West Ham have confirmed the capture of Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan, who has penned a five-year contract with the Npower Championship club.

The 28-year-old will link up again with former manager Sam Allardyce, with whom he worked with at Bolton and then followed to St. James' Park in 2009.

Nolan enjoyed a prolific campaign for the Magpies in the Barclays Premier League last season - finding the net 12 times from midfield - and is now tasked with helping the Hammers gain promotion at the first time of asking.

After completing his move, Nolan told the official West Ham website: "It's been a bit of a whirlwind, but obviously once I knew that 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 start off and be as successful as I was there.

"I came 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.

"The be all and end all was that the club actually wanted me and the owners put faith in me and have given me a security of contract. Now it's my time to repay them and hopefully I will do that."

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