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Noble intentions

Filed: Monday, 19th May 2003
By: Graeme Howlett

Recent free transfer signing David Noble has agreed to sign a new contract with the Hammers - and promptly claimed that his new club will breeze the First Division next season.

Noble - who moved from Arsenal in the January transfer window - was signed on a temporary deal, which expired at the end of the season, last week.

When West Ham announced their retainer list for out of contract players last week, Noble was one of only four names that the club offered a new contract to.

And the 21-year-old playmaker confirmed earlier today that he was delighted to make the most of the opportunity to help the Hammers regain their Premiership place.

Speaking on whufc.co.uk this lunchtime (Monday), Noble revealed:

"West Ham is the best club in the country for producing the young talent, as has been shown over the years.

"I thought I could earn myself a contract but when you are only on a short term deal it is a bit worrying. It has turned out okay, though.

"Relegation hasn't affected my thoughts and in my short time at the club I have seen what I wanted to see regarding my future. This is a good place for me."

As for the Hammers chances of going back up at the first attempt, he added:

"I have been in the First Division with Watford and from what I have seen West Ham will definitely come back up.

"The teams that play football end up coming up every year. There shouldn't be any worries if we play to our potential."

Meanwhile, mystery reigns over Harry Redknapp's eleventh hour attempt to hijack the Hammers chances of retaining the services of another out of contract player offered a new deal - namely Les Ferdinand.

Redknapp was reported at the weekend to be preparing a bid to take Ferdinand to Portsmouth, in an effort to boost their attacking options as they prepare for a season of Premiership football.

Ferdinand, speaking last week confirmed that he would be playing on for another season. Whether that is still with West Ham - or with another club - remains to be seen.

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