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Newcastle’s Two Step Legal Approach To Signing Neil Taylor

It seems that Newcatsle have a two stage approach to sorting out the Neil Taylor dilemma with Swansea City over the 22 year’s contract.

Neil Taylor – his lawyers trying to sort it out

Newcastle have left it to Neil Taylor’s lawyers to try to sort out the differences the player and the club have concerning his release clasue in his contract.

At this stage Newcastle thinks it’s simply a disagreement over the contract between Swansea and their employee.

Newcastle had a £1.1M bid for the Swansea City left-back turned down this week, and Swansea’s interpretation is the clause only gives a club the right to talk to the player, whereas Newcatsle believe it also sets the transfer fee for the player.

That was the case when they signed Yohan Cabaye from Lille, based on a  4.5M release clause in the French International;s  contract.

Common sense suggests the fee mentioned in the release clause is also the transfer fee, because clubs can only speak to players about personal terms, once a fee is agreed between the two clubs, and not before.

If the player and his lawyers cannot sort it out, then Newcastle will get their lawyers involved, and take the matter forward, but the Tyneside club are hoping Swansea will come to their senses before that becomes necessary.

A precedent happened only a few weeks back, when Blackburn Rovers had a similar difference of opinion with Manchester United over Phil Jones’ contract, which had a release clause of £16.5M in it..

Blackburn said the same things as Swansea are now sating, but then backed down after asking £23M for their player.

We would expect Swansea to do the same thing at some point, and let Neil Taylor sign the five year deal Newcastle have offered the left-back with a huge increase in his wages.

But if they don’t, then Newcastle will take the matter forward and get some legal judgement on Taylor’s contract.

We think Taylor will become a Newcatsle player before September – and hopefully sooner rather than later.

Comments welcome.

PS – I know I’m now going to get smashed, once again, by Swansea fans, for this article.

25 comments so far

  • davybtoon

    Jul 2, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    taylor simply has to force this move n it will happen

  • panzer attack 912

    Jul 2, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    its a release clause if they dont want him to leave dont put up a release clause genius’s your powerless to stop him only us or him can

  • samag

    Jul 2, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #3

    im sure he will be a mag by the end of the window. can we please start pursuing a few more forwards. How bout a spaniard or argentine to keep jonas and colo company. Garay the madrid CB is available.

  • swisstone

    Jul 2, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4

    seems like a bit of a clart on for a player being brought in as back up

  • Stuart

    Jul 2, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Do you really think we arent already after another striker samag? lol.

  • samag

    Jul 2, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    i cant think of any that fit the budget

  • samag, Why do we need a new striker? If Best and Ranger go, we still have. Ba, Shola, Lovenkrands, and and and? Oh nearly forgot Airey.

  • Stuart

    Jul 2, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Best shouldnt go! Not too arsed about Ranger like, and shola haha.

  • Sav

    Jul 2, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #9

    Forget incoming transfers for 5 minutes.
    When will there be any explanation for the decision to ditch Best & Ranger before we sign their replacements?
    It makes little sense and neither will bring in big revenue and its unlikely either are on big wages.
    It looks to me as if Ashley/Llambias simply don’t like these two any more than they do Joey Barton and are getting shot of them under the heading of ‘squad overhaul’.
    How can Pardew manage under these kind of circumstances? There should be only one agenda – an improved team – but these outgoings smack of some other, personal issues.
    Likewise, Pardew is playing down the Joey Barton contract wrangle. but he’s talking nonsense with this ‘I’m quite calm about Joey’s one year contract guff. Pardew may claim there’s no elephant in the room, but there’s still a big steamy pile of brown stuff in the corner which can’t be ignored.
    As the season rolls on, and especially as January approaches, the speculation over Joey’s future will be very disruptive and divisive. It will cause unrest within the camp if this is allowed to fester without being addressed properly. Everyone knows Joey Barton is a key player. He should be rallying the new troops in Nolan’s absence and sporting the captain’s armband but instead we have this circus going on attracting unwanted comment and speculation like flies around the pile in the corner with the manager made to look helpless. Its an unstable, untenable situation which would not be permitted at a professionally-run club and its a disgrace.

  • davybtoon

    Jul 2, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #10

    ben arfa is gonna b a striker n apparntly he asked for the no9 shirt

  • Stuart, I can’t understand the logic of Ashley butting Best up for transfer. He did really well up till his injury. Maybe, and I’m hoping, they are just trying to get a rough valuation.

  • Stuart

    Jul 2, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Correct me if I’m wrong but have the club actually said Ranger and Best are available?

