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Will Newcastle Take Top Nigerian Defender On Loan In January?

When Newcastle were looking to bring in a top left-back to replace Jose Enrique, who was rumored to be going to Liverpool in the summer, they took a good hard look at Taye Ismaila Taïwo, the Nigerian and Marseilles left back.

Taye Taiwo – unhappy no at Milan

Taiwo’s contract was running out at the French club, and of course Newcastle are always interested in a top class free agent, and Taiwo was also linked with several other clubs like Milan and German club Bayern Munich.

Taiwo eventually singed for Milan, but has had a hard time of it settling in Italy and has only played 6 times for Milan, and it seems that the Italian coach Massimiliano Allegri doesn’t rate him.

Now that Steven Taylor is out for the season and we proved last Saturday at Norwich that we have no strength in depth in defense we expect Newcastle to bring in two new defenders in January, with one of them being a center-back.

Newcastle signed Davide Santon from inter-Milan is the summer for £5M and only now is the lad starting to play in the first team, but the 20 year old can play in either full-back position and if Taye was brought in on loan Davide could play at right back.

We don’t know how much a loan deal for six months would cost, but Newcastle could take a look at the 6′ tall Taye, and see if he would be a good permanent singing for the club, but we don’t know how much his wages are, and whether that may be a barrier to signing him.

This is what Taye said yesterday, about his unhappy state at Milan:

“I am suffering every day because I don’t get to play football. I joined this club in order to play, but I have made only six appearances so far,”

“I don’t understand how things work in Italy. Sometimes I even have to watch from the stands, but I really need to play in order to show what I can do.

“It looks like Allegri doesn’t have faith in me. It’s not like me to just sit back and do nothing in a situation like this.”

Taye seems a dent option for Newcastle, but we don;’t know what they have lined up in January, and maybe Erik Pieters is a player they may try to bring in permanently.

The Tyneside club have also been continually linked with 22 year Montpelier captain, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who also stands 6′ tall and can play anywhere across the back four, and is said to be available for around £5M.

It’s an interesting thought that Newcastle could bring Taye in on loan, as he’s a top full back and very fast too.

Taye played 251 times for Marseilles with 23 goals after joining them back in 2004, from Nigerian club Lobi Stars.

Of course Taye will also be off to the African Cup of Nations in January.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Klatoon

    Dec 13, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Get him in,also Nigeria didnt qualify for ACN so he’ll be available in January

  • Ollieh51

    Dec 13, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Don’t get some of these rumours…

    So why does SanToon not get a game yet we are looking for another left back?

    We spent £5m on a player not rated enough so then we pay a further £1m to take one on loan but we didn’t want to get the cheque book out for Pieters?!

  • Dannyo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #3

    ACN, ACN, ACN…Thats all i can say.
    Seems like a decent player tho.

  • Ollieh51

    Dec 13, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #4

    This is essentially the same rumour that we had with Cissokho is it not? He’ll cost too much and be on large wages.

    Also, this would suggest that the price tag on the kids head has just doubled so we can count him out?


  • MrToon

    Dec 13, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #5

    It would be nice to have another pacey full back join the ranks as we seem to keep a high line in defence. It just seems that every player we are linked with is off to africa. Jan and early feb could be very costly to our league position

  • Dannyo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Meanwhile, a source close to Tioté has told The Journal the midfielder has “no intention” of quitting St James’ Park next month, despite mounting speculation surrounding his future.

    Weekend stories again linked Tioté with long-term suitors Chelsea, while Tottenham and Manchester United have also watched the Newcastle midfielder, but the player is said to be “very happy” at St James’ Park.

    Of course the same was said of Andy Carroll before he completed his move to Liverpool, but the Tioté camp is emphasising that no discussions have taken place with any other club and the African has stated both publicly and privately that he has no intention of moving on.

    He has just moved house and is understood to be grateful to United for the way he has been treated since moving from FC Twente 18 months ago.

    Taken from the Journal.
    Hopefully good news.

  • Dannyo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Nigeria didn’t qualify? Wasn’t aware of that… get him!

  • Klatoon

    Dec 13, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #8
  • Dannyo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #9

    Gotta say, some interesting stuff in the The Journal today. Possible 4-3-3 formation, something on Tiote, Maiga…
    Hope it’s all true.
    And i hope Pardew is brave enough to change tactics now.
    Could prove a bit refreshing, cause we have a great engine room in the middle…

  • d.calverley

    Dec 13, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #10

    He seems a decent player, would definitely strengthen the squad, but I would rather see Pieters through the door imo. It’s a shame Santon hasn’t really competed for that left back position though but I don’t think it will be too long before he’ll be tusselling with Simo for a start if we do bring a more experienced left back in. Well, thats presuming Simo will be here in Feb???


