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Newcastle tried to find compromise in Taylor dilemma

Newcastle United attempted to broker a compromise with Steven Taylor ahead of transfer-listing him last week.

The Sunday Mirror says Toon owner Mike Ashley offered to exclude the former England under-21 skipper from a clause significantly reducing salaries on new contracts in the event of relegation.

But after the player' agent, Paul Stretford, declined the deal, Ashley immediately listed Taylor, now in the final ten months of his contract, ahead of Tuesday's transfer deadline.

The Taylor camp now fear that the injured player will be frozen out at St. James' Park after leaving the club's near £40,000-a-week offer lying on the table. Relationships between Newcastle and Stretford are severely strained.

A Newcastle source revealed: "Newcastle simply ran out of patience with the protracted negotiations involving Paul Stretford.

"Ashley believes Newcastle made a very fair offer that involved wages images rights and was prepared to forgo the relegation clause that applies to future contracts. When that failed to produce a breakthrough he put Taylor on the transfer list.

"Taylor genuinely wants to stay at Newcastle but is upset at being transfer-listed and the only solution to the impasse may be that he moves on."

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