Thursday, May 13, 2010

Taylor is an option as Arsenal reject Gallas

The 32-year-old centre-back's hopes of negotiating a lucrative two-year deal that will make him one of the highest paid players in the club has met a brickwall as the Gunners look set to consider the numerous options available to them.

According to this report Steven Taylor's agent is on red alert as he prepares to find a new destination for his client, who was recently involved in a bust-up with fellow teammate Andy Carroll.

The Gunners as well as, Chelsea and Everton, have being keeping tabs on the impressive toon defender, although no concrete offer has been made yet.

Arsene Wenger confirmed yesterday that he is on the lookout for an experienced defender, as he blamed his leaky defence for our end of season blues.
Arsene said a title-chasing team can't afford to concede 41 goals in 38 League matches.

"If you divide the season into two - going forward we have done very well but defensively we have been average.

"When you concede 40 goals you don't win the Championship and I want to rectify that.

"My transfer policy this summer will be to keep our strengths going forward, add one player, and add more defensive strength to our team."

Meanwhile, Arsenal have rejected William Gallas's hefty wage demand.
The player is currently in talks with the club over an unlikely extension to his contract which officially ends in the summer.

Although, Arsene Wenger made it clear earlier that he was ready to alter the club's stingy policy of offering only one-year deals to players above 30-years in order to retain his services, but Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-wood won't hear any of that.

He indirectly told Willie to sign for PSG now, by cleverly stating that he would only be prepared to extend Gallas's deal by a further year: "His demands are quite extravagant and I don't think we are prepared to go along with it," Hill-wood told the Daily Star.

"We would very much like him to stay, but I think for one year, and not on the money he wants. He is a good player, but you've got to draw the line somewhere.

"If he can get the money somewhere else, good luck to him. We still hope he will sign, but if he doesn't. It is not that we are being bloody-minded for the hell of it.
We have got to look forward and the cost of players isn't just in transfers, it is in the salaries as well. And we analyse this quite carefully, because we don't want to go bankrupt."