Four Premier Clubs Want Newcastle’s Steven Taylor

There’s news today in the Daily Star that Newcastle’s 24 year-old defender Steven Taylor is a target of at least four Premier League clubs in the summer.

Steven Taylor – Premier clubs after him

That doesn’t surprise us one little bit since Steven is an excellent player who has already  had plenty of Premier League experience.

The four clubs interested are supposed to be Aston Villa, Birmingham, Everton and Fulham, but we also know that Chelsea have been interested in the player for at least a couple of years..

And of course these clubs will have taken fresh hope following the bust-up between Steven and his Newcastle team-mate Andy Carroll last Sunday morning, which left Steven with a broken cheek bone.

But Newcastle cannot afford to lose either of these top young players, and we would look to Chris Hughton to smooth things over between the two of them, and do what’s necessary to settle the Newcastle ship.

Both lads have been raised in the Newcastle area, born of Geordie parents and we don’t think either lad will be wanting to leave the club this summer.

Indeed Steven Taylor said many times  last summer that he wanted to stay and help Newcastle get back into the Premier League.

Of course the bad news is Steven will now take no further part in the season, after suffering the injury on Sunday morning, and he’s been out since the West Brom game in January, when he suffered severe knee ligament damage.

But we heard yesterday that Newcastle are due to open contract talks with both  Taylor, 24, and Carroll, 21, just as soon as the season ends.

The Daily News report suggest that Steven is now seriously considering his future on Tyneside, but we’d be very surprised if that was indeed true.

But certainly Newcastle will not allow Steven to run down his contract which has just one year to run this summer. It’s a mistake the club made with Michael Owen, whom Newcastle paid an amazing £17M for over four years ago from Real Madrid, and he left for nothing.

In fact with his wages included Newcastle paid a total of £40M for Michael Owen over four years and got just 30 goals in return, but we’ll not mention that because it’s just too painful.

If Newcastle had extended his contract before last summer the club could have got at least £5M for Michael in the transfer market.

Steven Taylor has decided not to press charges against Carroll, who is said to have attacked Steven in the treatment room after an argument over a girl.

Oh my.

But we do not expect either player to be leaving Newcastle any time soon, because the club is not that daft any more.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • Aza9

    Mar 26, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    If he doesn’t want to be here let him go…otherwise offer him a new deal, simple! If we got 9-10M for Bassong then we can surely get a similar amount for Taylor if not more. And that amount of money could get us two good players.

  • nightfa11

    Mar 26, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    The Daily News report suggest that Steven is now seriously considering his future on Tyneside, but we’d be very surprised if that was indeed true.

    i for 1 would not be surprised. especially after reading some of the comments here..most of you praise carroll..who also got backing from hughton who played him the next day after the fight…there were no sanctions..nada. he’s supposed to be our future captain..but most of our squad (smith, barton,..) get 60+ k/week, while he gets 30.

    i dont think he’ll leave..but at the moment i’m sure he’s considering a move away from here.

  • macn0ble (Finland)

    Mar 26, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #3

    I think that if some of the gossips, that are circulating (about Taylors attitude towards his teammates) are true, they should take the 8 mil and run.

  • will die for the toon army

    Mar 26, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Taylor is here to stay. Guys be realist drop a person on form because of a fight. Carroll is an asset to club u use them when they are available.

    Taylor and Carroll will kiss and make up simple as that they both bleed black & white. They have seen all he changes and want to be part of it.

  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 26, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #5

    If a good bid i tabled then I belive Mr Ashley says yes without even asking CH..

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Mar 26, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #6

    How come people get slaughtered for saying Carroll should be punished based upon a rumour, yet when a rumour comes out blaming Taylor for getting his face smashed in (and therefore excusing our “goal hero”), everyone wants the club to sell Taylor?!

    We don’t know what happened. Hopefully the club do and whoever was in the wrong will be punished. However Taylor is a potential future captain and a very, very good defender. Unless he really is causing trouble within the squad, I’d hate to see him sold.

  • will die for the toon army

    Mar 26, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Guys why do think MA wants money so bad.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 26, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #8

    This sounds like Taylor’s press section (ie his family) bandying around the same unsubstantiated rumours as last time about bigger clubs in advance of contract talks. I would have thought this kind of cheap negotiation tactic is best left until we are promoted and a measure of peace and harmony has revisited the dressing room.

