Shock news today that Sky Sports is reporting that Newcastle United have placed local boy Steven Taylor on the transfer list.
Steven Taylor – local lad wants to leave
The defender is currently out with a shoulder injury, and his contract runs out at the end of the season.
Taylor’s agent Paul Stretford recently admitted that negotiations over an extension to his contract were not progressing smoothly, and it looks like those talks have finally broken down.
Newcastle have decided to make Taylor available for transfer, after he has turned down their latest and final offer of a new deal.
And we have to think that was made easier by the good form shown by 26 year-old center-back Mike Williamson, who in the first two games of the PL season, has continued his excellent form of last season, and looked outstanding.
The deal offered to Steven was thought to be around £40K a week, which is a slight improvement on what he was already making at his home-town club, but it looks like that wasn’t enough for the Greenwich-born player.
The news is that Taylor’s representatives wanted something closer to £60K.
The 24-year-old has been with Newcastle since the very start of his career, and he was a former ball-boy when the great Kevin Keegan managed the club, and has played 179 times with 10 goals for Newcastle United.
We are sorry to hear about this – but if the lad wants more money elsewhere – so be it.
The policy of only keeping players who want to play for the Newcastle club, has worked famously over these last 13 months or so, but Steven will also be a big miss at the Newcastle club and we’re sure manager Chris Hughton will be sorry to see him leave.
We expect there to be an immediate demand for his services from some top Premier League clubs.