Why Steven Taylor's stay is welcome relief for Newcastle United

The agent of Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor has claimed that the defender will be staying put this summer.

The centre-back made just 11 appearances for the Magpies this term, and has attracted the attention of a number of clubs, according to his representative Jonathan Hope.

However, the agent has stated that the long-serving Taylor won't be moving away from St James' Park.

The Chornicle quotes Hope as saying: “I can confirm I have had talks to several clubs in regards to Taylor. Yes, a lot of interest and great opportunities but I will state now Steven Taylor is going nowhere.

“He is contractually obliged to Newcastle United and he wants to play for the club he loves. Despite media reports I am saying now Steven Taylor and myself are not interested in talking to anyone else.

“Our focus is Newcastle and fighting for a place in Alan Pardew’s plans. He is not looking to leave Newcastle and hopefully this will end speculation over his future.”

Hope's comments are likely to be welcomed on Tyneside as Alan Pardew looks to try and ease fan frustration over lack of transfers.

Despite his limited number of appearances last term, not many embody the passion of the Newcastle fans like Taylor does, and he is a key link between the squad and the fans - Pardew can do without further upheaval to his playing squad.

The manager will certainly have to recruit at least one striker this summer following the departures of Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong.

Ameobi has been released following the expiration of his contract, while Remy and De Jong have returned to Queens Park Rangers and Borussia Monchengladbach respectively, after their loan deals ended.

The signing of Remy Cabella is no closer as they continue to thrash out a deal with Montpellier for the highly-rated French midfielder.

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