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Nigeria's Taye Taiwo move to Atletico Madrid stalls

Oluwashina Okeleji
BBC Sports Lagos

Nigeria defender Taye taiwo
Taiwo was part of Nigeria's squad at the World Cup in South Africa

Nigeria defender Taye Taiwo's proposed switch from French champions Marseille to Spanish side Atletico Madrid has stalled, BBC Sport understands.

Taiwo had been expected to finalise the deal on Wednesday but the player's agent Michael Coker says the deal has hit problems.

The Nigerian had agreed personal terms with the Spanish side on Tuesday but Marseille are apparently insisting they want the transfer fee upfront rather than in instalments in the future.

"The club understands the position of the player, he has served Marseille with strong loyalty and commitment, but now that he desperately craves a deserved move they are stalling on a final approval," Coker told BBC Sport on Wednesday.

"If they fail to let Taiwo go now, then they stand to lose six million euros in transfer and salary - the ball is in Marseille's court now to play or lose completely.

"Sadly the man in the middle of everything insists he does not want to stay at the club anymore and we expect everyone at the club to respect that."

Taiwo has also apparently fallen out with the Marseille coach Didier Deschamps over the problems with the transfer.

"Unfortunately an incident happened involving the coach and the player, something that has never happened in six years of his stay there," Coker explained.

The 25-year-old joined Marseille from Nigerian side Lobi Stars in 2004 and has been a regular at the club until last season.

He won the French double with Marseille last season.

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