Some Bolton fans think they're about to sign a West Ham star
West Ham midfielder Mark Noble was spotted in the crowd last night as Bolton battered Charlton 4-1 at The Valley.
After the game, the Hammers player was spotted enjoying a warm embrace with Oladapo Afolayan who joined Bolton from the London Stadium in the summer.
It would seem as though fans of Bolton think Noble might be signing for them!
That does seem somewhat far fetched, although the Trotters are flying high in League One at the moment.
After winning promotion from League Two last season, Ian Evatt’s men sit seventh in the division and are going well.
Afolayan is a man in form too. The 24-year-old has scored five goals and claimed two assists in 11 games during 2021/22.
He is tipped for a bright future and is under contract at Bolton until 2024.
Noble will see his contract expire in the summer though and his time at West Ham could be coming to an end.
The 34-year-old has been a real stalwart for the Hammers, making 531 appearances, scoring 60 goals and claiming 61 assists.
What the future holds remains to be seen. Noble has kept himself in good shape though and he may fancy a swansong at another club.
What have Bolton fans said about Noble?
They seem convinced that the experienced midfielder is set to sign for the club.
It does seem highly unlikely, although football isn’t going to be overly forthcoming at West Ham this season.
Should Bolton win promotion then perhaps Noble’s experience would be ideal for their maiden campaign back in the Championship.
Evatt is doing great things at the University of Bolton Stadium and the club is bouncing back after years of off-field demeanours.
In all likelihood, Noble was simply at Charlton last night to watch his former Hammers teammate and there’s nothing more to see here.
That hasn’t stopped Bolton fans from dreaming though and they’ve taken to Twitter.