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Stoke and West Ham chase Bolton winger

Stoke and West Ham look set to battle it out for Bolton midfielder Matthew Taylor having been alerted to his fragile contract situation.

The former Portsmouth midfielder only has one-year left on his current deal at the Reebok Stadium and with now news of a new contract, he could be tempted to look at his options if another club offers him more job security.

It is thought that an offer of around £1.5m could be enough to prize Taylor away from Bolton as they will not be keen on losing him for a free transfer next season.

West Ham arguably have the tougher task of the two interested clubs in terms of getting their man as Taylor would need to drop down a division to move to Upton Park.

At 29-years-old and having played at the highest level for a few years now, this might not be the most enticing prospect for him.

However, the Hammers are hoping that the Sam Allardyce factor and the fact that they are targeting an immediate return to the Premier League might be enough to convince him.

They managed to sign Kevin Nolan from Newcastle United after all, so a move for Taylor perhaps isn’t as far-fetched as many may think.

Should Taylor be desperate to remain in the Premier League though, Stoke City is an option for him. Tony Pulis wants to add a quality player to his midfield and Taylor fits the bill.

In summary, there are probably three options for Taylor. He could stick it out at Bolton Wanderers and earn a new deal, drop down to the Championship to join promotion candidates West Ham or make somewhat of a sideways movement and join Stoke City.

Of course everything is at the early stages and it perhaps isn’t as simple as that, but it should be an interesting few weeks for Taylor.

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