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West Brom – teamtalk.com 24 May 15:19

Exclusive: West Brom loanee Sandro lined up for Sporting move

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Sandro is poised for a move to Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon, sources have told TEAMtalk.com.

Sporting are understood to have agreed a fee with QPR to sign the Brazilian and the player has been given permission to travel to Portugal for talks.

Sandro, 27, ended last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion after joining the Baggies during the January transfer window as QPR looked to get him off the wage bill

The all-action midfielder made 13 appearances in all competitions for West Brom this season and it was expected he would make the move permanent to the Hawthorns this summer.

However, Sporting Lisbon, who finished second in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, have moved quickly to try and lure Sandro to Portugal.

QPR are willing to offload Sandro on a permanent basis as they look to trim their squad and wage bill and the player is not thought to be interested in returning to play in the Championship next season.

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West Brom – teamtalk.com 23 May 12:06

Cast your vote in the eighth annual TEAMtalk Soccers awards

Our annual TEAMtalk Soccers awards ceremony is just around the corner and we want you, our readers, to cast your votes for the best and worst of the season.

Now into his eighth year, our TEAMtalk Soccers are your chance to have your say about everything that was good and bad about the 2015/16 campaign.

The ceremony begins next Monday May 30 and runs each day until Friday June 10 – with the winner (or loser) of each category revealed on a daily basis.

We’ll have 10 awards to hand out – so have a think and let us know your votes about each of the following:

– Player of the Season

(2015 winner: Eden Hazard)

– Young player of the Season

(2015 winner: Harry Kane)

– Manager of the Season

(2015 winner: Ronald Koeman)

– European Player of the Season

(2015 winner: Lionel Messi)

– Goal of the Season

(2015 winner: Charlie Adam v Chelsea)

– Failure of the Season

(2015 winner: Liverpool’s transfer committee)

– Game of the Season

(2015 winner: Leicester 5 Man Utd 3)

– Moment of the Season

(2015 winner: FIFA corruption scandal)

– Signing of the Season

(2015 winner: Alexis Sanchez)

– World XI of the Season

 

All your votes count, so let us know your thoughts now….

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West Brom – teamtalk.com 20 May 13:44

Alternative Premier League table reveals Arsenal?s woodwork woe

Arsenal would have won the Premier League title if every one of their shots which hit the woodwork this season had gone in, the Premier League has revealed.

The Gunners hit the frame of the goal 21 times in their 38 matches, two more than any other side, and topped a revised table published on the Premier League website based on every shot which hit the woodwork going in, above Manchester City and West Ham on goal difference with 70 points.

Actual champions Leicester were down in fourth on the revised table, with four more defeats and 12 fewer points than they ultimately recorded.

If the woodwork table was used, Manchester City would have secured an automatic place in the Champions League group phase rather than facing a qualifier, and West Ham, who hit the woodwork 19 times, would be joining them in time for their move to the Olympic Stadium.

Instead, the Hammers are reliant on Manchester United winning the FA Cup final on Saturday just to claim a place in the Europa League.

Tottenham would have scored 19 more goals but would have conceded the same number and were eighth on the ‘woodwork’ table and out of the European places.

The table showed no significant changes at the bottom, with Aston Villa, Norwich and Newcastle still occupying the bottom three spots.

Tottenham forward Harry Kane and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku were the unluckiest players – each hitting the woodwork seven times during the season.

Leicester’s Jamie Vardy also struck the frame of the goal on six occasions.

:: How the revised table looked:

1st Arsenal 70 points (+36 goal difference)

2nd Man City 70 (+33)

3rd West Ham 70 (+23)

4th Leicester 69

5th Liverpool 67

6th Southampton 66

7th Man Utd 64

8th Tottenham 62

9th Everton 60

10th Swansea 51

11th Watford 48

12th Crystal Palace 47

13th Chelsea 46 (+4)

14th Stoke 46 (-24)

15th Sunderland 45

16th West Brom 41

17th Bournemouth 40

18th Newcastle 38

19th Norwich 37

20th Aston Villa 13

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Bromwich Albion | BBC 18 May 19:11

Sessegnon & Anichebe leave West Brom

Midfielder Stephane Sessegnon and striker Victor Anichebe leave West Brom as their contracts expire at The Hawthorns.

