Barcelona Want Newcastle’s Steven Taylor

News today in Spain that Barcelona are thinking of doing a swap deal with Newcastle for center-back Steven Taylor in return for their aging star and captain, Carles Puyol.

They’ve got to be kidding!

Steven Taylor – with CC Championship Trophy

Taylor, a 24-year-old Geordie, who was born in Greenwich of Geordie parents and has spent all but a few weeks of his life on Tyneside, seems to be in great demand these days.

As we had warned earlier, there will many stories this summer of both Steven and Andy Carroll leaving the club, because of their bust-up a few weeks ago.

But Chris Hughton is no fool, and he’s already said the two have made up, and there are no problems between there.

In fact we are hoping Steven can play in our last game this Sunday against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday afternoon..

Spanish newspaper Sport is reporting that the European Champions are looking at the possibility of having Taylor play in Spain, while trying a swap deal with Carles Puyol, their 32 year-old Spanish star.

Carles is a one club player and has been at Barcelona all his career, playing an amazing 473 games for the Spanish giants, and has appeared 81 times for Spain.

It’s actually a compliment that they are interested in Taylor and yet another reason why we have to keep both local lads, Steven and Andy at the club for next season.

Of course Taylor has already been linked with moves to Everton, Birmingham City, Fulham and Aston Villa, and there are more clubs he’ll be linked with shortly – including Arsenal.

No way should Newcastle let these two budding stars leave the Tyneside club.

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • cooldj

    Apr 27, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #1


  • Chris F

    Apr 27, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #2

    good to see Spain has it’s own ridiculous tabloid stories.

  • tappy lappy

    Apr 27, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #3

    I would prefer a swap with Messi as he is in our age range ha ha

  • christos

    Apr 27, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #4

    ha ha ha..Barcelona also want to swap Messi for Kazenga Lua Lua..this is the most ridiculous rumour i ve ever seen

  • Toontastico

    Apr 27, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Such rubbish!

    But on your point Ed your bang on. Its essential we keep both Tayls and Big Andy, I reckon they have a huge part to play next year and as local boys (and with the characters they seem to have anyway) you know there gonna be giving 100%.

  • adamcf

    Apr 27, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Somehow I don’t think Puyol will accept 25k per week.

  • Archie Mag

    Apr 27, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #7

    What paper was this like, El Toroshit?

    Complete garbage, can you imagine the Barca fans reaction! haha.

    What would you realistically take for Taylor though? Say city came in with a stupid bid or a swap deal for say, Santa Cruz? You’d have to admit, you would consider it.

  • gunnarnufc

    Apr 27, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #8

    aahahaha. What next? Xavi for Barton?

  • scotty00

    Apr 27, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #9

    City paid how much for Santa Cruz? 17mil or sumthin?
    Taylor at max would be worth 8 – 9 mil?
    Hypothetically wood anyone take a deal involving a swap for the 2 and say 7 mil to city?
    Or is Taylor to good a prospect to let walk?
    I think if i was the brains behing this deal i wood take it and then focus my attention on signing Rami who is only about 25!
    It won’t ever happen but jus wondeing what others wood do?

  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    Apr 27, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #10

    In El Madrido Crockoshitto, Ronaldo says he wants to play left back for us too..

  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 27, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #11

    @Scotttoo – I don’t particular rate him much as a defender (makes mistakes) but doesnt matter because Taylor is family and we don’t sell our Geordie boys to anyone.

    Santa Cruz would only be good if it was a loan deal. Much rather get Carlos Vela on loan though

  • bri_2k4

    Apr 27, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #12

    to be fair we need to keep him for that new rule about 6 plyers from your youth team that have been at your club for more then 2 years but if some one came in for him i wouldnt turn them down can you remember when he wanted to leave only 10 months ago untill no one wanted him !!!!!

  • scotty00

    Apr 27, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #13

    I agree with the Vela loan deal idea but i dont think we wood be able to pry him away from the gunners but that wood depend on who arsenal sign in the offseason?

  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 27, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #14

    @scotty00 – well I’m hoping CH and Ashley can persuade Wenger to let us have VELA and WILSHIRE on loan for the season. Not a penny spent on either of them and they would improve us dramatically

  • DJG

    Apr 27, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Oh yeah, because they must really be crying out for the world class defending of Steven Taylor at the biggest club in the world.

  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 27, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Only players I would never sell as Owner of the club (if I was lucky)

    ENRIQUE – Sheer class and irreplaceable
    VUCKIC – The future of this club

    Everyone else has their price. Someone offered £15 million for Taylor than I’d take it.

  • nightfa11

    Apr 27, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #17

    there’s no way in hell santa is worth 17 mio now.. he didn play 30 & city dont need money… but i’d take him only on loan.. as for this taylor thing…i dont think he’ll leave…espeacially for barca… spanish league is a mess..25 points difference between the 1st & 3rd?? wtf is that? certanly not a challenge. premiera devision is loosing it.. teams are on a verge of bancrupcy, but they have some experienced, talented players who could do the job for us..puyol NOT being one of them.. he was class about 3-4 seasons ago..but lately he’s aweful & old.. i wouldnt take him for free.. krkic on the other hand..that’s who id like to see partnering carroll.

