QPR want Newcastle defender Taylor

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp wants to bring Newcastle centre-back Steven Taylor to Loftus Road, the Chronicle has reported, but Taylor is said to be unsure about leaving both the North East and the Premier League.

QPR dropped into the Championship at the end of last season and Redknapp is currently plotting how to return the Londoners to the top flight at the first time of asking, with Taylor said to have been identified as part of the manager’s plan.

However, Taylor is not said to be looking to leave Newcastle and has three years remaining on his contract at the club, as well as a close working relationship with manager Alan Pardew. QPR tried to tempt Newcastle into a deal for Taylor by offering striker Loic Remy in a swap move but Taylor showed no interest in heading south.

Taylor would have joined a number of former Newcastle teammates, with both Danny Simpson and Joey Barton contracted to the R’s. Simpson has just moved to the club after his Newcastle contract expired while Barton spent last season on loan with Ligue 1 side Marseille.

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