We heard yesterday that Swansea’s Neil Taylor was keen to talk to Newcastle, after the Tyneside club lodged a £1M bid for the 22 year-old Welsh left-back earlier this week.
Neil Taylor – next one through the door?
Wrexham manager Dean Saunders is in no doubt that a move to Newcastle United would greatly benefit the Swansea defender, and of course Wrexham will also profit from any deal for the player.
Wrexham sold Taylor to Swansea last summer for a fee of £150K plus 10% of any future profit if Swansea do sell him.
This is what Dean Sanders, a former first team coach at Newcastle, said today:
“It’s a great move for him because Newcastle – I’ve been there obviously as assistant manager – is a brilliant club,”
“Swansea is a great club as well, but hopefully things turn out right for Neil. He’s got a great attitude and he’s always worked hard.”
“It was great move for him to go to Swansea,” “He’ll find it a lot easier to play that type of football than in the Conference where he’s getting balls banged on top of him all the time.”
“In the Football League they play a bit more football and they play even more football in the Premiership.”
“If he goes for £1m we’ve got a 10% sell on so that will be a good deal all round for everybody.”
Dean Saunders moved to Newcastle United in September of 2004, and became first-team coach under Graeme Souness, but left in February of 2006, when Souness was sacked and replaced by Glenn Roeder.
Swansea will be sorry to lose their player but the news id there is a £1M release clause in the Welshman’s contract, which Newcastle are taking advantage of.
Taylor started his career at Manchester City as a boy, and moved to Wrexham in 2007, and he played 85 times with 3 goals for the Welsh side.
He moved to Swansea only last summer, and was one of the most improved players in the Championship last season, as he made 32 appearances for the side, after starting the season on the bench at Swansea.
But if Neil does sign on next week, when he returns from his vacation in Spain, that will probably mean that Jose Enrique will be leaving.
We don’t know why Newcastle would sign Taylor if Jose is staying, when the club already have young Shane Ferguson as back-up to Jose.
But it will be another good deal for Newcastle, and maybe he will be brought in even if Jose stays at the club – to increase competition for places on Tyneside.
Sounds good to us.