    I mean, all ive ever seen is clubs interested but no bids made or owt.

  • StevieGee

    Jul 2, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #13

    Lads sorry for reposting this but everyone had moved on to a new post by the time I finished writing it…

    If you look at the class and skill of the players we have brought in the last two years (Ben Arfa, Tiote, Cabaye, Marveux, Ba) and compare them to (Gardner, Larson, Dong-won, Wickham – untested) I dont think there is any contest.

    We were interested in Larson at one point but I think the class of players we have brought in is head and shoulders above that! we have moved on to a better class of players.

    We were looking at average players last season now we are looking for quality. with the exception of Wickham who could turn out to be class but as of yet he could also turn out to be an expensive failure.

    And who has spent the most to get these average players? The dirty unwashed! We should be laughing in to our pints while we watch the Toon unleash champions league skills on the Prem next season.

    I’ll probably be lambasted for blowing smoke up the teams arse but I think we have set a precedent to not target players that other teams that were around us last season were going for, and I mean teams like the Unwashed, West Brom, Wolves, Birmingham (before relegation), Villa, Blackburn.

    We’re targeting and winning players that Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs and Manure are going for and thats where we need to be. I’m not saying we deserve or have the right to be in the top four because I’m a realist but we’re moving in the right direction.

    Line up Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote, Barton, Marveux against players like Bowyer, Barry Ferguson, Larson, David Dunn, Albrighton, Reo-Coker, Dean Whitehead…

    This fills me with optimism! It should do you as well. We need another striker at least, everyone agrees with that and we need to sort out Enrique’s contract but we are moving in the right direction and we are spending less than other teams while doing it.

    Sunderland are happy to spend millions of pounds bringing in average players from relegated teams. I say let them and when we beat them again this season who will be laughing!

  • Irie-Magpie

    Jul 2, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #14

    If we don’t bring in a striker I think AP may play Benny in a free roll kinda like Rooney/messi in behind BA BA’and shola ..

  • davybtoon

    Jul 2, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #15

    erding will sign i think

  • Milner

    Jul 2, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #16

    Best and Ranger are for sale, lets hope Xisco finally “Gets outtta our cluuuub”, which leaves us:

    Ba – unlikely to complete full season
    Shola – ” ”
    Airey – don’t know too much about him, seem to remember he playing a couple of cup matches and not scoring…??
    McLoven – can’t make the Danish Int scene, and while u cant fault his endevaour, he looked like he was struggling a bit last season to perform at TOP LEVEL.

    I’d say we need 2x strikers: be happy with Shane Long or Bangura Boys, and one SUPER STRIKER like sturri…well, to keep a foot in reality i’ll not finish his name – maybe Erding?

  • Lynxie

    Jul 2, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #17

    I dont think we necessarily need to be looking at a striker who is under 23 with lots of potential. This is one of the 2 positions where you need experienced and capable players (the other being goalkeeper). A striker who KNOWS how to get the ball in the net, as opposed to someone who might (in a few years time) be capable of scoring goals for fun. Ok lets have all the young uns running around like linties, but lets have a hungry monster in the top centre. A goal machine. Even if he is 33 or 32. Drogba anyone?

  • arfa chance

    Jul 2, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #18

    I’ve not seem anything official regarding being rid of best and ranger.its all paper talk rehashed from last year when they said the same thing.

  • davybtoon

    Jul 2, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #19

    cwarr reckons hatem ben arfa to handed no9 shirt

  • Stuart

    Jul 2, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #20

    haha no-one cares what cwarsehole has to say!

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jul 2, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #21

    ben arfa no 9 no chance

  • StuW

    Jul 2, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #22

    All he has to do is ask for a transfer, and it will be resolved.

  • SincerelySamuel

    Jul 2, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #23

    the only people who have said that best ranger and jonas are on the transfer list are the london rags when theres no news they make news i do not think best will be sold as he had an equal goals to games ratio as Ba

    Ranger will allmost certainly be loaned out if we bring in another striker pardews trying to sign a winger and striker which means as he has stated before BenArfa will almost certainly be deployed off the forward for me this is good + i doubt BenArfa will take number 9 when he arrived he asked for 55 nd got given 37 id guess number 4 will go to tiote tho and cabaye probs not number 7 as we still have a player in that shirt unless joey and him are gonna share an XXXL 🙂

    plus the taylor thing will certainly be sorted but nufc may have to do what they did with Barton and pay Naylors contract out aswell as the £1mil clause to keep the swans from peckin at the mags

  • max

    Jul 2, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #24


  • Junglist-Geordie

    Jul 3, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #25

    We need a STRIKER


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