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Watford close in on Marco Silva as Crystal Palace weigh up Sean Dyche

• Former Hull City head coach holds talks with Vicarage Road club
• Silva had also been linked with Palace and Porto

Watford are closing in on their No1 managerial target after holding talks with the former Hull City head coach Marco Silva.

Silva, who has also been linked with a move to Porto and Crystal Palace, is understood to be close to agreeing a deal with the Vicarage Road club, who are looking for a swift replacement for the departed Walter Mazzarri.

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Wilfried Zaha signs new five-year contract with Crystal Palace

• Winger commits future to Eagles to end transfer speculation
• Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City had shown interest

Wilfried Zaha has ended speculation over his future by signing a new five-year deal with Crystal Palace.

The Ivory Coast winger has committed to Palace despite interest from Tottenham Hotspur after helping the club win their relegation battle. After putting pen to paper on the new contract, the 24-year-old told the club’s website: “Palace is in my heart and I don’t think the story is over.”

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Wilfried Zaha signs new five-year contract with Crystal Palace

• Winger commits future to Eagles to end transfer speculation
• Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City had shown interest

Wilfried Zaha has ended speculation over his future by signing a new five-year deal with Crystal Palace.

The Ivory Coast winger has committed to Palace despite interest from Tottenham Hotspur after helping the club win their relegation battle. After putting pen to paper on the new contract, the 24-year-old told the club’s website: “Palace is in my heart and I don’t think the story is over.”

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Crystal Palace want to tempt Marco Silva away from Porto move

• Silva has been in his native Portugal holding talks with Porto
• Steve Parish keen to move early after Allardyce resignation

Crystal Palace are exploring the possibility of appointing Marco Silva as Sam Allardyce’s successor as manager, but will have to deflect strong interest from FC Porto if they are to lure the Portuguese to south London.

Silva, whose Hull City team were relegated with a 4-0 defeat at Selhurst Park on the season’s penultimate weekend, spent Tuesday in his native Portugal holding talks with Porto and is understood to have reached a verbal agreement to move to Estádio do Dragão. He is due to meet with the Hull owners, the Allam family, on Wednesday to inform them of his intention to depart the KCom stadium after only five months.

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Sam Allardyce tells Crystal Palace he wants to leave the club

• Manager gives Palace chairman Steve Parish shock news in Soho meeting
• Club escaped relegation but now looking for eighth manager in seven years

Crystal Palace are looking for their eighth manager in seven years after Sam Allardyce shocked the chairman, Steve Parish, by informing him of his intention to resign in a meeting at the club’s central London office on Tuesday.

Allardyce signed a two-and-a-half-year contract at Selhurst Park just before Christmas, and was tasked with steering the club to a fifth successive season in the top flight. That was eventually achieved with a 14th place finish, and eye-catching wins over Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool en route, only for the 62-year-old to tender his resignation just five months into the role and two days after the side’s last game of term. He was due a bonus of around £2m for keeping the club in the Premier League, with Palace having eventually finished seven points clear of the cut-off.

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The Dozen’s dozen: our pick of this season’s best Premier League photos

As the curtain comes down on the 2016-17 Premier League season, we’ve had a look through our weekly roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight and picked out our favourite 12 pictures

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A Premier League season of soap opera where football felt like background music | Barney Ronay

The 2016-17 season still had its drama – moments of brilliance and booming narrative arcs to be resolved – but it was less title race than well-ordered title jog

Farewell, then, to the year that almost was. This was a Premier League season that sparked with a controlled excitement, never quite caught fire but still dished up another digestible slice of high-end product.

Things kept on almost happening. Leicester City almost completed the most dramatic title-plus-relegation act of all time. But then it was all sort of OK. Marco Silva almost pulled off a minor managerial miracle – but somehow not quite. To great fanfare Tottenham Hotspur pulled to within one victory of being quite close to creeping up on Chelsea’s shoulder at the top – almost but not quite, leaving for the third season in a row not so much a title race as a well-ordered title jog.

