Top Premier Clubs After Newcastle’s Steven Taylor

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.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • munch27

    Dec 16, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Steven Traitor should just leave as it seems greed is more important than loyalty to him. I hope big lad gives him a good kicking before he goes.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Dec 16, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #2

    much27 you area prat

  • boater

    Dec 16, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #3

    blah blah blah

  • boater

    Dec 16, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #4

    munch27 – why not go and kick a cat and get some of that angst out of your system.

  • DrunkenSteve

    Dec 16, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Most footballers the world over do not play for their home town clubs and a very high percentage are not with the club they started out at.

    Taylors reason for leaving is not known by us but I wouldn’t be surprised if it not a combination of reasons – money (of course), ambition (if a “big 4 club” comes knocking at the door of a newly promoted team then surly the player will listen?), there maybe some problem with the way Newcastle is being run as in he might just be as cheesed of with Cashley as the rest of us and of course it has been well reported about “Hollywood” Taylors unpopularity with the rest of the team.

    All I am getting at is before we all call him a greedy Judas remember he is a Fan and there is probably a load of reasons for him leaving….then again it is easier to point the finger and call him a greedy Judas.

  • slazberger

    Dec 16, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #6

    i was watching SSN last week and they said breaking news just in at newcastle and i thought great taylors signed a new deal to follow williamson and rangers, it was CH being sacked as it turned out.

    i still hope he signs providing the wages are what he is worth and not what his agent wants out of it, as he is a good player to have in the squad/team. if he does’nt sign then best of look to him where ever he ends up.

  • Zubr

    Dec 16, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Yeah he’s a greedy Judas. & he’s not that good…

    how many times has he appeared to have been shot when he’s given a handball away or a foul in the box.

    How many o’g’s have gone in offa him ?

    He’s a cockney anyway…Hoy him out, Munch 27 dont kick a cat ! Unless its on a mackem wearing a blackcat top.


  • munch27

    Dec 16, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #8

    GDS if you are going to name call please do it properly it’s pratt dick head.

  • Chris F

    Dec 16, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #9

    if he goes to liverpool it’ll just be a sideways move as of now, theyre hardly a fantastic footballing side challenging for the title these days, are they?

    and a move to arsenal isn’t likely, and even if it were, he’d be nothing more than a bench warmer.

    in other words, i wish paul stretford would fuck off, he’s aleech on the game and will ruin far more players careers than he will make prosper.

  • TrickyDicky

    Dec 16, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #10

    The peformances he has given in the last three games after being out for 10 months have been very good. He is a top player and is Fashley wants him at the club he has to pay the going rate. The agent knows that and so does Fashley. If the club forces him out by not paying the going rate then so be it. But we all lose.

  • Sinner

    Dec 16, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Im not really surprised about that.This guy everytime comes on the pitch and always gives 100%.
    Before the campaign had started he was already linked with top teams were already after him(Barcelona and Liverpool)

  • baro

    Dec 16, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #12

    I really like Steven Taylor so much at this club. He is a awesome defender, and is a Geordie boy! I really hopes he stays but if he becomes a hard head than forget him.

  • Smithy

    Dec 16, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Hope taylor stays he’s a tough kid and can play right back as well as centre.

  • nden85

    Dec 16, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #14

    there is no way he’s getting a contract with a top club, why would a big team want him? best he can hope for is a worse team than us; stoke, blackburn, birmingham. if that’s what he wants then so be it.

  • chuck

    Dec 16, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #15

    His agent is the one who got Wayne Rooney into trouble recently with his negotiations ?
    Think you got that wrong there Ed. !
    He`s the one who got Rooney all he asked for and made Fergie back down.
    No more this is what we are offering, sign here!
    You and others may not like it but these days the hammer is with the players and they may as well use it because before long they will be told your outta here, too old !
    Face it, it`s no more than a business, loyalty to sides ?
    Sorry badge kissing can sometimes be misconstrued as loyalty, but that same badge kisser will kiss the new club`s badge right after he`s been transfered, strictly business !
    Yeah would like to keep Saylor, but no one is indispensable.

  • Charlietoon

    Dec 16, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #16

    The sad thing for Stevie is that no one really wants him! He has been injured for almost a season and a half and the only reason there is interest now is because he is on the cheap cause of his contract. I think it is fair to say if he stays he will be looked after but if he goes it is to be the highest paid player at an average club or a bench player at one of the top 4.

  • balubas1

    Dec 16, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #17

    this is a shame… we will sell him for scraps, and we won’t have enough money to get someone of the same quality or better in to replace him.

    shame shame….

    Steven Taylor is an excellent CB. We seem to have forgotten that at times..

  • leedodd

    Dec 16, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #18

    I reccon He will sign Soon as He couldn’t handle coming back to Newcastle and Be hated The way he would Be !!! STEVEN STOP MESSIN ABOUT AND GET THE PEN OUT !!!!!

  • BeeGuy

    Dec 16, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #19

    I have not seen much of S Taylor getting hold of the ball and delivering good passes up field. Maybe he had orders not to, but even his clearances were lame. Ultimately, HBA will be back and NUFC will be a team that keeps the ball on the ground a lot more. That means breakout passes from defenders. If Taylor can show that, then I’d hope he would stay. If he does not have that talent, he will rot on the bench (collecting his check) with other top flight teams that keep the ball on the deck.

    Bottom line, if he can’t kick start an offensive attack, then he will not be missed.

  • max

    Dec 17, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #20

    come on nufc.. give hhim the new contract. he is really important to our club. its hard to find a good defender nowadays and he is one of them. he can play everywhere in defence and he just like puyol for barcelona.. and i hope we can sign bojan as he wants to go out of barcelona..

  • shamadz72

    Dec 17, 2010 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #21

    I always see Steven as a guy who is even willing to wear black and white strips for free (Literally speaking). He has the same character like Caroll who is a true blood geordie.

    I believed he just need to ask himself what he want in his life and make the decision himself without been influence by any agent who is just interested with the agent fee

  • Brutooon

    Dec 17, 2010 at 3:12 AM

    Comment #22

    the truth is Steven Taylor is just an average defender but we exaggerate on him because he is a geordies.

    like i said before, he is 24 yrs old. and he should be at the england senior team by now. Micah Richard is way ahead from him

  • Bao Zheng

    Dec 17, 2010 at 4:11 AM

    Comment #23

    We cannot have what would be our highest paid player (once Allardyce contracts expire) not even a first team regular. My guess is would cost us 5 to 10 million a year in improved contracts as the rest of the team catch up. Jenas was never a first team regular even when Spuds mid table, Zog is a star in a team with 20,000 gate heading for relegation. If that’s what he wants let him go.

  • derekm

    Dec 17, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #24

    All things considered he knows in himself that he is’nt going to be a regular ahead of colo or williamson so he may as well move on. With regard to greed any professional footballer’s career may end in the next match – through injury, so with the length of a top flight career probably spanning about ten to eleven years if you’re lucky who can blame them for seeking as much as possible over the shortest time?


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