This year is one of the biggest in West Ham’s history, says Mark Noble

The midfielder has spoken of the growing ambition at the club ahead of the Olympic Stadium move.

Change is afoot at West Ham United, and their final year at the Boleyn Ground is shaping up to be an exciting one.

Hammers captain Mark Noble, speaking to the club’s official website, feels the importance of the next 12 months for West Ham cannot be underestimated.

“At the end of last season I said that this year is one of the biggest in the Club’s history,” said Noble.

“The way the Club’s going, the signings we’re making and the money we’re spending shows that we want to go in the new Stadium not just as a Premier League team, but one that’s ready to move onto a Stadium like that.”

It’s confident talk from the 28-year old and the club’s summer business has been the catalyst for that confidence, with several top quality additions joining the squad.

Dmitri Payet and Pedro Obiang, in particular are real coups for the Irons, while Angelo Ogbonna has all the tools to be a force in England if he can regain his Torino form. The much improved Carl Jenkinson has also joined on another season-long loan and will be a valuable asset on the Hammers’ right flank.

Noble suggested that more was to come, on the transfer front, adding: “We’ll have comings and goings, players who want to move on and players who want to come here."

He also believes that the pieces are starting to fall into place for West Ham to push on to the next level.

“Once we get our team together and our squad together we can really push on and become a team that’s capable of playing in this year’s league and move onto the new Stadium," he said.

Noble was speaking ahead of West Ham’s Europa League qualifier against Birkirkara on Thursday and the club’s first European adventure in nine years seems particularly fitting for the Boleyn’s swansong.

Hammers fans will be hopeful the club continue their impressive transfer business this summer and, in Mark Noble’s words, create a team fit to grace the Olympic Stadium.

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