    I don’t think anyone bleeds black and white, WDFTTA, just green (ask Gazza and Chrissy Waddle, who both were once supposed to have a similar blood group). Accordingly, with our new flotilla of centre backs, I would be more worried about losing Carroll to Man Utd this summer as Fergie knows how to deal with the Rooneys and Cantonas of this world, so the odd nifty left/right hook won’t phase him in the slightest…

    A cheeky bid of 7 million from Man U might well sway Ashley – and we would be in deep trouble as Carroll has so far proved twice the striker Beckford still thinks he is, and will be well capable of 20 premiership goals next year (unlike sickly Mickey).

  • Sav

    Mar 26, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #9


    Taylor has bigger problems at the moment than Andy Carroll.
    They are called Mike Williamson and Tamas Kadar.
    That’s genuine competition he’s not had to face for a centre-back starting spot and its great to see. If he’s got the cajones, he’ll push that captains armband up to his bicep and take it head-on. It can only be good for everyone at NUFC.

  • geoff777

    Mar 26, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Agreed about Carroll he really looks the part at 21.
    I just hope Ashley doesn’t carry on the asset stripping of our quality players.

    Are we to watch the Kadar, Taylor and Carroll come through, look promising only to be sold to Man U and Chelsea etc.
    Is our youth system for the club or for Ashley’s wallet?

    But Ed as for extending Owen’s contract to get a transfer fee. No one would have paid a transfer fee of £6/7M and matched his wages.
    He’d be on the treatment table at NUFC rubbing his belly like when he scored a hatrick against us.

    Howay the Lads.

    A win on Monday night and we’re nearly there.
    W.B.A. away at Reading … could be tricky.
    Reading are flying up the table. If they make the play-offs they’ll be the form team.
    Then W.B.A. have Leicester …

  • Thump

    Mar 26, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Just as an fyi but the manager at my footy club (Longbenton FC) bumped into Stevey Taylor after relegation and he said he was going to Arsenal and seemed fairly set on it. I guess it fell through, but it certainly seems like he didn’t have a problem saying it at the time, so maybe he’ll be getting shipped out in the summer?

  • geordielad880

    Mar 26, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #12

    steven taylor is not set to stay, the newcastle hierarchy want rid of him, as he is a disruptive influence in the dressing room, and has also asked for a 60% payrise, several senior players have already discussed their general feelings about the player to hughton, which i have been told are:-harper, nolan and butt, he will be sold in the summer, i wouldnt be against this either, i think he is very overated, heart is in the right place, but is seriously lacking in positional sense and general reading of the game.

  • Thump

    Mar 26, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #13

    @geordielad880: Where are you getting this info from?

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 26, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Let’s think this through. Assume Taylor and Carroll don’t get along with each other. There are millions of workplaces where people don’t get along together but they get their jobs done. Keeping them focused on the job is that of the manager, and self-restraint. If Ch can manage people, then it should not be a worry.
    As far as selling Taylor, can you replace or upgrade at that position? Where does Taylor slot in on a list of all the other defenders in the PL? What does the guy above him cost? If he wants to stay, then you know what it will cost, and if he wants to go, you have a good idea what you can get. Does Taylor play any better because he is a Geordie? That should not be the case, but if you sell him and he is unhappy with his new club and his performance slips, then you have done yourself a favor. If you have replaced him with someone as good, or better, your sale has fattened your wallet and weakened you opposition.

  • DJG

    Mar 26, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Get rid of Taylor, he attitude has been stinking for years now, anyone who can’t see that is just blind. He thinks he is so great, england’s no. 1. Let him go and sit on the bench at Villa or Chelsea for £70K a week and see how great he feels then.

  • listie

    Mar 26, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #16

    all the noise from the club CH and the players has been surrounding Carroll, not a lot love seams to be heaped on Taylor at the moment?

  • Whumpie

    Mar 26, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #17

    Here’s a new spin on the Tayls/Carroll thing:

    1. Fights happen on training grounds and in dressing rooms all the time.

    2. The only difference here is that a bone got cracked.

    3. Blokes who hate each-other usually won’t come to blows over a doris issue. Mates will.

    If Tayls really is unpopular with the squad then he’ll go, and rightly. But I suspect that’s utter swelge from the press and we’ll see him and Carroll starting most games next season.

