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Midfielder hopes team can bounce back from bad start to new season

Mark Noble confessed that West Ham United must hold onto Scott Parker at all costs.

New Hammers boss Avram Grant is off to a poor start in the Premier League with his new club, losing his first two matches, and facing the difficult task of facing Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham in their next three matches.

West Ham will have it even tougher if they are unable to keep Parker, who was a big reason why the Hammers narrowly avoided relegation last term.

Noble is hoping that the Hammers will make some moves to strengthen the squad before the transfer window closes in order to help the team fight through the tough start to their season.

Parker and West Ham are stalling on a possible five-year contract, and Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is still keen despite already having had an £8 million bid rejected by the Hammers.

Noble, who is Parkers midfield partner, believes that keeping the England international to help West Ham avoid possible relegation again their term.

“We need to keep hold of him for the sake of everything,” Noble told The Mirror.

“Me and Scott have played together in the centre of midfield together in the last couple of games, I’ve really enjoyed it as a two and we bounce off each other.

“I know if he goes forward then I will sit and the other way round. It’s like being telepathic and it’s great to have that sort of understanding.

“I think we need to strengthen the squad. It’s such a long season with so many games, we need to bring quality to the squad. There’s no doubt we need to do that.

“If we can bring in a little bit of quality, a bit of steel then I’ve got no qualms about that.”

Noble admitted that losing to Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers to start the season off was a rough way to begin their season, however, the midfielder is not worried and believes that the team can bounce back.

 “To be honest, it doesn’t worry me. I think we’ve got a good enough squad, good enough players to be doing well.

“We played the best we’ve played for a long time against Bolton on Saturday in the first half, but scrappy goals killed us off.

“That’s what we’ve got to guard against and it will be a little bit different against Man United on Saturday. But we’ve still got to look at it in the same way.”

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