Rumour Mill-Keeping Tabs on Maik Taylor
Burnley boss Brian Laws is interested in signing Birmingham City`s Northern Ireland international keeper Maik Taylor on a free transfer according to Alan Nixon in the Mirror.
Nixon goes on to say that Laws is willing to offer a two-year contract in an effort to attract him to Burnley and give him a chance to play first-team football albeit in the Championship after our relegaton.
The veteran keeper, now 38 is understood to be unhappy at St Andrews where he has had to be understudy to on-loan Joe Hart for the past year.
Taylor who was born in Hildesheim, Germany began his football career at ASC Nienburg before moving to England as a schoolboy.
He played for a spate of non-league clubs including Petersfield Town, Basingstoke Town and Farnborough Town before signing for Barnet in June 1995.
In January 1997 he was sold to Southampton, then in the Premiership for £500,000.
He replaced Dave Beasant in the first team and things looked rosy under Saints manager, Graeme Souness. However Souness left in the summer of 1997 to be replaced by Dave Jones who brought in several new players including keeper, Paul Jones.
Taylor found himself on the bench and was sold to Fulham in November 1997 for £800,000.
His first international cap for his adopted country Northern Ireland came in a 3-0 defeat by Germany in March 1999 and he has since made over 80 appearances.
Following Fulham's promotion to the Premier League Taylor's appearances were limited and in August 2003, he joined Birmingham on a year long loan with a view to signing a permanent contract. Steve Bruce decided to make the move permanent earlier signing him in the Janaury window of 2004.
If Laws does bring Taylor to Turf Moor, it automatically begs the question of what this will mean for current number one keeper, Brian Jensen. Jensen is out of contract this summer and is currently discussing terms for a new contract.
Our other keepers, Nicky Weaver, Diego Penny and Jonathan Lund must also be wondering what fate awaits them.