Aston Villa To Offer £6M For Steven Taylor

Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill is ready to make a £6M bid for Newcastle United’s England Under-21 centre-half Steven Taylor.


Steven Taylor – O’Neill seems interested

O’Neill has been looking for a new defender since losing Martin Laursen (retired because of injury), and selling Zat Knight to Bolton, and his scouts believe Taylor has the skills to replace both.

After news yesterday that Steven Taylor is afraid he may be being shipped out by Newcastle, Steven will not be too happy to read of this new potential bid for his services.

This news is in the Daily Mirror this morning so let’s hope it’s not true.

O’Neill does have cash to spend and the fans are demanding signings, with the results so far not too good, and Taylor is certainly a player who could strengthen the Villa defense.

But it Barry Moat buys the club and installs Shearer as the new permanent manager there’s no way Steven will want to leave Newcastle – no way.

But O’Neill thinks he can bring out the best in Taylor and will try to land him as part of a major signing push in the next few days, so the Mirror is reporting.

We have to hope that very soon Barclays will agree to keep in place the £39M Newcastle overdraft, and allow Moat to buy the club, and we will lose no more players this summer.

In fact we need to bring in around 5 or 6 new players, if our squad is to be big enough for the tough Championship campaign ahead. We have 8 days in which to do this.

Comments welcome.

156 comments so far

  • Steve_48

    Aug 24, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Entirely predictable, a sale in this area will further reduce the wages bill = asset stripping

  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 24, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #2

    I dont htink Taylor earns that much compared to most other players anyway so wont reduce the wage bill by that much.

    Villa need to replace Lausen so can see it happening to be honest.

    However it seems convinient enough for a lazy journalist to write and people believe it.

  • Edd Case

    Aug 24, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #3

    No Taylor for chirst sake.

    Take Colo for 2 million by all means.

    Take Geremi for nowt.

    Take Butt for nowt.

    Take Xisco for nowt.

    But not Taylor…

    IF we HAVE to sell Taylor – we MUST hold out for at least 10million, given that Lescott cost City 24million

  • Tal_nufc4eva

    Aug 24, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #4

    dont worry wor taylor we wont let you go! just look at that blog last week which said that newcastle will try and keep steven taylor so by that hopefully he wont go, theres only 1 steven taylor!!!!!!!

    p.s i agree about the signings, i think we need a 2 def ( lb and cb) 2 mid (lm and rm) and possibly 2 strikers hopefully lovenkrands and beckford or per cijan skelbred haway newcastle !!!!!

  • lesh

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Inevitable but when compared with Lescott @ £22m, £6m would normally be an inscult.

    However, with the world at large aware that Ashely wants the supposed high earners off the payroll, then Villa and others are bound to table cheeky bids.

    How to get the best price for your car? Let the world know that you’re desparate to sell it because you need the money!

    Such is the product of Ashely/ Llambias complete ignorance in matters football.

    Great innit?

  • AussieToon

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #6

    We cannot lose Steven Taylor.

    Under no circumstance.

  • G

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #7


  • RyanToon

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #8

    This Taylor story is just paper talk!

  • M.Stockley

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #9

    6 million would be an utter pee take…
    but tayls if you want to stay and fatty boom batty crease accepts a bid, refuse personal terms…simples, you dont have to be driven out the club… just cuz themoney mad, clueless sack of crap may be willing to lose you, no one else is!

  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Any notice how english our team is…we only play three foriegners with Colo, Jonas and Enrique. Quite impressive in this day and age.

  • magpie6699

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Ok – so he’s only a quarter as good as Lescott – and by the way he’s not one of our top earners. Makes absolutely no sense – must be on his way with our track record of negotiation and common senses.

  • Dragonera

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Honestly people, get a grip. How can you justify truly wanting to keep any player we have had over the last few years other than Bassong!? He is just another player that helped us get relegated last year and i won’t mind seeing the back of him. 6million is probably more than what he is worth, but i feel we could bump it up to around 7 or 8million as Villa and Everton are both desperate for a CB.

