Charlie Taylor has, for all of this season, been a player very much in the transfer spotlight and it seems an old suitor is casting eyes in his direction one more according to an article in The Telegraph.
West Brom had been interested in the York-born Leeds United Academy product during the January transfer window, but were rebuffed by the Whites and Garry Monk who insisted the young starlet left-back was not for sale.
However, The Telegraph’s John Percy has said that Baggies boss Tony Pulis wants 23-year-old Taylor this summer, a move likely to be a tribunal-agreed fee with Taylor out of contract. Percy states that “West Brom are understood to have re-opened talks over a deal,” one that would see Taylor join fellow Elland Road young guns Lewis Cook and Sam Byram in the Premier League.
Percy goes on to write that Taylor had been subject to interest from West Brom’s fellow Premier League side Burnley, before saying that the Baggies are in the driving seat and “are believed to be in dialogue with the player’s representatives and hopeful of concluding a deal.”
Taylor came to prominence in the Leeds United side after replacing Stephen Warnock as Leeds’ regular left-back after Warnock left Elland Road to join Derby County. Since then the cultured left-back has gone on to make 104 performances for the Whites, scoring three goals and making 13 assists.
He started this season under somewhat of a cloud after handing in a transfer request after Leeds’ final preseason game against Atalanta at Elland Road, a request dismissed out of hand by the club. It was painfully clear that Taylor was likely to move on at the end of his current deal, with Leeds CEO Ben Mansford saying of the situation: “I think it’s fair to say at this moment in time that Charlie doesn’t want to extend his current deal with us.”
Taylor has featured in 29 games for Leeds this season, Garry Monk sticking by his ‘if he’s fit, I’ll pick him’ mantra from the start of the season. His only absences from the first team have been brought about by an Achilles problem and exacerbated by the excellent form of replacement Gaetano Berardi.