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TAYLOR WEIGHS UP LOAN; United defender frustrated over missing out.

Byline: Neil Cameron Sports Writer

STEVEN TAYLOR is considering a January loan move in a bid to kickstart his season.

The long-time Newcastle United servant has, according to his agent Willie McKay, been offered a new deal with his boyhood club.

But this campaign has been a disaster for the centre-half whose good performances in March earned him a callup by Roy Hodgson to the England squad.

The 27-year-old has played just 45 minutes of football this season, in the first game against Manchester City when he was sent off. And since then he has struggled with a hamstring problem and has been forced to watch Mike Williamson come in and cement his place in Alan Pardew's side.

McKay yesterday suggested Taylor could move on next month on a temporary basis when the transfer window opens.

He said: "Steven's now fully fit, but he's frustrated not to be playing as that's what he loves doing. He's not Taylor looks at loan to get some game time been involved for the last six games, and of course it's frustrating. "Steven fully understands that the team have been on a good winning run, and the manager does not want to change a winning team. "Joe Kinnear has promised Steven a new deal inS January, and he could be made available for loan if he's not going to be playing." Taylor made his debut for Newcastle 10 years ago this month and has played 236 times for United, scoring 13 goals. Kinnear has always been a fan of Taylor, which would explain the offer of a long-term contract. When he was manager of the club, the current director of football told Taylor that he saw him as a future Newcastle captain. But the player's time out of the team is not doing him any good and it would perhaps be best if he did move on.

Taylor is a lifelong United fan and would hate the idea of leaving St James' Park on a permanent basis. He has even taken to writing his own short match reports on his personal blog. And yesterday he played down the scuffle at the end of Saturday's match with Southampton. Taylor said: "I thought our work rate was spot on again. We matched a team which, after us, has been the hardest-working side in the Premier League this season in my view. "I don't think what happened between the benches was any - thing more than handbags."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 17, 2013
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