Crystal Palace, West Ham and Everton in running for Stoke star Shaqiri

Barry Fry Director of Football of Peterborough United with David Sullivan and David Gold Joint Chairman of West Ham United during the Pre Season Friendly match between Peterborough

Barry Fry Director of Football of Peterborough United with David Sullivan and David Gold Joint Chairman of West Ham United during the Pre Season Friendly match between Peterborough

Crouch's 79th-minute goal had looked like giving the Potters a smash-and-grab victory when Hammers goalkeeper Joe Hart, in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate, spilled Xherdan Shaqiri's fierce shot.

Referee Michael Oliver, officiating his first match since last week's controversial Champions League quarter final between Juventus and Real Madrid had already ruled out three efforts on goal before the visitors registered.

Teams from 15 all the way down the bottom have a chance of being relegated come game week 38.

With an injury to Andy Carroll, it looked as though the 25-year-old was being brought in as a direct replacement for the seemingly eternally crocked targetman - but it would appear that wasn't the case after all.

The Hammers would go on to draw the league encounter 1-1, with Andy Carroll's late strike sparing their blushes at London Stadium.

- Peter Crouch is now on 16 sub goals in the Premier League (level with Javier Hernandez); only four players have more (Defoe 24, Giroud 19, Kanu 17 and Solskjaer 17).

West Ham Utd: Hart, Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble, Masuaku (Lanzini 80), Fernandes (Chicharito 75), Joao Mario (Carroll 84), Arnautovic.

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A complete overhaul of his team saw him hire ex-world No. 3 and current coach of Roger Federer, Ivan Ljubicic, as his manager. This will be Nadal's first tour-level match since his retirement in the Australian Open quarterfinals against Marin Cilic .

Without back-to-back home wins since 2016, West Ham may have found better form since David Moyes joined them in November but consistency continues to elude them.

But, now in April, the former Newcastle United and Liverpool striker returned to action for West Ham and popped up when the Hammers needed him most.

Southgate must now have serious doubts about the man who was the undisputed national number one until he lost his West Ham place earlier this season.

It's newspaper O Jogo which reports West Ham's presence at the game, claiming there was one specific target they were keeping an eye on: Raul Jimenez.

"It's a big opportunity because they (Stoke) are behind us and we can put 10 points between them and us", Masuaku added.

Carroll will be hoping for another chance to press his case, and against more challenging opponents, as West Ham head to Arsenal on Sunday. West Ham have six games remaining and should be able to avoid the relegation zone if do not lose all of their remaining games. Though his blushes were later saved by Carroll's equaliser.

Stoke have performed even worse on the road this season and have managed just one away win all season.

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