West Ham United have moved a step closer to completing a deal for Bolton Wanderers midfielder Matt Taylor, who is believed to be undergoing a medical at Upton Park.

The 29-year-old would become Hammers boss Sam Allardyce's third signing this summer, following fellow former Trotters Kevin Nolan and Abdoulaye Faye to east London.

Taylor flew home from Bolton's tour of the USA earlier this week to hold talks with the Npower Championship club who, according to skysports.com are the favourites to land the signature of the former Portsmouth man.

A fee of around £2.2million has been agreed between the two clubs after manager Owen Coyle confirmed the offer was too good to turn down. "It is a fantastic fee," Coyle told the Bolton News. "Matty will feel it's a good deal for him and we feel it's a good deal for the football club.

 

"He was going into the last year of his contract and West Ham were offering a three or four-year contract. I just think when you looked at the business side, £2.2m was a good deal all round."

As Allardyce continues his recruitment drive ahead of the new season, it is clear that an immediate return to the Barclays Premier League is at the forefront of everyone's minds at West Ham.

The addition of Taylor will go some way to ensuring the club are able to mount a serious challenge for the title in 2011-12, and Coyle wished him all the best with the new chapter in his career.

"Matty Taylor is a great lad. I've got so much time for him and he goes with our best wishes. We've loved working with him, but sometimes in football things move on, people move on to pastures new."

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