Pardew Wants West Ham Midfielder On Tyneside


Surprise news in The Star today, in what the newspaper is calling an exclusive – that Alan Pardew wants to bring the experienced Mark Noble, the West Ham midfielder, to Newcastle in the summer.

mark noble

Mark Noble – West Ham central midfielder

And in spite of playing 276 times for the Hammers with 32 goals and 40 assists over the last eight seasons, Mark only turned 27 earlier this month.

Pardew managed Mark Noble in his stint as manager at West Ham from 2003 through 2006, and brought Noble through to the first team at Upton Park, so the Newcastle manager knows all about the player.

But Mark wouldn’t come cheap and his fee is estimated at £8M, and he still has two years left on his contact at a club he joined from the Arsenal Academy when he was a youngster.

Alan Pardew wants to bring in more British players, and also players who have experience in the Premier League, so Noble meets that criteria.

But why on earth would West Ham want to sell Mark, when he has been a staple in the West Ham side for years?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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39 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    May 20, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Excellent player. A Newcastle type player too. Real grafter, passionate and great passer. Would be a top buy for us. Too good for West Ham, but you get the sense he’s not quite seen roundly as a top 4 player. Strangely never in the frame for England for example, when lesser players have been. Could agitate for a move to push his career on to the next level, but in his heart he’s a Hammer.

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  • GeordieDan

    May 20, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Noble? Really???

    A very average Prem player, nothing more or less.

    Works hard but miles short of exciting. And WHO would he replace in the middle? Tiote? Sissoko? Not a chance.

    Anita? Possibly because he’s been very poor lately but still for next season you could only expect (surely?) that he’d be a squad player and why would he leave West Ham for that?

    If you eliminate all the possible bull5shit then inevitably what remains is the truth (to paraphrase): this story is bollox. 😀

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  • Shearer260

    May 20, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #3

    And why on earth would we want to buy him. A chance to get 2 cracking wingers this summer, either ince, townsend or zaha. Townsend and zaha down the wings would be fantastic and that means sissoko could play box to box in the middle. Caulker at the back and Jenkinson right back (not my first choice but he can improve). Love to have some english talent in the side because despite what people say I think it does make a difference, both to the team and the fans. I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t get any of these players though. That’s the way it is at the moment.

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  • Shearer260

    May 20, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #4

    And rodwell

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  • GeordieDan

    May 20, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Jimmysmith>

    I agree he’s a very “decent” player but in my opinion he’d be a waste of a team number compared to other players we should (if Ashley has a soul-which I doubt) be looking to bring in?

    He’s a grafter but honestly would you rather have him in midfield over a Cabella,, Grenier type who’ give us that bit extra creativity?

    What would be your formation with him brought here?

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  • seasons

    May 20, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #6

    we’ve got grafters, what we need is pace and creativity added to our midfield. noble and diame decent players but never going to create the chances for the new strikers if and when we ever get them over that transfer line.

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  • AaranD

    May 20, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Looks like Pardew has no love for the Tiote Sissoko partnership.

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  • jimmysmith

    May 20, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #8

    GD, I’d see him as in competition with Anita and Tiote or in the more advanced Cabaye role, but mainly to add some depth in quality. Noble isn’t a world beater, but like a Scott Parker, or a Kevin Nolan he’s a mature, genuine quality presence, I think.
    I think a Noble type player, Cabella and a commanding centre back, would be terrific signings for us, and the least we probably need.

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  • Shot Bru

    May 20, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Pardew going back to what he knows… No imagination, inventiveness or any attempt to revolutionise the way we play…averse to taking any risk…
    Typically over cautious English managerial mentality which extends all the way to the top of English football…

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  • jimmysmith

    May 20, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Also, being a grafter is an imperative in this league. You’ve basically got to work your socks off. That’s not just a Pardew expectation. It’s a given at any EPL club and there’s no way around it.

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  • BarnoldswickMag

    May 20, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Pardew will play him over Sissoko and tiote if we do get him because he is a pardew type player. He is a player that will come in, not be very popular with the fans- i think. And then for some reason, become one of Pardew’s favourites. Just because he doesnt have flair. Kind of like the situation with Gosling being preferred to Benny/Marvs.

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  • BarnoldswickMag

    May 20, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #12

    He’s not a bad player but he is not what we need.

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  • jimmysmith

    May 20, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #13

    I could see Pardew playing the following and it being a competitive set up.

    ………Anita………Tiote……

    Sissoko……Noble……Gouffran….

    …..(Remy?….Cisse?…?????)…….

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  • Shot Bru

    May 20, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #14

    Easiest job in the world being a grafter…most players nowadays have got to add technique and creativity to their game as well…and of course the manager has to inspire the players to believe in what he is trying to achieve..

    At the moment there appears to be absolutely no plan in place for the upcoming season…in fact the only plan that has been in place is to not over achieve

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  • Grumpy

    May 20, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #15

    I Hear that a player called Ben Afra can play

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  • Shot Bru

    May 20, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #16

    There would be no resale value in Noble…the $8 million and his wages would be better off being spent on Lampard for a season or 2…at least Lampard scores more than 4 a season..plus he’s English and experienced in the EPL…if that’s what Pardew is looking for!!!

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  • GeordieDan

    May 20, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #17

    Jimmysmith>

    I agree, Noble is a proper grafter and I’d have him over Anita any day but unless Ashley is a ln even bigger completeley ignorant ******* **** than we all think then we will be bringing in at least 2 midfielders far better than Noble.

