By Will Butcher
Leeds’ in-demand left-back Charlie Taylor has handed in a transfer request, according to a reliable journalist covering the club.
Radio Yorkshire presenter Joe Rawson claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday morning that Taylor’s agent communicated the player’s desire to quit Elland Road on Sunday night.
Understand Charlie Taylor's agent handed in a transfer request on behalf of player Sunday night. No word from #Lufc on situation
— Joe Rawson (@joerawson) August 2, 2016
Rawson has established a reputation for breaking Leeds news and was the first journalist to reveal that the club had sealed the signing of Pablo Hernandez, who was unveiled on Monday night as the club’s seventh summer signing.
Taylor’s transfer request will alert a number of Premier League clubs who have been closely trailing the 22-year-old.
Leeds’ reigning Player of the Year has just 12 months remaining on his Elland Road deal, but was not interested in renewing his contract with Garry Monk’s side.
The former Fleetwood loanee has the same agent as West Ham and former Leeds right-back Sam Byram, who moved to East London in January.
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.
It remains to be seen whether Garry Monk will opt to use Taylor against QPR in the team’s Championship curtain-raiser, should he still be a Leeds player by Sunday.
According to the Daily Mail, Leeds are chasing Walsall youngster Rico Henry as a replacement for Taylor, but may have to settle with academy product Tyler Denton for the time being.
In other Leeds transfer news, Dundee captain James McPake believes his teammate will be huge hit in the Championship should he make a move down south.