Matt Taylor moves to West Ham from Bolton

23 July 2011 01:46

Matt Taylor has completed his move from Bolton to West Ham United for a fee of around ?2.2million.

The 29-year-old, who had 12 months left on his contract, was being sought by a number of Premier League clubs, but the Hammers moved quickly to secure a deal.

The midfielder paid tribute to the West Ham fans, and says it was the quality of players that had attracted him to Upton Park.

On the move: Matt Taylor has joined West Ham after falling out of favour at Bolton

He said: 'This is a great opportunityto come and play for a fantastic football club. This is a big club witha lot of heritage. It is a new challenge for me and obviously I want tobe part of something special and, from the outset, it looks like I willfind that here.

'Every time I have played at West Hamyou notice the fans, so hopefully now I am playing for them, they will back me and the team this season.

'Hopefully myself and the team can give them something to cheer about, something to smile about. One thing they can count on is that I will give 100 per cent every time I play.

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'There were never any second thoughts about coming here. It is a big challenge for me which I am looking forward to, to be part of helping the team get back up to the Premier League and do that as soon as possible.

'I see this as a very positive move for me. I don't expect to be playing Championship football for more than one season if I am being totally honest. I just want to get stuck in and start playing. I think it is going to be a great season.'

Taylor was signed from Portsmouth for ?3.5million by Gary Megson in January 2008 and with only a year left on his deal Bolton are happy to let the midfielder leave.

He failed to reproduce his best form last season, scoring just twice, and found his left-sided position underthreat from Martin Petrov.

Taylor was an unused substitute in Bolton's second friendly of their US trip, a 3-1 win over Orlando.

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Taylor has never played under former Wanderers boss Allardyce, but is looking forward to getting to work under him.

'I have had good conversations with the gaffer, he is such a positive person,' he continued in the interview with the club. 'I think you can see already the aura around the place and the quality of players he has brought in to add to the players already here.

'From a totally impartial point of view, I couldn't see anything other than that I was coming to a great football club and wanted to be part of it.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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