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Last Updated: Friday, 13 June, 2003, 14:15 GMT 15:15 UK
Laursen rules out Bolton move
AC Milan defender Martin Laursen
Laursen wants to play at the top of the league
AC Milan defender Martin Laursen has turned down a possible move to Bolton Wanderers, claiming he would prefer to play for a "top of the table" club.

Laursen was one of three players, together with Roma centre-back Jonathan Zebina and Panathinaikos midfielder Yan Michaelson, being tracked by Bolton boss Sam Allardyce.

He has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular at Milan and was on the substitutes' bench during their recent Champions League final win over Juventus.

But the 26-year-old has no interest in moving to the Reebok Stadium.

"With all due respect to Bolton, I would like to join a club with possibilities to play at the top of the table," he said.

"It's just more fun to play at the top than always be fighting against relegation."

But the club remain in the hunt for their other two main transfer targets

"We are interested and are currently finding out about their situations," Allardyce told the club's website.

Michaelson, 32, currently plays in the Greek league and has had plenty of Champions League experience with Panathinaikos.

Frenchman Zebina has attracted interest from Arsenal, Newcastle and Liverpool in the past.

And the 24-year-old maybe deemed surplus to requirements at Roma where coach Fabio Capello is planning a major overhaul of his squad after a disappointing season in Serie A.


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