News today that Steven Taylor has been offered an improved contract on Tyneside.
Steven Taylor – after the game on Sunday applauding the fans
The Newcastle Journal is reporting this morning that Steven Taylor, who played his first game for Newcastle since mid-January on Sunday afternoon against Chelsea, has been offered a new contract.
There’s not much detail in the Journal other than that, although we have to assume the offer to Steven has been improved, but with the Newcastle directors not talking to the press again, it’s hard to know much more than that.
Steven is still on the transfer list, but not one club has come in for the player, but with Chris Hughton adamant he wants to keep the local lad at the club, the Newcastle Board have tried to back their manager by increasing their offer – we assume.
With the January transfer window only a short month away, it looks like Newcastle want to tie down Steven to a long term contract before then, and they are making an effort to do just that.
It would appear that if Steven still drags his feet on signing the new deal by January, then he could be sold in that transfer window, so the club can recuperate some money for the player who has come through the Newcastle Academy.
But that would be a blow to manager Chris Hughton, who has remained patient hoping the club can agree a new deal with the 24 year-old, who had a good game on Sunday, given the lad hadn’t played for almost 10 months. He got the job done alongside the impressive Sol Campbell for Newcastle, in what was a very difficult game.
Of course Chris is also remaining patient on his own contract negotiations, since his contract on Tyneside also runs out at the end of June.
Steven was born to Geordie parents in Greenwich, but then moved back to the North East when he was a few weeks old, and has been brought up on Tyneside.
Steven has made 174 appearances for Newcastle United with 10 goals, and played 29 times with 4 goals for the England U21 side, which he captained and was often tipped in those days to become a full England International.
He played once for the England B team in 2007.