Kevin Nolan, now the former Newcastle captain, has formally completed his surprise move to relegated West Ham.
Kevin Nolan – I joined West Ham because they wanted me
The 28-year-old midfielder left Newcastle for around £4.5M, and agreed a five-year deal for around £55K/week at Upton Park – something Newcastle were unwilling to offer the player.
Nolan will also, not surprisingly, become the new West Ham captain.
This is a huge coup for both Sam Allardyce and West Ham United, that a second division side could pay the wages Newcastle were not willing to offer Kevin Nolan, to keep him on Tyneside
And Nolan talked to the West Ham web-site this afternoon, and said that the move came out of the blue:
“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, but obviously once I knew they wanted me, they have shown a certain hunger and desire to make sure I become a West Ham player,”
“Having the chance to link up with Sam again is a massive thing and obviously coming to such a massive club is great for me.”
“I’m very sad to leave Newcastle but I’m coming to another massive club in my eyes, and hopefully I can be as successful as I was there.”
“I’ve come to West Ham because of the tradition of the club and everything about it. I’ve always enjoyed playing here and there was also the chance of linking up with Sam and working with him again.”
Newcastle could not reach agreement with their captain, and the news in the local Newcastle newspapers is that they offered him a three year deal for about £50K/week with some incentives, if Newcastle finished in the top ten.
“The be all and end all was that this club wanted me and the owners put faith in me and have given me a security of contract. Now it’s my time to repay them and hopefully I will do that.”
Newcastle fans will have their own opinions on this transfer, but I think this is a very sad story for Newcastle.