Bolton Wanderers have signed Matt Taylor from Portsmouth on a three-and-a-half year deal.The 26-year-old has been out of favour on the south coast so far this season and had been expected to leave Fratton Park at some point this month. Wanderers have not disclosed the fee they have paid for the transfer, which follows the arrivals of Tamir Cohen and Gretar Steinsson. Bolton boss Gary Megson told the club's website: 'Matt is a quality player who is very versatile on the left-hand side. He is a proven Premier League performer who will bring additional quality to our squad. 'He has attracted interest from a number of clubs and I am delighted that we have managed to bring him to the Reebok Stadium.'
Taylor told Setanta: 'Bolton made me feel very welcome, the manager was very welcoming, and the key thing was he wanted me.
'Football club-wise, as soon as I went up there I had a gut feeling it was what I wanted. The Reebok was where I wanted to play.
'That's not to say the other clubs didn't also show that, but Bolton was right for me.
'The club, the way they conduct themselves and treat their players is fantastic, and Gary was integral to that.
'I had a chat with Roy Keane at Sunderland and, let me make this clear, it was not an easy decision.
'Sunderland were very accommodating, it's a great club and I want to thank Roy publicly for his time.
'The main aim at Bolton initially has to be maintaining our Premier League status, and I would like to think I bring experience as I've been in a similar position with Portsmouth in the past.
'I gave my all for Pompey, and the fans gave their all for me. I had fantastic times at Fratton Park but at this time in my career I've just got to get back to doing what I love on a Saturday afternoon.'