We reported a couple of days ago that Newcastle were in talks with Birmingham City, over the potential loan move of Martin Taylor to Newcastle for the rest of the season.
Martin Taylor – 30 year old willing to come back to Tyneside?
We thought that could possibly be a contingency plan, in case the Mike Williamson move didn’t go through, but we suggested at the same time that the club may be after both players.
News in the Daily Mirror today suggests that Newcastle are still talking about bringing the Ashington-born defender to St. James’ Park.
That could be a good move for both sides, and presumably wouldn’t cost the Newcastle club too much money – maybe half a season’s wages for the 6’4″ center-back.
Taylor, 30, hasn’t played for Birmingham this term and has been given permission by manager Alex McLeish to speak to other clubs.
Martin cannot get into the first team this season due to the tremendous form of central pair, Scott Dann and Roger Johnson, who have been outstanding this season.
Taylor has also had talks with Leicester City, but the Mirror is reporting they have pulled out, and will not sign the player.
Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish was quoted as saying:
“Newcastle approached his people and said they would be interested in a loan deal.”
Martin started his career at Blackburn Rovers in 1997, and played over 100 times for the Rovers side before moving to Birmingham CVity in 2004, where he’s been ever since.
He’s played over 100 times for Birmingham, and would probably jump at the chance to play at Newcastle through the end of the season, and he would offer good experienced cover for our back four.