Newcastle Now In For Wigan’s Ryan Taylor


There was a lot of commentary from our readers last night about a report on the long-running Newcastle fans’ web site www.nufc.com about Newcastle making a move for Ryan Taylor from Wigan Athletic.

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Ryan Taylor– Wigan’s versatile full back – winger

The nufc.com web site is usually accurate and in the know on these things, and they say a deal for both Taylor and Kevin Nolan are both almost complete.

It seems today that what they said is accurate as other reports this morning suggest Newcastle are in with a £1M bid for the versatile defender, who can play at full back or on the wing, and presumably on either right or left too. A very good versatile player to have in any squad.

Ryan is just 24 years old, stands 5’8″ tall and started his career at Tranmere Rovers  where he played 98 times and scored 14 goals, before moving to Wigan Athletic in 2005, where he’s played 54 times with 6 goals – and four of those against Newcastle – in four consecutive games.

Newcastle fans will remember Ryan because he’s the player that keeps scoring against us with those fantastic free kicks, and he’s more than a decent player.

Well if you can’t beat them join them – is an old saying and that’s one way Newcastle can stop this lad scoring against us.   😀

Add this news, which is now being reported in the Daily Mirror, although we trust more that it’s coming from nufc.com, with the other late breaking news last night that we have agreed a fee for Kevin Nolan from Bolton of around £4.5M, and things may be starting to pick up.

Kevin will be at Newcastle this morning for a medical and to discuss terms, but we’ll be able to offer Kevin good terms, and Ryan too, so we’d like to see both players signed today, although the club is notoriously slow at completing deals.

While these two lads are not world class, they have the abilities and temperament to be very good players at a club like Newcastle, which can inspire players – or should we say the fans can inspire the players in black and white – to do great things.

If we can get both these players through the door today, then they can play against Sunderland, and we might even be able to field a decent team against our North East rivals, especially if Oba can make the starting eleven up front with the ever improving Andy Carroll.

We’ll wait to hear some good news on this pair today, and we are still linked with Albin Ebondo and Miguel Veloso – but don’t know whether these two will be completed by next Monday.

Comments welcome.



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75 comments so far

  • LJA0210

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #1

    saves us 2 goals next season if we stay up

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Yes – exactly 😀

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #3

    🙂 I’m happy to be a toon fan again, finally someone who can take free kicks as well!

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  • Mikeflame

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #4

    bout time we got a player who can take free kicks! i miss Nobby and Robert so much for that!!

    always liked this lad, young, plenty of experience and is he left footed?

    as much as everybody slags off MA hes not half doing bad at surprising us with these players! plus he seems to be getting players in who want the shirt rather than the cash…..if we can stay up and sort out money problems i can see us climbing the league nicely!

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  • richyg01

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #5

    I see Taylor as a far better player than Enrique and will provide some good competition for places, not only that, he can cover RB too so we shouldnt have to play people out of position accross the back.

    Get them signed on the dotted line and maybe we can field a half decent 11 against the Mackems

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  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #6

    This is more like it.

    Taylor is a player who I’ve wanted for a long time. I hope we can secure these boys in time for the mackems.

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  • Toony

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #7

    go english all the way. these 2 and swap given for johnson and sturridge plus cash and try to get baines.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #8

    Decent players with PL experience some are saying the Taylor deal is a swap, Taylor plus money for N’Sulkia hope it’s correct get rid of the whinger. I would still like to see Ebondo & Veloso arrive plus another forward.

    If that means we have to sell Given then so be it as long as they pay the right price (£10m – £12m)

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  • craig s chisholm

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #9

    nolan is what we need in this run in, we need players with heart and grit, not sulky french twats etc. he is not a maestro though that we need but i like this signing, i want to see about veloso now, thats the big one for me.

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #10

    If any other PL team had bought Nolan for 4 million i would be saying bargain, why hadnt we signed him.

    I think at 26 yrs old and a PL veteran hes a very good signing.

    Taylor for that matter a small fee is another bit of excellent business from our frugile management team

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  • Nick D

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Ed you’ve got to stop using the ” we”.

    I am not happy with these 2 at all. They are very mediocre journeyman with no outstanding star quality whatsoever. Taylor takes a good free kick against us- that’s it ! Nolan is just a workaday player and a poor man’s Barton.

    Ebondo, M’Bia, Veloso and Saviola now that would float my boat and most importantly a proper manager, not the foul mouthed idiot we’ve got running the show just now.

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  • richyg01

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #12

    So nice to see a bit more positivity on the transfer front, and straight away with the responses here you can see that positiveness coming through in the fans!

    Howay the Lads!

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  • Kevin Nichol

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #13

    I don’t think ive ever seen him play at left back; but i feel this along with nolan would be fantastic signings for the club!