  • lesh

    Apr 27, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #18

    So. This morning Barca were reported as wanting Taylor.

    No surprise then that the story has changed, within the few hours since then.

    It now appears that we are and have been chasing Puyol!

    Great innit?

  • scotty00

    Apr 27, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #19

    How much will we get in return for xisco?
    2 mil max?
    What other players will b on the way out this season and how much wood we get for them?

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 27, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Most ridiculous story I have heard since we were signing xavi after him getting player of the tournament at the euros a couple of seasons ago

  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 27, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #21

    Nobody will give us money for Xisco, he has been awfull in Spain this year. Just get him off the pay roll

    SMITH – I would take £6 million but CH would never sell him

    BEST – I’d give him away for free. A bad egg and not good enough for the PL. £1 million back to Coventry. But CH has said Best will be part of his plans next season

    AMEOBI – I honestly can’t believe he is still here. How many times has he been on the verge of leaving only for the deal to fall through. He has been very slow and completely out of his depth in the PL every season he played. I would take £4 million for him. But again, CH will not sell him.

    The player we currently have that I don’t see the point of is RYAN TAYLOR. I mean what does he do?

    But the thing CH has to be careful about and I’m sure he is aware of it — is not to break up the current team. They are buzzing and full of confidence and have a real togetherness.

    So I think our policy will be players coming in, and not going out.

  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 27, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #22

    So Colo to Madrid, not Taylor to Barcelona

    Rumour has it Inter Milan are looking at Williamson.

  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 27, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #23


  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 27, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Taylor gave an interview on TV 2 weeks ago where he said he is looking forward to playing Premier League football with Newcastle (is on youtube)

    The rumours about him leaving are from the media circus who assume he’ll leave because of an incident with Carroll. But whatever happened between them as clearly been sorted out.

    Puyol is being touted to clubs by his Agent, because Pep wants a younger centre back to play with Pique. That’s what the proper broadsheets in Spain are saying.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 27, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #25

    Jamesthefirst- 100% agree with your comment (#16)

    Jose is certainly irreplaceable however i beleive Kadar along with Vuckic and Forster are the future of this club

  • Otter

    Apr 27, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #27

    As a close follower of Barca, I’m quite sure this will not happen. FCB have several young central defenders (Caceres on loan at Juventus, plus Fontas and Bartra) ready to step in as fourth choice when (as is widely believed) Rafa Marquez leaves in the close season. They are all better on the ball than Taylor, and this is crucial for FCB.
    Puyol’s versatility (he has played all four positions in the back this season), the fact he is a Barca product and Catalan, and the fact he is captain, make it very hard for Guardiola and Begiristan to part with him.
    Also, we can’t afford him and we certainly can’t afford two freaky-haired central defenders!

  • Archie Mag

    Apr 27, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #28

    To be honest, id have to think about it if they offered us Puyol. Aye, hes gettin on a bit, but my word hes class.

    Then again, Taylor could be world class.. Maybe if they threw in a loanee or two as part of the deal??

    All hypothetical of course as the chance of their being any truth in this is slim to none.

  • Newutd

    Apr 27, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #29


  • xfer

    Apr 27, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #30

    Puyol to Newcastle alone is hard to come by!

  • Edd Case

    Apr 27, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #31

    when (as is widely believed) Rafa Marquez leaves in the close season

    He wont be going anywhere, he’s just signed a new two-year contract with Barcelona.

    This story is rubbish anyway, why are people wasting time discussing it.

    If you want to discuss realistic transfer, think Pompey, Hull players etc.

  • nightfa11

    Apr 27, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #32

    i wouldnt take puyol for free.. htf can u say he’s world class?:D he’s rubbish…has been for the past few years… just cos he plays for barca doesnt make him good defender ( it’s like saying valdez is good goalkeeper 😀 😀 ).. if there werent for those midfielders..their style of play..barca would get 70 goals per season:) he sucks…but i admit..he was class about 4 seasons ago…

    anyway..dont even think about bringing him here..only if u want to sell some of the jersies i guess..

  • bakerman

    Apr 27, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #33


    Ameobi may not set the world alight – but he definately has goals in him and on his day is more than a handful for defenders. And he does chip in with a decent haul of goals every season (remember the season he played under Roeder).

    No Sir – Amoebi should not be sold. He’s a local academy lad, is a more than decent squad player in the PL and is known to score a few goal. We will definately be needing him

  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 27, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #34

    @bakerman – the point is more that everyone has their price at a football club, thats all.

    personally i wouldn’t sell anyone in the summer. keep that dressing room together

    And yeah, will be good to see two Geordies leading the line next season


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