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Swansea Now Want £10M For Neil Taylor

The Sunday Mirror is reporting today that Neil Taylor is taking legal advice about whether to sue Swansea City for breach of contract.

Neil Taylor – has lodged inquiry with PFA

Neil was on Tyneside for a few days after returning from his vacation in Spain, but no deal has yet been announced by Newcastle, although the local papers are reporting he is still very keen to join the Magpies.

A lot of Newcatsle fans have been wondering what the delay in his signing has been caused by, since the 22 year-old defender has been more than ready to join Newcastle ­United, who are keen to ­activate the £1M release clause in Taylor’s contract.

The surprising new today is that Newcastle have made contact with Swansea, and would you believe the Welsh club are now asking £10M for their player – but history and the law are hardly on Swansea’s side.

Swansea were furious that Newcastle found out about that release clause, but that’s some of the work the football agents do these days, and it’s not illegal, and if Swansea didn’t want anybody to know about the release clause  – they should not have put it in the contract.

But to try to now say the release clause only means he  can talk to another club but that it’s  not the transfer fee – is little short of ridiculous.

And Swansea have told  Taylor and Newcastle that the £1M clause only allows him to speak to another club, but that’s exactly how these release clauses are worded, and why allow the player to speak personal terms with another club, if the transfer fee has not first been agreed between the two clubs?

That’s why the release clauses are worded that way, and we think Swansea would have a very hard job in a court of law, putting forward their argument.

And the Sunday Mirror are pointing out the case has some definite similarities to Phil Jones’ recent transfer from Blackburn Rovers to ­Manchester United.

Jones had a £16.5M release clause in his contract, which the Red Devils found, out about and were ready to meet that figure, but that deal was temporarily held up because Blackburn argued they were under no legal obligation to accept Manchester’s offer of £16.M, and then valued the player at a much higher price – around £23M.

But Blackburn eventually gave up the ghost on that one (as surely Swansea will have to do also), when it was obvious Blackburn had no legal case in contesting the release clause.

The news is that Neil Taylor has now consulted his lawyers and also the ­players’ union, and it could be that an outcome is that it  goes before a Welsh FA arbitration Board to pass judgment on the case.

But Swansea seem not to be acting very professionally in all of this, and they already have a complaint from Ipswich Town, who have now asked the ­Premier League to impose a transfer embargo on the Welsh club.

Ipswich Town claim they are still owed money on Tamas Priskin’s loan spell at the Liberty Stadium last season.

We can understand Swansea not being happy at losing such an improved player as Neil Taylor for such a small fee, but there’s not much they can do about it – and yes it’s unfortunate for them.

But they hardly have any legal case in this matter at all.

Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • nufcgaz687

    Jun 26, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #1

    10mil its like 13mil for dann it aint going to happen

  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 26, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #2

    I’d say. “SCREW YOU” !

  • DarloGeordie

    Jun 26, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #3

    we should offer them 1mil and a few sheep that may get the process back on track…

    Seriously though 10mil not a chance the sunday sun obviously have nothing to report

  • gonz

    Jun 26, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #4

    I have to say I love the way the fat man does business. It’s great they do their homework and get these players in via clauses and a hellofalot cheaper than what they would’ve cost in the normal market. One thing’s for sure, you know the fat man isn’t going to make the same mistakes as some of these other Chairman’s have when coming up with contracts. Mind you, he’s made many of his own mistakes in the past, but that was in the past and I’m only bothered about the future and I like what I see.

  • nufcgaz687

    Jun 26, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #5

    ‘@DarloGeordie no dig at u
    but people are quick enough to correct ED about his mistakes its not the Sunday sun in the artical its the
    The Sunday Mirror

  • MacToon(Vive le Neuchâtel)

    Jun 26, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Amusing none the less.

    add to that “screw you” GG, we’ll have him for a million anyway! IF we want him, personally I think he sounds alright, someone who could come in, do a job and FM Ashley should get his pound of flesh eventually too.

  • marcos_nufc

    Jun 26, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #7

    A new season is about to start and in my opinion I haven`t seen any famous,top quality player joining Newcastle United yet. If I am not wrong Alan Pardew said that he would reinvest the 35 million pounds that the club recieved from Carroll`s sale. What I have seen is Alan Pardew trying to bargain and bring in unknown players for 4,5 million pounds. Newcastle United don`t need any player that has no commitment to the club and supporters earning 90 thousand pounds per week or more we had players like that in the past and the experience was terrible but the club should show more ambition and try to bring in players like Sturridge and Berbatov to play up front, they are good players, they have got a lot of skills and they can score a lot of goals for us next season too. We are a Big Club and we must think Big too.I agree with the cost-cutting mesures but It is worth it to spend more money and try to bring in at least 3 excellent players. If I were Alan Pardew I would bring in a good left back and two good strikers. We should try to finish top 5 or 6 next season. Manchester City,Liverpool,Manchester United,Bolton,Arsenal,Chelsea and Tottenham will strengthen their squad with good and famous players of course Newcastle United`s policy is completely different but the club should make na effort and try to bring in at least three top quality players. It is a question of striking the balance between average players and top quality players. If Alan Pardew keeps bringing in only average players he will have some difficulties next season. We must remember that Newcastle United have got 35 million pounds to spend in the transfer window.

