Newcastle Pursuing This Left Back This Summer


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.

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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.

What do you think?

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7 comments so far

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 22, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Ah that time of year where we re hash stories from 2-3 seasons ago, no doubt we’ll be working hard to bring barnetta in as well!

    Was it true David O’Leary was at SJP yesterday? That would be the appointment most would be expecting tbf…

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 22, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #2

    The match was on Setanta Ireland
    I think he was at SJP with them
    Personally I would prefer Dermot O’Leary

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Mar 22, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Please can someone repost my comment? Thankyou in advance 🙂

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  • Vask

    Mar 22, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #4

    I think I would drop gouffran for Jonas, I was impressed by Jonas’ passing, I know it was said a lot about moving him to DM and it being his best position, I agree. Play Anita and jonas as 2 holding midfielders, keep Sissoko as box to box perez up top, cabella on the right and Sammy on the left. 4-3-3. I think the biggest let down about Sissoko is that his passing is poor, so having accurate passers in DM is essential to open up opposition. Anitas attacking passing is good sometimes but his accuracy has a tendency to go awry in the final third.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 22, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Irish Geordie,
    What’s up with your copy and paste ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 22, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #6

    tads,
    Agreed, and besides it’s an understudy to Janmaat we need. Dummet as a squad player only and a quality PL left back bought. Two PL ready CBs with STaylor and Collo shipped out, Williamson can be fourth choice. Bite the bullet on Riverie and give him to some mid table french club with good money spent on a proven striker. Obertron can go as can Anita, I think there’s far too much to be done this window so we’ll have yet another shite season next year with Honest John in charge.

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  • miggy

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Yes oleary was at sjp yesterday and was looking a bit rough round the edges think he may of turned to the bottle been out of football so long

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