By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool have expressed an interest in Leeds left-back Charlie Taylor, according to a report.
The Daily Star claim the Reds are heading a number of top flight clubs keen on landing the 22-year-old.
It is also claimed that Premier League rivals West Brom are plotting a £7million bid for the Championship defender.
Taylor had a transfer request rejected by Leeds shortly before the start of the season and plunged his future into fresh doubt at the weekend by saying he doesn’t know if he will still be with the club he signed for as a boy when the transfer window shuts.
Asked if he expects to be at Elland Road after the 31 August cut-off, Taylor told the Yorkshire Post: “I am not sure. Obviously I am contracted until the end of this season, so if they (Leeds) do not want to sell me, then I am under contract.
“I think once the transfer window is closed, then I will either not be at Leeds or definitely be at Leeds and I think then I can get my head around the fact either way whatever happens.”
Liverpool’s only senior left-back Alberto Moreno came under a lot of criticism following his opening day performance in the Anfield club’s 4-3 victory against Arsenal.
The Spanish defender gave away a penalty in the first half after being caught out of position and recklessly upending Gunners’ forward Theo Walcott.
Moreno was then caught out of position in the build-up to the opening goal that was emphatically finished minutes later by Walcott.
The poor performance followed questionable defensive displays from the previous campaign, including the Europa League final defeat against Sevilla.
Jurgen Klopp has started the versatile James Milner in each of the last two Liverpool matches against Burton in the EFL Cup and Burnley in the Premier League.
However, the German manager may want a more natural player to play the position and the former Borussia Dortmund boss reportedly failed in a move for Leicester’s Ben Chilwell earlier in the summer.
Taylor started Leeds first five matches this season before being rested for their EFL Cup victory over Luton, but he is firmly established as Leeds’ first-choice left-back.
He made 43 appearances for the Championship outfit last season, chipping in with seven assists.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Stoke are hoping to sign Reds defender Mamadou Sakho on a season-long loan.