St James’ Park defender wanted by Eastlands boss.
Transfer-listed Newcastle United centre-back Steven Taylor is on Manchester City’s wanted list for next summer.
The 24-year-old has been at Newcastle his entire career and has endeared himself to the Toon supporters with his wholehearted displays for his home-town club.
However, things have gone sour for Taylor over the past several months. Firstly, he suffered a knee injury towards the end of last season and he has also been unable to agree a new deal with the club.
Newcastle are thought to have offered Taylor a contract worth £40,000-a-week, while Taylor’s representatives wanted something closer to £60,000.
As a result, Newcastle placed Taylor on the transfer list and with only a year left on his current deal at St James’ Park, Manchester City are said to be keen to pick him up for free next summer, according to The People.
The Sunday newspaper claims that Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given has recommended his former Newcastle team-mate Taylor to Roberto Mancini.
Taylor recently attempted to distance himself from speculation, saying “All I am doing is concentrating on getting myself fit and making myself available for selection.” (IMScouting)
Steven Taylor has had a few issues of late with the club he has represented in determined fashion for the best part of seven years. Issues related to his wage demands have been circulating for some time and now reported interest from Manchester City may well result in the England hopeful making a move to Eastlands in the summer.
Roberto Mancini is apparently not 100% satisfied with his back line and even though the mega rich club has spent the best part of £65m on defensive recruits Kolo Toure, Joleon Lescott, Jerome Boateng and Alexander Kolarov the Italian is still not completely happy with his defence.
A free move for Taylor may well tempt the St James’ Park man especially if he is given a huge wage offer by Man City which will surely dwarf the £60k a week he is currently trying to negotiate but his heart is clearly is with Newcastle United and a lot will depend on how hard his club tries to accommodate his demands.