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Villa made late attempt to trump West Ham for Nolan

Aston Villa made a late bid to trump West Ham United for former Newcastle United midfielder Kevin Nolan.

The Sunday Mirror says Villa made a last-ditch plea with Nolan to turn his back on Championship football and remain in the ­top-flight.

But Nolan refused to do a U-turn after giving his word to Hammers ­co-owner David Sullivan that he would move to the relegated club if they could reach an agreement with ­Newcastle.

Nolan's departure has sparked fury among the Geordie supporters who idolised him. It has also led to uneasy tension between manager Alan Pardew and the Newcastle board ­because Pardew did not want to sell his influential captain.

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