Sky Sports is reporting this afternoon that Newcastle United’s transfer-listed defender Steven Taylor wants his representative to continue negotiations over a new contract with the club.
Steven Taylor – wants to stay at Newcastle?
The Newcastle club announced this afternoon that they are prepared to consider offers for the 24 year-old former England Under-21 centre-back and captain, after lengthy discussions over a new deal seemed to be deadlocked, and have failed to reach a positive conclusion.
Taylor has now revealed he was stunned by the club’s decision to put him on the transfer market, and has had a statement released on his behalf, saying he is keen to resolve the situation.
The statement read as follows:
“Figures released to the media do not accurately reflect the position of either Steven or his agent.” “Both Taylor and the club remain happy to continue negotiations over a new and extended Newcastle United contract.”
“Steven was disappointed and surprised to hear through third parties that the club had decided to transfer list him.” “He has always given 100% to the club and will continue to do so given the opportunity.”
But if Newcastle have put him on the transfer list, which they announced they have, how are they willing to continue the negotiations?
It seems to us the Newcastle club have tried to put the squeeze on Steven – and one reason is the club do not want to lose him for nothing next summer – if he runs out his contract – it’s simply business.
With only one year left on his contract, if he is to leave Newcastle, the club would prefer to sell him in this transfer window. On the other hand, Steven has every legal right in the world to see out his contract and leave next summer as a free agent – and get a big deal from some other club, who wouldn’t have to pay any transfer fee for him.
But we would hope that a deal can be reached between the two parties soon, because whether you love him or hate him – Steven had been very loyal to the Newcastle club, and we hope he will stay.
However, we’ve also been surprised at the negative comments about Steven since the story broke this morning – and if he does leave for more money in the future – it seems he will get little sympathy from the Newcastle fans.
At some point Steven will have a choice to make – and it seems it is to stay at Newcastle for less money than he could get elsewhere.
We have to hope he stays and shows his true loyalty to Newcastle – because money isn’t everything.