Arsenal and Real eye up Toon's Taylor while Yobo to go to Tyneside !?!?!?

It has today been reported that Arsenal and Real Madrid are going to battle it out for the signature of Newcastle centre-half Steven Taylor in the upcoming January transfer window.

The Greenwich-born defender has performed well for Newcastle in recent months and also as England U21 skipper. His heroic performances in last Summer's European U21 Championships in Holland have also attracted European attention to his talents, especially that of of Real Madrid manager Bernd Schuster and Arsene Wenger.

The hugely talented young centre-back is currently out of sorts at St James' Park and Toon boss Sam Allardyce has been very critical of the his recent form. Taylor has been linked with many clubs down south and would be a very useful player to have in any squad, even Real Madrids. It is thought that either club will have to pay between £6 million and £8 million for Taylor.

The departure of Taylor may also see a new face in Newcastle and it has been rumoured that the Geordies may make a move for Toffees defender, Joseph Yobo if a new defender is necessary.