Newcastle, apparently frustrated by their inability to negotiate a new contract with captain Kevin Nolan, had put the forward on the market, and now he's been snapped up: Recently-relegated West Ham United have acquired the services of the striker in a deal believed to be worth around £3.5M. Nolan spent two years at Newcastle, scoring 29 goals in the process, and was an influential member of the team that exceeded expectations in their first year back in the Premier League. Why no other clubs were chasing Nolan's signature is unclear, but Nolan himself was obviously fairly enamoured of West Ham and new manager Sam Allardyce:
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.
Still, you'd have thought that a Premier League team would have been interested in picking him up. Newcastle, in fact, could probably have done with a striker on the books, considering that they're currently left with... not much at all. Perhaps another move is on the cards?