Taylor dampens Soares talk
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Peter Taylor has played down reports that Tom Soares is a target for Bolton.
Peter Taylor has played down reports that Crystal Palace midfielder Tom Soares is a target for Bolton Wanderers.
The Premiership side dispatched a scout to take in Palace's 1-1 draw with Burnley in the Championship last weekend.
Speculation surfaced that Soares was the intended target, with a view to a possible summer bid from Sam Allardyce.
But Palace boss Taylor has moved quickly to pour cold water on suggestions the England Under 21 international could be heading to The Reebok Stadium.
"How anyone linked Tom Soares to a scout from Bolton watching the game I don't know," Taylor told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.
"To me he could have been watching somebody at Burnley, somebody else with Crystal Palace, whoever.
"I am amazed Tom's is the name which gets mentioned.
"Don't get me wrong, Tom is an outstanding player and it would never surprise me if any Premiership club were interested in him.
"But I don't think there is anything in it and I get on very well with Sam Allardyce and his assistant Sammy Lee, so I would think I would have known about it."