Liverpool strategy director targets African ace - wants move

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Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli has reportedly targeted Taye Taiwo as a summer addition.

The Marseille defender is earning rave reviews for his performances in Ligue 1, leading to speculation that Liverpool were keen to bring the player to Anfield.

Comolli has made a personal trip to France to watch the player in his last three matches, although the Daily Mail reports that Liverpool are not alone in their interest with Manchester United also thought to be keen.

Taiwo has revealed that he is ready to leave the Stade Vélodrome in the summer amidst the interest from across Europe, and has rejected a contract offer as the move appears to gather pace.

"I have made the decision not to sign a contract extension. I want to change clubs in June," Taiwo told 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."


The 25-year-old left back began his career at Gabros before switching to Lobi Stars in 2003. A season later, Taiwo moved to Europe with Marseille drafting in the then teenager. A Nigerian international, the player has 40 caps for the Super Eagles.

Liverpool are thought to be in the market for a left back, with Kenny Dalglish keen to strengthen in the position after the failure of Paul Konchesky during his six months at the club.

Glen Johnson is currently filling in at the position on Merseyside, but the England international is not seen as the long-term solution for Liverpool in the position.

Jose Enrique is also thought to be a Liverpool target in the same position, and with the financial backing of NESV it appears Liverpool will move for a player in the position at the end of the season.

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