There was news last week that Celtic wanted to take Steven Taylor on loan in January, and there is news today that Liverpool manager, Roy Hodgson, will try to sign the player for £4M in January for The Reds.
Chris Hughton – wants to tie down Taylor at Newcastle – good
But not if Newcastle manager Chris Hughton can prevent it, and get his star defender to sign his new contract at the Newcastle club.
Chris has only recently seen 21 year-old star striker Andy Carroll sign a new 5 year deal for his home town club, and news coming from inside St. James’ Park, suggests that Chris’ next big job is to persuade 24 year-old local lad Steven Taylor to stay on Tyneside.
Steven’s contract runs out at Newcastle next summer, and so does Chris Hughton’s by the way – but Newcastle fans will hardly be surprised to hear the manager is putting Steven’s contract signing as a priority, ahead of his own.
One of the many good attributes we are finding out about Chris Hughton as a manager, is that he fully respects his players and does what he thinks is best for them, and that seems to get right through to the players, who seem to revere Chris at Newcastle.
A Newcastle insider told the Sunday Mirror today:
“Chris is putting the Taylor’s contract ahead of his own as he tries to keep another good young player at the club.”
“The manager sees Carroll and Taylor very much as the future of the club and would like to try and sort out the differences that have prevented Taylor agreeing to the club’s offer.”
“He has not given up on Taylor remaining at the club.” “Chris has put no pressure on the club over his own deal believing that it will take care of itself if he keeps doing good job. He will let it take its natural course.”
Taylor will be in great demand in January if he has not signed his contract by then, and at least Liverpool, Celtic and Middlesbrough are clubs already said to be interested in the player, with Chelsea also a long term admirer of the former England U21 captain.
The central defender, who can also play at full back, will be able to talk to any interested clubs in January, and then leave Tyneside as a free agent next summer.
We really hope that doesn’t happen, for the sake of the Newcastle club, and it will be a tremendous coup if Chris can persuade Steven to stay on board the Newcastle train, which may be going places in the seasons ahead.
We hope so anyway.