Decision Time For Steven Taylor Is Close

Steven Taylor has still not signed his contract at Newcastle, and we think something will happen by this Tuesday, the end of the transfer window, which should tell us if Steven will be staying as a Newcastle player.

Steven Taylor – does he want to leave Newcastle?

The news this morning is that Celtic were keen to take the player on loan for the season, but they couldn’t make the deal last week, but if that is true, we would expect some Premier League and even Championship clubs to also be interested.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is also said to be interested in the player and could make a £3M bid, but Steven has been told by Paul Stretford to simply wait for an improved offer from Newcastle.

A source told the News Of The World:

“He won’t be bullied into signing a new deal. He doesn’t want to go anywhere. There is a threat they are not going to put him in the 25 until he signs a new deal.””Steven will sit tight until they come back in a proper manner. Until they do, nothing will happen.”

It seems that one of three things could happen with Steven.

The player could relent and sign the new contract, which apparently has been sweetened by Mike Ashley, as he removed the clause that said Steven would be on reduced wages if the club was relegated to the Championship.

Steven could still be sold to another club by Tuesday, but that could be difficult with such little time left, but if he will not sign the contract that would be the Newcastle club’s preferred option, as news is the club is becoming more than a little frustrated with Taylor’s agent,  Paul Stretford.

The third possibility is he will simply see out his contract and become a free agent next summer, which of course he has every legal right to do, and if that is the case we have to think he will be loaned out somewhere for the season.

So we should know shortly, but our preference would be for Steven to stay at Newcastle, and sign along the dotted line, preferably by this Tuesday.

It’s good to have local lads playing at the Newcastle club, having come through the Youth system.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • short trousers

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #1

    ashleys chopper has landed in the toon could be for robie keane like

  • Toon1978

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Short trousers

    You have mentioned that a few times lol. Will you send the link so i can read it mate ???

  • Chris F

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #3

    i don’t see why taylor should feel he is better than all the other players signing new deals, and not require a wage reduction clause if we go down.

    typical agents whispering in his ear, if you ask me.

    he’s a good player, but he’s not indispensible and i think he might be in for a shock if he does get sold, because it won’t be man u, arsenal and chelsea fighting over his signature.

    N’Zogbia mark 2.

  • Dino Cavalcante

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Oh no! Keep him as a reserve keeper….

  • Warwick Hunt

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #5

    @ Short Trousers.
    Could also be a suprise, out of the blue transfer? It would be inkeeping with previous signings we have made. This window Ben Arfa was well documented, Tiote was a bit of a suprise but was rumoured on here 3 – 4 days prior to his signing. Just have a gut felling the CH, MA and DL have a suprise in store, have had a feeling since they where adamant that they should have Ben Arfa on loan that they had earmarked funds for someone else with them paying for Ben Arfa in the future with Prem cash.
    Not bothered if we con’yt sign anyone else as i am felling very proud of our beloved club right now.

  • Lynxie

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #6

    If he does not screw his head on and use a bit of sense (difficult I know, for a player who generates his own publicity and then believes it), he will end up at the JJB or Birmingham. like every other player at the Toon, he needs to be made aware that failure is not an option, and relegation should hit them as hard as it does to the club and fans. Taylor,, just get the pen out, and hit the dotted line, then prove to everyone that you are worth it.
    Otherwise, we will replace you (fairliy easilly too by the way).

  • Shot Bru

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Could it be feasible that Taylor will go to Spurs before deadline day with Keane coming to us on loan as part of the deal…

  • Chris F

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #8

    lol yeah, taylor and bassong in the champions league.

    they may as well give up now!

  • Ericles

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #9

    You could be right Shot bru. In the present economic climate I think Steve Taylor is behaving like a prize pussy. Let the Mackems or Fulham have him.

  • henok ethiopian toon

    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #10

    any one who thinks Taylor doesn’t deserve 60k a week ur out of ur mind …he didn’t leave us when we got relegated when everyone did and clubs like Liverpool,villa,and everton want him and they will take him.. and he will become a star like James Miller

  • Shot Bru

    Aug 29, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Henok he hasn’t proved to anyone yet that he’s worth 60k a week…he’s been touted for a few years now as having plenty talent but has yet to live up to his billing. His style of play and average reading of the game often get him into trouble forcing him to make last ditch challenges which result in him getting injured far too often…and his mouth also tends to get him into trouble with Mr. Carroll 🙂 …i say sell him to the highest bidder.

