Newcastle are said to have made rather a lucrative offer to Steven Taylor to remain on Tyneside.
Paul Stretford – maybe deal is held up because of his fees?
And we have to think that Chris Hughton has made it clear to the Newcastle Board, that he wants Steven to stay on Tyneside, and it’s to the Board’s credit, if they have suitably increased their offer to the local lad.
The Newcastle Evening Chronicle is today reporting that Steven himself is keen to get this thing behind him.
His agent Paul Stretford will be in Newcastle today, to discuss the new improved offer and we are really hoping there will be news later today, that Steven has signed his contract.
But Chris Hughton has made it abundantly clear he sees Steven as Newcastle’s future as he said today:
Hughton – who will again pair Taylor with Sol Campbell at the Hawthorns – said today:
“He is aware of the fact that this football club very much wants him here, and wants him to stay for a number of years.”
“He’s absolutely part of the future.” “He’s the profile we want here. He’s at a good age, and a local lad.”
“There are always going to be players who have issues away from football, or contractual issues.”
“But once they get on that training pitch, they’ve got to train, and once they get on the field, they’ve got to play.”
“That’s all you can ask of a football player. That won’t change, and I have no worries about Steven Taylor.”
“He’s been out for a long time, and I can only assess him on the one performance last Sunday, but I thought he and Sol did very well.”
Both Sol and Steven showed on Sunday, just how professional they both are, and it was good to see, and even helped to get Newcastle a well deserved point.
Steven’s father Alf, acted as his agent the last time around in the negotiations, but now he’s relying on Stretford, who is also Wayne Rooney’s agent, and not particularly well liked at Man United, for the way he handled Rooney’s contract negotiations recently.
One good question we should be asking, is is how much will Paul Stretford get on the deal, and it may even be his fee that could be holding up Steven’s deal – wouldn’t that be something
Premier League clubs are now required to report how much they spend on agents’ fees each year, and Newcastle spent a little over £2M for the year just ended, which is about average, but clubs like Chelsea paid over £9M.
There was a time when there weren’t any agents making millions in representing the players – but we suppose those days have gone forever – and that’s a pity.