Liverpool 'join West Ham' in race for Premier League ace

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Liverpool have supposedly shown an interest in signing West Ham target Matty Taylor.

It was reported yesterday that the Hammers had made an enquiry about the Bolton midfielder, and now Metro suggests that Roy Hodgson is keen on the versatile 28-year-old.

Taylor has failed to feature for the Trotters so far this season after being displaced by former Manchester City winger Martin Petrov.

However, it is believed that Hodgson would prefer Taylor to fill his problematic left-back slot; a position the player occupied with distinction during his days with Portsmouth.

The Liverpool boss has opted to play Daniel Agger - primarily a centre-back - on the left-side of his defence in both of the Merseysiders' Premier League matches so far this season, but Metro reports that he would prefer to employ a marauding full-back in the mould of Glen Johnson - and Taylor appears to fit the bill.

But Hodgson will have to do battle with Avram Grant for the ex-Luton Town man as the West Ham manager looks to add a reliable Premier League performer to his back line.

Although, despite Taylor's reported willingness to leave the Reebok in pursuit of first team football, Bolton boss Owen Coyle says he intends to keep him at the club.

"Matty Taylor is a fantastic player who has had an unbelievable Premier League career," he said.

"He is frustrated at the moment because he has been on the bench and Martin Petrov is in possession of that wide-left berth. I can understand that but he has a huge role to play at the club."

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