The People (Alan Oliver) are reporting this morning that Manchester City will make a move for Newcastle defender Steven Taylor.
Steven Taylor – Manchester City interested
It’s still a little uncertain whether Steven will sign his new Newcastle contract soon, or wait until his current contract expires next summer and become a free agent.
But Steven was included in the list of 23 senior players that make up the Newcastle squad for this season, in the Premier League.
The People is reporting that Manchester City think it is pointless moving for the former England Under-21 captain in January, when they can pick him up for nothing a few months later.
But there’s a little bit of faulty logic there. because what happens if another club picks him up in January for a nominal amount, or if indeed he signs his new contract then he may be available next summer – but for a fee.
Garry Cook (Executive Chairman) and Brian Marwood (Football Administrator) are both top executives now at the Eastlands club, and used to work for Nike, and they worked with Taylor when he was a teenager in wrapping up a sponsorship deal for him, and they have seen the player come on in leaps and bounds since that time.
There are also players like Shay Given, Micah Richards and Joe Hart now at City, who have played with him and regard Steven as a top class player, and have made their views known to manager Roberto Mancini.
Celtic are also interested in the player and if Steven hasn’t signed his contract by January, we have to believe some big clubs would come in to try to sign him at that time.
Steven Taylor hasn’t said too much about things lately, other than to say he wants to stay on Tyneside and play for his home town club, but negotiations with the club have been going on for a while now, and seem to have bogged down, with little sign they will reach a successful conclusion anytime soon.
Taylor told the People:
“All I am doing is concentrating on getting myself fit and making myself available for selection.”
We don’t think there is much in this story at all, and we’d like to see Steven sign for Newcastle very soon, and then next summer if Manchester City want to come along and spend some of their vast money on Steven – the Tyneside club would probably take £20M for him. 😀
However, by then the new UEFA rules for spending only what you make as a football club, will be much closer to becoming law.
And we don’t know how long the Eastlands club will be allowed to throw their money around, grossly overpaying for new players they bring in, as they make a complete mockery of the transfer system.