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.