Newcastle Linked With Top Nigerian Defender


There are  reports that Newcastle have joined Liverpool in taking an interest in AC Milan defender Taye Taiwo.

Taye Taiwo – AC MIlan left back

Taiwo was at Marseilles from 2005, after joining them from Nigerian Premier League side, Lobi Stars.

He finally played 251 times with 23 goals for the French club,  and of course he was in demand last summer when he became a free agent.

Newcastle were linked with Taiwo earlier this year, but he eventually went to AC Milan on a free transfer last May, when he signed a three year deal,  but has not settled at the Italian  club,  and has played only 6 times for them this season.

The 26-year-old 6 ft tall 48 times capped Nigerian international.  has not taken to life in Italy,  and reports suggest that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew may be interested in bringing the player to Tyneside.

Currently Ryan Taylor is playing at left-back for Newcastle, since Jose Enrique left the Tyneside club for Liverpool in August, but Ryan is not the long term replacement for Enrique, and the utility player can play in other positions too.

But why Liverpool would be interested in Taiwo we have no idea, although one problem with this reported interest by Newcastle is that he wouldn’t come cheap, even though he was signed by AC Milan as a free agent.

However, one definite possibility is to bring the player to Newcastle on a loan deal in January, and that would give Newcastle a chance to see how he performed in the top English Premier League.

Liverpool were linked with Taiwo  during the summer, but they were linked with a number of left-backs before finally signing Jose Enrique from Newcastle for around £6M four months ago.

Newcastle could probably arrange a loan deal for Taiwo fairly cheaply, and that could interest owner Mike Ashley, and certainly it could be loan deal with an opportunity to sign the player in the summer, if he did well on Tyenside.

Having played in French football for six seasons,  he will certainly find himself at home on Tyneside with players like Ben Arfa,  who played at Marseilles with the Nigerian International.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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28 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 9, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Jail with all privileges denied is to good for Ashley

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  • soundoid

    Dec 9, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #2

    I see Lawro has got us down for loosing again and sunderland winning.

    Well thats 3 points nailed on i guess.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 9, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #3

    I second that Jail or Ashley

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 9, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #4

    send mark lawrenson to school, did that guy play football

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 9, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #5

    On topic,going to try my best to ignore all the paper talk and just keep my fingers crossed that none of our best gets sold.

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  • seantoon

    Dec 9, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Lawro is a bellend! This guy would be a class signing! He’s rapid too. Why don’t Liverpool piss off I’m sure they just follow our scouts around what’s there obsession with us I hate them! I’m hoping for a abied start tomorrow!

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  • seantoon

    Dec 9, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Plus they don’t even need a leftback!

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  • NickeAlvaro

    Dec 9, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #8

    If we were really interested, what does that say about Santon? I believe Santon could be very good but if we were after another fullback it doesn’t look too smart considering Santon still can’t get a game.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 9, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Indian,
    Dont get seen to encourage me for my ‘first’ statement or you’ll get called all sorts from the “serious” bloggers.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 9, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #10

    @jail, its friday night, i am sure they dont mind

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  • alext109

    Dec 9, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Agree with you Seantoon. They got Enrique from us, start mouthing off saying that he will be in the Spain squad now that he plays for Liverpool and now it seems whoever we are linked with they are linked with.

    Regarding Taiwo, another addition to the French Revolution wouldn’t hurt!

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 9, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #12

    I think ben ARFA must start against Norwich

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 9, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #13

    padew likes fast donkeys (OXYMORON) like obertan, iwould really be p**d off if BEN ARFA did ot start and Obertan did

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 9, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #14

    I think ben ARFA s pace technic and skill will haunt Norwich s defenders just like aguero did that against them and i think ben ARFA IS due a goal

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  • alext109

    Dec 9, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #15
  • WWJBD

    Dec 9, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Personally Would rather Best or Shola than HBA for tomorrow. Defend from the front and hold the line. Best/Ba or Shola/Ba will do this HBA/Ba wont do either effectively imo

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 9, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #17

    @wwjbd

    you may be right but HBA has 2 play, may be on the wing then, i dont know why Pardew is Pigeon holing him. he is our best player

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  • WWJBD

    Dec 9, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #18

    Tbh imo HBA is a impact sub at the moment. He could be our best players but right now I dont consider him that.

    Colo, Cabaye, Krul, Guti and Ba are all ahead of him in that stake maybe even Tiote

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  • west-ldn magpie

    Dec 9, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Taiwo is a quality left back,with lots pace,strength and a bullet of a shot.I’ve always prefered him to Jose enrique,Erik peters.we need to sign him.

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  • tom tomb

    Dec 9, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #20

    BORING!!! Every transfer window for 5 years we get linked with him!!!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Dec 9, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Absolute Tank!!!

    But would mean we would have to buy a centre back as well.

    Peiters would save money as hes both.

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  • toonbrother

    Dec 9, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Taiwo is an awesome player but why the hell do we need him? We are already struggling to fit Santon in! If we are looking at Nigerian players Fegor Ogude is the guy we should go after. He;d be the signing of the season trust me

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  • dazza

    Dec 10, 2011 at 6:04 AM

    Comment #23
  • shielsy_83

    Dec 10, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #24

    pfffft not ganna happen he not ganna leave ac for liverfool never mind us the press really need i reallity check erik pieters and liam ridgewell more in our brracket and would tak pieters any day wot a load of shhhhhhhhh*****TTTTTT

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  • shielsy_83

    Dec 10, 2011 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #25

    simmo dropped if taiwo was to happend which it won’t and santon rb

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #26

    Bull post: With January just around the corner how much more crap are we gonna be reading on here?

    What goes around comes around i suppose!

    Pieters name is a name i hear continually!
    I know, “Lets buy him for 5Mil and sit him on the bench for six months!
    I am still no Pieters fan lads and can,t understand why everyone wants in the B & W playing LB for us?
    Why we pay 5Mil for Santon for crying out, ” LOUD”!

    Lets believe transfers when they happen and not publish endless names on here for the next 8 weeks!
    Believe this loan when it happens and not before!

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  • Lynxie

    Dec 10, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #27

    I hope fatty was watching that forking display today, if he does not realise that we are worfully short of players, he should be held up for contempt by the premier league.

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  • Lynxie

    Dec 10, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Tiote is fit but the deal is done. He is gone. You heard it here first.

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