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A Premier League season of soap opera where football felt like background music | Barney Ronay

The 2016-17 season still had its drama – moments of brilliance and booming narrative arcs to be resolved – but it was less title race than well-ordered title jog

Farewell, then, to the year that almost was. This was a Premier League season that sparked with a controlled excitement, never quite caught fire but still dished up another digestible slice of high-end product.

Things kept on almost happening. Leicester City almost completed the most dramatic title-plus-relegation act of all time. But then it was all sort of OK. Marco Silva almost pulled off a minor managerial miracle – but somehow not quite. To great fanfare Tottenham Hotspur pulled to within one victory of being quite close to creeping up on Chelsea’s shoulder at the top – almost but not quite, leaving for the third season in a row not so much a title race as a well-ordered title jog.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the final weekend’s action

Jürgen Klopp must reinstate fear factor at Anfield; Southampton’s expectation levels threaten Claude Puel; Antonio Conte sees Arsenal as FA Cup favourites

Ronald Koeman was not in the mood to bite when the issue of Ross Barkley’s present and future was presented to him at the end of a flip-flop, relaxed, season-wind-down at Arsenal. Koeman gives the impression he would not be too fussed if an enigmatic homegrown talent headed for the exit during the close season. Still sitting on the contract offer from the club, Barkley was dropped to the bench this weekend and when he came on there was not much in the way of impact. “My focus is to improve the team,” Koeman said. “We will see if there is interest in players. They will knock on the door and talk to the board of the club and, if that happens, then we will speak to each other about that situation.” A statement on Barkley is due on Monday and it wouldn’t be a great surprise for the end of this Goodison story to be nigh. Amy Lawrence

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Josh Harrop sets Manchester United on way to win over Crystal Palace

José Mourinho fielded a side featuring a number of youngsters and appeared to come through Manchester United’s final domestic game with no injuries before the Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday night.

The one question is whether Paul Pogba was taken off just before half-time to rest him or because of a problem. The midfielder’s body language suggested it was the former and he appeared on the pitch after the final whistle.

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Premier League clockwatch: Watford v Manchester City and more!

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◾️ | Here’s the @HullCity team to face @SpursOfficial in today’s @PremierLeague clash at the KCOM Stadium #HULTOT pic.twitter.com/yw4jTlSbcS

#THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Wanyama, Eriksen, Son, Dele, Kane. #COYS pic.twitter.com/zIE3m4nNer

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Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Terry (c); Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard. Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Cahill, Chalobah, Matic, Pedro, Batshuayi.

Here’s how #SAFC line up for their final game of the 2016-17 @premierleague season v @ChelseaFCpic.twitter.com/XAErrmiq5v

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Premier League clockwatch: Watford v Manchester City and more!

2.28pm BST

◾️ | Here’s the @HullCity team to face @SpursOfficial in today’s @PremierLeague clash at the KCOM Stadium #HULTOT pic.twitter.com/yw4jTlSbcS

#THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Wanyama, Eriksen, Son, Dele, Kane. #COYS pic.twitter.com/zIE3m4nNer

2.27pm BST

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Terry (c); Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard. Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Cahill, Chalobah, Matic, Pedro, Batshuayi.

Here’s how #SAFC line up for their final game of the 2016-17 @premierleague season v @ChelseaFCpic.twitter.com/XAErrmiq5v

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Premier League 2016-17 fans’ verdicts part one: Arsenal to Manchester City

Featuring: Leicester’s winter of discontent; Mamadou Sakho tackling a referee; and the explosive moment Chelsea took the title
Part 2: Manchester United to West Ham

Pre-season prediction 1st; Position now 5th

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Premier League 2016-17 fans’ verdicts part one: Arsenal to Manchester City

Featuring: Leicester’s winter of discontent; Mamadou Sakho tackling a referee; and the explosive moment Chelsea took the title
Part 2: Manchester United to West Ham

Pre-season prediction 1st; Position now 5th

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Manchester United v Crystal Palace: match preview

