Chris Hughton is adamant that he will not sell Newcastle defender Steven Taylor in January.
Steven Taylor – going nowhere in January?
But until Taylor signs a new contract at Newcastle, there will be continuing rumors about clubs, such as Everton as just one example, wanting to buy the former England Under-21 captain.
His current contract at Newcastle runs out at the end of June next year.
Hughton however is not ready to sell the player in January, and thereby weaken his squad for the fight against relegation, which seems to loom this season.
Both Liverpool-based clubs Everton and Liverpool are said to be keen to take the Greenwich-born player of Geordie parents, who was brought up in Whitley Bay.
Taylor, who is recovering from his shoulder injury, was transfer listed in late August, when the club seemingly got fed up with waiting for him to sign a new deal, and as far as we know he’s still transfer listed.
Hughton talked about Steven’s contract yesterday and that he is due to return to full training on Monday:
“I’m not aware of any progress at the moment. We still very much want him at this football club.” “We’re looking at him being back in full training next week. He needs to get fit. We’re aware of what a very good player he is.”
“He’s still in some ways a youngish man.” “He was only playing in the Under-21s until recently, performing very well. Once he’s back to fitness he very much puts himself back in the frame to play and when that’s the case he’s a very good player.”
“I know what you’re saying and what will happen in the future I don’t know.” “For me at this moment he’s very much part of the squad and I want him fit and available for selection.” “For the rest of the season – that’s what I’d like.”
Good words from the manager, but it’s probably out of Chris Hughton’s hands to keep the player, if indeed the club decides he will not be signing a new contract at Newcastle, and they will want to cash in on the player in January for a transfer fee.
But even if Steven leaves on a free transfer next summer, the Newcastle club will be due some compensation, since they brought the lad through their Youth Academy on Tyneside.
We’d love to see Steven sign his new contract before Christmas.