Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace could be set to take Steven Taylor away from Tyneside for the first time in his life to bring him to London.
Taylor has played for Newcastle United all his life, making his debut for the senior side more than 10 years ago, in the 2003-2004 season. Taylor made 25 league appearances for Newcastle in the 2012-2013 season, however this season that has dropped to just 10, kept out by the form of Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Wiliamson.
With his place in the first team far from guaranteed, manager Alan Pardew is apparently ready to listen to offers for 28 year old. Pardew rates Taylor at £5 million however, which is a lot more than the £2 million that Queens Park Rangers appear prepared to pay.
Taylor’s agent Jonathan Hope, has put the ball into the Magpies court, suggesting that they won’t push for a move, and will only react to whatever the Newcastle management decide.
He said, “Steven has two years left on his current deal and is happy playing for the club he has been associated to for 19 years. Should Newcastle tell us they have agreed a fee with any club, then the situation will change.
“The clubs that have expressed an interest in Taylor are all very interesting and if there is serious interest then I will sit with Steven and discuss his options.”
Taylor still has 2 years left on his contract with Newcastle, meaning he is under no pressure to find a new club any time soon, however he is keen to play first team football next season, and appears to have conceded that isn’t likely to happen at Newcastle. Perhaps London will offer the defender a new challenge and the opportunity to start week in week out.