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Nolan Not The Player He Was At Newcastle?

A West Ham fan gives his opinion on Kevin Nolan, following his move from Newcastle.


‘Forever West Ham’ website: “Nolan …the club’s marquee summer signing has proved an enigmatic capture to say the least. Brought to the club to replace the talismanic Scotty Parker and to help the club achieve its sole goal of the season: promotion back to the land of milk, honey and match of the day; just as he had done at Newcastle in an almost identical situation.

“During that season for the Toon, Nolan resembled his fellow Scouser Steven Gerrard in his pomp, coming up with equalisers, winners and long range screamers. Leading by example he skippered Newcastle as they swept all before them to reclaim their place in the Premier League with relative ease; scooping the Championship player of the year award in the process.

“But after 20 games it’s fair to say that the Nolan who was so inspirational for Newcastle in their hour of need has yet to materialise. I feel so far Nolan has done alright; he’s got six goals from midfield so far this season and is our 2nd top scorer behind Carlton Cole.

“There have been moments this campaign where Nolan has shown his undoubted quality; one only has to think back to the Brighton game, a contest in which we were simply under cosh all night…who capitalised on an error and immediately punished it with a lovely finish which turned out to be the winner? Or even more recently against Derby with the score locked at 1-1 Nolan produced a magnificent volley to finally swing the contest in our favour.

“When Nolan was signed it was portrayed that he was going to be a direct replacement for Parker; which I felt placed an unfair expectation on him as he’s a different type of player; whilst Scotty was an all action midfielder who excelled as a tireless box to box type who could do a bit of everything: tackle, score and create. Nolan is simply an attacking midfield player; he’s at his best when he’s getting on the end of chances that others create.

“Whilst I would say it’s unlikely Nolan will reach the level he did at Newcastle in this league for us I still believe he can prove his worth; the wonder-goal against Derby was proof indeed of the quality he possess. I’d also say that in terms of the captaincy he’s a massive step-up from Matthew Upson.”

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Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Shenhua are confident they can beat West Ham to the signature of Chelsea’s Nicolas Anelka.

Anelka is out of contract next summer and is set to leave Chelsea in January after the club accepted his transfer request, along with Alex’s.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce wants to take Anelka on loan when the window opens having worked with the 32-year-old at Bolton but Shanghai Shenhua will table a longer deal, reportedly worth over £6million.

A club spokesman said in Sportsmail: “It will be a three-year contract and will involve both football and commercial cooperation.”

And chairman Zhu Jun added: “We started to talk about every detail from the first minute of the negotiations.

“The whole contract is made up of details. It’s comprehensive and complicated, involving the player’s image and the commercial cooperation.”

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Exclusive – O’Neil: No date set for West Ham first team return


West Ham midfielder Gary O’Neil has told talkSPORT of his delight at recovering from a career-threatening injury but says no date has been set for a first team return.

O’Neil was told he only had a 50/50 chance of playing again after suffering a horrific ankle injury against Aston Villa in April but, having stunned medics with his quick progress, played 45 minutes for the reserves on Tuesday night.

The 28-year, however, says he will take his time before making himself available to Hammers boss Sam Allardyce.

“Getting back to the first team and being able to compete when it really matters, and when there is lot of pressure on the line, is still a way off”Gary O’Neil

“There’s no timeframe set for the first team. Playing 45 minutes against a Brentford development squad and then being trusted to go into a promotion battle is worlds apart,”  O’Neil said, speaking to H & J.

“It’s been a lot of hard work over the last seven and a half months, not just from me but from all the medical staff as well, so it was nice to finally get some reward.

“Getting back to the first team and being able to compete when it really matters, and when there is lot of pressure on the line, is still a way off. We haven’t really set a date for that but it was a big step yesterday just to get out and play against people who don’t necessarily know you’ve got a bad ankle.

“Doing it in training against your mates who might leave you alone a little bit because your ankle is sore is one thing, but to go out against a team that isn’t too bothered about your ankle is a big step.”

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Habib hoping for Hammers deal

The 24-year-old striker, who hails from the Central African Republic, has previously attracted interest from Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, but emerged as a Hammers target in the summer.

Habibou has been limited to just five appearances for current club Zulte Waregem this season, due to a dispute over a number of contractual issues – but he has been given permission to undertake a trial at Upton Park.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is keen to further strengthen his forward line when the transfer window reopens in January, and is considering making Habibou’s temporary switch to east London permanent.

The African ace is believed to have been the ‘unnamed trialist’ that scored twice for West Ham in a closed-doors friendly with Brentford on Monday evening – making an immediate impact for the Championship promotion hopefuls.

The summer arrival of John Carew and Sam Baldock has given Allardyce additional striker options, but Habibou may also be offered a short-term deal in a bid to help the club win promotion back to the Barclays Premier League

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