By Amir Mir

Former Newcastle defender Steven Taylor is set to make a move to MLS side Portland Timbers, according to a report.

The Shields Gazette are reporting that a transfer to America is close as the 30-year-old has passed a medical and agreed terms with the club.

It is said Taylor will make his switch on Tuesday evening after he flew out for talks with the Providence Park club who are the reigning MLS champions.

Here is Shields Gazette journalist Miles Starforth informing supporters of Taylor’s move on his personal Twitter account.

Taylor, a boyhood Newcastle fan joined the Tyneside club as a nine-year-old as he went on to make 268 first-team appearances for the club over a 13-year period.

He decided to leave the north east club last month after his contract expired, despite reportedly being offered a one-year extension by the Championship club.

The centre-back scored 15 goals during his career at St James Park, but injuries marred what is now the latter part of his Newcastle career.

A versatile defender, Taylor was out for up to seven months last season before returning in February as he was unable to prevent the club from getting relegated to the second-tier of English football.

Newcastle supporters will have fond memories of the club’s fan favourite and will wish him all the best as he embarks on a new chapter in his career.

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