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Transfer Gossip: Lennon to Swoop in for Ryan Taylor?

At least it's a bit better than David Dunn.

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Reports in The Sun this morning claim that Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon is attempting to persuade versatile defender, Ryan Taylor, to come to the Macron Stadium rather than sign for Belgian side Standard Liege.

The 30 year-old, who can play all across the defensive line and even in a holding midfield role at a push, was released by Newcastle United this summer after six years at St. James' Park.

It's certainly in an interesting one. One does wonder how we'll be able to meet Taylor's probable high wage demands, since he's coming from the Premier League and has admirers from top tier European sides.

I'm also deeply concerned about Taylor's injury record. He suffered an horrendous cruciate ligament tear in his knee, after spending nearly a year on the sideline, he then damaged his ligaments again upon his return to training. This meant Taylor would spend a total of 26 months on the sidelines, being out of action from August 2012 until October 2014, when he made his return in the Capital One Cup victory over Manchester City.

Then, just a month later, he left the pitch in tears after injuring his knee again, against QPR, which saw him miss another four months of his career to injury.

So whilst I do think Taylor is a good player and is the type of player we very much need, I just can't see why we'd take a risk on such an injury prone player. We've shot ourselves in the foot so many times in recent years by signing players who are constantly missing large portions of the season, and we can't keep bemoaning our bad luck if we continue to increase the chances ourselves.

However, this move would be sure to piss Wigan fans off, so that's something.