Liverpool pursue Ligue 1 star - 'advanced talks' being held

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Reported Liverpool target Taye Taiwo has revealed he will leave Marseille in the summer after rejecting the chance to sign a new contract.

Along with the Merseysiders, Tottenham are also thought to be considering making a move for the Nigeria international who has previously stated his desire to play in the Barclays Premier League.

“If I was to depart, then I would not join a small club. It will be Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool or Arsenal,” Taiwo told France-Football last year.

“I am not scared by the level in England. I believe I have the right level to defend against [Wayne] Rooney."

Taiwo, a powerful full-back, would be an ideal acquisition for Liverpool who are currently lacking depth at left-back after the departure of Paul Konchesky from Anfield.

Glen Johnson has recently been switched from his preferred position of right-back and - while Johnson has been competent in the recent revival under Kenny Dalglish - Liverpool are understood to be keen to bring a recognised left-sided player to fill the role.

Whether or not that player will be Taiwo remains to be seen but, should Liverpool decide to pursue their reported interest in the 25-year-old, then they are likely to have to fight off a number of other potential suitors after he revealed his representatives are already in negotiations over a proposed move.

"I have made the decision not to sign a contract extension. I want to change clubs in June," Taiwo was quoted as saying by The Nation. "My agent and I are in advanced talks with a club from one of Europe's top three leagues and I expect to reach an agreement in the near future."

"Because I said I want to leave, the coach now decides when to use me. That doesn't bother me. I have made up my mind and I have told them I'm going," he said. "For now, I will not reveal it [the club he's leaving for]. When time comes, you guys will hear about it.''

Liverpool have also been linked with Benfica's Fabio Contrao and Academy graduate Stephen Warnock in their pursuit of defensive reinforcements.

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