Sordell Completes Burnley Move

  • July 04, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Burnley have completed the double signing of Bolton forward Marvin Sordell and former Wanderers midfielder Matt Taylor.

Sordell joins the Clarets on a three-year deal, in a deal thought to be in the region of £500,000 - although officially described as undisclosed.

The former England under-21 international joined Wanderers from Watford in January 2012, but failed to live up to his £3.2million price-tag at the Reebok Stadium. During his time with the Trotters, Sordell played just 29 times and scored eight goals and spent last season on loan at Charlton Athletic.

As well as Sordell, Taylor, who represented Bolton between 2008 and 2011, joins the Clarets on a free transfer, following his release from West Ham United.

The former Portsmouth midfielder has signed a two-year contract at Turf Moor and manager Sean Dyche believes both players have the ability to fire his side to safety next season.

"We know we are going into what is arguably the best league in the world and we also know that it helps to have experience at that level," Dyche told Burnley's official club website.

"Matt has an abundance of that, as well as being a very talented player. Certainly there is a lot of football left in him.

"He wanted a fresh challenge and saw that we are trying to do something here, from good messages filtering through the game, so we are delighted to have him.

"I think he is old enough and wise enough to know he is not guaranteed a shirt. He wants to work to earn the right to play and he just really sends out all the right signals in a mature footballer who has been in and around the Premier League for a long while.

"Marvin is slightly different. He has had a tough couple of years over at Bolton after going there for a big fee, but he's a young man and when you have an awkward time that can teach you as much as anything about yourself.

"He's still young at 23 and he has still got a lot to learn in the game. We know him as a lad and we don't feel we need to really revitalise him because it's there - it's just about giving him that freedom to express himself as a young footballer.

"There is talent there and that's important and I think he knows that it is a good chance for him to re-invent or add to what he is."

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