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Newcastle boss Benitez warns of relegation fight to the bitter end

Rafael Benitez has warned his Newcastle players they face a fight until the final minute of the season to preserve their Premier League status.

The Spaniard saw his side strike late at St James' Park to avoid a seventh successive derby defeat by arch-rivals Sunderland and snatch a 1-1 draw which ultimately did little to improve their situation at the wrong end of the table.

When it was suggested to him that the table - which shows the Magpies are three points adrift of safety with eight games remaining - looked scary, Benitez said: "It was scary before.

"I am here because I have to give the team confidence and we have to improve things. Again I will say at Leicester, you could see a lot of good things; still not enough. Today in the second half, a lot of good things; not enough.

"We have eight games to play and we know they will be incredibly difficult. We know it will be difficult, for sure. I knew before.

"We are creating chances, we are attacking and we can be there, so we have to improve this part of the game and create more chances and Mitrovic or Papiss Cisse or the other strikers will score more goals and we will be fine.

"But I can maybe say that we will have to fight until the last game and the last minute, so we have to do it."

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Noble hails 'fantastic' West Ham team spirit

West Ham captain Mark Noble is enjoying a superb season. Credit: PA

West Ham captain Mark Noble believes a "special" last-gasp win at Everton capped a pivotal week for the club.

Three league wins in eight days have catapulted West Ham into contention for the top four and an historic shot at the Champions League.

"We've had some amazing results lately - like Spurs on Wednesday (a 1-0 win) - but for team spirit that was fantastic," Noble said.

"We are delighted as you can imagine. It just shows you what we have got this year.

"This team spirit, desire and never-give-up attitude we have got is amazing.

"We know we are a good team, we have proved it over the last eight or nine months, but that was a little bit special.

"There are still 27 points to play for. There were a lot of draws but, like we have this week, if you put a few wins together you are back up there.

"To come away with three wins is fantastic and massive credit to the club."

Transfer rumours: Spurs to sign Berahino in the summer

Will Saido Berahino leave West Brom this summer? Credit: PA

Sunday's top football transfer talk:

Tottenham will finally complete the signing of West Brom striker SAIDO BERAHINO in the summer, according to the Guardian.

Chelsea will have to spend double the £28million they received for Romelu Lukaku if they want to bring the Belgium striker back from Everton (the Sun).

Manchester United are prepared to pay £70million for Borussia Dortmund striker PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG, claims the Daily Mail.

The Daily Mirror says Pep Guardiola will be given £150million to spend at Manchester City this summer, with LUIS SUAREZ, JOHN STONES and MANUEL NEUER among his targets.

DAVID MOYES is the man Newcastle have lined up to replace under-pressure boss STEVE McCLAREN, according to the Daily Telegraph.

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Jamie Vardy signs new Leicester deal

Jamie Vardy. Credit: PA

Leicester City have announced Jamie Vardy has signed a new deal until 2019.

The Premier League leaders have tied down the division's 18-goal leading scorer to end any speculation over his future.

Vardy's contract had been due to expire in 2018 and he has now handed City's title hopes another huge boost following their 3-1 win at rivals Manchester City.

Vardy said: "I'm absolutely delighted to be fighting to achieve something special with this club, as part of this squad. I've never known a spirit like it - from the owners, to the manager and his staff, the players and the fans. I want to be part of it for a long time."

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