José Mourinho’s complaint about Manchester United’s number of games has been aired yet again, the manager saying they have played “37 games” since January. Crystal Palace will hardly care and in a meaningless match Mourinho will pray Paul Pogba, who has to play owing to rustiness, does not go down injured before Wednesday night’s Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm. Jamie Jackson

Kick-off Sunday 3pm

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the final day of the season

John Terry will say goodbye to Chelsea with the title, José Mourinho will pick his weakest team yet and Manchester City should tread carefully at Watford

The best team in the league face the worst team in the league in a match that will be played in a carefree atmosphere by everyone except John Terry, whose 717th and final Chelsea appearance will end with him – together with Gary Cahill – lifting the Premier League trophy, followed by a teary-eyed farewell speech to the fans. Sunday is the end of an era for Terry, his club and their opponents Sunderland, relegated at last after 10 successive top-flight seasons. Terry’s beer-glass-emptying, disabled-bay-filling, rival-abusing, full-kit-wearing past means he gets little love from rival fans, but on the field his record for Chelsea has been one of astonishing consistency and achievement. This week he said he had “still not ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring from football”, and having seen his England captaincy come to a sudden and humiliating end, and his international career follow it in short order, he must be sorely tempted to enjoy one loud, loving, self-determined send-off. SB

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the final day of the season

John Terry will say goodbye to Chelsea with the title, José Mourinho will pick his weakest team yet and Manchester City should tread carefully at Watford

The best team in the league face the worst team in the league in a match that will be played in a carefree atmosphere by everyone except John Terry, whose 717th and final Chelsea appearance will end with him – together with Gary Cahill – lifting the Premier League trophy, followed by a teary-eyed farewell speech to the fans. Sunday is the end of an era for Terry, his club and their opponents Sunderland, relegated at last after 10 successive top-flight seasons. Terry’s beer-glass-emptying, disabled-bay-filling, rival-abusing, full-kit-wearing past means he gets little love from rival fans, but on the field his record for Chelsea has been one of astonishing consistency and achievement. This week he said he had “still not ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring from football”, and having seen his England captaincy come to a sudden and humiliating end, and his international career follow it in short order, he must be sorely tempted to enjoy one loud, loving, self-determined send-off. SB

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Wilfried Zaha to snub Spurs and sign new £110,000-a-week Crystal Palace deal

• Five-year contract on table for Palace’s player of year
• Spurs, Manchester City and Arsenal register interest in Zaha

Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace he is willing to sign a five-year deal worth £110,000 a week after helping to secure the club’s Premier League status for another season.

The 24-year-old winger has enjoyed his most productive season, scoring seven goals and providing nine assists. He was also voted Palace’s player of the season.

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Liverpool will let Mamadou Sakho leave this summer for £30m

• Liverpool will seek at least £30m for the France international
• Crystal Palace want permanent deal for defender

Liverpool will sanction Mamadou Sakho’s departure from Anfield this summer but will seek at least £30m for the France international, whose loan spell at Crystal Palace proved so critical to the club staving off the threat of relegation.

Palace will attempt to make the centre-half’s move permanent but must weigh up whether the financial package required is viable before their fifth campaign in the top flight. Sakho, who had been frozen out at Anfield and was not in Jürgen Klopp’s plans, made eight appearances after joining close to 1am on transfer deadline night, with Palace winning five of the seven matches he completed.

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Liverpool will let Mamadou Sakho leave this summer for £30m

• Liverpool will seek at least £30m for the France international
• Crystal Palace want permanent deal for defender

Liverpool will sanction Mamadou Sakho’s departure from Anfield this summer but will seek at least £30m for the France international, whose loan spell at Crystal Palace proved so critical to the club staving off the threat of relegation.

Palace will attempt to make the centre-half’s move permanent but must weigh up whether the financial package required is viable before their fifth campaign in the top flight. Sakho, who had been frozen out at Anfield and was not in Jürgen Klopp’s plans, made eight appearances after joining close to 1am on transfer deadline night, with Palace winning five of the seven matches he completed.

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