Do Arsenal Need Steven Taylor of Newcastle?

Callum D'SouzaSenior Writer IAugust 21, 2009

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 16:  Steven Taylor of Newcastle in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Fulham at St James'  Park on May 16, 2009 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Rumour has it that Arsenal are set to lodge an £8 million bid for promising Newcastle defender Steven Taylor. The Magpie center half has shown some promising signs at Newcastle, and with the Magpies' relegation problem, the 23-year-old could liken to a possibility of playing for Arsenal.

Everton, who Arsenal hammered in the opening round of the Premier League 6-1, are also said to be keen to have Taylor as a replacement for Joleon Lescott if he departs.

Taylor has a great leap and is able to clear headers from set pieces. The Englishman also shows great strength and determination in his tackles. Also, at 23 Taylor still has a huge future under Wenger, who happens to be a great admirer of the 6'2" defender.

But with Wenger signing Thomas Vermaelen, who has proved to be a great buy, and the likes of William Gallas, Johan Djourou, and Mikael Silvestre already established, quality center halves, do Arsenal need Steven Taylor?

Arsenal are set to bid around £8 million for Taylor, which is relatively cheap, and he could prove to be an incredibly useful buy—especially if the huge injury toll Arsenal usually receive kicks in.

But Taylor could prove to be a waste of money that could be used on chasing a quality striker or midfielder. Rafael Van der Vaart is also said to be on Wenger's list.