Newcastle reject Celtic approach for Taylor

The Magpies turn down a loan move for central defender Steven Taylor from Neil Lennon's side.

No go: Steven Taylor (right) has missed out on a move to Celtic after the SPL club had a loan move rejected.
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Newcastle United have rejected a loan bid from Celtic for defender Steven Taylor. The 24-year-old is on the transfer list at St James Park but STV Sport understands the English Premier League side have turned down the chance to send the player out on a temporary basis.

Taylor, who has made over 170 appearances for Chris Hughton's side, was made available for sale after talks stalled on a new contract. The England Under-21 and B international, now 24, is believed to have asked for £60,000 per week to stay with the club, which was rejected by Newcastle chiefs.

A shoulder injury is currently sidelining the central defender, who has been a virtual ever-present at Newcastle for the past four seasons. The London-born player made the breakthrough in 2003, after a short loan spell at Wycombe Wanderers.

Taylor has subsequently been absent from Newcastle's first three games back in the top flight, which has seen them take four points from their first three games. A 3-0 defeat to Manchester United was followed by a crushing 6-0 home win over Aston Villa and a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend.

Celtic have been in the market for central defensive cover throughout the summer transfer window, bringing in Daniel Majstorovic from AEK Athens in their only piece of business in that position.

Moves for Sol Campbell and Kelvin Wilson fell through, with the Hoops also linked with bids for Joseph Yobo and Curtis Davies in an attempt to bring in further cover for Jos Hooiveld, Glenn Loovens and Thomas Rogne.

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