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Steven Taylor maintains he is happy to continue negotiations over a new contract with Newcastle, despite the club placing him on the transfer list.

Taylor's current deal is due to expire at the end of the season and the Magpies have reluctantly decided to cash in on him now rather lose the 24-year-old on a free transfer next summer.

"We can confirm that Steven Taylor is on the transfer list,'' a club spokesman confirmed, without adding any further details. It is believed the two parties are some way apart on the issue of wages.

But Taylor later released a statement of his own, through agent Paul Stretford, that insisted he was still happy to continue negotiations with the club.

It read: "Figures released to the media do not accurately reflect the position of either Steven or his agent. Both remain happy to continue negotiations over a new and extended Newcastle United contract.

"Steven was disappointed and surprised to hear through third parties that the club had decided to transfer list him. He has always given 100% to the club and will continue to do so given the opportunity.''

It may be that the club's stance is a bargaining ploy and that there could yet be movement, but the Mike Ashley regime has adopted a strict policy on wages which it is not prepared to break.

Taylor's situation has been monitored for some time by a series of potential suitors, including Liverpool and Chelsea, and while he has repeatedly stated he wants to play for his home-town club - he stayed last summer to play in the Championship when he might have moved - matters could yet be taken out of his hands.

Taylor emerged from the ranks to become a genuine first-team player at Newcastle and is a fans favourite. He is currently recovering from shoulder surgery after missing the second half of last season through injury.

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