Gunners centre back target 'is moving' in January

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Arsenal defender target Steven Taylor is reportedly set to leave Newcastle in January.

The former England U21 international has struggled to hold down a first team place at St James' Park since the Toon's promotion to the Premier League, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly ready to bring the player to north London.

Injuries have hampered Taylor's progress this season, and his representatives have also been unable to agree a new contract with the north east club's hierarchy. Transfer listed, the player looks set for a New Year exit and has reportedly been offered to the Gunners.

Arsenal are in the market for a centre back, with an injury to Thomas Vermaelen exposing a threadbare back-line at the Emirates.

Per Mertesacker, Serdar Tasci and Mamadou Sakho have all been linked with the Gunners in recent weeks, and it remains to be seen as to which player the Arsenal boss will pursue hardest.

The Metro claims that Taylor is leaving Alan Pardew's outfit in the opening month of 2011, but Arsenal are not the only club chasing the £2 million signature. The paper also claims that Tottenham Hotspur are interested in bringing the player to White Hart Lane.

Wenger is thought to be the favourite for the player though, and the Arsenal chief is thought to have money to spend following the announcement of bumper profits in the last financial year.

Taylor would also have the benefit of not being cup tied in Europe, meaning the player would be eligible to face Barcelona in the Champions League for Arsenal.

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