West Ham midfielder Mark Noble subject of £4million Stoke bid

12 January 2011 09:46
Stoke are set to launch a £4million bid for West Ham midfielder Mark Noble as manager Tony Pulis looks to improve his squad this month.

Noble scored a stunning strike to help the Hammers beat Birmingham 2-1 in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday and is a first-team regular at Upton Park.

But Stoke - who are also keen on Noble's team-mate Carlton Cole - believe that West Ham would find it hard to resist a substantial offer given their mounting debts.

Strike a deal: Stoke boss Tony Pulis wants to wrap up a £4m deal for West Ham midfielder Mark Noble

Stoke boss Pulis admitted: 'I like to do a bit of business in January, because it freshens things up.

'I'll be in the market, looking for one or two - but they must be the right deals and better than what we've got.

'You're always looking for people who have got ­something to prove and have a desire to keep their careers going.'

Target man: Stoke are also interested in Noble's Hammers team-mate, Carlton Cole

It is unlikely, however, that Noble would favour a move to the Britannia at this stage of the season.

The 23-year-old holds the Hammers close to his heart and would be reluctant to leave the Barclays Premier League basement boys during their fight for top-flight survival.

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Pulis, meanwhile, is keen to trim his squad this month too with a host of fringe players set for the exit door.

Eidur Gudjohnsen, who only signed for the club four months ago, and Senegal defender Abdoulaye Faye have been told they can leave while Wolves and West Brom are have enquired about Republic of Ireland international Glenn Whelan.

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Source: Daily_Mail