There are reports today that Newcastle may be interested in Olympique Marseille fullback Taye Taiwo, but we have no idea if there are any truth in these reports.
Taye Taiwo – looks a more than decent left-back
Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear’s top requirement is to bring in another left back to challenge current starter Jose Enrique, and we also don’t have any suitable and experienced right back replacement for injured Habib Beye.
Taiwo has already said this month that he is interested in moving to England, and he is also wanted by moneybags Manchester City, so we hope they don’t force the price up, otherwise we will not have much chance of recruiting this player, who looks more than decent.
6′ tall 23 year-old Taye Ismaila Taïwo was born in April, 1985 in Lagos, Nigeria and currently plays left back for Olympique de Marseille. Taiwo is known for his left-footed long range shots, crosses, physical strength, pace, and tackling ability.
Sounds good to us, and his left foot shots have been clocked at close to 82 mph, so he has a shot on him, that’s for sure.
Taiwo has been at Marseilles since 2004 and has appeared 117 times for the French side with 8 goals, so Habib Beye should know all about this player, and if we are interested Habib could be key to getting the player to sign for Newcastle.
And of course we also have Nigerian International Oba Martins already on Tyneside.
Tiawo has played 26 times for Nigeria with 7 goals, and was the 2006 Young African Player of the Year.