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Pardew rules out Taylor loan

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is not prepared to part with Steven Taylor on loan and is convinced Yohan Cabaye will stay.

Last Updated: 20/12/13 at 10:38 Post Comment

Steven Taylor: Fully fit but must be prepared to battle for a starting berth

Steven Taylor: Fully fit but must be prepared to battle for a starting berth

Transfer gossip is beginning to build ahead of the opening of the winter window, with clubs across Europe set to shuffle their respective packs.

Newcastle will be among those looking to do business, with there every chance that there will be comings and goings at St James' Park in the New Year.

Pardew has, however, moved quickly to play down any suggestion that long-serving centre-half Taylor - who has not figured since the opening game of the season - could be among those he looks to move out.

He said in The Times: "I think he's a terrific player.

"He is fit. He wants to play, just like Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa wants to play, Hatem Ben Arfa wants to play, Papiss Cisse wants to play.

"Am I going to loan them all because they want a game? Of course not. They have to fight for their place and that's where Steven is.

"I had a very sensible conversation with Steven this week. I think he knows where I stand with it all. I've said to him that we have a lot of games coming up.

"Sometimes as a manager when you have three games in a month it is difficult to look a player in the eye and tell them there is a lot of hope, but I think, genuinely, I can say to him: 'Let's see how we get on', because we have so many matches."

Meanwhile, Pardew has reiterated his desire to keep French midfielder Cabaye on Tyneside - despite mounting interest from afar and the player himself admitting to having ambitions of gracing the UEFA Champions League.

The Magpies manager said in The Sun: "I am pretty confident that my owner and the club are in a great financial position. I would be a lot more nervous if we weren't.

"He's a great player, there are always going to be big clubs sniffing around him.

"We are fortunate to have him, we are enjoying him while he is here and long may that continue."

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