West Ham are keen to see captain Kevin Nolan find a suitable club this summer but deny any knowledge of him talking to former club Bolton.
Nolan is known to have been considering his future since last season and the arrival of new boss Slaven Bilic looks to be the likely end of the midfielder’s Irons career.
At 33 he cannot supply the energy he once provided in midfield and with the club looking to bring in younger players, his departure would boost their abilities to meet wage demands.
Sam Allardyce’s departure has always been seen as likely to mark the end of Nolan’s Upton Park stay and speculation arose within the last couple of weeks that he was inn talks with, and could be on his his way back to Bolton.
However, a ClaretandHugh source said: “We know of no such talks and I think it’s likely we would. Were Kevin to find a suitable club we are unlikely to stand in his way. He’s been a great servant to the club.
“However, we find the prospect of a return to Bolton unlikely as we really don’t believe they could satisfy his personal terms were they to be in talks.”