Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor seems to be in some demand, with QPR and Crystal Palace interested, and there was news last night that he may be used in a player exchange for Hull City center-back Curtis Davies, and it seems also that clubs in Qatar could also be interested.
Steven Taylor – in demand
Steven’s agent used to be the Scot Willie McKay last summer, but now it’s Jonathan Hope, and Hope said recently that Steven simply does not want to leave his home town club, even though clubs have inquired about him:
“I can confirm I have had talks to several clubs in regards to Taylor.” “Yes, a lot of interest and great opportunities but I will state now Steven Taylor is going nowhere.”
“He is contractually obliged to Newcastle United and he wants to play for the club he loves.” “Despite media reports I am saying now Steven Taylor and myself are not interested in talking to anyone else.”
“Our focus is Newcastle and fighting for a place in Alan Pardew’s plans.” “He is not looking to leave Newcastle and hopefully this will end speculation over his future.”
And the new news is that Qatar club Al-Sadd are interested in taking Steven, and of course the clubs in that country offer some ridiculously high wages to get players to move there to play in that heat.
Al-Sadd play in the Qatar Stars League and finished second last season, but we’re not sure moving to the Gulf is something that’s in Steven Taylor’s mind, at least not as a career move in football.
While Steven wants to stay on Tyneside, Steve Bruce the Hull City manager rates him highly, and that’s why Newcastle’s proposed offer of Steven plus £4M in cash could well be accepted by Hull City.
That would be a better move for the 28 year-old, who has played 245 times for Newcastle with 14 goals, and he would have the possibility of playing regularly again in the Premier League.
And we’d be happy enough to see Steven stay at Newcastle and fight it out next season for a starting position at center-back, and he’s certainly a better player than his form of last season suggested, which was not good..