  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 26, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #8

    this is more crap,the swansea chairman is on holiday apparently,thats the hold up.
    they just make up shite to sell papers.

  • DarloGeordie

    Jun 26, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #9


    damn beer goggles and a long wk at work haha. Cheers bud

  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 26, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #10


    1. There is still another 2 months of the transfer market to go.

    2. Do you really want the likes of Owen?

  • nufcgaz687

    Jun 26, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #11

    rite lads im off till the morning see you then

    messi to newcastle lol


  • gonz

    Jun 26, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #12

    I don’t think for a second that Pardew is in charge of bringing in new faces, G Carr is the guy scouting these so called ‘cheap foreigners, but since he’s been at the club he hasn’t made a single mistake. Look at how much it cost to bring in Tiote, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Marveaux, Williamson, and Ba-I believe that is 15m well spent. G Carr draws up the list to Ashley and they make their decisions, Pardew is just the Coach and a pawn. I say carry on with business and I trust that we are finally heading in the right direction.

  • MacToon(Vive le Neuchâtel)

    Jun 26, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #13

    marcos, give it time m8, for NUFC under FM Ashley we’ve been busy for his standards so far. I’d imagine it’ll gather pace a bit once the window officially opens… isn’t that in a weeks time? We’ll still have out-goings too!

    I too expect a greatly improved squad and will not be happy with anything less however I don’t thinks it’s as easy as throwing £XXX amount at the transfer window, it’s a case of getting the right people for the job and a good balanced squad for the coming season.

    Pardew did say £35 million would be invested into the squad but who here believes what Pardew says? not me!

  • MacToon(Vive le Neuchâtel)

    Jun 26, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #14

    Ha ha typical GG, say it in 2 lines fgs!

  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 26, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #15

    gonz, I had the same thoughts about Pardew and him having no say over signings. But the more I read about this player and that player being told they can leave, The more I think Pardew’s getting rid of Chris’s squad and is building his own. Just hope there’s a Tevez or Bent in there.

  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 26, 2011 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #16

    MacToon, cheers mate.

  • I think it’ll be a case of Pardew shaping the team/squad that he’s given, ie. a coach and not the old fashioned KK or SBR type of management.

  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 26, 2011 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #18

    @cwarr07 pardew seen sucking ashley off, in the office.

  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 26, 2011 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #19

    @ mac toon

    what does vive le neuchatel mean???

  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 26, 2011 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #20

    belfastmagpie87, Think it means. “Long live Newcastle”.

  • Brutooon

    Jun 26, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #21

    10 million? thats total BULLSHIT

  • boater

    Jun 26, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #22

    Hear! hear! Marcos…

  • belfast, click my name 😉

  • branunited

    Jun 26, 2011 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #24

    10 million or that it wasfilipe luis, Jonathan Spector is a free agent and play better than neil taylor

  • nick_9

    Jun 26, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #25

    Swansea can suck on my left testicle. How on earth can they value this lad at 10 million, they must be seriously reluctant to let him go if they are trying to get that amount. The silly money clubs are demanding for players make you feel others are worth it. If our new lads do ok then we will have done great, zog is worth every penny of 12 million and lots of people have mentioned the wages sturridge would want. it makes sense to offload someone to accomodate him, if we got rid of smith on 60k a week and paid sturridge 70k a week that’s only 520k extra a year. If sturridge wins us one match meaning we finish one place higher in the league it would get us an extra 750k meaning he has earnt it. Fail to see some peoples ways of thinking or lack of reasoning. Where did stoke get the 6 million figure from? Surely they didn’t just pluck it out the air. maybe Chelsea are happy to recoup what they paid and save on wages.

  • swemag

    Jun 26, 2011 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #26

    We should remember that there are 35 million pounds, yes, we will not forget that, the problem is that noone else will either. When Toon comes in for a player everyone wants a piece of the 35 mill.
    I think what they are doing now is sending the message – ‘yes we have the money, but we will not do any crazy deals’ which has been the trademark of this club since Bobby Robson was sacked.
    Signing average players and paying them 70 grand a week, Fat Freddy sure knew how to spend it.
    2 months left and I am quite happy with these ‘average players’.

