Newcastle United set for big summer signing of winger James Taylor

Newcastle United are set to sign former Newcastle United defender James Taylor, the club has announced.

The Magpies confirmed the signing of Taylor, 25, on Wednesday, with the midfielder also on the radar of former club Bournemouth.

Taylor, who joined Newcastle from Manchester United in 2011, joined Newcastle on loan last season and scored eight goals in 36 appearances.

His signing will bolster Newcastle’s attack, which will be bolstered by the arrival of defender Marouane Chamakh from Arsenal.

A native of Newcastle, Taylor has made eight appearances for the Magpie Under-21s this season, scoring twice.

He joined Newcastle in the summer of 2011, signing a four-year contract at St James’ Park before leaving in the winter transfer window.

The 6ft 2in forward made his senior debut in January 2013 and scored a goal in the 4-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion.

He has made 23 appearances for Newcastle this season.