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?