Neil Lennon comments on the possibility of signing Kevin Nolan

Could former Newcastle United and West Ham United midfielder Kevin Nolan return to Bolton Wanderers?

Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon has suggested to The Bolton News that he is open to signing Kevin Nolan.

The 33-year-old former Newcastle United midfielder is a free agent at the moment, having left West Ham United by mutual consent in the summer transfer window.

“It comes down to finances but I’m not sure Kevin fits the criteria of what we are looking for,” Lennon told The Bolton News. “I don’t know whether we could afford him.

“He’s certainly a good type and I’ve always liked him. He knows where the goal is as a midfielder. I know his reputation at Bolton is very good and if we could do a deal, then possibly.”

Nolan started his professional career at Bolton and played for the first team from 1999 to 2009.

The English midfielder was a key player for the Trotters during those years, helping them establish as a Premier League team.

The 33-year-old then moved to Newcastle in January 2009 and scored 29 goals in 85 league games for the Magpies before joining West Ham in the summer of 2011.

One suspects that Nolan will be welcomed back with open arms by the Bolton fans, but it seems that he will have to take a pay-cut.

Moreover, there will be doubts whether Nolan has the legs to compete on a weekly basis in the Championship.

The second tier of English football is hugely competitive, and it will not be easy for the Englishman to succeed there at the age of 33.

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