    I’m tired of big money foreign flops! Ive harped on for months that we need players with premier league experience! Players with a little bit of passion and determination to suceed! Both of these players are at a good age and i’m thrilled with this news!

    Let’s just hope that both deals are concluded quickly!

    *****NOW SELL GIVEN AND BUY KEVIN DOYLE PLEASE*****

    A replacement for Owen; Doyle is exactly the player we need to work hard and score goals for us!

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  • ian

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #14

    Nolan is also our ideal captain, making a striker captain doesnt really work.

    Good signings, like the versatility side as we need cover everywhere, it really just depends who goes and for how much.

    If Zog goes I do not see much overall improvement, if he stays then this is an improvement.

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  • ian

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #15

    Kevin, I would love them to sell Owen and get a decent replacement now, but who would take Owen when he is injured??

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  • sahota

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #16

    I hope we sign someone today that will be PLUS for everyone. So many people like me sitting in office on FIRDAY morning are waiting for good news to kick start the week end. I wonder this news turns out true and we announce these signings officially today before end of day. Otherwise I think it will be to late for them to play on Sunday.

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  • Kevin Nichol

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #17

    Nick D….

    “no star quality”…??? Is that meant to be a joke!!!

    How many star players have we signed over the past few seasons who have failed to cut the mustard? Lets have a think “duff, luque, viduka, emre, boumsong…” We could go on all day…

    “Ebondo, M’Bia, Veloso and Saviola”….none of whom have played in the premiership before! You need to wake up; were in a relegation battle and without hardworking honest players we will go down!

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  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #18

    Nick D- I reckon your being a little harsh on Nolan and Taylor.

    The most important indicator that I can think of is that both of these players are popular with their own fans. They work hard and give all to the cause. They are good players.

    Yeah Veloso would be great but we’ve signed big name foreigners before and look where it’s got us.

    To call these two journeyman when they’ve been committed to Bolton and Wigan for as long as they have is unfair.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #19

    I hope these deals come off. We need numbers and with 4 days left they need sorting today. FA and banks closed tomorrow and Sunday so I assume if we aint heard owt by 5pm then it aint gonna happen for Sunday and hopefully if we can agree will be monday.

    Fingers crossed. Howay the lads

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  • sahota

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #20

    I will be very happy even if Owen goes for free at end of season. I would say even if he is fit then, we should not sign him on new contract. What we are going to give him, we can sign two decent players with that money. NOT STARS but yes definitely players who will want to play fro Newcastle and give 100%.

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  • jettson1971

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #21

    things starting to happen and not b4 time!! just follow it up with Ebondo, Mbia and Saviola (loan) all today please. so we have options against the mackems!! cmon the toon!!!

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #22

    Nick D, can you not see that yes we need some creativity in the middle and hopefully we still get that, but we’re in a relegation battle.
    These players add several qualities, their cheap and add to the numbers, thats a given, but they also require no time to adapt, are consistent and provide a bit of bite to the team we’ve been missing in recent weeks. Be happy for once!

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  • richyg01

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #23

    Good call Kevin Nichol

    I too am sick of these foreign flops comming in and just seeing the pay-cheque, we need players who understand the game, want to play the game and take pride in their performances for the club.

    Look at Villa, they are building up a good squad, and they have a good strong british contingent running through the team, Keane tried similar at the Mackems too but their wheels fell off a bit.

    Premiership experience is the key for us now, oh and goals!!!

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  • Kevin Nichol

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #24

    Ian…I said sell given and buy Doyle 🙂 I have wanted us to bring in Kevin doyle for over a year now! I think he is a fantastic little player!

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  • Kash

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #25

    What is Ryan Taylors natural position? Is he left or right footed? Wikipedia says he’s a RB or RM!

    I think he would be a good signing for a number of reasons, but mainly he’s a good technical player and his set pieces are good too.

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  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #26

    I just wish Dean Ashton wasn’t such a crock. He would have been ideal when fit 🙁

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  • AussieToon

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #27

    How is Nolan a journeyman, hasn’t he been with Bolton since his teens and was made a young captain?

    I have been critical, but happy a fighter like Nolan is coming in to fight. Always thought highly of Taylor also and yes he will provide some better set pieces and thats an area we lack…

    A bit better news, but I still want more.

    Liking the midfield pairing of Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan. If we can ever get them on the park together that will be a very good combination. Tough, work their socks off and good distribution, they also score goals, if we can get some pace on the wings it will be more exciting.

    I think Ashley watched the game on Wednesday and saw the club as a share price go down, then some one told him what relegation would mean and he cacked his pants.

    Doesn’t take a genius to work out what value the club has if it goes down, he would be lucky to recoup the 134 million he bought for us, let alone the 100 million he loaned to us.

    May be too little too late though! Fat Bast*rd!

