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Neil Taylor Case To Go To Arbitration Board

The case of Swansea left-back Neil Taylor has been referred to a Premier League arbitration panel.

Neil Taylor – case will go to arbitration board

We had expected Newcastle to try to get some legal judgment on that release clause in Neil’s  contract, and the Newcastle Journal is reporting today that Taylor has gone to the Premier League to try to bring an end to the stalemate.

The player’s agent has written to the Premier League looking for some guidance as to what to do, and the case is now to go to arbitration.

If Newcastle lose this case, you can bet the contract rules for release clauses will need to be re-written to be more clear than they seem to be at the moment.

This is the second time this summer that a club have argued the release clause only gave a club the right to speak to the player, and it was not the actual transfer price.

Blackburn tried that with center-back Phil Jones, when he was being transferred to Manchester United, but they then relented – but Swansea haven’t.

But clubs can never speak personal terms to a player unless a fee has first been agreed, which is one reason the release clause figure is the transfer amount – and why it’s called a release clause.

Otherwise why would a club speak to a player if they were willing to pay £1M as stated by the release clause, only to find out the fee was actually say £7M – it makes no logical sense.

That’s basically what Swansea are arguing, and what Blackburn were initially arguing with the Red Devils for Phil Jones.

But to be fair to Swansea, the Welsh club are dismayed they may lose a very good player for just £1M.

The case will go to an arbitration panel over the two weeks and this is what Taylor’s agent Jamie Moralee told The Journal today:

“It is slow progress at the moment but at the same time it needs to be resolved because the lad is in a very delicate position,”

“At the moment clarification is being sought from the Premier League and we are waiting for that but Newcastle have made it clear that they won’t go above £1M, which is not an offer that Swansea will accept.”

Newcastle want Taylor as a back-up to either Jose Enrique or whoever is brought in to replace Jose, should he move on this summer.

The 22 year-old improved greatly last season in the Championship, after he had moved from Wrexham last summer, and the Magpies no doubt will be hoping that vast improvement will continue next season.

But Jose Enrique’s options for leaving Newcastle may be dwindling,  as Arsene Wenger said yesterday that Arsenal would not be signing a new left back to replace Gail Clichy, who signed last week for Manchester City.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • Stuart

    Jul 12, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #1

    He’ll be coming here for 1m. Swansea don’t have a leg to stand on.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #2

    swansea will lose this case and he will be coming to us for 1million. they are just wasting everyone’s time.

  • So pleased that I didn’t write First.

  • or second

  • ilovetoon8788, it’ll probably cost them as well.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 12, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Aye swansea are gona look stupid here

  • toonfan76

    Jul 12, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #7

    With regards to strikers. These Bangura’s are smashing goals in for fun in the Swedish premier league, They played together on the streets of Sierra Leone as kids, Their dream was to play together in Europe which they are doing now, They are not related by the way. Think they may come as a pair. These guys have come from the forth division to the premier league in Sweden within 2 years. I think these guys have played together for so long that they know each others game inside out. Could be worth a punt.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 12, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #8

    News that we rejected Swansea’s £1.5m bid for Rout, wonder if this was as some form of revenge?

  • MykToonFan

    Jul 12, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Swansea already look stupid. Keeping a player against his will on a (problematic) legal technicality?

    They’re trying to make it look like they can hold their own in the Premiership by not succumbing to bids for their players, which I respect, but they’re making themselves look ridiculous because of the circumstances.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 12, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #10


    Yeah, could well be worth a punt, and I cant see them costing a fortune really.

    Surely it benefits the club on all levels, expanding our fan base into Sierra Leone?

  • Lachu

    Jul 12, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #11

    Jose Enrique is not the most “sough-after “, after all.. its me just hoping

  • Lachu

    Jul 12, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #12

    @ MykToonFan, i think they just want to get more for him rather than hold on to him ,

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 12, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #13
  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 12, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Shane Long…

    West Brom are ready to spend £8m – a new club record – on Reading striker Shane Long.

  • Tommyy

    Jul 12, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #15

    Hmm well at least we should see some sort of conclusion soon. I’d be highly surprised if we didn’t get him for 1M now.
    On a different note, I don’t suppose any of you would know anyone who would be interested in renting a room in a house in Jesmond with 3 students for 12 months? I’ve just been offered work placement in Nottingham so can’t take it up, but they are making me pay the whole rent unless I can find someone else to fill it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • Lachu

    Jul 12, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #16

    As soon as west brom get Long , we shd bid for p.odemwingie , for 7m, proven support striker

  • Stuart

    Jul 12, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #17

    too old for MA I reckon like Lachu, hes 29.

  • toonfan76

    Jul 12, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #18

    Might as well try and get both Bangura’s , Strenth in depth, These guys could be like the Dwight Yorke/Andy Cole combination when they were at their best for Manure.

  • BonVoyageBenny

    Jul 12, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #19

    This was always going to be the case. Neil Taylor will push this transfer through no matter what, it’s obvious he wants to play here.

  • Lachu

    Jul 12, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #20

    guys anybody fancies JO from Man city , is he available , affordable , looked Fairly decent @ everton .

  • toonfan76

    Jul 12, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #21

    I haven’t seen much of Shane Long aprt from that You tube video where he seems to be taking a lot of penalties and passes to one of his team mates with his arse. Is he any good?

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 12, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #22


    There must be issues with him though, he goes places on loan and always ends up back at Citeah, bet he is on silly money wages.

  • Lachu

    Jul 12, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #23

    ^ so u mean to say , he s Mancity’s very own Xisco .. lol

  • Drona

    Jul 12, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #24

    Should have given Swansea a few sheep to settle it.

  • toon soldier 15

    Jul 12, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #25

    @toonfan yeah mate, seen a good bit of him playin for Ireland like, I reckon hes already better than keane and doyle, hes fast, strong shot and a bit of a goal-poacher. £10 million isn’t a risk at all imo, give him the no. 9 and he will step up.

  • SincerelySamuel

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #26

    Get both Bangura’s for what we’d blow on Long that way we have a pre built strike partnership not sayin Long isnt good enough just sayin id rather have these 2 21yr olds who already kno each others games and are versitile than Long 1 24/25 yr old out and out forward + most of us gents like a Teteh from time to time 😛 (sorry)

  • shabunkin

    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #27


    yeah , its always good seeing people in toon tops carrying AK47’s 😛

  • SincerelySamuel

    Jul 12, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #28

    @ shabunkin #27
    mate weve already got ranger for that 😛

  • jim

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #29
  • UpTheRoad

    Jul 12, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #30

    He must be some player if we are willing to take legal action…normally a club would interest.

  • UpTheRoad

    Jul 12, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #31

    *drop interest


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