West Brom – teamtalk.com 18 May 18:59

Sessegnon to leave West Brom; Morrison remains in talks

West Brom have confirmed Stephane Sessegnon will not be offered a new contract and will leave the club alongside Victor Anichebe.

However, Albion remain in talks with James Morrison about extending his stay at The Hawthorns.

Midfielder Sessegnon, who will turn 32 in the coming weeks, made 92 appearances for the Baggies, scoring eight goals, since arriving at the club from Sunderland in 2013.

Anichebe announced on Twitter earlier this week that he would be leaving. The 28-year-old striker played 63 times for the Baggies and found the net nine times after joining the club during the same transfer window as Sessegnon.

Head coach Tony Pulis told the club’s official website: “The two lads worked really hard for me and were as good as gold. Everybody at the club wishes them all the best in their future careers.”

Morrison’s contract is set to expire. He has been with West Brom for nine years and made over 275 appearances for the club.

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ESPN FC - West Bromwich Albion News 18 May 18:30

West Brom's Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe are released

Stephane Sessegnon made 92 appearances for the Baggies. Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe will not be offered new deals by West Bromwich Albion and are to leave the club. However, Albion remain in talks with James Morrison about extending his stay at The Hawthorns. Midfielder Sessegnon made 92 appearances for the Baggies, scoring eight goals, after arriving at the club from Sunderland in 2013. Anichebe announced on Twitter earlier this week that he would be leaving. Thank you to all the @WBAFCofficial fans for the support during my time at the...

ESPN FC - West Bromwich Albion News 18 May 10:08

West Brom avoid relegation anxiety under Tony Pulis

Tony Pulis is still looking for his first top 10 finish as a manager. With the season over, it's time to assess West Brom's 2015-16. Here's a look back at the campaign under Tony Pulis. Where will West Brom finish next season? Champions Top 4 Top Half Bottom Half 4% Champions 1% Top 4 18% Top Half 77% Bottom Half $('.article-module.poll[data-poll-id="4864226"]').each(function(i) { var pollId = $(this).data('poll-id'); FC.Poll.polls[pollId] = new FC.Poll().init($(this), pollId); }); Season in a sentence West Brom's season has been everything you'd expect of a Pulis side -- dull football, a strong defence and safety with games to spare. Highlight There was little in the way of excitement or memorable moments, which makes picking a highlight difficult. It would probably have to be the 1-0 win over Manchester United at the Hawthorns, a result that took the club...

West Brom – teamtalk.com 18 May 09:18

Have a laugh at our 2015/16 pre-season predictions

A look back at our Premier League predictions from August 2015 and we all tipped up Leicester…to get relegated!

Our TEAMtalk pre-season predictions are well worth a look/laugh at. Who saw Leicester’s title coming? We certainly didn’t, but did anyone outside of Leicester predict that the 5000/1 shots would do the unthinkable?

In fact our writers all had the Foxes down as relegation fodder. Have a chuckle at these remarks.

“Watford and Norwich look dead certs for me. And I think they might be joined by Leicester, who could rue the dismissal of Nigel Pearson,” wrote James Marshment.

Ian Watson claimed: “I think Leicester will drop, a few months after Claudio Ranieri gets the bullet around Christmas.”

Mark Holmes thought: “I’ll get off the fence and go for Norwich, Leicester and, just, Bournemouth.”

While Matt Briggs added: “Watford and Bournemouth will obviously also struggle, but I fancy one of them to survive at the expense of either Leicester or Sunderland.”

With regards to who we thought would win the title, the general consensus was that Chelsea would retain their crown. Little did we know they would start awfully, sack Jose Mourinho before Christmas and finish as the worst ever performing Premier League champions finishing down in 10th spot.

Matt, James and Ian all went for the Blues, although Matt did claim “this season will be the most competitive ever” it’s just a shame he stuck his hat on the men from the Bridge. Mark did oppose Chelsea and claimed they were “poor in pre-season”, but unfortunately he plumped for Man City to trump them.

