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Leeds United bring in goalkeeper Maik Taylor

Maik Taylor
Taylor's last league game was in April 2010, Blues' 5-1 defeat at Man City

Leeds United have bolstered their goalkeeping cover by signing Northern Ireland international Maik Taylor on a short-term deal until January.

The 40-year-old, who has been without a club since leaving Birmingham in May, has spent two weeks training at Leeds.

"We've been looking at the goalkeeping situation and you have to make sure you are covered," manager Simon Grayson told the club's official website.

Taylor's last game was for his country against Italy last month.

Taylor has played 578 club games for Barnet, Southampton, Fulham and Blues and won 88 caps.

He played in a behind-closed-doors game for United against Chelsea, saving a penalty and has impressed enough to earn himself a deal.

His arrival comes at a time when Leeds have concerns over their goalkeeping position.

First choice Andy Lonergan is out injured with a fractured finger, while Paul Rachubka was substituted at half-time after being at fault for the opening three goals in their 5-0 defeat at home to Blackpool in October.

Reading loanee Alex McCarthy is currently first choice.

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