New Crystal Palace boss Peter Taylor is hoping to tie down midfielder Ben Watson to a new deal at Selhurst Park to fend off any Premiership suitors.

The England U21 midfielder is regarded as one of the hottest talents outside the top flight and has been linked with moves to Middlesbrough, Charlton and Fulham over the summer.

But Taylor has acted quickly to secure Watson's future at Selhurst Park, a move which has been welcomed by the midfield playmaker.

Watson said: "There has been a lot of speculation but I've spoken to the gaffer and I am hopefully going to get a new deal sorted so I'll be at Palace for a few more years."

The new manager's arrival at Selhurst Park has increased Watson's optimism of forcing a regular place in Taylor's England U21 starting ,line-up which was a major factor in the 20-year-old's decision to commit his future to the club.

"I've been lucky enough to have played for the new gaffer at U21 level and he's very good," he said: "So hopefully this will be our season."

After an unconvincing start to life in the Championship last season, Watson grew in stature as the season went on and deservedly claimed the Eagles' young player of the year award.

Watson is hoping for more of the same this season and feels he is ready to put a real mark on the division.

"I thought last year I had a reasonably good campaign and cemented myself in the first team, which was my aim at the start of the season," he added.

"My aim this year is to do the same and kick on and hopefully boss this league."