West Ham United are on the trail of Newcastle United defender and England Under-21 Captain Steven Taylor.
Steven Taylor – West Ham after 6’2″ Newcastle youngster
Well thatâ€™s nice to hear but they will have no chance at all of signing our local lad from Newcastle United. Steven is a dedicated player, who moved to the North East just two weeks after his birth in Greenwich, London, and considers himself a Geordie through and through. Weâ€™ll give him the benefit of the doubt. 😀
Steven Taylor turned down a contract offer from Newcastle way back in October â€“ thought to be in the region of Â£1M/year, and talks have been on-going between the Taylor camp and Newcastle United, but as we pointed out last week, there has so far been no agreement on the contract.
But since October, Taylor has become an even more important player at Newcastle, with some solid performances behind him. He seems to be learning quickly from some of the experienced center-backs brought in by Sam Allardyce during the summer.
Taylor has made it very clear to anybody who wants to listen there is only one club he wants to play for, and that is Newcastle United. West Ham now have a number of former Newcastle players in their ranks with Lee Bowyer, Scott Parker, Nobby Solano and Kieron Dyer all moving there from Newcastle and Craig Bellamy also finding his way to the London club. Nobby in particular has been playing well for the Londoners, but we always knew Nobby was pure class, and a great guy with that trumpet, if a little loud. 😀
Itâ€™s inconceivable that Newcastle will let Steven Taylor go, because theyâ€™ll have a mini-revolt on their hands if they ever allow that to happen. But itâ€™s now getting a little worrying that Steven isn’t signed up for the next 5 years. We’ve already signed up our other 21 years old stars, James Milner and Charles Nâ€™Zogbia. That must be a top priority for the Newcastle board in the new year.
As long as that doesnâ€™t happen weâ€™re going to have clubs hovering around seeing if they can snatch Steven Taylor away, on the chance they may get lucky. Come on Chairman Chris Mort, you said you’d get involved personally with these negotiations, so let’s get young Steven signed up for at least the next 5 years.
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