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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Bradford launch new bid for ex-Carlisle Utd star Tom Taiwo

Bradford are back in talks with Carlisle United over midfielder Tom Taiwo, News & Star Sport can reveal.

Tom Taiwo photo
Tom Taiwo

The League Two outfit are trying to resurrect their bid to sign the former Blues favourite after a previous bid failed due to Carlisle’s compensation demands.

Bradford remain keen on tough-tackling Taiwo, who left Brunton Park at the end of last season, and are hopeful of negotiating a deal to sign the 22-year-old.

But United are unlikely to lower their asking price for the midfielder significantly at this stage, meaning the Valley Parade club face an uphill fight to sign Taiwo.

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson enquired about signing Taiwo last month after the ex-Chelsea man played in a friendly.

But he abandoned his bid after United – who are entitled to compensation for the out-of-contract player due to his age – put a six-figure price tag on Taiwo believed to be in the region of £200,000.

The Blues, who declined to comment officially on the latest talks, are determined not to allow Taiwo, a player they signed as a 19-year-old and developed into a first-team regular, to join another club on the cheap.

It means an imminent solution is unlikely with the new league season just three days away. But Bradford remain hopeful that a compromise solution can eventually be reached without running the risk of being set a high fee for Taiwo at a tribunal.

The Yorkshireman rejected a new deal with United because he wanted to find a club closer to his roots, so he could be with his young family.

The contract offer Carlisle made to the midfielder is now no longer on the table – it lapsed on June 30 – but the Blues are continuing to pay Taiwo.

This, managing director John Nixon recently explained, is to “retain interest” in Taiwo to ensure the Blues get compensation value for him if he joins another club.

Should the midfielder fail to find a new club by the end of the month, United are likely to go to a tribunal and ask for the club’s interest to be retained and apply to stop paying him.

The prospect of a U-turn from Taiwo, and a possible route back to Carlisle, meanwhile, remains remote.

  •  Carlisle will learn their Capital One Cup second round opponents when the draw is made at 12.30pm today.

The Blues could be handed a Premier League opponent as all the top-flight clubs not involved in European competitions join the draw at this stage. That includes the likes of Everton, Fulham, Sunderland and Aston Villa.

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