QPR and Crystal Palace target wants to stay at Newcastle United

Steven Taylor

Steven Taylor has reiterated his desire to stay at St James’ Park, weeks after being linked with Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace.

Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor has pledged his future to Newcastle United, despite interest from a host of Premier League rivals.

Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace are both rumoured to be monitoring the situation surrounding the 28-year-old, who managed just 10 Premier League appearances for the Magpies last term.

Currently competing with the likes of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Mikes Williamson for a first-team place, there had been some speculation that Taylor would seek a move away in a bid to secure first-team football.

The defender’s agent has previous rebuffed any suggestion of a move to London and Taylor has now followed suit, telling the Shields Gazette that he has no intention of departing the Toon this summer.

"I’m happy here ...This is my hometown club, and I’ve got two years left on my contract," he told the news provider.

"I love it here. I’m enjoying my football and coming in with a smile on my face every day."

Taylor could even find his first-team opportunities enhanced, should Newcastle decide to offload Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

The France international has been linked with a move away from St James’ Park this summer, following an indifferent spell in the north east.

At present, it is thought that the 25-year-old’s wages have been a major stumbling block to any move, but that situation could be subject to change.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew may even decide to keep faith with the Bangui-born player who still has bags of potential for the future, given his relatively young age.

Signed from Montpellier for £8.5 million back in January of 2013, it’s also thought that those behind the scenes at the club would be keen to recoup as much of that transfer fee as possible.

Newcastle have enjoyed a busy summer in the transfer market, with six new signings already confirmed by the club and more potentially following.

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