Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Benitez sets his sights on Newcastle United Stopper

Newcastle United captain Steven Taylor is being touted as a possible new recruit for Liverpool, according to a report in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle. The news of interest from Rafael Benitez sees the Spaniard join a long list of suitors which also includes Aston Villa’s Martin O’Neill and Everton’s David Moyes. Taylor has repeatedly spoken out about the chaotic off-field situation enveloping the Magpies squad and hinted that Mike Ashley’s inability to sell the club could see further stars follow in the footsteps of Obafemi Martins, Michael Owen, Mark Viduka and Damian Duff.

The news of Liverpool interest comes on the same day that interim boss Chris Hughton has played down speculation linking Taylor with a move to the blue half of Merseyside.
“He is very much still Newcastle’s player and he is desperate to get on with things and do well for the team,” said Hughton.
“As far as I know, he is still at the club at the moment. Whether anything has happened that I don’t know about is a different matter but I’m pretty sure he’ll be playing on Wednesday.
“Him asking to leave or leaving is not something that I’m aware of. I haven’t been told by anyone that there has been a bid and I’m sure that I would be informed by someone if anything like that had happened.
"Obviously, he’s a good player and Steven has been playing well. He is obviously someone who is very important to the team.”

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