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Taylor frustrated by lack of Newcastle contract talks

With Newcastle's season threatening to descend into chaos, defender Steven Taylor has voiced his frustration with the club's failure to offer him a new deal.

Taylor has ascended through the ranks on Tyneside and has been a regular fixture in the side.

The England Under-21 international is keen to remain on Tyneside, but a deal has not yet been struck and he has taken aim at the club's paymasters.

"I have heard nothing at all about a new contract," Taylor, who is tied to the club until the summer of 2009, told The Sunday Mirror. "It is up to the chairman to offer me one, but the longer it goes without any feedback the more concerned I'm becoming."

Taylor's ire is not aimed at Magpies manager Kevin Keegan who is looking to guide the club clear of relegation.

"Kevin Keegan has been fantastic to me since he came in," added Taylor.

"But I don't think this is down to him.

"It has to be sorted out by the people upstairs. There has been a lack of contact.

"My dad has been mucked about. Meetings have been cancelled. For things to have dragged on this long is a joke."

Taylor has made his position clear, as he added: "The longer I hear nothing the more I fear they will want to sell me. If there is no offer on the table by the summer, then I will have no choice but to look at my options."

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