By Alex Stevens

Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith has claimed that a whole host of clubs are interested in signing Leeds defender Charlie Taylor.

The Elland Road academy product has been the subject of reported interest from a string of Premier League outfits including West Ham, Leicester and West Brom.

Taylor had a transfer request rejected last summer and has rejected a new contract offer from Leeds as he looks to progress his career beyond the Championship.

The left-back, 23, will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season and could sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January.

Smith revealed his admiration for Taylor on Tuesday night while commentating on Leeds’ 2-0 League Cup quarter-final defeat against Liverpool at Anfield.

“Lots of clubs are looking at this boy,” Smith told Sky Sports 1’s live coverage of the match. “He’s a top player and is coming back to form now after a slow start to the season.”

Taylor has been a mainstay of the Leeds team this season after winning the club’s player of the year award for the 2015-16 campaign.

The defender has played the full 90 minutes of all Leeds’ 18 Championship matches and has also started three of their four League Cup fixtures.

He delivered another polished display against Liverpool on Tuesday and kept the home side’s dangerman Sadio Mane quieter than most Premier League defenders have so far this season.

In other Leeds transfer news, a Premier League big hitter has joined the race to sign an Elland Road star.