  • Doocey

    Aug 29, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #12


  • chuck

    Aug 29, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Dont know what his agent is asking for, but the guy is a decent player and a local lad at heart, who loves playing for the side.
    IMO it would be a travesty to let a talent like him go over a few quid and i have no doubt he will sign.
    It seems the club is playing a hardball type game when it comes to money this season, therefore the protracted saga involving Ben Arfa.
    Hey agents just happen to be neccessary evils and it`s their job to maximise player benefits, just business .

  • Mat

    Aug 29, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #14

    S.Taylor has not lived up to the promise that we saw when he first came on the scene… after the shoulder injury a few years ago he has never been the same. he most probably has the worst positional sense in the EPL (for a defender).
    With Campbell, Collo and Williamson, he is, in my opinion, 4th choice. no way then should he be demanding 60k a week!

    doubt we’ll get much more than £4m for him with the contract ending in a year and is open for negotiations with other clubs in January, most likely then sell for pretty much nothing.

    his over-rated status in the game may push up his Sale price. sell him and improve the team.

    going to be a great few days

  • Toonmania

    Aug 29, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #15

    i say get rid, i believe he upsets rest of the squad anyway and the back 4 have looked more solid since Taylors been injured, accept the 1st offer of 2.5 million or more and move on, there are better and more competant defenders out there for that money (even on a free!!)

  • wilkyvondooom

    Aug 29, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #16

    i say let the greedy little twat leave, he’s average at best..if we can get somewhere between 3-4m for him we should take it in an instant.
    williamson is better by a country mile.

  • Mags

    Aug 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #17

    I would prefer it if he stayed and lets face it it is in Tayls’ hands to do just that. All he has to do is instruct his agent to sort it so that he stays.

    As a matter of interest, I read that his actual agent is K Shepherd (son of you know who) who works for the Paul Stretford agency. Anyone else read that?

    If he cannot agree , then he leaves the club no alternative but to try and sell him before he walks out for free.

  • cupiddstunt

    Aug 29, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #18

    I think the general concensus here is staylor has become a legend in his own lunchtime, probably due to his agent pumping him up.

    I think the best thing the club can do is get rid while there is still the chance to get something for him.

    If all else fails take the wage hit kick him off the physio’s table and let him sit in the reserves till his contract is out, no player is bigger than the club. As for agents they are just the ambulance chasers of the football world.

  • toonster88

    Aug 29, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #19

    henok maybe in ethiopia tv taylor looks a good player…he cud be for 25k a week.but at 60k????look theres a big diff between a shearer and a steve taylor…

  • Dino Cavalcante

    Aug 29, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #20

    He should be ashamed. He grabbed £35,000 p/w last year playing 10 matches or so in the Championship. I bet Blackpool’s team didn’t get that much ALL of them. And now he wants 60? WTF????

  • toonster88

    Aug 29, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #21

    ashley shud sell him fast while he can…this mugs got no commitment.let him play for money

  • chuck

    Aug 29, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #22

    Taylor will sign a contract and for those who knock him for being greedy etc. you really dont get it.
    There are plenty of clubs who would like to sign him and give him the wage packet he deserves .
    Just dont understand why everyones a bean counter , looking after Ashleys fortune, it`s about time he dug into his pocket, thats if he wants a competitive PL side.
    So enough with the he`s a greedy so and so etc. i mean it`s not comming out of your pocket, simply the cost of doing business in the EPL.
    Get it ?

  • Stuart

    Aug 29, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Yeah but Chuck, its already been pointed out that he has awful positional play and atm would realistically be classed as our 4th choice cb behind Willo, Colo and Campbell.

    Why would you want to pay Tayler £60000 p/w this season when he can’t even play until October at the earliest and still probably won’t get a game for a while once he’s fit if everyone else continues their form.

    I’d much rather get rid of him and use his potential £60k p/w on bringing in players who have potential. S. Tayler once had a lot of potential but has consistantly failed to live up to it.

  • baro

    Aug 29, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #24

    When fit he was our best defender. But, don’t know why every time he comes back fit he gets injured again. I hope he signs a new contract but just for the right money. He is a Geordie.

  • Nella

    Aug 29, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #25

    I know Stevie personally as he played for me as a youngster in the boys club leagues, it always struck me how keen and proud he was to play for Newcastle at any level so in his heart of heart I don’t believe he wants to leave, in my humble opinion looking at things from his point of view I understand him wanting £60000 grand a week when Coloccini is on £65000 and I also understand why he doesn’t want a relegation release clause as once again no other player has this written into their contract but at the same time in the current climate and with the club learning from their mistakes i think an offer of £45000 is more then reasonable.


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