Newcastle United latest: Defenders eye exits as potential Cabaye replacement admits interest

Remy Cabella

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A summer of rebuilding is anticipated on Tyneside after a dismal second half of the season for Newcastle, and whilst it's mostly been arrivals that have been speculated so far, rumours of potential exits are beginning to gather pace. Jonathan Hope - agent of Magpies defender Steven Taylor - says that there is interest in his client after speculation regarding a move to Crystal Palace or Queens Park Rangers, but until Newcastle agree a fee, he isn't looking to leave.

"I have seen the press speculation with regards to Steven Taylor and it’s flattering, but at this stage I have not had any contact with QPR or Newcastle," said Hope. "Steven has 2 years left on his current deal and is happy playing for the club he’s been associated to for nineteen years.

"Should Newcastle tell us they’ve 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’s serious interest then I will sit down with Steven and discuss his options," he added.

Taylor could be joined out of the St. James' Park exit door by fellow defender James Tavernier. The 22-year-old full back enjoyed a superb loan spell with newly-promoted Championship side Rotherham United, and having impressed manager Steve Evans, Tavernier says he's open to a permanent deal.

"I have got a year left at Newcastle," Tavernier said. "It's down to Rotherham and Newcastle to sort something out, but yeah, playing in the Championship week in, week out is appealing. It's a great level and the club are going in the right direction, we'll just have to see what happens."

"Over the summer I will have a conversation with Newcastle and see where we go from there. Obviously I have put a good set of performances in so I will see where that takes me," continued the right back.

Meanwhile, reported transfer target Remy Cabella has admitted his interest in a move to England and confirmed that there is interest from Newcastle as the Magpies look to land a replacement for Yohan Cabaye. Cabella, 24, has been starring in France for Montpellier, but admitted that the time may be right to move on.

"Obviously the Premier League’s a fantastic league,” he told FourFourTwo. “For me, England and Germany are the top two leagues in the world. Newcastle were interested last January and there was a bit of contact, but it’s always difficult to move midway through a season. We’ll see what happens. There are lots of good clubs in England. If the chance comes along one day to play there – why not?"

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