Toon join Liverpool chase for Nigerian international

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Newcastle United have joined Barclays Premier League rivals Liverpool in the race to sign AC Milan defender Taye Taiwo, according to reports.

The 26-year-old Nigerian international was heavily linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League in the summer before completing a free transfer switch to the San Siro from Marseille.

However, the left-back has struggled to settle into Serie 'A' life, and Italian sources claim Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has taken a keen interest in the player.

The Magpies chief is monitoring the former Lobi Stars youngster amidst an injury crisis at St. James' Park, and is reportedly looking to bring the player to Newcastle on a short-term loan deal as Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson face spells on the sidelines on Tyneside.

Liverpool, meanwhile, were constantly linked with the player during the summer, with Kenny Dalglish a reported admirer of the 48-cap international.

Jose Enrique was one of a handful of summer signings on Merseyside, with 'King Kenny' strengthening his squad in a handful of positions as Liverpool looked to build a team capable of returning to the Champions League.

A lack of depth in the position leaves Liverpool vulnerable to injuries though, and Taiwo could add some strength to the position as cover for the Spaniard.

There is little doubting that the need of Newcastle is greater, having lost last season's star performer in the position to Liverpool before this term's injury crisis, but the Toon's interest could spark the Reds back into action.

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