Alan Pardew has told out-of-favour Steven Taylor he still has a future at Newcastle United.
The manager also insisted he would not be sending the defender out on loan during the January transfer window.
Taylor’s agent Willie McKay said this week the 27-year-old would welcome a temporary move next month if there was no sign of him getting a game.
QPR have been linked with a player who has managed just 45 minutes of first-team football this season.
Pardew and Taylor had a full and frank discussion this week about the player’s future, although the manager was quick to point out Taylor had not made any demands.
At the moment, the Greenwich-born player is fourth-choice centre-half at Newcastle, which is no good to a footballer who should be approaching his prime.
Pardew insisted Taylor had not been knocking on his door over the past few months and hinted he could be involved over the next hectic seven days.
The Newcastle manager said: “I think Steven is a terrific player. He is fit.
“He lost his place through injury, which was unfortunate, but now he is fit.
“He wants to play, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa wants to play, Hatem Ben Arfa wants to play and Papiss Cisse wants to play.
“Am I going to loan them all because they want a game? Of course not. They have to fight for their place, and that is where Steven is. I had a very sensible conversation with Steven this week.
“He knows where I stand with it all. I have said to him we have a lot of games coming up.
“Sometimes as a manager, when you have three games in a month it is difficult to look a player in the eye and tell them there is a lot of hope.
“Yet genuinely I can say to him, let’s see how we get on this week because we have three games.” As reported in The Journal yesterday, Newcastle have dropped their interest in signing Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha on loan.
When asked about Zaha yesterday, Pardew did not offer any encouragement on a deal being revived.
He said: “He is a Manchester United player as far as I am aware, but he is a player I know very well from his time at Crystal Palace.
“He was absolutely phenomenal when they were promoted last season. He made the big move to Manchester United and his career has maybe stalled a little bit.
“That is something players have to go through, but I know he is doing well at Manchester United in the background, and maybe he will get an opportunity there.”
Newcastle, meanwhile, will not contest any charge brought by the FA against goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman for his role in the touchline melee which came at the end of Saturday’s Premier League match against Southampton.