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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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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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Hull’s Marco Silva to disappoint Watford and take charge of Porto

• Talks with Porto herald end of time at Hull City
• Champions League football may be factor in move to Portugal

Marco Silva spent Tuesday in his native Portugal holding talks with Porto and is understood to have reached an agreement to swap Hull City for the Estádio do Dragão.

The Hull manager is scheduled to return to meet the club’s owners, the Allam family, on Wednesday but it seems he will be bidding them farewell before joining Porto later this week.

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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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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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Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur: match preview

Tottenham travel to relegated Hull City with Harry Kane eager to secure the Golden Boot. The England international is now in pole position and will more than likely win the trophy for the second successive season. For Hull, if nothing else, some of the…

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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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What next for Championship-bound Hull, Middlesbrough and Sunderland? | Louise Taylor

The managers and players of the Premier League’s relegated trio face uncertain futures but generous parachute payments mean an instant return from the Championship has to be the target

Will the manager be there next season?

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Premier League: 10 talking points from this weekend’s action

Chelsea and Spurs face challenges of a differing kind despite their success, Paul Clement justified his appointment and Marco Silva is likely to leave Hull

Related: Rainbows and tears on Tottenham’s last day at White Hart Lane | David Hytner

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Premier League: 10 talking points from this weekend’s action

Chelsea and Spurs face challenges of a differing kind despite their success, Paul Clement justified his appointment and Marco Silva is likely to leave Hull

Related: Rainbows and tears on Tottenham’s last day at White Hart Lane | David Hytner

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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Marco Silva yet to decide Hull City future after relegation

• Manager Silva signed a six-month deal in January with an option to stay
• Portuguese criticises club’s pre-season arrangements last summer

Marco Silva declined to commit his future to Hull City and intends to meet the club’s owners this week for talks after a heavy defeat at Crystal Palace condemned his team to relegation back to the Championship after one chaotic year among the elite.

Silva is understood to have signed a six-month deal in January, with an option he could trigger to extend his stay by a further 12 months, and may now opt to pursue his career elsewhere. He will meet with members of the board before Sunday’s visit of Tottenham Hotspur to the Kcom Stadium and will elaborate upon the reasons for the team’s demotion back to the second tier before seeing “what is best first for the future of the club, and also for my career as well”.

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