Speculation is mounting that highly rated Olympic Marseille defender Taye Taiwo will sign for Liverpool when his contract expires in the summer reports ESPN soccernet.
The Nigerian full-back has revealed he intends to part company with the reigning French champions at the end of the season after seven years of loyal service at Stade Velodrome.
Marseille manager Didier Deschamps has admitted defeat in his attempts to retain the services of his 25-year-old prized asset.
"I am not surprised that he has announced his departure," Deschamps said on Taiwo’s decision as reported by SkySports.com.
"He was unable to reach an agreement with the club on a new contract and I think he has already gone in his head.
"I like him as a player and I have done my best to keep him at the club, but it looks like he will leave."
Liverpool Director of Football Strategy Damien Comolli was spotted running the rule over Taiwo at a recent international friendly against Sierra Leone as he continues his search for a solution to the Reds’ problem left-back position.
With Paul Konchesky exiled to Nottingham Forest, Glenn Johnson has been filling in at left-back for Kenny Dalglish’s side, and Liverpool will prioritise a reinforcement in that area when the transfer window reopens in the summer.
New Liverpool owners NESV have backed the Anfield club financially when they broke the club’s record transfer fee twice in a matter of hours with the January captures of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll in a bid to return the Reds to their former glories.
And although Taiwo will not command a transfer fee due to the fact his contract is set to expire, he would still be regarded as another marquee signing that will excite the Kop faithful.