, Bolton and Forest to battle for former Newcastle star

Bolton and Forest to battle for former Newcastle star

According to reports, Nottingham Forest are ready to offer a contract to former Newcastle defender Ryan Taylor.

Taylor wants a move to an English club after last week rejecting a contract offer from Belgian Pro League outfit, Standard Liege.

Beginning his career at Tranmere, Ryan Taylor had a huge part in Tranmere’s play-off push in the 2004/05 season scoring 8 goals and providing 3 assists in the process. This season was also the year he represented the England Under-21s. He joined up with Wigan Athletic for a fee of around £750k for the 2005/06 season.

Making 11 league appearances in his first season, his first injury came against Leeds in a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup Third Round. He then broke his leg on his return in a reserve match against Newcastle. He recovered from this scoring four goals in four matches against his soon-to-be employers, Newcastle. He only managed to mark six goals at Wigan, with more than half coming from a free-kicks.

He joined Newcastle on deadline day 2009 in swap deal with Charles N’Zogbia. Taylor bagged himself 6 goals when Newcastle dominated the Championship in 2009/10. Arguably, his most crucial goal in a Newcastle shirt was a free-kick to beat local rivals Sunderland 1-0.

He suffered two career-changing injuries and he was sidelined for most of the 2012/13 season, on his return he damaged his ligaments more which kept out of the whole of the 2013/14 season. His return was nothing but special, a Man-of-the-Match performance and a magical free-kick gave Newcastle a 2-0 win away at Manchester City. He was released at the end of last season along with Argentine, Jonas Gutierrez.

Taylor is a very versatile player, he can play across the back line and in the midfield. He can pick out a killer pass and can is free-kick specialist. He could play a big part in Forest or Bolton’s surge to the Premier League in the 2015/16 season, if he stays fit.

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