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 – 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?