Own­ers pulled off No big deal

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY SEPT 27 - By JON WEST

SAM AL­LARDYCE has hailed West Ham own­ers David Sul­li­van and David Gold for hav­ing the bot­tle to sign Kevin Nolan when the Ham­mers were in the Cham­pi­onship.

The cash they in­vested in the for­mer New­cas­tle mid­fielder paid div­i­dends when the Ham­mers were pro­moted last sea­son.

And the Scouser is still do­ing the busi­ness as West Ham bat­tle to re-es­tab­lish them­selves in the Premier League, net­ting the equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Sun­der­land at the week­end.

Al­lardyce said: “Kevin is value for money in the Premier League, but he was a very ex­pen­sive player to sign in the Cham­pi­onship – so give credit to David Sul­li­van and David Gold for spend­ing that money on that sort of player.

“Look at his CV. He has scored 10 goals, nine goals, 11 goals, nine goals in the Premier League year af­ter year.

“He is a player who no-one should un­der­es­ti­mate as his record is first class.

“He re­minds me of David Platt in some ways as he ghosts into the box and no-one re­alises he is there un­til the ball is in the net. He’s a top player.”

EX­PEN­SIVE: Nolan

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