  • Whumpie

    Mar 26, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Must admit Tayls has come across as a naive and arrogant fella in his last few interviews. But I like the guy’s guts and glory attitude and I hope all this is press guff and he’ll stay.

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 26, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #19

    12 mill and he can go

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Mar 26, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Well I’ve met Taylor briefly on a couple of occasions and he came across as a decent lad. Obviously though, I don’t know for sure. Either way he’s never come across as arrogant to me in interviews or elsewhere.

    BeeGuy seems to have the right attitude though. If he’s the best player available to us in central defence, he’ll play. If there are better options, he won’t. That goes boths ways though – if he gets a better option at another club he might well leave. You have to assume that every player will leave eventually – who wants to stay in the same place for their whole career? A lad that’s worked hard enough to forge a top level career in football will want to go on and test themselves at the highest level they can.

    And Sav’s right about competition in central defence – it can only spur all of them on to be the best they possibly can, which is great for the club.

  • OHurley

    Mar 26, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m gonna go ahead and say it:

    If Tayls has the attitude that he’s rumoured to have- F him. Let him go for as much dosh as we can get like. Let Villa have him for 12mil and stick with Williamson, Kadar, and Coloccini. Maybe pick up someone else who can play the position as well as cover in the fullback position.

  • Ericles

    Mar 26, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #22

    In the end it comes down to Ashley. If Ashley wants to sell at a profit then he will sell Steven Taylor – probably to a London team. If Taylor wants to go elsewhere he will manage that hook or by crook. Personally, after realising some of this is coming out of the Sun, I would rather wait and see whats what after the season end. If Steve’s head is getting too big then we know why Andy Carroll didn’t miss it. But then Carroll may be feeling a bit big for his cloth cap too! Whatever the truth of recent matters we need them both to settle and play for NUFC to the best of the hearts and minds. I bet they both stay – that way the Sun’s gutter writers (shiters) owe us all a million pints!

  • bucktoon

    Mar 26, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #23

    I personally would love both to stay but if we have to lose 1 I would pick Tayls. In life in general, people only tend to get a broken Jaw for a reason. My mate at work grew up with tayls and they run in the same circles – basically, from what Im told it wouldnt be the 1st time he has tried it on with women who should be a no go. Granted, Carroll should not respond by punching him but we must remember he’s 21, clearly not the brightest (listen to his interviews) and has been brought up on an estate where thats the norm. As he grows up he will learn to control his temper but for me, I genuinelt feel we have England’s next ‘target man’ on our hands.

    Gutted to see either go but, as you can tell by player/manager reaction this week, it seems to suggest he was well within his rights to throw a punch.

  • baro

    Mar 27, 2010 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #24

    What the hell are you guys talking about? He is a absolutely beast. I think you guys forgot how he affects this team or something. We can have even more clean sheets if he is at the defence and not WIllo. Let it be RTaylor Staylor Kadar/Colo Enrique. He loves the club. That’s all.

  • oregonmag

    Mar 27, 2010 at 5:57 AM

    Comment #25

    Take the money on this one if its true. The players reaction to carrolls goal lets everyone know how the dressing room feels about taylor. 8-10 mil would be enough for me, as long as that is invested back in the playing staff. the younger replacement (kadar) is almost ready, and we have willo to keep the seat warm for him.

  • MoLar

    Mar 27, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #26

    “The players reaction to carrolls goal lets everyone know how the dressing room feels about taylor. ”

    I think this is unfounded. Fights happen at training all the time – just because the team celebrated with Carroll over his goal doesn’t mean they are taking sides. These are grown men, professional footballers and some of them probably do dislike each other, but still celebrate goals because they play for the same team. Look at Andy Cole and Teddy Sheringham; hated eachothers guts and openly admitted it.

    This is all pure conjecture; nobody knows the real deal about what happened because no-one has talked. The media are therefore regurgitating the same crap as there is no new information. All we can do is wait and see – I hope it all blows over but any new contract offer is gonna mean a wage cut so I expect we will lose a few regardless of who’s scrapping with who.

  • vicho 90

    Mar 29, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #27

    hope he stays, very good defnder, not too fastm but always fighting and scores some interesting goals, he can become better i f he stays cause now williamson has taken his place and he will fight for it again or leave


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