Pre season Predictions

TEAMtalk’s quartet all picked Arsenal for a top-four finish, with Matt, James and Ian all placing the Gunners second. Three of our men had Liverpool in fifth or sixth; only Matt did not see that outcome, but he had them to finish fourth.

Matt did recover some integrity though by picking Southampton as his ‘best of the rest’ side; the rest of the boys going for Swansea and Everton.

Aston Villa were correctly earmarked for relegation by Matt and Ian, but Mark fancied them to stay up: “I actually think Villa will do OK. They’ll be a bit of a car crash at times, I expect, but they’ll also shock a few bigger teams playing the way Tim Sherwood likes.”

READ: TEAMtalk’s 2015/16 Season Predictions

And there’s a brilliant sound byte from James: “I also think Spurs might endure an indifferent campaign and could finish as low as eighth this season.” The less said the better…

Three of our men fancied the Manager of the Year Claudio Ranieri to get the tick-tack first; Mark thought Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores would be the first managerial casualty.

Matt and Ian expected Memphis Depay to star for Manchester United, Mark fancied Christian Benteke to do well, while James thought Petr Cech was “the obvious choice”, but also fancied Georginio Wijnaldum to have a great season.

As for the season’s biggest failure, Matt gets credit after going for Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ian thought Fabian Delph would have a shocker, James suggested Roberto Firmino would flatter to deceive, while Mark predicted Matteo Darmian to struggle.

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ESPN FC - West Bromwich Albion News 16 May 22:00

Premier League season in a sentence as Leicester crowned champions

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol reflects on the Premier League season. It was another memorable Premier League campaign. Our ESPN FC bloggers take a quick look at how their team fared in the 2015-16 season. LEICESTER: Leicester ended 2015-16 with a fairytale Premier League title, the PFA player of the year, a Premier League scoring record and Champions League football -- so not bad, then! -- Ben Jacobs ARSENAL: Not good enough to sustain a title challenge but not bad enough to drop out of the top four -- stop me if you think you've heard this one before. -- 

ESPN FC - West Bromwich Albion News 16 May 15:33

Salomon Rondon needs support if West Brom want to develop

Salomon Rondon struck in West Brom's final day draw against Liverpool. West Brom's 1-1 draw with Liverpool at the Hawthorns in their final game of this campaign encapsulated their whole season. It was a performance that for large spells saw Liverpool dominate possession, with West Brom struggling to retain it for any decent period of time when they won the ball back. They were resolute and well-organised at the back, but lacked any pace or invention going forward. There were a few moments where Tony Pulis' side showed what they could potentially be with a few additions...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Bromwich Albion | BBC 15 May 18:54

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Liverpool

Liverpool must win the Europa League to secure European football next season after a draw at West Brom on the final day.

ESPN FC - West Bromwich Albion News 15 May 18:22

Jordon Ibe strikes to earns Liverpool draw at West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion Liverpool 1 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Liverpool finish in 8th place in the Premier League following a 1-1 draw with West Brom. Jurgen Klopp discusses his team's performance at West Brom and the return of Jordan Henderson and Danny Ings. Liverpool had their minds on Wednesday's Europa League final, but West Brom were still unable to end their Premier League campaign with a win as they drew 1-1 at The Hawthorns. Jurgen Klopp perhaps gave an indication of what his starting lineup will be against Sevilla in Basle by making 11 changes, with star performers such as Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge not even on the bench. A disjointed Liverpool made a lacklustre start and...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Bromwich Albion | BBC 7 May 18:36

Bournemouth 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

Substitute Matt Ritchie strikes late to earn Bournemouth a share of the points after West Brom take an early lead.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Bromwich Albion | BBC 5 May 19:10

Pulis in charge of transfers - Hammond

New West Brom technical director Nicky Hammond says head coach Tony Pulis will have the final say on transfers.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Bromwich Albion | BBC 30 Apr 19:13

West Bromwich Albion 0-3 West Ham United

Mark Noble scores twice as West Ham ease past West Brom to reclaim fifth place in the Premier League table.

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