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Stoke City, QPR and Neil Taylor: What do we know so far? Is it likely to happen?

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While Championship retained lists are starting to be released, we’ll have to wait a little while longer to see that information confirmed by Premier League clubs.

One name that is likely to be looked for closely when Aston Villa announce theirs is left-back Neil Taylor, with the 32-year-old out of contract in the summer and drawing some Championship interest.

Stoke City and QPR have both been touted as potential suitors, but what do we know so far? And is a move likely to happen?

What do we know so far?

The Sun reported earlier this week that both Stoke and the R’s have expressed their interest in Taylor ahead of the summer, with the experienced defender’s contract at Villa Park set to expire at the end of the season.

The Championship duo aren’t the only ones keen, however, as it is understood that Turkish duo Istanbul Basaksehir and Trabzonspor are both interested in snapping up the left-back on a free transfer – with the former expected to make him an offer after the Islamic month of Ramadan, which came to an end yesterday.

We’re yet to get any definite confirmation of his exit and Sky Sports have reported that Villa have not ruled out offering him a new deal, however, the fact that the Wales international has played just 15 minutes of league football this season highlights that he’s out of favour.

Dean Smith is thought to be looking to sign a new left-back this summer, which would suggest that Taylor’s time at the Midlands club is nearly up.

The 32-year-old is understood to be keen to explore the options available to him abroad, with clubs in Saudi Arabia and Qatar also keeping tabs on his situation.

According to Salary Sport, Taylor currently earns £39,000 per week at Villa Park.

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Is it likely to happen?

QPR and Stoke’s hopes of landing Taylor hinges on how strong the interest is from overseas.

The defender is understood to be keen to explore options abroad and as he is in the latter stages of his career, it would make sense if part of his decision was dictated by the finances of any offers made to him.

The Championship duo are not likely to be able to compete with the Turkish, Qatari, or Saudi Arabian sides, and would in fact need Taylor to take a significant pay cut if they were to land him in the summer.

That’s not completely out of the question but it seems unlikely if he has good options overseas.


Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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