Villa battling Newcastle for Marseille fullback Taiwo

Aston Villa and Newcastle United are battling for Marseille left-back Taye Taiwo.

Aston Villa and Newcastle United are battling for Marseille left-back Taye Taiwo.

The People says Villa boss Gerard Houllier wants the powerful Taiwo, 25, and is keen to beat Newcastle to his signature – with a deal close as the French-based defender will become a free agent in the summer.

Taiwo can sign a pre-contract agreement because his talks with Marseille have broken down.

The imposing defender had a solid game against Manchester United in the Champions League last week when he was drafted in to mark Nani.

 
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