Stoke boss Pulis is a Noble man
Published 23:00 11/01/11 By John Percy
Stoke boss Tony Pulis has launched a £4million bid for West Ham’s Mark Noble.
Midfielder Noble, 23, has been a regular under Avram Grant, but Pulis believes the Hammers could struggle to turn down a substantial bid.
Potters chairman Peter Coates will release funds this month for Pulis - who is also keen on Noble’s Upton Park team-mate Carlton Cole.
“I like to do a bit of business in January, because it freshens things up,” said Pulis. “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.”
A string of players are also on their way out of the Britannia Stadium.
Newcastle have enquired about Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan and Senegal defender Adboulaye Faye.
Icelandic forward Eidur Gudjohnsen can leave after just four months, while Championship promotion chasers Swansea want midfielder Tom Soares.