    Honestly though, i find O’Neill hilarious. The man is determined to push on with his “All English” philosophy. Little does he know, he is destroying the very thing he helped create. And that is a top four challenging Villa side. Honestly, take a step back and look at this guys signings, the majority of them are English and utterly awful. I can see him getting the sack soon. He has spent money AWFULLY! And if he signs taylor, it will be another mediocre/poor signing.

  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Don’t believe the dirty rags, they just love to pick at our weakest points ie. keeping s taylor, they’d love nothing more than for him to be sold

  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Hey anybody else think collocini is getting better in the championship?

    Thought he looked bit solid against palace

  • BigLish

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #15

    It’s not so much the transfer cash we need (it’ll prob come in installments anyway) its the reduction in wages. As far as I can tell, Yaylor is on about 30k a week – still too high for Championship football, but not enough to accept anything under £10m. We need to get rid of the big earners i.e Butt, Geremi – apparently Xisco’s on £60k!!!

    Unless a daft offer comes in from someone £10m+ then expect Taylor to be in black & white for a while yet!

  • ginkoh

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #16

    All I can say is Fuxxing O’Neil!!! Fuxxing Press !!! Fuxxing Ashley !!!!

    I pray Taylor will not leave us and I pretty sure he don’t want to. But with Ashley and Liambias in charge, I doubt it.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Big Lish – where do you get these figures from????

  • MarinerUK

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #18

    £6m! lol Hes worth more than Bassong

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #19

    oh yes, who is YAYLOR???

  • ginkoh

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #20

    And you know after we sell him on 6m, if we want to sign Taylor back it will not less than 15m, I rock on!.

  • gozzie4

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #21

    The club wont be sold!!! It’sd all a smog screen as ashley thinks some1 will still come in for a bid of 100mil.

    I thought potential buyers were to sign a confidentiality agreement?! It’s a load of bollox lads and ladies. He will not sell it.

    He’ll drag it out until the end….. take it off market…. so there isnt any pressure to buy players.



    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #22

    hate to say it guys but that statement today was the worst possible outcome ever. It confirms to me that’s there’s going to be no sale, Ashley will keep this saga going till the end of the transfer window while selling assets to make up for his loses, it’s clear as day. Ashley has never kept us up-to-date with anything so why now? why have the suddenly told us that NOTHING is happening? eh? they update was this : no update so why tell us we’re no further forward?

    “Perhaps the most revealing line is the last one though – that no formal offer has yet been made. That’s a far cry from the situation of “more than two bids at £100m” that Derek Llambias reported in early July. ”

    That’s proof in the pudding that these bunch are liars and cheats how many times have we been spun by these wide-boys? and they’re on their biggest one yet.

    it makes me sad seeing these clown lie and cheat infront of the fans and there’s nothing we can do! these people represent the city of newcastle and they’ve made us all look like fools.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #23
  • ToonRich

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #24

    Robby Bobson #10, I’m happy that the spine of the team is brittish. However it worries me that from what I saw in the celebrations of sats goals, Jonas set up both, yet couldnt be seen involved with the group celebrations?? Maybe he did celebrate but it wasnt caught on camera…just slightly worries me there may still be divides in the team.

  • baldynapper

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #25

    £6m your having a laugh

  • bill

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #26


    Sol Campbell is a free agent so he will talk to whomever he likes, it doesn’t mean that he will sign for them. If you have numerous people after your services you need to here what they all have to offer.

  • bill

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #27

    Error: Hear not here

  • Widowmaker

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #28

    We just can’t afford losing another CD, this could destroy our season…

  • pubcat

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #29

    So how is Lescott worth 22M and Taylor 6M? We should ask at least 10M if Taylor is to be let go.

    On a previous headline “Make No Mistake – If Ashley Stays It’s Disastrous For Newcastle
    August 24th, 2009 by Ed Harrison”… not necessarily, Ed. I am equally scathing iof the way Ashley has run the club since he bought it, but it’s not necessarily a disaster at all if he stays and makes a decent choice of manager. I’d much rather see Moat in, though, like most other fans.

