Taylor talks over new Toon deal

The defender’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the

season and reports have suggested he is looking to move on. The

Magpies are keen for him to stay, though, and are prepared to offer

him improved terms. New boss Pardew admits he has already held

discussions with the former England Under-21 international

regarding his future and is confident an agreement can be reached.

He said: “I have spoken to Steven Taylor this week. I haven’t had

an indication that he wants to leave. “It is far from resolved but

I think it is a decision where Steven wants the contract to be

right for him. “He wants a contract that he thinks is fair for his

ability and his ability going forward. I think that is fair. “That

is something I will try and work out when I sit down with him and

his agent. “I will try and get a resolution. I think if he could,

he would stay if we can get that right. “I want him to stay. I want

to know what the problem is and can we resolve it. “We might not,

but I am hoping we can. He is a good player and has been involved

in the full England squad. “You don’t want to lose a player of that

calibre. My job is to ensure I do everything I can to keep him. If

I don’t, we have to go and get a replacement of his calibre.”

Pardew has also outlined his ambition to keep Chiek Tiote at St

James’ Park for as long as possible, with the Ivorian midfielder

having starred since completing a summer switch to England. He

added: “We need to protect Tiote and ensure he stays for the next

five or six years.”