Newcastle were trying to get Swansea left-back Neil Taylor in the summer of 2011, and he even visited St. James’ Park and the Benton Training grounds, as Newcastle tried to trigger a buy-out clause in his contract for £1M, but after weeks of negotiations Swansea’s Chairman Huw Jenkins refused to do the deal.
Neil Taylor – Swansea left-back
Since then Neil has been out with a serious injury, played five times for Great Britain in the 2012 summer Olympics, and lost his place to Ben Davies, who joined Tottenham in the summer of last year.
Now Newcastle are again linked with the now 26 year-ol,d who has just one year left on his contract at Swansea.
Neil will be available in the summer for about £3M according to a report in the Mirror today, and even Newcastle will be willing to pay that reasonable amount for such a good left back,
Aston Villa and Sunderland are other clubs said to be interested in the player who has played 20 times for Wales,
Neil has been back to somewhere near his best form in south Wales this season with 30 appearances, and Swansea are having a good season under new manager Garry Monk.
The south Wales club are in 8th place in the Premier League on 43 points, 8 points and four places better off than Newcastle.
It looks very likely that Neil will want to move this summer, and he’s played 126 times with 6 assists for Swansea since joining them from Wrexham on a free transfer in the summer of 2010.
Neil could have played for India as well as Wales, and he is of mixed Welsh-Indian descent, with his mother being from Kolkata in India.
Neil would be a decent buy for Newcastle at £3M, although we do have both Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara, although both pick up a lot of injuries each season, and Paul could well be converted into a center-back next season.
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