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  • Mikeflame

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #28

    i dont think people understand the risks of buying unknown foreign talent in January….cast your minds back to Mr Asprilla, yeah class player when he got his feet but it took him some time and look what happened to the season then!!

    we need these type of squad players in, then shove a coupla Johnny Twinkletoes inbetween and viola you have a complete team! People laugh when City are linked to Parker and Bellamy but these are the type of players that create a team, and its exactly what weve been lacking for a while!

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  • craig s chisholm

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #29

    nick d………….. veloso is a great player mate, i agree, but he has never played in the prem, neither have the others you mention. we need to hit the ground running now if we are to stand any chance of staying in the prem – even then i still think we will go down to be honest. what we do need though is nolan type to come straight in and give our team some balls and grit and heart. veloso shouldc ome too but thats more on an eye for next season in the prem -with alot of luck. if we jsut bring in your list of players, they will take ages to adapt, they will be turned by all the negative shit at our club and their heads will drop. at least nolan knows the score, is coming in and will just get on with it. give him the arm band i say.

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  • toonfan83

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #30

    uh uh im excited now…… love the bloke taylor he’s got a sweett left foot

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  • matty_g

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #31

    Nick D – Journeyman would be a term for a player than bounces around clubs unable to settle.

    Now as Nolan has been at Bolton for nearly a decade and has 7 years PL experience at the age of 26 i’d suggest your a little wrong.

    Taylor started out with Tranmere and moved to Wigan so that is 2 clubs in total. Hardly a journeyman in my eyes. We would now have someone who can take a decent set piece!

    As for the players you have mentioned how many games do you think it would take for them to adjust to the pace of the Premier league, id assume by the time they got used to it we would already be resigned to the championship.

    Hats off to the recruitment team if these two players get on board. Would just like Veloso then to add a little bit of steele and portuguese flair to the proceedings!!!!

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  • richyg01

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #32

    Steady Toonfan83, Wait until that signature is on the dotted line!!!

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  • jettson1971

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #33

    two solid players, just hope they can finalize the deal promptly! bring in ebondo and mbia and saviola (loan) and that will do nicely!! dont think it would take mbia nad ebondo long to settle, both are big powerful athletes with good engines, im sure they would fi strait in! saviola the new beardsley????

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  • Paul P

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #34

    was thinking about it and nolan, taylor, ebonda, velso would be nice to have like. Now we are strikers short, what do you think if I said we should make a bid for Kevin Davies. I no its laughable, but my point is this, he would be quite cheap, is big, tall, strong brick sh** house and would be ideal for Oba to play off when he is fit, plus he is much more reliable than Viduka. What does anyone think. If we are going to be really ambitious, we should test the water and bid for Keane, Mbia, Yobo and a left back as well. I would like Anthony Annan as well, but a doubt he would come to us. The only way for us to get out the mess is by ashley putting his hand in his pocket. Say we got these, then we could get rid of the dead wood such as cacrapa, geremi (linked with stoke), viduka, nzgobia (would try and flog his to spurs in exchange with lennon or bentley), duff ( blackburn are supposed to be in for him, use the money off him to buy mcgeedy), I like Fabian Delph as well and that Knightly from wolves but as it stands, we need an extra bit of quality added to the side. If we can get it, the doom and gloom could be lifted. defo need another 2 plus nolan in today me feels.

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  • broon ale

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #35

    nick d- it would seem you have a foreign player fetish!

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  • Gordo

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #36

    Sign Taylor then he can’t score against us 🙂

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  • hitman

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #37

    well according to our david craigg,ebonde and saviola are on tyneside,but take that with a pinch of salt

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  • broon ale

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #38

    as for nufc.com having there finger on the pulse with matters regarding newcastle i would have to disagree. i remember when they said a deal for deco was almost done.

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  • Sav

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #39

    NickD, I hate to join in the kicking you’re getting, but you want to ‘have your boat floated’ while the Titanic is going down?
    Ont the other hand, there’s something about Nolan and Taylor tyhat says we wouldn’t be signing them in a panic now if we had spent at leisure and more wisely(no pun intended) in the summer. In fact, these smack of the sort of characters I’d want us to sign if we find ourselves in the Championship and needed to haul ourselves out of it.

    – forward planning at last from the NUFC War Room?

    Finally, Kevin Nichol, I’m with you all the way on Kevin Doyle who would be a John Tudor to Martins’ Supermac, but there’s no chance of that happening at the minute.

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  • richyg01

    Jan 30, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #40

    Read yesterday that Huddlestone was available for £3m, this would be a far better investment than Veloso and much less of a risk.

    Get Bent, Commons and a forward in too!

    Sure if Saviola is on loan, that is less of a risk and gives us some much needed backup up front.

    I agree about Duff, I feel he has had his change and simply is not worth his wage or his place in the team!

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