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Istanbul Basaksehir explore free transfer of Aston Villa defender Neil Taylor

According to Sky Sports, Istanbul Basaksehir are one of several clubs exploring a deal to sign Aston Villa defender Neil Taylor as a free agent this summer.

The 32-year-old full-back is due to be out of contract in June and is free to negotiate moves away from Villa Park with foreign sides.

Dean Smith’s Birmingham-based outfit have not ruled out the prospect of awarding Taylor a new deal to extend his time at the club into a fifth season, but will wait until the end of the campaign before making a decision.

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Taylor also has potential suitors in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey with Trabzonspor weighing up a pursuit of the Wales international, who has only featured once in the Premier League this season.

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Istanbul Basaksehir are expected to present Taylor with an official offer to join the Super Lig side following the end of Ramadan on May 12, while the defender is eager to explore his options abroad.

Taylor joined Aston Villa from Swansea City in 2017 as part a player plus cash swap deal that saw the defender and £5million (BBC) head to Villa Park while Jordan Ayew moved in the opposite direction.

TBR’s view:

It would take a surprising turn of events for Taylor to be offered a new deal by Aston Villa having struggled to gain a role in Smith’s Premier League plans this season, so a move away from the club seems logical.

The £32,000-per-week (Spotrac) defender’s only action of the campaign lasted 15 minutes when brought on to replace the injured Matt Target against Manchester City in January, far from his days under Steve Bruce who considered himself lucky to have Taylor in his squad.

“Alan Hutton has pulled a hamstring but luckily I’ve got Neil Taylor. It’s a squad game and I’ve used something like 36 players,” the current Newcastle United boss said, via quotes by Birmingham Live, in 2018.

Taylor joining Istanbul Basaksehir or Trabzonspor would also see the experienced full-back join a side capable of competing for domestic honours and European action, which may prove to be too good to turn down over a seat on Smith’s bench next season.

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