Swansea Reject Magpies Bid For Taylor – What’s Next?


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.

Comments welcome.



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300 comments so far

  • Toonboy_84

    Jun 27, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #1

    This is a strange!

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  • Well, Neil should Sue. 🙂

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  • Toonboy_84

    Jun 27, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Do I get a medal for being 1st?

    How can Swansea turn down the bid when he has a release clause. As I said………..Strange!

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  • ross armstrong

    Jun 27, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #4

    this is pathetic!! transfers are so comlpicated these days!!

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  • Did we pay the one Mill just to speak to him?
    Or do we just have to “bid” 1mill?

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 27, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #6

    I think NUFC and naylor should sue swansey for this

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  • Andy

    Jun 27, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Swansea as a club seem to be ran by a bunch of gypsies. Don’t be surprised if they move to Barry (Only welsh place i know other than cardiff and swans) lock the doors and don’t answer their phones. First Priskin now this. Huw Jenkins P*ss off.

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  • Stuart

    Jun 27, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #8

    MA wouldnt have paid anyone £1m for the privilage of talking to them like.

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  • toonfan09

    Jun 27, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #9

    hope they get relegated how can a welsh team be in the english premier league.. got nothing against the welsh but what next celtic and rangers gonana join us cos there aint no competition on the scotish leagues

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  • Riska

    Jun 27, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #10

    What I find strange, is if there really is a clause in his contract for such a low amount, and he’s as good as is being made out… why aren’t more clubs trying for him? We can’t be the only club in need of a good, young left back.

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  • boonarmy

    Jun 27, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #11

    think this proves the ppl on twitter know nothing. saying it was near enough a done deal pfffft

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  • gorskino10

    Jun 27, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #12

    If this is taken to court or the FA if the release clause was met which NUFC did then they have to automatically accept it, they are bending the rules saying the clause was to speak to the player.

    They are already facing a transfer embargo after the dealing with Tamas Priskin who was at Swans on Loan.

    If NUFC pull out then he will stay BUT if the player or NUFC sue or take this matter futher we will win everyday in the week in the courts/FA

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  • Didnt know players could have clauses that allows another club to discuss the weather with the player!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 27, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #14

    agree with post #10.

    really shows that people on twitter knows absolutely nothing. especially toonruz. lol. we didn’t even put a bid in for him until TODAY!! wow..

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  • luke-k

    Jun 27, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #15

    ba humbug

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  • ross armstrong

    Jun 27, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #16

    just heard pardue has just got back from holiday today??? why hasnt he been looking for players than feckin holiday!!

    pardue obviously isnt as botherd as the toon supporters in getting quality strikers in before the season starts!!

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 27, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #17

    ryt so whats happening,has there been any other news today??

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  • arfa chance

    Jun 27, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Carr looks for the signings. Pardew is allowed a holiday

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  • Stuart

    Jun 27, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #19

    Do you really think AP has much say in the transfers ross?

    imo its all done between GC, MA and DL. AP will just work with what he has when pre-season starts.

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  • Tony

    Jun 27, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #20

    transfer window doesnt officially open till 1st july

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  • jimmyxavi

    Jun 27, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #21

    @ross yeah because you dont have holidays either…………

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 27, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #22

    the release clause is any club bid £1million pound and they can speak to the player but they’d have to negotiate a fee with the club to buy him

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 27, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #23

    didnt pardew come back like a week or so ago cos he came bak on the thursday and we signed ba n marveaux on the friday n sat

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  • Hatems Left Foot

    Jun 27, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Bit off topic from a long time reader, only ever posted twice

    But does anyone have any idea when the leeds away tickets are out, just cos the online box office is closed.

    Any info lads cheers

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  • Stuart

    Jun 27, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #25

    But that release clause makes no sense though Geordietoon, that isnt a release clause, its organised tapping up if anything haha.

