Following media speculation, Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has publically denied any interest in signing Leeds United left back Charlie Taylor. The Potters boss says ‘he isn’t one of our targets’. West Bromwich Albion remain big favourites to sign him.

Taylor is out of contract at Elland Road and refused to play in their final day of the season draw at Wigan Athletic. This led to him being fined two weeks’ wages and all but certain to be moving on. Tony Pulis has spoken of his interest in the Leeds player and it would now be a shock if he signed for anyone else.

There were growing reports in certain quarters of the press that Stoke were in the market for the 23-year-old. So much so, Stoke was pressed on the issue in his pre-match press briefing ahead of their Premier League encounter with Arsenal on Saturday. Hughes was quick to bat away on suggestion that he could be lining up a move,

“Charlie Taylor is not a player we are involved in.

“We aren’t looking to pursue anything – he isn’t one of our targets.”

Pulis on the other hand has been very open in his intended quest to bring Taylor to The Hawthorns. A compensation package will need to be agreed between the two clubs given the fact he is out of contract and his age, but the Welshman is clearly a big fan, when speaking to The Express,

“Obviously he’s been on our radar for a bit.

“It could go to a tribunal but our club would rather try and sort a deal out with Leeds if we’re going to do it instead of going to tribunal.”

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