By Alex Stevens
Charlie Taylor has been shortlisted as a target for West Brom to fill their left-back void, according to a report.
The Mail claim the Leeds defender, 22, and Manchester United’s Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, 19, have been identified by the Midlands club as options to solve their defender problem.
It is said the youthful pair have been targeted after after a deal for Jeffrey Schlupp at Leicester reached stalemate.
West Brom were forced to use centre-back Jonny Evans as an emergency left-back in their Premier League opening-day 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Taylor handed in a transfer request earlier this month, which was immediately rejected by the Whites’ hierarchy despite less than 12 months remaining on the left-back’s contract.
Talking about Taylor in his first Championship press conference as Leeds manager, Monk revealed that he believes the youngster will remain in a Leeds shirt for the whole of the 2016-17 season.
“He’s the type of player we need to try and build the team around,” Monk said, as reported by Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Lee Sobot. “We have to keep our best players.”
Leeds released a statement on Tuesday via their official website to confirm that a transfer request had been rejected and Taylor would not be sold this summer.
Despite being rejected, Taylor’s transfer request has alerted a number of Premier League clubs who have been closely trailing the youngster.
Taylor has firmly established himself as Leeds’ first-choice left-back and made 42 appearances for the Whites last season, chipping in with seven assists.
He has started all four of the team’s matches this season and has played the full 90 minutes in each game.
In other Leeds transfer news, Monk has made a decision on this trialist who started for Leeds in pre-season.