There are a few clubs seemingly in financial meltdown right now, including West Ham and Portsmouth in the Premier League, and news today that Norwich City are close to administration.
Martin Taylor – 30 year-old and Ashington born
And it seems that Portsmouth are again struggling to pay their wage bill, and their financial situation has put a block on Newcastle’s move for Mike Williamson, so today the News Of The World is reporting that Newcastle could turn to Birmingham’s Martin Taylor.
It really is unlucky on Newcastle, as Mike seems to be more than a decent player, and they could have got him for around £925,000, and while some Newcastle fans will be unhappy at the small amounts we are paying out for players – hey – at least we’re in decent financial shape, and we think the hammer may well fall on Portsmouth very very shortly.
And today’s news doesn’t put West Ham in much better financial shape either.
There are still ongoing attempts to get the Williamson deal done, and surely we could take the player on loan through the end of the season, so that Portsmouth have a chance to sort out their financial situation.
But looking at Portsmouth’s situation they will probably go into administration next month – and there could be some other good deals for their players.
Martin Taylor, the 6’4″ Birmingham defender was born in Ashington, so he knows all about Newcastle, but it looks like Leicester City have already offered the 30 year-old a contract through 2012.
It was Taylor who committed the foul on Arsenal and Croatian international striker Eduardo da Silva a year or so ago, in which Eduardo suffered a compound fracture to his left fibula and an open dislocation of his left ankle. At the time Arsene Wenger called for Taylor to be banned for life.
It was later revealed that Taylor was broken up about the horror challenge he had made, and Eduardo’s resulting terrible injury, and had secretly visited Eduardo in hospital, to offer his apologies for the tackle.
Newcastle need reinforcements in defense more than ever now as stalwart Steven Taylor seems to have a knee ligament problem, and the club needs to bring in reinforcements in central defense to support Argentine Coloccini.
We don’t know if this story about Taylor is true – but we’d much rather see Mike Williamson arrive on loan – and very soon too.
Martin Taylor started his career at Blackburn in 1997, before moving to Birmingham in 2004 – and he’s been on loan spells at Darlington, Stockport and Norwich, during his career.