Taylor in talks with West Ham

PUBLISHED: 18:00 21 July 2011

Matthew Taylor, Bolton Wanderers

Matthew Taylor, Bolton Wanderers

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Midfielder set to become Sam Allardyce’s third summer signing

West Ham are in talks with Bolton Wanderers’ versatile midfielder Matt Taylor over a prospective move to Upton Park.

Taylor, who can play anywhere along the left-hand side has flown back from Bolton’s USA tour to discuss joining the Hammers’ chase for promotion, in a deal thought to be around the £2 million mark.

The 29-year-old was in and out of Owen Coyle’s side last season after battling with Bulgarian Martin Petrov for a starting place on the left-hand side of midfield, and is keen on a move down south, where he still owns a farm in Oxfordshire.

It is thought that the midfielder is seen as a replacement for Thomas Hitzlsperger, who left West Ham at the end of last season following the Hammers’ relegation to the Championship.

Taylor began his career at Luton Town as a trainee before making a £400,000 move to Portsmouth in 2002, where he made over 200 appearances and scored 29 goals.

In January 2008, Taylor made the switch up north to Bolton, for a fee of £3.5 million. The midfielder has gone on to make 139 appearances for the Trotters, scoring 23 goals in the process, including a thunderous free-kick that sailed past the helpless Rob Green at the Reebok in 2009.

If West Ham’s bid is successful, Taylor would become the third player with a Bolton connection to join the Hammers since Sam Allardyce took over as manager, following the summer arrivals of Kevin Nolan and Abdoulaye Faye.

A fourth player that could potentially join that list is midfielder Joey O’Brien, who is currently on trial with the Hammers.

Allardyce also attempted to sign three other players he had previously managed at Bolton in the form of Jlloyd Samuel, Ricardo Gardner and Eidur Gudjohnsen.

However, the West Ham manager pulled the plug on a move for Gudjohnsen after questioning the striker’s desire to play for the club, after he stalled on signing a contract within a specific deadline.

With Gudjohnsen failing to put pen to paper, Allardyce remains in the hunt for a striker who can help fire the Hammers out of the Championship at the first attempt.

One player whose chances of joining West Ham seem to be fading is Leeds winger Max Gradel.

The Ivory Coast international was the subject of a £2.5 million bid from the Hammers, which was rejected by Leeds. The winger is now thought to be keen on a move to French side Lille, who play in the Champions League.

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 17:21

Royal Ascot will take place behind closed doors this season, if it goes ahead as planned in June.

Yesterday, 16:00

How well do you know east London football or are you just a quiz master, why not put your knowledge to the test.

Yesterday, 15:13

Football Association chairman Greg Clarke says everyone involved in the game must “step up and share the pain” as talks between players and clubs over wage deferrals and cuts continue.

Yesterday, 14:00

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton has revealed he is always looking at the youth team to hand them first-team opportunities, writes Jacob Ranson.

Yesterday, 11:39

The remainder of the London Youth Games 2020 season has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Yesterday, 10:08

Wolves fans have been given a rare chance to cheer some success during the suspension of football after their club claimed the Ultimate QuaranTeam prize.

Yesterday, 09:00

Essex cricketers joined the fight against coronavirus by preparing 1,000 hot meals for NHS staff on Monday.


Festival organisers AEG Presents will once again be providing a variety of exciting opportunities for young people at this year’s event

Looking to rent in London? Securing the keys to a new home in any big city can be an ordeal but there is a way to avoid the common pitfalls of London rentals - dodgy landlords, dubious décor and downright dicey security.

Cauldron Foods’ comedy night will give vegans the last laugh as Vegan comics dispel vegan myths.

Most read sport

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser