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Swansea City’s Neil Taylor would be interested in Fulham, says agent

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

Swansea City's Neil Taylor

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NEIL Taylor would be interested in a move to Fulham because he is desperate for regular first-team football.

That is the verdict of Taylor’s representative, Jamie Moralee, after Fulham tabled a bid which is reportedly worth around £4 million for the Swansea City left-back.

Swansea have so far refused to comment after it emerged that new Cottagers boss Rene Meulensteen has firmed up his interest in the Welsh international defender.

But it appears they may have a fight on their hands to keep Taylor because he is frustrated over a lack of game-time at the Liberty.

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“Neil wants to play football,” Moralee said, “and it doesn’t look like he is going to do that under the current manager at Swansea.

“This is not about wanting to leave Swansea City, it’s about wanting to play some games.

“He has been out for 13 or 14 months with injury and the last thing he wants after getting back to fitness is not to play.

“But it seems pretty clear that Michael Laudrup doesn’t fancy Neil because even after he played in a fantastic win at Manchester United, he didn’t play in the next game.”

Taylor was Swansea’s first-choice left-back in their maiden Premier League and, after impressing at the Olympics, he began the Laudrup era in the side.

But when the former Wrexham man shattered his ankle early last season, youth product Ben Davies stepped up and seized his chance.

With Taylor fully fit at the start of this season, there was much speculation about which left-back Laudrup would pick.

It was Davies who got the nod from the outset and, as a result, Taylor has managed just 11 Swansea appearances so far this term, only three of which have been Premier League starts.

“I believe a bid has gone in from Fulham but I don’t think anybody has heard anything from Swansea in terms of a response,” added Moralee, of New Era Global Sports Management.

“I am waiting for Swansea to tell me what’s going on and only then might my job kick in.

“Neil hasn’t spoken to anyone at Fulham — nobody has — but I believe Fulham have probably recognised that Swansea are blessed with two very good left-backs.

“Other clubs can see that Neil isn’t playing and that’s the way the transfer market works.

“I am sure if Neil was playing at Swansea and Ben Davies was the one out of the side, other clubs would be looking at Ben Davies.”

Taylor signed a new contract in December 2012 which runs until the summer of 2016.

Laudrup said last week that Swansea could not consider letting Taylor go during the January transfer window, but suggested they would consider a deal at the end of the season.

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  • TipOff  |  January 24 2014, 12:33AM

    Swansea stuck by neil and gave him a new contract knowing he would not play for a year when he did his ankle. Its time for him to repay that debt and investment and show a bit of backbone. Ladrup will probably be gone by the end of this season, and I'm sure he'll get some game time. Fulham have a real chance of getting relegated, more than us IMO. Look at all the players that have left Swansea and gone onto better things? For most of them its back fired and joining a club like Fulham is a huge gamble.

  • abertawejack  |  January 23 2014, 1:12PM

    Be strange for Neil to go now, when by rights he should wait until next season as Vildmis stated, again I fully agree that Ben Davies, is more mid field benefit to us than full back: Chico is a strong player but is head strong, I'm sure there's bets on before any game that'll he'll end up with a yellow or equity card. lol Anyway as I've stated elsewhere, I remain complacent until after the next four PL games, to see if our side is actually that complacent. We've played the big boys now comes the teams in our patch, (not counting Liverpool. Fulham are in our patch at present, so I'm sorry Neil boyo, they ain't going above us with your expertise just yet and that's a fact. So grab ML and sort him out, your much to good to sell just yet. C'mon u SwanssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssYeehaa.

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  • waunarlwydd  |  January 23 2014, 1:00PM

    I've just read that Fulham are going for a 20 yr old Leicester defender so what's the truth?

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  • IanKillay  |  January 23 2014, 12:14PM

    I would play Neil at left back and Ben further forward as he's already scored a couple of goals, especially with the midfield injuries we have at the moment.

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  • JimmyMush  |  January 23 2014, 10:55AM

    BL should try him on the right ahead of Tiendali. Prob do a better job in MF than Amat who should stay in the back.

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  • C.Lion  |  January 23 2014, 10:25AM

    Swap deal for Berbatov and £££'s ;)

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  • lumpy73  |  January 23 2014, 9:37AM

    Right now, I'd happily have Ben Davies at centre half alongside Ash replacing the rather erratic Chico and play Taylor at left back.

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  • Vildmis  |  January 23 2014, 9:00AM

    Davies has done amazingly well, just when needed. Both of them will have game-time until summer. Its probably just Taylor's fearful representative, that wants him to leave right now. Taylor has class. if he wants to leave himself, he should wait as his price will rise as Fulham, west ham, Cardiff stoke will fall..

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