The midfielder has left the club on a free transfer.
Nolan arrived from Newcastle United back in 2011 and helped West Ham fight back from a poor stage in their recent history.
But it would seem that a change in style and the departure of his former gaffer at Bolton Wanderers Sam Allardyce has left him on the fringes at Upton Park.
Nolan has now spoken to the official West Ham United site to say his goodbyes to the club and its fans. He also hinted that his next move may very well keep him down south, rather than a return to the north:
“Since the first day I came to West Ham I’ve really enjoyed my time at the Club. It was a Club which was at rock bottom at the time, having just been relegated and a lot of changes had gone on behind the scenes.
“It was a challenge I was really looking forward to and thankfully that great day we had at the Play-Off Final got us up.
“This has been a fantastic time for me since I walked in the door. I’ve had just over four fantastic years and I’d like to thank everyone who has made it so easy for me to settle down here with my family.
“My boy speaks like a cockney now, so I don’t know if I’ll be moving back to Liverpool any time soon! Since I’ve come here it’s felt like home and it’s a real possibility that it’ll be home for a long time so I thank everyone who has made that possible from inside the Club to all the players I’ve played with.”
Nolan is of course a Liverpool lad who previously played at Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United – which may have convinced many an observer to believe Nolan would be heading away from the London area.
But it certainly sounds as though his family is now settled in the region and he may instead be hanging around down south.
With a player of this standard available on a free transfer, you can bet the clubs will be queueing up to bring him in.