    Can’t see him coming here to warm the bench mate but I’d not be surprised if your right either… We’ll see.

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  • toonicle

    May 20, 2014 at 3:07 AM

    Comment #18

    Dan- that’s all well and good about cabella or grenier bringing that little something extra but it won’t matter when Pards benches them the first time they don’t defend like a right back or lose the ball trying to dribble past the third player as Pards does with all the flair players. And what you said about Anita being poor lately is true as well, so much ability when he came and now he just looks sad, small and out of place in Pardews team.

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  • swemag

    May 20, 2014 at 3:51 AM

    Comment #19

    Diame 80k a week.

    How many on here thinks he is worth it?

    Would we not be able to find better in France or Germany for that kind of money? (if someone would actually want to sign for us)

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 20, 2014 at 5:01 AM

    Comment #20

    Sisokko and Tiote first choice, with anita and noble fighting for 2 central midfield spots is good competition and depth.

    problem is for some bizarre reasons, sissoko is played right wing.

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  • firebug666

    May 20, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #21

    I won’t be worrying about players positions or how they will fit in the squad until we actually get some over the proverbial line.

    The last couple of windows have claimed we have bids in for this player or that player only to find out at the end of it all that we had NOT in fact made any bids.

    I find it hard to be optimistic under the present regime and will not get my hopes up.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 20, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #22

    Why the hell are we linked with so many WHU players??

    …….HOOOOOOOOFFFFFFFF…..!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 20, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #23

    ilovetoon
    With that midfield you’ve listed it doesn’t look like the problem is Sissoko playing RM
    The problem looks to be that nearly all our midfielders are defensive minded

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  • Average_Contents

    May 20, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #24

    Please god no! Another plodder! On the mo diame link, what makes him think he’s good enough to earn wages of 80k? I’d put him in the 30-40k a week bracket! Nothing special but pretty good, to then say I want to play for a top 6 club is slightly selling himself a tad too high I think as he just isn’t that good

    What is it with players these days!

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  • Average_Contents

    May 20, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #25

    Remy cabella update:

    No chance

    End of update.

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  • Tayls

    May 20, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #26

    Grumpy you talking about Ben Afri mate? Yeah I heard he was good, magical even. Apparently if he plays next season it’ll be like having a new signing!

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  • Average_Contents

    May 20, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #27

    Sorry I couldn’t resist 🙂

    In all serious the echo are now reporting that our supposed contact was more to test the waters with £6.5m (€8m) but they want £13m (€14.5m) it was reported yesterday they wanted closer to £8.5m (€10m)

    All of it complete bollox in my opinion lads

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 20, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #28

    Anyone know about: Ayoze Perez
    CD Tenerife striker Ayoze Perez has reportedly turned down the chance to sign for FC Porto, and has chosen Newcastle United.

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  • toon kk

    May 20, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #29

    Noble, an average player who’d fit into our average squad.
    We NEED pace.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    May 20, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #30

    He’s targeting all the grafters that you’d want in your team for a relegation battle, but not for a Euro charge. He’s treating the Newcastle job like he’s the manager of some promotion team that’s only aim is to survive.

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  • Average_Contents

    May 20, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #31

    Charlie

    He was mentioned a couple of weeks/months ago as a potential under-21 player for us

    Twatter had apparently been ablaze with he was on Tyneside and the club were set to announce it today lol, not that I’m not on Twatter but it’s been on NUFC news this morning

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 20, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #32

    @Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 20, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Apparently we have to battle Real Madrid Arsenal Man City etc for Ayoze Perez. lol we struggle to even battle hull city or burnley in the transfer market.

    another case of we tried but couldn’t get them over the line.

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  • toon kk

    May 20, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #33

    What’s the point of strengthening your squad with players no better than the ones you’ve already got. Not exactly progress!

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  • Average_Contents

    May 20, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #34

    I meant I’m not on Twatter

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 20, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #35

    @toonarmydownsouth // May 20, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    ilovetoon
    With that midfield you’ve listed it doesn’t look like the problem is Sissoko playing RM
    The problem looks to be that nearly all our midfielders are defensive minded
    —-

    Isn’t that what pardew likes? i mean our squad are gonna be filled with players who are average and will battle and avoid relegation which is what ashley wants isn’t it?

    by that, sisokko anita tiote noble battling for 2 spots is good. with kenwyne jones and hopefully shane long upfront.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 20, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #36

    https://twitter.com/_GoncaloLopes/status/468516634207211521

    to those cuirious.:
    twitter link from the journalist who said Ayoze turned down Porto for us.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 20, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #37

    FC Porto perde a corrida por Ayoze….ou Lopetegui disse não?
    — he also wrote that.

    along the lines of did Porto lose out on Ayoze because Ayoze rejected Porto or because their manager Lopetegui rejected Ayoze?

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 20, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #38

    And so it begins. Noble, like his would-be manager, defines mediocrity. Why are we talking about West ham rejects and at 8m at that!!!!

    I’m sorry but the English players we’re linked with are way, way over priced when you consider Cabaye was 4.5M!

    Even if we somehow don’t cock up getting Cabella and some of the more promising sounding people like the German striker and Grenier etc, we still have manager with only a 37% win ratio !

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  • bobby mango

    May 20, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #39

    Noble is not the answer to ANY of our problems. Decent player but we need dynamic strikers, creative / flair midfielders and a dominating centre back.
    Noble is a hardworking cm. For the price he costs we could get better.
    None story.

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