But, due to his constant problems with injuries (that he has had throughout his career) he should have been sold to QPR four years ago when they offered £2m.
Only once has he played more games in a season than he has missed.
The Magpies announced on Friday that Taylor was departing St James' Park after 13 years in the first team but if reports are to be believed, he is not short on offers ahead of the summer.
According to the Daily Star, Old Firm giants Celtic and Rangers both hope to tempt Taylor into a switch north of the border as they prepare to do battle in the Scottish Premiership for the first time since 2012.
Hull City - who gained promotion to the Premier last weekend - and Brighton & Hove Albion are also said be interested in the 30-year-old.
Taylor made 268 appearances in all competitions during his time in the North-East.