By Tom Blackburn

Leeds fans have taken to Twitter to express their views on the escalating war between owner Massimo Cellino and contract rebel Charlie Taylor.

Football Insider reported on Friday that Cellino has claimed Taylor and his agent are avoiding contract discussions, while Taylor’s party are remaining silent about the whole affair.

Taylor is one of three academy products, alongside Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt, who have just 12 months left on their contracts and the Italian owner is hoping all three will sign new deals this summer.

The left-back has a growing reputation after winning the club’s player-of-the-year award at the end of the 2015-16 season.

His wage at Elland Road is understood to have increased towards the end of that campaign owing to an appearance-related clause in his contract but Cellino has strongly suggested it will be difficult to agree an extension.

Several Premier League clubs are said to be targeting in Taylor, with Football Insider reporting the interest of Crystal Palace, West Brom and Stoke,, on Wednesday.

Taking to Twitter, the bumper fan base had mixed views – some are unhappy with Taylor’s agent, many are unhappy with Cellino and a small minority backed Leeds to replace their stars with more academy products. Here are some of the Twitter messages:

In other Leeds news, they are in pole position to land a Premier League midfielder.