Swansea City today have put on their web-site that they have rejected an offer from Newcastle United for their Welsh defender defender Neil Taylor.
Neil Taylor – may sue Swansea club
Apparently Newcastle officials contacted Swansea today to make the official bid, and Swansea have turned it down.
We are assuming the bid is for the figure is in the release clause – which has been widely reported to be £1M.
Taylor was allowed to talk to Newcastle, because of the release clause in his contract, but Swansea have said they want to keep their player, and have rejected the Newcastle offer.
Legally, a release clause means that if another club meets the price stated in the clause, they must be allowed to speak to the player and the club then has no alternative but to accept the bid, otherwise the contract is not being honored.
That’s what release clauses are for, and usually the figures are sky high – especially for top players – but not always.
That’s how Newcastle signed Yohan Cabaye, whose release clause was widely reported to be €5M, even though he’s probably worth more than that, and th deal was struck for that amount.
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said on the Swansea web-site today::
“We recognize Neil as a young, talented Welsh player that has an important role to play at this club.”
“We brought him here from Wrexham and have helped nurture his development. He adjusted very well to the Championship last season and we look forward to seeing him play a big role as we enter the Premier League.”
“That is why we have rejected Newcastle’s bid. I spoke to Neil’s agent today and he understands the situation.”
“We have a big challenge ahead in the Premier League, but together we can maintain the progress made by this club over the last few years.”
We can understand Swansea being upset by this, because they will need to strengthen a lot for the upcoming PL season, and they will not have a lot of money to spend, so losing Taylor for just £1M is not good news.
Life’s tough, as we all know.
No doubt Swansea will be hoping that’s the end of the matter, but we are 99% certain that Newcastle will take this forward – since what Swansea have done seems not to be legal.
The player has also been seeking advice from the PFA, and could sue Swansea City for breach of contract, not to mention Swansea stopping the player from making a step up to Newcastle United – a terrific opportunity for the lad – and he knows it.