Newcastle have been rather quiet over the last couple of weeks in regards to transfer talk; while Alan Pardew and a selection of players have hinted at some ins and outs, there haven’t been any concrete names spoken of yet.
This may have worried Newcastle fans, with the club enduring a history of making big sales, like the £35 million Andy Carroll deal, and not necessarily putting the money back into the club.
But the last couple of days will give fans hope of a new look Newcastle squad by the end of the summer, with as many as four developments in exits and incomings at St James’ Park.
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has confirmed that the Toon have made a play for left back Neil Taylor, with Jenkins telling reporters: "We have received a proposal from Newcastle regarding Neil, but it has not been accepted or rejected at this stage.
"We have received a number of bids for Neil's services and we will be talking it over with him when he returns from a break next week."
With Newcastle being able to offer Taylor Premier League experience with an established top flight club, and the 22-year-old costing a modest fee of £1 million according to the BBC, the purchase would be a win-win situation for both parties as Taylor decides his future.
With Joey Barton stalling contract talks with Newcastle, the controversial star looks to be on the out, particularly after Pardew admitted that problems with the deal were predicted.
"I spoke to Joey on the last day [of the season] and I think we were both resigned that this contract was going to be a problem,” Pardew said.
"Both of us are thinking next year we will be together and we will go on from there.
"Unless it changes over the summer and there's a bid in that the board, myself and Joey feel works for Joey, I think he will be here for the start of the season. The thing about contracts is, times change.”
Kevin Nolan is also looking at stalling contract talks, with problems over the length and incentives in his deal, according to local Newcastle paper The Journal.
Nolan reportedly wants a five year deal, and is only being offered two years, and a source told the Journal that “there is no sign of a resumption in talks”.
Alan Smith has also been shown the exit from the club, with Pardew releasing the 30-year-old to find a new club.
Smith suffered a difficult season for Newcastle, making just 14 appearances and losing his spot in the squad through injury.
With Smith, Nolan and Barton on the out and Taylor on the in at the Toon, Pardew will be looking at a fresh faced side already, with some extra cash to spend purchasing forwards and building a younger, quicker midfield.
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