Sam Allardyce plans £1.2m raid on former club

West Ham United are lining up a bid to bring Bolton midfielder Matthew Taylor to Upton Park, according to the Daily Mail.

Hammers manager Sam Allardyce is prepared to meet his former club’s £1.2 million asking price for Taylor as he continues to rebuild West Ham in the wake of relegation.

Renowned for his pinpoint left foot crosses, Allardyce see’s the 29-year-old as a player that can provide experience and stability on the left in both the midfield and full back position.

With only a year remaining on his contract at the Reebok Stadium Taylor is desperate for a move back down South and craves first team football, which he isn’t guaranteed at Bolton.

Stoke and West Brom are interested in securing his signature but Allardyce is prepared to blow his Premier League rivals out of the water with an offer of better wages and regular first team football.

The move for Taylor comes after he missed out on main target Max Gradel with the Leeds winger fishing for a move to French club Lille.

Allardyce has already strengthened the relegated Hammers with two of his former Bolton colleagues. Kevin Nolan joined from Newcastle for £4 million and Abdoulaye Faye signed on a free after his release from Stoke.