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Moyes & Hodgson Both Keen On £2M Eng U21 Captain

Rumour has it that Newcastle United centre-back Steven Taylor is a transfer target for both Liverpool and Everton.

The former England under 21 captains contract is due to expire in the summer and he is becoming frustrated with the lack of negotiations to re-new it.

Taylor, 24, is one of United’s more experienced players and despite his 10 month absence due to injury, was restored for the Premier League draw with Chelsea and performed admirably alongside Sol Campbell. He is allegedly worried that the club don’t value his services as much as other senior players.

The news of Liverpool and Everton’s interest will only work in his favour when he does finally sit down with club officials. Roy Hodgson is said to be a long-term admirer of Taylor and would be more than prepared to part with his £2 million valuation to make him a Liverpool player, as he looks to sturdy up a somewhat questionable back line.

David Moyes on the other hand, sees Taylor as the perfect partner for Phil Jagielka and believes the two could become a rock solid central unit. He is also impressed by Taylor’s ability to fill in at right back when needed.

News of Taylors agent Paul Stretford visiting the United training ground to re-open discussions , are likely to move the Mersey clubs interest along and if there is still a stumbling block over the increase of his £40,000 a week salary both will be ready to pounce come January.

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