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Cardiff sign Villa keeper Taylor

Stuart Taylor
Taylor has had limited first-team opportunities at Villa

Cardiff City have signed Aston Villa keeper Stuart Taylor on a month-long loan agreement.

Taylor, a 28-year-old former Arsenal player, has played twice for Villa this season and completed his move to Ninian Park on Friday.

Promotion-chasing Cardiff's move came after on-loan Coventry keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos' crucial mistake in the 2-0 loss to Norwich on Tuesday.

Regular Bluebirds keepers Tom Heaton and Peter Enckelman are injured.


Greek keeper Konstantopoulos was brought in on an emergency season-long loan after a loan spell at Cardiff's local rivals Swansea earlier in the season.

He impressed at the Liberty Stadium, but Swansea failed to secure his services on a longer deal when bad weather meant they failed to deliver the paperwork before the closure of the transfer window.

Cardiff's subsequent capture of the keeper was considered a coup, but a disastrous own goal on his Bluebirds debut cost his side a victory at Championship leaders Wolves.

Cardiff manager Dave Jones called on supporters to show restraint towards the keeper after the error, but following his latest blunder at Norwich, Jones said of the first goal:

"It was a nothing through ball that should have been dealt with, but Dimi hesitated when he should have put his boot through it and their player nipped in to score."

Taylor is a former England Under-21 international who made 30 senior appearances for Arsenal and was once seen as the long-term successor to David Seaman.

He made 10 Premier League appearances in the 2001/2 title-winning season, qualifying for a winners medal after going on as a substitute in the final match.

The Romford-born keeper moved to Villa Park in 2005 on a four-year deal after slipping behind Jens Lehmann and Manuel Almnunia in the Highbury pecking order, but he has made just 17 first-team appearances for Villa.

His two outings this season were both against Danish side Odense in the InterToto Cup.

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see also
Bristol City v Cardiff
13 Mar 09 |  Championship
Bulls complete Dennehy loan deal
13 Mar 09 |  Hereford
Norwich 2-0 Cardiff
10 Mar 09 |  Championship
Wolves 2-2 Cardiff
22 Feb 09 |  Championship
Cardiff rocked by keeper injury
18 Feb 09 |  Cardiff
Cardiff snap up Konstantopoulos
09 Feb 09 |  Cardiff
Taylor makes most of Villa chance
17 Oct 06 |  Aston Villa
Taylor eyes Villa starting role
05 Jul 05 |  Aston Villa
Arsenal keeper Taylor joins Villa
27 Jun 05 |  Aston Villa
Taylor aims to be number one
05 Jun 03 |  Arsenal
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