Newcastle United are set to make an improved offer for Swansea City defender Neil Taylor, according to reports.
The Toon have had a £1 million offer for the Welsh international rejected, but reports in the Daily Mail claim Alan Pardew is preparing a second, improved offer for the player.
"We recognise Neil as a young, talented Welsh player that has an important role to play at this club," said Swans chairman Huw Jenkins in a statement.
"We brought him here from Wrexham and have helped nurture his development. He adjusted very well to the Championship last season and we look forward to seeing him play a big role as we enter the Premier League.
"That is why we have rejected Newcastle United's bid. I spoke to Neil's agent today and he understands the situation. We have a big challenge ahead in the Premier League, but together we can maintain the progress made by this club over the last few years."
Newcastle United have been linked with a handful of left backs this summer, with the Magpies searching the market for a player in the position amidst constant speculation that Jose Enrique will leave St James' Park this summer.
Whilst one paper reports that the Magpies will make an improved bid, reports in the Northern Echo claims Newcastle officials are now willing to be drawn into a transfer war for the player, which suggests any other offer is likely to be the club's last.
Elsewhere, Newcastle United are tipped to step-up their interest in Darron Gibson in the next 24 hours, with Pardew hoping to secure the £5 million-rated player's signature as soon as possible amidst interest from Sunderland.
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