St James’ Park club wants Liberty Stadium star.
Newcastle United have called in the Premier League to settle a dispute over their signing of Swansea City defender Neil Taylor.
The league’s arbitration panel will rule on a clause in the 22-year-old’s contract, which the Magpies believe triggers his release for a fee of £1million.
The Welsh club insist the clause only allows club’s to talk to Taylor but that they do not have to accept any offer.
The Swans value the Wales international at £10million but Newcastle are refusing to budge over their initial bid.
The Toon Army are not prepared to become involved in a bidding war for Taylor and will look elsewhere if the player and Swansea cannot resolve their differences.
No date has yet been set for a hearing which could have wider implications for clubs and players who have agreed similar clauses.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has targeted left-back Taylor, who joined Swansea from Wrexham for an initial £150,000 in June last year, for some time.
But Pardew does not see Taylor as a direct replacement for Spaniard Jose Enrique and instead wants the two players to provide each other competition.
Pardew is desperate to keep Enrique at St James’ Park, despite speculation linking him with moves to Liverpool and Arsenal.