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Dimitri Payet committed his future to West Ham in an interview with the Sun on Thursday

West Ham’s first competitive match at the Olympic Stadium will be against either Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus or Slovenia’s NK Domzale in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

The Hammers are due to host the first leg on 28 July, but the London club have made an official request to Uefa to reverse the dates of the two games.

That is because their stadium stages an athletics meeting – the London Anniversary Games – on 22 and 23 July.

The second leg is set for 4 August.

Five other British sides could also be involved in the third round of qualifying if they make it past round two.

Aberdeen could face either Maribor or Levski Sofia, Hearts could play Krasnodar, while Hibernian could play Hertha Berlin.

Cliftonville could face a trip to Russia to play Spartak Moscow, while Connah’s Quay could face either Irish side St Patrick’s Athletic or Dinamo Minsk.

All five British sides play the second legs of their second qualifying round matches on 21 July.

West Ham finished seventh in the Premier League last season and qualified for Europe courtesy of fifth-placed Manchester United winning the FA Cup.

The Hammers made the switch to the Olympic Stadium from their home at the Boleyn Ground at the end of last season.

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Dimitri Payet committed his future to West Ham in an interview with the Sun on Thursday

West Ham’s first competitive match at the Olympic Stadium will be against either Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus or Slovenia’s NK Domzale in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

The Hammers are due to host the first leg on 28 July, but the London club have made an official request to Uefa to reverse the dates of the two games.

That is because their stadium stages an athletics meeting – the London Anniversary Games – on 22 and 23 July.

The second leg is set for 4 August.

Five other British sides could also be involved in the third round of qualifying if they make it past round two.

Aberdeen could face either Maribor or Levski Sofia, Hearts could play Krasnodar, while Hibernian could play Hertha Berlin.

Cliftonville could face a trip to Russia to play Spartak Moscow, while Connah’s Quay could face either Irish side St Patrick’s Athletic or Dinamo Minsk.

All five British sides play the second legs of their second qualifying round matches on 21 July.

West Ham finished seventh in the Premier League last season and qualified for Europe courtesy of fifth-placed Manchester United winning the FA Cup.

The Hammers made the switch to the Olympic Stadium from their home at the Boleyn Ground at the end of last season.

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Lincoln Red Imps lead Celtic 1-0 following Tuesday’s first leg

Celtic will face Zalgiris Vilnius or Astana in the Champions League third qualifying round if they overturn their deficit against Lincoln Red Imps.

The Scottish champions went down 1-0 in Gibraltar in Tuesday’s first leg.

Wales’ The New Saints, who are at 0-0 after their first leg against Apoel Nicosia, have been drawn against Rosenborg or IFK Norrkoping.

Northern Ireland’s Crusaders or FC Copenhagen will face Astra Giurgiu. The Danes won 3-0 in Belfast.

The return leg in Copenhagen is on Tuesday, the same night as The New Saints’ visit to Cyprus, with Celtic hosting Lincoln Red Imps on Wednesday.

Lithuanian side Zalgiris and Astana are tied at 0-0 ahead of the deciding leg of their tie in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, while Norwegians Rosenborg lead Norrkoping 3-1 going into their second leg in Sweden, also on Wednesday.

Romanian champions Astra Giurgiu enter the competition at the third qualifying round, which will be played over 26-27 July (first leg) and 2-3 August (second leg).

The winners of the third qualifying round progress to the Champions League play-off round – the last knockout phase before the group stage.

Losing sides in the third qualifying round drop into the Europa League play-off round.

And winners at the Champions League play-off stage progress to the group stage with beaten sides entering the Europa League group stage.

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Jordon Ibe made his debut for Liverpool in 2013, two years after joining from Wycombe Wanderers

Bournemouth have signed Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe on a four-year deal for a club record £15m.

Ibe, 20, made 58 appearances for Liverpool after joining them from Wycombe Wanderers in 2011.

The England Under-21 winger was not a regular starter under Jurgen Klopp and was given permission to speak to the Cherries at the start of July.

“We’re looking forward to seeing him to grow, he’s a huge prospect,” said chief executive Neil Blake.

Ibe made 12 Premier League starts for Liverpool last year and scored in the Reds final league game of the season at West Brom.

He is Bournemouth’s fifth signing of the season after Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook joined the side on Friday.

Find all the latest football transfers on our dedicated page.

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