Newcastle Reported After Birmingham Defender


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.

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5 comments so far

  • bill

    Jan 24, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #1

    We desperately need a centre half – haven’t we always?

    It seems to be the one position that we have never sorted out. In the past I have personally blamed the midfield area because they have all too often left the centre halves exposed.

    But, yes, we desperately need a commanding figure at CH and by the look of it we may need two if Stephen Taylor’s injury is as bad as reports are suggesting.

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  • giimps

    Jan 24, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #2

    As I see it ,positions we are short……….Centre Half, Left back, Right back, Strikers, Attacking creative midfielder and Right mid (winger).
    That`s 7 players we need .
    If this £30,000 pw wage cap is correct we will be struggling to stay up (if we do get promoted) but at least we wont be going the way of West Ham, Portsmouth et-al but our trophy cabinet will be a empty as Portsmouth bank account !!!
    We Need Ashley Out………….NOW !!!!!

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  • DJG

    Jan 24, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Sounds likw a so-so player. Might aswell get Peter Ramage back.

    Plus not another defender called Taylor, we already have 2!!

    Now that S.Taylor is injured for at least a few months it actually shouldn’t be too difficult to persuade a CH that is third choice at some prem club to come on loan even. As they would be virtually gauranteed starts.

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  • chuck

    Jan 24, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #4

    According to the history of injuries at this club , it was only a matter of time before something major happened.
    Looks like Taylor may be out for the rest of the season and Shola too, not good !
    There`s still time to get in some reinforcements, but had we not been so cheap early in the window we could have possibly had both Kilgallon an Beckford ready to step in.
    The closer to the end of the window, with other clubs aware we desperately need help, only raises the asking price..
    We are paying for the fact we do not have anyone with a football background making trade decisions, Llambias may be able to figure the odd`s, but knows shit about footballing deals, ah well !

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  • Bao Zheng

    Jan 25, 2010 at 4:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Big Mike has make enough blunders for a decent film “The Damned Ubited 2 – the Ashley Years”? With that out of the way, 30,000 a week would probably be enough to cover 12 of the 20 teams in the EPL and is insanely high for a championship team. Paying high wages has got us precisely nowt. If you were interested in buying a player(s) would you advertise the fact to the cockney press – NO. Smart would be to create some confusion so you could go after targets quietly. In fact the biggest blunder Big Mike has made may be listening to the supporters.

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