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West Ham United loanee Joe Hart set to return to old club Shrewsbury Town in FA Cup third round

PUBLISHED: 19:45 04 December 2017

Arsenal are the current holders of the FA Cup (pic Nick Potts/PA)

Arsenal are the current holders of the FA Cup (pic Nick Potts/PA)

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David Moyes will take his Hammers to New Meadow to face a side which have enjoyed an excellent season and currently sit second in League One

West Ham United will visit Shrewsbury Town in the third round of the FA Cup, with the tie set to be played between January 5-8.

The Shrews, who ply their trade in League One, will relish the prospect of taking on the struggling Premier League outfit the Hammers.

It is a tie which will also see goalkeeper Joe Hart return to his former club with the England international starting out at the Shropshire side before joining Manchester City in 2006.

West Ham exited the competition in the third round last season after losing 5-0 at home to Man City, but they’ll hope to get past this banana skin in January and enjoy a successful cup campaign.

Meanwhile the Premier League match between Tottenham and the Hammers originally scheduled for December 31 has now been moved to Thursday January 4 (8pm kick-off).

Sky Sports will still broadcast the fixture live, but it has been put back due to a number of safety reasons.

A joint-statement put on both official club websites, read: “The fixture had originally been provisionally scheduled for Sunday 31 December.

“However, despite significant work by all stakeholders, the Safety Advisory Group could only recommend a maximum crowd of 43,000.

“This was due to transport issues, primarily at local tube stations whose resources were being deployed elsewhere across London on New Year’s Eve.

“Following extensive discussions between all parties, a decision has been taken to move the fixture into the New Year so more supporters, home and away, can attend the game.

“Once again, we should like to apologise to supporters for the delay in confirming details for this fixture and for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

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