Newcastle Have £1m Bid Rejected For Jose Enrique Replacement

Liberty Stadium star not allowed St James’ Park move.

Swansea City have rejected a £1million offer for defender Neil Taylor from Newcastle United amid confusion over his availability.

Toon Army boss Alan Pardew has been tracking the 22-year-old as a replacement for left-back Jose Enrique, a target for Liverpool and Arsenal.

The Magpies made the offer believing that was enough to activate a release clause in the Wales international’s contract.

Taylor played 24 league games for the Swans last season and helped them to secure promotion to the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history via the play-offs.

But Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins rejected the bid and expects Taylor to play a key role in helping his club avoid relegation back to the Championship.

“We recognise Neil as a young, talented Welsh player that has an important role to play at this club,” Jenkins told the club’s website.

“We brought him here from Wrexham and have helped nurture his development.

“He adjusted very well to the Championship last season and we look forward to seeing him play a big role as we enter the Premier League.

“That is why we have rejected Newcastle’s bid. I spoke to Neil’s agent today and he understands the situation.

“We have a big challenge ahead in the Premier League, but together we can maintain the progress made by this club over the last few years.”

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