With Nolan refusing to sign a new contract, he is apparently trying to engineer a move and whilst dropping down a division may seem like an odd choice for a player who scored 11 goals in the Prem, he doesn't have an England career to worry about. He has two or three years left in him and West Ham probably pay more in the N Power than Newcastle in the Prem. And, of course, there is the Allardyce factor - they were together at Bolton and Newcastle remember.
In response to our bid of £3m, a £6m tag has been slapped on Nolan, but that isn't an out and out rebuff is it? It seems as if Pardew may not fancy Kevin's wife!
The £6m asking price sounds remarkably similar to the figure we are supposedly looking for in return for Ba. It also mirrors the £6m we would have been obliged to pay for Keane had we survived in the Prem. Pardew, of course, is in desperate need of a couple of forwards so don't be surprised to see a joint bid of £10million for Cole and Ba, with Nolan priced at £5m inside the deal. Nolan plus £5m for Cole and Ba would probably make sense for both clubs.