Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has revealed Steven Taylor is close to signing a new deal at the club.
Taylor's future at St James' Park has been the subject of intense speculation in recent months with the defender having just over a year to run on his current deal.
A number of clubs are understood to be monitoring the defender's situation, but Hughton fully expects the 24-year-old to extend his stay on Tyneside.
"As I understand it work is being done at the moment on a new contract for Steven Taylor and we're hopeful he will sign it," Hughton told The Journal.
"It's something we've been working on for a while, but these things do take some time.
"I've had a chat with Steven and he's very much a player we want to keep and from what he has told me, he is also someone who very much wants to stay at Newcastle United."