Hammers looking to bolster their defence in the summer
With Steven Taylor on their hit list.
Taylor is contracted to Newcastle United until the end of next season and the defender has spent his entire career at St James’ Park. However, club owner Mike Ashley appears determined not to spend enormous sums of cash on signings or new contracts in order to gamble on Premier League survival.
Although Taylor would like to stay at Newcastle United , he may consider a move if the club cannot offer him the terms he believes he deserves.
West Ham’s hopes of signing centre-back Taylor will be conditional on Premier League survival. Hammers’ assistant boss Steve Clarke knows Taylor from his days as Ruud Gullit’s right-hand man at Newcastle United and encouraged his former club Chelsea to move for the defender during his time there.
However, even if Clarke and Hammers’ manager Gianfranco Zola are shown the door at West Ham, the People speculates that there is enough support at Upton Park to make a move for Taylor regardless of who is the manager.
Taylor has been crucial to Newcastle United ‘s promotion to the Premier League, although recently he was at the centre of a training ground bust-up with team-mate Andy Carroll, which left him with a broken jaw.