Signing of former Arsenal star can take West Ham to ‘the next level’, claims Hammers captain

first_imgWest Ham captain Mark Noble believes the club’s Deadline Day business illustrates their ambitions to reach ‘the next level.’Alex Song completed a season-long loan move to the Hammers after a successful temporary spell at Upton Park last season, although he will be sidelined for up to six weeks with an ankle injury.West Ham added to Song’s capture with deals for Michail Antonio, Victor Moses and Nikica Jelavic before the transfer window shut on Tuesday, and Noble claims the new acquisitions should help the club achieve loftier targets.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the 28-year-old said: “Alex was great for us last season when he was here on loan. With the added players that we’ve got in now I’m pretty sure he will fit in well.“I hope with the calibre of signings we’ve made it means we are pushing onto the next level.”West Ham’s away results have drastically contrasted with their home record in the early stages of the Premier League season, with victories at Arsenal and Liverpool undermined by defeats to Leicester and Bournemouth at Upton Park.Noble scored in the Hammers’ impressive 3-0 win at Anfield on Saturday but was then sent off for an innocuous lunge on Reds’ striker Danny Ings, and the Irons academy product has confirmed the club will appeal the decision.“I spoke to the people that organise that sort of stuff and they said straight away that we were going to appeal it,” he added.“I’m still a little bit in shock that I got a straight red for it if I’m honest but Kevin [Friend] is a great referee and obviously he’s seen it in a different light to what I did.“But I think everyone can agree there’s no malice in the tackle and I’ve won the ball clearly. It was definitely a bit harsh.”last_img