Hughton backs key trio to stay


Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton remains convinced that Tim Krul, Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor will all remain at St James' Park.

The trio are all believed to be in contract talks with United although Taylor continues to be linked with Liverpool and Wolfsburg while Carroll is reportedly interesting Chelsea, Birmingham City and Stoke City.

However, Hughton told the Chronicle:"I've consistently said it's important to keep the players you want to keep. We need to add to the squad, but it's also important not to lose what we have. I'm very confident we'll keep everybody.

"As far as those whose contracts are close – Tim Krul, Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor – I'm confident about all of them.

"We need to be thinking about bringing in the right type of player and the right amount of players.

"If we're able to get players in quicker, then I understand the benefits of that, but what's more important is getting in the right amount of players.

"As for the loans structure, clubs are going to assess what they have got."

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