Friday, March 25, 2011


Olympique Marseille defender Taye Taiwo will announce next week he is set to sign for Benfica - snubbing the advances of Liverpool and Aston Villa.

Reports in the Portuguese press claim the 25-year-old Nigerian has signed a pre-contract agreement with the Lisbon side, leaving the Reds and Villa out in the cold.

Juventus were also reportedly interested in the powerful left-back, whose current deal with the Ligue A side was due to end in June.

A dead-ball specialist, the full-back is well-known in the French league for his powerful and accurate long shots, and has over 170 appearances for Marseille.

Taiwo is currently on international duty with Nigeria preparing for their 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Ethiopia.

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