Sam dismisses Nolan move talk
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sam Allardyce says there has been no contact with Everton over Kevin Nolan.
Bolton boss Sam Allardyce has poured cold water on suggestions he could be willing to swap Kevin Nolan for Everton striker James Beattie in the January transfer window.
Nolan has proved to be a key figure for The Trotters in recent seasons, with the combative midfielder having thrived on the responsibility of being made captain.
He has been linked with a number of clubs in the last two years, with the latest reports suggesting a move to Everton could be on the cards.
It had been claimed The Toffees were considering using Beattie as bait to lure Nolan to Merseyside, but Allardyce feels it is total speculation.
"It is smiling time for me," Allardyce told Sky Sports News. "There is no contact between me and David Moyes or between Everton's chairman and our chairman with anything regarding James Beattie and Kevin Nolan."
Allardyce is convinced Nolan is worthy of an England call and has urged Steve McClaren to make another trip to The Reebok Stadium.
"Kevin Nolan is one of the main reasons why we have achieved so much and yes he does deserve an England call up but that is up to Steve to make that decision," added Allardyce.
"I know he has watched him many times and sometimes it does baffle me a bit, but that is life."