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.
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.