Taylor Completes Hammers Switch

  • July 23, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Matt Taylor has left Bolton and joined Championship side West Ham United on a four-year contract.

The two clubs had agreed a fee in the region of £2.2million early last week and Taylor flew home from Wanderers' tour of the United States to discuss personal terms with Hammers boss Sam Allardyce.

A deal was agreed on Friday afternoon and was officially confirmed on Saturday, following Bolton's arrival back in the United Kingdom.

Taylor becomes West Ham's third summer signing, following in the footsteps of former Wanderers players Kevin Nolan and Abdoulaye Faye.

Speaking about the move, Trotters boss Owen Coyle admitted the deal was right for everybody involved.

"Matty is a good lad and he gave 100 percent for me during his time with us," Coyle told the club's official website.

"But this was a very good deal for the football club and also for Matty himself. We wish him every success at West Ham United."

Following spells at Luton Town and Portsmouth earlier in his career, Taylor was also happy to move back down south, admitting he was looking forward to playing for his new club.

"This is a great opportunity to come and play for a fantastic football club," Taylor told West Ham's official website.

"This is a big club with a lot of heritage. It is a new challenge for me and obviously I want to be part of something special and, from the outset, it looks like I will find that here.

"I have had good conversations with the gaffer, he is such a positive person. 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.

"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.

"Everytime I have played at West Ham you notice the fans, so hopefully now I am playing for them, they will back me and the team this season.

"As I said, ultimately it is a huge football club and I want to play my part if I can. 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 made 139 appearances during a three-and-a-half year stay at the Reebok Stadium, scoring 23 goals.

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