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Taylor plans Newcastle stay

Steven Taylor plans to stay at Newcastle despite attracting interest from other clubs, according to his agent.

Central defender Taylor has been linked with possible moves to Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace this summer after finding his first-team chances at Newcastle limited last season.

However, Taylor, who has come through the ranks at Newcastle, is determined to stay at St James' Park and fight for his place in Alan Pardew's plans.

Taylor's representative, Jonathan Hope, has admitted there has been interest from rival clubs for the 28-year-old, but the former England Under 21 international has no plans to leave his boyhood club.

"I can confirm that I've had talks to several clubs in regards to Taylor," Hope told Sky Sports. "Yes a lot of interest and great opportunities but I will state now that 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'm 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.

"We are not looking to leave Newcastle and hopefully this will end speculation over his future."