Although we have heard nothing official on the Steven Taylor contract affair – it seems he will be leaving Newcastle in January – if you believe all the stories in the papers recently.
Steven Taylor – is he leaving his home town club?
And top clubs seem to be already queuing up to take the local lad, with Liverpool and Arsenal though to be leading the chase for the 24 year-old.
And of course Steven will be a bargain buy in January, because he could elect to see out his contract to stay until the summer, and Newcastle would get very little for him.
But because Steven has come through the Youth Academy at Newcastle, then the Tyneside club would be due some compensation for him.
Taylor’s representative Paul Stretford – he’s the one that got Wayne Rooney into trouble recently with his contract negotiations at Man United, is said to unable to reach an agreement with the Newcastle club.
Maybe it was Paul who couldn’t get enough money for himself – and while that was meant as a joke – it better not be true – and that Newcastle are refusing to pay the exorbitant agents’ fees these days.
There’s another popular name for football agents these days – trouble-makers.
But it may also be that Steven is willing to walk away from his local club because he wants more money – and if that’s the case – that’s fine – Steven should just leave in January. It’s his legal right to do just that.
The reports suggest the player is no nearer to signing a deal after more than a year of negotiating, and we have to hope that manager Alan Pardew can talk to the lad.
It may be a dwindling hope, but we still think there’s a chance of keeping Steven at Newcastle – and while some fans want to see the back of him, we’d still like him to stay on Tyneside.
Steven was placed on the transfer list in late August and he remains on the list, but no club has come in for him as yet.
After watching both Arsenal and Liverpool recently, both clubs are in urgent need of good competent central defenders, and Steven would be a great catch for either club, especially with the low transfer fee they would be paying for the former England U-21 captain.
We would expect Harry Redknapp of Spurs to also be interested, since he has a couple of center-backs at the club who are very good – but are always out injured and hardly ever play.
While there has been a lot of news saying that Steven will leave Newcastle, he’s always said he doesn’t want to leave his home-town club – so we hope Steven will have a change of heart and sign before too long – for Newcastle of course.