Roeder rates Taylor – but he's not about to sign him

David Cuffley City boss Glenn Roeder admits to being an admirer of Wigan defender Ryan Taylor - but says he will not be arriving on loan at Carrow Road. Taylor, 24, was linked with the Canaries last week and his manager, Steve Bruce, has confirmed he is prepared to let him go out on loan to gain regular first team football.

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City boss Glenn Roeder admits to being an admirer of Wigan defender Ryan Taylor - but says he will not be arriving on loan at Carrow Road.

Taylor, 24, was linked with the Canaries last week and his manager, Steve Bruce, has confirmed he is prepared to let him go out on loan to gain regular first team football.

Roeder is well aware of the former Tranmere full-back's abilities but said he was not about to check in at Colney.


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And Bruce said City's reported interest was "news to me".

"He is a good player but that's just speculation," said Roeder. "I'm certainly aware that he's a versatile player with Premier League experience, but of course, like all Premier League players, it comes at a cost of Premier League salaries as well. Sometimes people forget that there is a chasm between Premier League salaries and Championship salaries.

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"Once you're an established Premier League player, everyone knows what they earn - fortunes.

"As far as I'm concerned, he won't be turning up next week. What happens in the future, in January, who knows?"

Taylor, whose contract is up at the end of the season, has managed only nine minutes of Premier League football this term after suffering a shin injury on the pre-season trip to Austria, but he played the full 90 minutes for Wigan reserves in the 2-1 win against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.

Bruce's former club, Birmingham, were also said to be interested in Taylor, but they signed Nicky Hunt from Bolton on Monday.

"I believe there was a little interest from Birmingham, but they have probably gone for Hunt because he has been playing regularly. Norwich is news to me - I haven't heard about that one," said Bruce. "There have been a couple of little inquiries. But I think most clubs are a little concerned he hasn't played for two or three months. It is a big time for him because he is out of contract in the summer."

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