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  • kunal

    Jun 27, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #26

    but newcastle cannot sue them if taylor has not agreed terms with nufc
    as the statement says that his agent understands the situation maybe taylor did not yet agree the terms

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 27, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #27

    ano its a ridiculous clause but thts what it is lol.. stupid really shouldnt be allowed..

    btw wher the hell has the Hazard and Cardozo rumour came from :s

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 27, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #28

    Whoever mentioned pardew going to portugal as a possible clue, pretty much every footballer in the premiership goes to portugal on their holidays from what i have heard so don’t read too much into that.

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  • dmac

    Jun 27, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Swansea have no leg to stand on if we are to believe that there is a clause and newcastle have matched it. I pretty much assume that Taylor will now seek Legal action as there going against what was signed which should imho make the contract null and void. There trying to be greedy scroungy gits as there in financial difficulty.

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  • Stuart

    Jun 27, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #30

    I wouldnt bother trying to figure it out GeordieToon, no chance we’ll be getting either lol. Taarabt was mentioned in the same rumour, he’s the only one thats possible but I wouldnt want him like.

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  • Lynxie

    Jun 27, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #31

    geordietoon, the 1 million release clause is that any club ‘bidding’ 1 million…. thats as in ‘we would like to purchase your player for 1 million…’ If Swasnsea were that desperate to ensure he was safely thier player, they should have re-negotiated the contract and raised the get out clause significantly. They dropped the ball, They lose.

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  • BigKirky

    Jun 27, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #32

    Just wish it’d hurry up!! 🙂 Need to read about more signings!

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  • Lynxie

    Jun 27, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #33

    kunal @ 26:
    I bet it went something like ‘ Neil, we need you to stay here as we have an important relegation battle that we need help with’ HA HA HA All Pardew (or whoever) needs to say is, we are pushing for the top 10 maybe 8, and hopefully a good cup run. Deal done.

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  • JackButler

    Jun 27, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #34

    Huw Jenkins does have a habit of ignoring contracts, he’s done the same to Ipswich with tamas priskin, seems he thinks he’s able to do as he wishes

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  • Lynxie

    Jun 27, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #35

    Huw Jenkins will no doubt be on telly later in the season bleating about how the big clubs get all the advantages and its made difficult for the smaller clubs etc etc etc, so its swings and roundabouts really. he will get his comeuppance now they are in the big league.

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  • 09nufc09

    Jun 27, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Ross armstrong & stuart… Pardew has the final say on our incoming transfers, he was told by people at west ham how good ba was and decided to sign him. Last season he spent alot of time in france along with carr and was seen at alot of games. He was also seen at a swansea game. Carr identifies targets and pardew says yes or no. Thats the way a scouting team works at every club, it just so happens that we have a very good chief scout, tiote, hba, marveaux, cabaye, abied and moyo.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Jun 27, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #37

    Sod It Lets Concentrate on Jose Staying Rather That Getting a Welsh Young Lad !!!!!!!!!!!! We have Better Fish To Fry !!!!!

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  • gorskino10

    Jun 27, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #38

    GeordieToon89@

    Not really, If we today put a bid for Atletico Madrids Sergio Kun Aguero of around 45M+ VAT to activate his Release Clause, Atletico will have to accept the offer and would be allowed to speak to his agent to arrange the wages etc..
    If he agreed to our terms we would pay the Release Clause and he is ours, same thing as in this instance BUT Swansea dont want to let him go at a low ammont so they are trying to bend the rules saying the release clause is a clause where he will speak to a club, They are hoping NUFC pull out so they can keep the player, they as a club if the clause is a “Release” they have to let him go.
    If they dont take it the courts or FIFA and it would get voted in our favour.

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  • JackButler

    Jun 27, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #39

    Lee Dodd

    sorry the say mate, but I think that as soon as an acceptable comes in from a champions league, Jose will be off, the only hope we have of him staying is if no one meets the clubs valuation of the player, don’t think he’ll leave for anyone who is not in the champions league

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  • Offkey

    Jun 27, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #40

    GeordieToon89 – 22

    If that is a clause that his agent or lawyers advised him to agree to they are fools. You might as well not have the clause.

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