu to impress in the shop window.

He registered nine goals and 12 assists for the Rossoneri this campaign – if he brings his A-game from the start, that Italian run of clean-sheets might be in danger.

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Calhanoglu is set to be in high demand this summer as he becomes a free agent[/caption]

Italy are one of the favourites of the European Championship.

We want to show our own football against these types of teams. We will play without fear.

Şenol Güneş, Turkey coach

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See if you can spot Immobile’s devoted wife Jessica Melena and their three kids in the crowd.

Known as Italy’s power couple, Melena has over 950k followers on Instagram and originally dreamt of being a CSI investigator before meeting Ciro in 2012.

The pair moved in after a WEEK and Jessica is set to be in Rome to cheer on her man in the tournament opener.

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Jessica is set to be in Rome to support her husband from the stands[/caption]

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She has a huge social media following, with almost 1 million fans on her Instagram[/caption]

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The pair were married in 2014 just two years after they met[/caption]

Betting odds

Get all your Euro 2020 ante-post tips with our tournament betting guide HERE.

Match odds

  • Turkey to win 7/1
  • The Draw 11/4
  • Italy to win 1/2

Power prices

  • Ciro Immobile to score 2 or more – was 9/1 now 11/1
  • Ciro Immobile & Burak Yilmaz to have 2 or more shots on target each – was 12/1 now 16/1

Euro 2020 outright odds

  • Turkey 66/1
  • Italy 15/2

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Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal FREE: Live stream, TV channel and start time for French Open semi-final

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NOVAK DJOKOVIC is once again looking to stun great rival Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.

The Serb has generally had the better of the Spaniard at grand slams in recent years, but has barely been able to lay a glove on him at the French Open.

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Djokovic is looking to stun Nadal[/caption]

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Nadal is strong favourite to retain his title[/caption]

In last year’s final, Nadal was at his brilliant best as he ran out 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 winner over Djokovic.

What time does Djokovic vs Nadal start?

  • Novak Djokovic takes on Rafael Nadal on Friday, June 11.
  • The pair will take to Court Philippe-Chatrier at 4.30pm UK time – 5.30pm local time.
  • However, this could change if the other semi-final between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev goes on longer than expected.

What TV channel is Djokovic vs Nadal on and can I live stream it?

  • Djokovic vs Nadal is live on ITV4 in the UK.
  • To stream the match live, head to the ITV Hub.
  • Coverage will begin at the conclusion of Tsitsipas vs Zverev.

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Head-to-head

Djokovic has 29 wins to Nadal’s 28 in his career.

Though at grand slams Nadal leads 10-6 in the head-to-head stakes.

However, only three of these meetings took place in the last 5 years.

Djokovic was the winner at Wimbledon and the US Open while Nadal was victorious at Roland Garros.

At the French Open, Nadal has won seven of their meetings while Djokovic has won just one.

Latest odds

Novak Djokovic 11/5

Rafael Nadal 1/3

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