Arsenal and Newcastle considering moves for Swansea star

Reports are suggesting that both Arsenal and Newcastle United are taking a look at Swansea City defender, Neil Taylor, with a view to a January transfer.

The whole of the Swansea squad have contributed to their healthy top half position in the Premier League but it’s hard to argue that certain individuals haven’t stood out for the side with Taylor emerging as one of those names.

The Welshman has racked up over 50 appearances for the Swans since transferring to the side from Wrexham in 2010.

The 22 year-old is also a Welsh international, having earned his first caps for the side in 2010 after showing impressive form at the Liberty Stadium.

The left-back is also capable of operating as a left-midfielder, offering the Premier League outfits an added reason to enquire about his availability.

Both Arsenal and Newcastle have been linked with left-backs in this transfer window but have failed to make a signature so far.

The Gunners have seen Kieran Gibbs sidelined for the whole of the season so far and after losing Andre Santos also, have been forced to play centre-backs on the left side of defence.

The pair were both being associated with a move for Lyon’s Aly Cissokho, however Taylor would surely provide the more economical option for Arsenal in what is effectively a temporary deal when considering Santos will be back in contention for a starting berth when returning from injury.

For Newcastle, Taylor is of more importance, putting pressure on Ryan Taylor and summer signing David Santon.

Despite Ryan’s goalscoring form, the pair have been the weaker links in an otherwise sturday Magpies back four and the club could dip back into the transfer market for the Welsh international.

Brendan Rodgers will certainly not want to let his first choice left back go, however with a measly price-tag of £2.5m, it may not be his choice whether he leaves or not this month.

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