Taiwo completes switch to Cardiff
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE midfielder Solomon Taiwo has completed his move to Championship side Cardiff City. Taiwo, who joined Daggers from Sutton United in October 2007, has moved to Wales for a club-record fee that could rise to �300,000. The midfielder play
by MIKE SIMMONDS
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE midfielder Solomon Taiwo has completed his move to Championship side Cardiff City.
Taiwo, who joined Daggers from Sutton United in October 2007, has moved to Wales for a club-record fee that could rise to �300,000.
The midfielder played a starring role in Cardiff's 3-1 Carling Cup victory over Daggers earlier this season, and manager Dave Jones was quick to make his move.
"He is a good prospect, a strong player, a good athlete and comfortable on the ball," said Jones.
"We've had good reports about him and he did well against us when we played Dagenham in the Carling Cup against us a few weeks ago.
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"And, with no disrespect to Dagenham, playing with better players around him he should up his tempo and the qualities that he has got.
"Who knows if he is ready for the Championship? He is willing to play and wants to do well so if is given the opportunity, he should take it.
Daggers manager John Still was naturally disappointed to sell yet another of his first-team players, taking the total to five since last season.
"I am gutted to lose him, he is a fantastic talent and another in a long line who have come here and gone on to bigger things," said the boss, who has now lost Ben Strevens, Sam Saunders, Danny Foster and Magnus Okuonghae.
The move does represent another superb piece of business from Still though, as Taiwo had already played for Maidenhead, Chesham, Bromley, Windsor & Eton and a host of other clubs, before he signed permanently at Victoria Road.
Although he was sent of twice in successive games at the start of his career, Taiwo had blossomed into an excellent midfielder, and his loss will be felt by Daggers.
With money in the bank though, Still will be hopeful that he will have an improved transfer kitty to find a replacement, though with the transfer window shutting on Tuesday, he will need to act fast.
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