    With some issues it’s probably best not to stake your flag too far one way or the other, though it does make your blog more entertaining! But, for example when you wrote “the great Coloccini” (a couple of months after we’d signed him), that seems a bit of an exaggeration now! And “Championship powerhouse Newcastle” the other day – I hope so, but it’s too early in the season to say that! It makes the blogs more colourful though, but.

  • AndyNUFC

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #30

    My article on BBC football, people’s thoughts?

  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #31

    Toonrich 24# – I was at palace and no Jonas didnt look happy at all despite setting up both goals. Whilst everyone else ran to the tunnel side of the pitch to celebrate (which was weird anyway as we were the opposite side of the pitch lol) Jonas slowly walked back toward the half way line and had a quiet hug with sideshow bob (colo) alone. Even enrique joined the celebrations!

    So i think the outsiders are the argies and xisco personally. The real shocking thing is today in the chronicle he was happy bout the team, the performances his assists etc etc. He wants out but with nobody interested hes trying not to become too much of an outcast as he wont start and he wont get in the world cup.


    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #32

    the only reason tayls will leave is if ash stays in charge, even then, its only a slim possibility. i’d like to think as him as a one club kinda guy.. although i know his ol man likes to give his tuppence worth in his future… for better or worse.

    we know the club can pretty much support itself, we’re all pleasently surprised with the gates so far and new ownership will no doubt push them higher, i cant see why barclays will jeopardize the club when all parties involved, inc us fans want the change over.

    its frustrating as hell especially with transfer window looming, but lets me grateful for small mercies… a fine start to the season, imagine if it wasnt…. jesus h christ

  • bill

    Aug 24, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #33

    If Steven Taylor wants to stay, he stays. His contract runs until June, 2011, so he can stay until then if he so wishes.

  • G-Man

    Aug 24, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #34

    Well this is how i see it, There are no offers, Ashley just making up the story about Moat so he can get to transfer deadline window, sell a couple of players for his back pocket, then come deadline day, Ashley will take the club of the market, no new manager & no time for new players, end off….

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 24, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #35

    Bill, he will probably get an offer from NCFC, unlike from us. NOTHING

  • AussieToon

    Aug 24, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #36



    What you lads reckon?

    We need to rest some players while giving some kids a fair crack of the whip!

    Barton (captain), Guthrie to get more match fitness, I didn’t want to use Enrique but we have not much else to be honest. We desperately need some cover looking at what we have at our disposal.

    Two CB, a LB, a RM, a LM,, a striker or two is what is needed.

    Williamson, Sol Campbell, Tommy Smith, Driver, Lovenkrands and Beckford would add to the squad nicely. 😀

    Hey what else is there to talk about?

  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 24, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #37

    Look i know ashley has ruined the club but to say that this is all some kind of ashley back conspiracy to fake interest not sign anyone but sell everyone is ridiculous really. Do you really believe he would just chuck the 250mill he put into the club down the drain by destroying us to another relegation and lose A LOT more money than he already has? Come on now, he doesnt have 600mill for nothing!

    I hate ashley just as much as the next toon fan but even if he does keep the club he wont run it into league one because money is everything to a man like ashley and league one would knock his price wayyyyy down ito the 20 – 30mill mark easily and he couldnt stand to do that.

  • Waddles mullet

    Aug 24, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #38

    Typical idiots are calling moat already. He hasn’t even took over yet and people are on his back! We deserve what we get!
    GIVE HIM A CHANCE FFS!!!!!!!!!!!
    It’s sold and you lot know it!!!!!!

  • shrews mag

    Aug 24, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #39


    thought colo was good on Saturday … also thought smith had a great game and seemed to be winning everything in front of the back four …

    … good all round performance from everyone …

  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 24, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #40

    I hope it is sold i was just stating a fact. IF ashley does stay he couldnt afford for a collapse to league one as relegation has already cost him over 100mill


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