Everton, Newcastle United linked with January bids for Mark Noble

West Ham's Mark Noble and Southampton's Adam Lallana battle for the ball during their Premier League match on September 15, 2013
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Everton and Newcastle United are rumoured to be plotting January bids for West Ham United star Ross Noble.

Everton and Newcastle United have been linked with January bids for West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble.

Blues boss Roberto Martinez sees the 26-year-old as a potential alternative to Gareth Barry should he fail to sign the loan star on a permanent deal, talkSPORT claims.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who coached Noble during his tenure at the Hammers, is said to still admire the player and be keen to reteam with him.

However, both sides could face a battle to secure his signature as he agreed to a new long-term deal at Upton Park last year.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez during the match against West Brom on August 24, 2013
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