  • Xavi

    Jun 26, 2011 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #27

    i would offer them 20 mill. then tell them to F**K off and take the bid of the table

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 26, 2011 at 2:57 AM

    Comment #28

    i think this is just made up story by paper

  • Level 7 Hero

    Jun 26, 2011 at 4:40 AM

    Comment #29

    @marcos_nufc #7.

    Makes me laugh when i hear people like you complaining. We got 3 amazing bargains which combined would normally have cost close to 20M its good to see Newcastle getting in early for a change and getting good deals, and still 2 months too go! You say Pardew has brung in unknown players.. How? Thats a little igronant of other european leagues. I asume you must know Demba Ba, and if you know anything about French football you’d know the other 2 Cabaye and Marveux and know there 2 brilliant players. Theres more leagues than the Premier League. I assume you were similarly frustrated when a unheard of Cheik Tiote was bought from FC Twente. You say we wont want any players who would be on 90K per week with no commitment for the club, then say we should sign Berbatov!? He’s not even commited to Man Utd! End of the day the fact is the 3 players we have signed are much better than what we already have, making them good signings!

    Also briefly, Swansea will eventually give in and we’ll get Taylor for a million i reckon. And please please please sign N’Zogbia, he’s the missing link. If we sign him we’ll be contenders for Europa League… Assuming the other 25M after his transfer is used correctly!

  • Marty-Toon

    Jun 26, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #30

    Level 7,agree that we should get the Nzog transfer done and build the team then with on ereally proven striker and a leader at the back.

  • Crawfordladd17

    Jun 26, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #31

    F them get a left back from France like Drame and a replacement for Enrique
    Erdinc and Teteh Bangura as strikers

  • ArtyH

    Jun 26, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #32

    @ Level 7 Hero #29. Spot on M8. Some peeps have no idea about how to manage money or finances and think blowing the transfer kitty on big name player g/tee’s success. Obviously it does not.
    I would have someone at the club talk to Zoggy and arrange for him to have a place at the toon next January when he would only have a couple of months left on his contract. Then he would only cost a fraction of the £12m currently quoted, the difference could be used in that window to buy another player. I think we could do without Charlie until then and he would be a great impact signing to push us further up the table….possibly to…..NO one step at a time.

  • toontoonblacknwhitearmy

    Jun 26, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #33

    People keep banging on about the £35m, “spend it straight away on a ‘marquee signing'” Do you not think we should save and invest also in other transfer windows, as we cannot turn over the whole squad at once! I’d say save at least £10m for January; if we need to improve the squad it could be done, if you look at Birmingham they didn’t do anything in Jan and they virtually lost every game and got relegated…

  • Stuart

    Jun 26, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #34

    Well said Level 7 Hero, good to see some people have sense on here.

  • toonpies

    Jun 26, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #35

    10M!!! HA! Clichy is leaving arsenal for less, and they’re a top 4 side!

    This is also coming from a club that decided not to pay the rest of a loan fee to Norwich from last season. Swansea will get a reputation for poor transfer dealings and no-one will want to do business with them!

  • Felipe

    Jun 26, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #36

    A week to go until the transfer window opens and compared to last season we are plus Gosling, Ben Arfa, Ba, Cabaye and Marveaux and minus Nolan with at least £35m up our sleeve! That’ll do me…

  • gregdog

    Jun 26, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #37

    just because we havent spent shed loads on the players weve already brought in doesn,t mean they are sub standard….dont get me wrong i think MA is a c@nt of the highest order and fully expect him to keep a slice of the lanky ones wedge to “help with the running costs of the club” and his gimp will just say ok to whatever he wants

  • gregdog

    Jun 26, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #38


    i bet the fatman is looking at Gosling and HBA as new sinins as well thus saving him the trouble of spending 8-9mill of the lanky ones fee

    call me cynical but MA wants to cream as much as can


    Jun 26, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #39

    I would say Bollocks to Swansea!

    We should consult our lawyers on this one if we really want to sign the player!

  • Lynxie

    Jun 26, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #40

    Breaking News:
    Swansea City have consulted lawyers regarding the fee they can charge for Neil Taylor.They feel the current uncertainty over the Euro, and Greece’s ability to avoid defaulting on debts, that they have no alternative other than ask for 200 million pounds for the player. A ‘source’ later claimed that Mike Ashley has given assurances that the proposed Kyoto treaty carbon emission targets and Ryanair’s decision to cahrge £1 for an in-flight slash, means that this will invoke a clause of its own, in that any deal for Taylor will have to include Danny Guthrie going in the other direction.


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