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Niamh sets tongues wagging over new footballer boyfriend

UP and coming catwalk queen Niamh Walsh looks to have well and truly given Olympic medallist Kenny Egan his marching orders after bagging herself a new sporting beau.

The Diary can reveal the blonde beauty has followed her pal Hayley Ryan's lead and gone down the WAG route after hooking up with Premiership footballer Steven Taylor.

The pair have been enjoying a series of romantic dalliances in recent weeks, after meeting on a night out in celebrity hotspot Krystle almost two months ago.

And while Newcastle United defender Steven is based across the water, friends say the distance has proved no obstacle to their blossoming romance so far.

Both he and Assets beauty Niamh, better known to her friends as Nemo, have been busy commuting between their respective homes in Dublin and Britain to keep the relationship alive since the sparks first flew.

"It's all going really well for them, they're taking it very slowly as they are still getting to know each other," said a close friend of the model. "He's been over to Dublin since they met and she's gone to visit him in England over Christmas. She's planning to go over again in the next few weeks so it all looks very positive for them.

"Obviously they are both quite well known in their respective fields so they wanted to keep it quiet in the beginning until they knew it was going somewhere," they added.

Niamh was coy about the identity of her new man, confirming to the Diary only that she is seeing someone, before explaining that "it's early days".

The model claims that she doesn't want to say too much about her new man just yet.

She will no doubt be able to trade tips with fellow model Hayley Ryan, who has been seeing Irish soccer star Sean St Ledger for the past six months.

Hayley, who will be familiar to many as the model who appears on the opening credits of TV3's Xpose, has remained steadfastly tight-lipped about the romance since the Diary revealed news of their relationship last November.

Niamh too has hit the headlines in recent months, after being linked to Kenny Egan late last year. Their romance failed to get off the ground however, with Kenny determined to concentrate on getting back into peak physical condition for his forthcoming boxing challenges.

He sparked suggestions they were together when he turned up at her birthday celebrations in October. Niamh claims the pair have remained close friends.

The well-known boxer was nowhere to be seen on New Year's Eve however when the leggy beauty was spotted ringing in 2010 with a number of close friends, including this year's Apprentice stars, Stephen Higgins and Breffny Morgan.