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Kevin Nolan joins West Ham

Kevin Nolan has become Sam Allardyce’s first signing at recently relegated West Ham. The 28-year-old completed a surprise move from Newcastle for a fee believed to be somewhere in the region of £4million.

Allardyce looks set to name Nolan as club captain and will hope that the former Bolton midfielder can repeat his form from two-years ago when he bagged seventeen goals in Newcastle’s Championship winning run.

Nolan captained Newcastle last season and scored twelve goals from midfield so his arrival at Upton Park should help to fill the gap left by Scott Parker’s seemingly inevitable move back to the Premier League with Tottenham.

However, the move is bound to have angered Newcastle fans. Nolan was one of the club’s most consistent performers last season and has made it clear that he would have been happy to remain at St James Park if an agreement over the length of his new contract had been reached.

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‘It's been a bit of a whirlwind, but obviously once I knew they [West Ham] wanted me, they have shown a certain hunger and desire to make sure I become a West Ham player,’ Nolan told the Hammers website.

The avid campaigner for the use of big words continued: ‘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 midfielder Joey Barton told reporters he was ‘sick’ when he heard the news of Nolan’s departure and it will do Alan Pardew’s fragile relationship with the Toon Army no favours at all.

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