Hughton hopeful over Toon trio

Defender Taylor has been linked with a move to Liverpool, while

Stoke and Chelsea have been credited with an interest in striker

Carroll. Highly-rated goalkeeper Krul is also thought to have

attracted interest from a number of clubs, but Hughton is confident

all three players will remain at St James’ Park. “I’ve consistently

said it’s important to keep the players you want to keep,” Hughton

told the Evening Chronicle. “We need to add to the squad, but it’s

also important not to lose what we have. I’m very confident we’ll

keep everybody. “As far as those whose contracts are close – Tim

Krul, Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor – I’m confident about all of

them.” Hughton admits he will not rush into making new signings as

he wants to bring the right type of player to St James’ Park. “We

need to be thinking about bringing in the right type of player and

the right amount of players,” he said. “If we’re able to get

players in quicker, then I understand the benefits of that, but

what’s more important is getting in the right amount of players.

“As for the loans structure, clubs are going to assess what they

have got.”