Date: 31st May 2009 at 10:24am
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Despite indications that the lad is keen to stay with Newcastle, it looks like the Premier League clubs are circling over Steven Taylor now. Both West Ham and Spurs have been mentioned in today`s Sunday rags, with £4m as the fee mentioned so far.

Given Ashley`s announcement over the club`s future, it seems very much a cut and run job for the Barrow Boy. With the £40m working capital facility requiring to be serviced and our merry band of mercenaries scrabbling in a stupendous £1.2m a week in wages, it won`t take long to start stretching operating facilities quite seriously.

The predictions of quick sales of assets don`t just lie with Ashley, with the likes of Taylor, Bassong and Martins also set to clear some wedge off the wage bill. A sad state of affairs – surely Pompey`s Arab owner could have seen more potential with NUFC?