    Dec 13, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #11

    We won’t get him in on loan imo and I doubt he would join up permanently

    Would only be worth getting in if Simmo doesn’t sign up. Imo we need 3 back up players and 2 starters/pushing for starts

  • Solaidback

    Dec 13, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Dannyo – Lets hope thats true & its stops all the rumours about Tiote leaving… I’m bored to death with reading all the Toon fans moaning that he’s going etc…

    As for this Taye Taiwo gadgie, I can’t see us shelling out dosh on loan players, it’s not the way Ashley does business, he prefers to buy good, young players outright & then sell them on at a profit in a few years… name me someone who’s come in on loand since Ashley took charge???

  • Solaidback

    Dec 13, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #13

    Apart from HBA, who we actually paid for in full while injured & not eevn half way thru his loan deal.. lol


    Dec 13, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #14

    PVA came in on loan didn’t he?

  • Colo-Sus

    Dec 13, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #15

    1. The only safe bet this Jan is that Tiote will leave
    2. Maiga is a risky signing, on both attitude and ability.
    3. Marveaux is a quality player but I agree we wont see much of him at nufc
    4. Pieters is a quality signing for both LB and CB cover.
    5. We will recieve a bid for Colo in Jan…..but will we accept?

    That is all

  • Colo-Sus

    Dec 13, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #16

    @ 9 just read the journal piece, interesting stuff an Tiote, and I hope he stays, but remember how defiant we were about Carroll??? If we get a big bid (20m+) hes a goner….end of

  • Solaidback

    Dec 13, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #17

    The board rejected bids of £30m & £35m for Carroll before he asked to leave… it was only then they accepted the £35m + 25% sell on fee for Carroll…. so if Tiote has said he’s happy at the Toon, then it won’t matter if Ashley gets a £50m bid, he doesn’t have too go… neither mind the crap Carroll said about Ashley telling him he wasn’t wanted at the club made him want to leave…. thats was just to try & get the fans on his side…

    As for PVA being a loan, he was only there for a month fella, it wouldn’t have cost us millions for that….

  • custurd

    Dec 13, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #18

    We need a CB and an LB so it makes sense to sign Pieters (injured or not) as he can cover both, does it not?

    I’ve got to say, I’m not liking Maiga’s attitude much. It’s a shame Fat a**e was too tight to go for Montpellier’s Olivier Giroud in the summer. He’s currently the French leagues top scorer with 12 in 17 games. He’s handy with assists too. He made three in their last game when they beat Lorient 4-0. He scored the other one!

  • ballerfan2

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #19

    Although there are so many posters convinced that Tiote is on the way out, the club has consistently maintained an official no comment line but quietly saying that there is no intention to sell him. The main thing that has continued the rumours is Pardew’s suggestion that we are at risk of losing our big players if there is a huge fee involved.
    My reading of all this is that Pardew is covering himself after being embarrassed last year but there is no concerted effort to sell Tiote or anyone else. Any denial from the club would be derided by those who, understandably, feel they have been let down by Ashley too often. Just yesterday I read on one of these blogs that a member of staff had to shrug his shoulders when his official line response to the Tiote question by a fan was met with scepticism. What else was he to say? The silence from the club is understandable given that so many fans don’t seem to want to believe (and once again they may be proved correct) that the club don’t intend to sell – unless a “Carroll type” offer is made. Surely there is no one now who doesn’t think that was a piece of business that could have been passed up? The latest story on Tiote seems to reflect my thoughts (or possibly hopes) that he will not be sold and maybe that Ashley has finally got to the point where is is going to refuse to be pushed about by the big (?) boys. He certainly has the clout if he wishes.

  • Howden Mag

    Dec 13, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #20

    The problem with having an improving team is that the players will be looked at by other,bigger,clubs,it is natural. Players who are getting older, not getting a game or troublesome will be passed on to lower clubs. It is football. Unless like Man C, clubs should hope to steadily improve depending on finance and good management. I believe we are improving and have a decent financial structure. With improvement the quality of player recruitment and hopefully retention will rise along with greater expenditure and expectation. I believe it might be called a five year process? Sound familiar, or forgotten.

  • VanCanToonFan

    Dec 13, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Fitz Hall was a loan signing, and Williamson came in initially on loan as well. I’m sure I’m forgetting others, but it’s safe to say that the current management has a history of using loan players. I don’t think it’s a stretch to suggest that Taiwo could come in on loan.

  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 13, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #22

    williamson was not a loan, it was a 1mil deal

  • jamo nairobi

    Dec 14, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #23

    About Tiote I think if we get a good bid of around £25-£30m we should consider letting him go.Chelsea need cover for Essien asap.He’s been injured half of this season already but we have not missed him that much.And unless we qualify for the Champions League in the next 2 years or so he will still leave but at a lower price.Ashley should invest in a defensive midfielder like Lucas of Liverpool though that’s easier said than done.


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