Harry Redknapp To Sign Local Talent – Steven Taylor

We saw the story earlier today about Steven Taylor wanting a move to Spurs, and we ignored it as another fanciful and made-up story.

Steven Taylor – Harry Redknapp keen to being Londoner to Tottenham

However, since the story is getting some publicity, here’s our view on it.

Maybe Steven will even end up at Spurs – but it’s hardly for some of the reasons put forward in this report today.

One thing we found almost comical in the story, apart from the fact it  rehashes the same old stuff about Steven not signing his new contract yet at Newcastle  – is that Harry Redknapp is said to be keen to sign home grown talent, and that’s one reason the Spurs boss wants to bring Steven to White Hart Lane.

Or should that be bring Steven back to White Hart Lane.

Steven Taylor was born in Greenwich (well that’s London after all), of Geordie parents, who moved back to Whitley Bay when Steven was a few weeks old.

And like most lads on Tyneside, became a big fan of Newcastle United, became a ball boy during the Kevin Keegan years, and then joined the Newcastle Academy and has so far played over 170 times for Newcastle.

It’s the club he has often said he wants to stay at, but this report says that Harry Redknapp is keen to sign home grown talent -and that’s one reason he’s keen to sign Steven Taylor.

Come again?

We told you it was utter nonsense.

25 comments so far

  • Rich TOON Bristol

    Nov 30, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #1

    by home grown i expect he means english, welcome to him as long as price is right, he thinks hes too good for the club which he certainly is not

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 30, 2010 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #2

    I was at the Chelsea game on Sunday and i was sitting in the Gallowgate end. Before the match kicked off (and before the teams changed ends) Steven came over to the Gallowgate and applauded and encouraged us to sing and chant etc. You could see how much the club and fans meant to him and how much he’d missed it. I highly doubt, especially if the contract rumours are true, that Steven is going anywhere and tbh i’m very happy for him to stay at the club he loves. I used to think very lowly of him and his supposed comments and contract rejections about the club. Now that i’ve realised what agent he has i completely forgive him as he probably didn’t make any comments and his agent probably rejected the contract so he could get more money for himself with a bigger offer.

  • leedodd

    Nov 30, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Its Up To Steven to sign the new Contract If he doesn’t do it quickly he will be booted out if he loves the Club and The Club want him to stay whats the problem ?? Steven Stop Messin about and get your Career Back on Track Son !!!!!

  • Charlietoon

    Nov 30, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Swap him for Bassong

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 30, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed please, have a word with yourself. he means english or british visa ve the new rules !!

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 30, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s ironic, I’ve never been a fan, then he has a blinder v chelsea !

  • chuck

    Nov 30, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #7

    I understand he has been offered a better deal and hopefully will sign.
    Guess Ashley realized you can`t win em all and blinked.
    Hey nothing personal, just business !

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 30, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #8

    stop teaching Steve till he signs.

  • moonraker

    Nov 30, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed, you’re reading too much into the ‘home grown talent’ comment. Redknapp means English players! and by the way Steven is a Geordie through and through, never mind where he was born!!!

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 30, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #10

    moonraker, Na mate you’re wrong. Same rule applies for Geordies as for Cockneys, True Cockneys have to be born in earshot of Bow Bells. True Geordies have to be born in Tyneside. It isn’t inherited.

  • BeeGuy

    Nov 30, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Well, Taylor is 24 and Willo is 27, so if you can keep both around, Taylor either takes over in 2 years, or Taylor has a good back-up for 3 years.
    At this point, Willo looks much the better at moving the ball up the pitch, but we only have seen Taylor in an all out defensive position vs. Chelsea. Let’s see how well Taylor moves the ball up field vs. WBA and Liverpool. But to me, better to have the bird in hand if he is good enough, than to have to go shopping for someone or have an on the job trainee on the back line.

  • willowdalerez

    Nov 30, 2010 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #12

    This kid is in his prime (24) doesn’t see much action and can’t be being offered that much by our side or he’d sign.

    Now that’s b/c we have better options most days than to play him & we don’t have excess quid to just toss about like Man City.

    Still, that being said if some Club like Liverpool or Tottenham or whoever wants a quality developing talent & offers him more action and a pay increase why wouldn’t he carpe diem and go for it… I mean you can go on & on about how he’s a fna of the club and all but this is his career we are talking about… his life…. Sentimentality aside I think he’s going to put everything in perspective and put his career ahead of where he’d like to be playing. Just my thoughts!

  • Fostino

    Nov 30, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #13

    once again a very deceptive heading to the articile but could very well be a possibility come the xmas….spurs need a new c.b., good transfer history between the clubs (for them unfortunately) and taylor being out of contratc in the summer

    i hope he signs a new deal….imagine if our spine of the team was harper/forster – taylor – ? – carroll….very rare in a premierleague team

  • batty

    Nov 30, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #14

    ED JUDAS give ya fckin head a shake ya c unt he,s more of a geordie than you

  • batty

    Nov 30, 2010 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #15

    ya greasy p iss flap ed

  • jimiley

    Nov 30, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Good luck to the Hammers. They played their first team to try to WIN a competition and it came off. WHU are bottom of the league. Maybe our spineless management can learn from the Cockneys. We have given up on trying to win anything in the hope of finishing 4th bottom of the league. Pathetic. A club without ambition. Treachery.

  • howay man

    Nov 30, 2010 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #17

    spurs were after williamson, now taylor, redknapp sed he would have had sol if he didnt manage spurs. surely a matter of days till colo get a spurs rumour.

  • jimiley

    Nov 30, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #18

    The Carling Cup was the one competition we had a chance of winning. Playing a reserve team against Arsenal is an offence to our supporters. Its not like we win a load of things is it? 1955 was our last domestic trophy. What is going on for Gods sake??? Playing to be 4th bottom and then what?? We build from there? Bollocks.

  • Brutooon

    Nov 30, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #19

    give him a year, john terry and carragher already england international on this age

  • spanishtoon

    Dec 1, 2010 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #20

    this is sad to hear but he’ll be no terrible loss. get rid i say. from what we saw from barca the other night the key is getting young players in early. what a game that was…but mourinho was totally conned http://www.postmatchpint.com
    fingers crossed one day we’ll be like barca!

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  • G

    Dec 1, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #22

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  • Ericles

    Dec 1, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #23

    Well said jimiley. An accurate comment in my view and needed saying.

  • DrunkenSteve

    Dec 1, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #24

    I am absolutely disgusted with the negativity on this blog surrounding Steven Taylor. Not just today but for some time.

    SAYLOR LOVES NUFC. He wants to sign. Is it not obvious that he is not being offered the going rate?

    Mike Ashley squeezes every last penny in negotiations. Think about it every contract situation (baring Mike Williamson who will be grateful for being on the pitch in the EPL) there are delays. Hatem deal took donkeys to complete, why hasn’t Houghton got a new contract? Coz Fat Mike knows that he can squeeze Chris for a few more months essentially increasing the profit margin for that period. Not exact same situation with Saylor but I would bet my mortgage that Fat Mike is trying to negotiate bargain basement wage deals.

    Saylor might not be the most popular player in the club (rumours and hearsay) but he certainly has the pedigree to become a regular in our team. Under 21 Captain, still only 24 with over 100 1st class starts for the toon!?!

    Get off his back. If you want to moan point it in Fat Mikes direction.

  • batty

    Dec 1, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #25

    spot on p:sshead steve 🙂


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