By Alex Stevens
Charlie Taylor will not be at Leeds in 12 months’ time, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that the left-back “is going and will be gone by next summer”, when his current contract is due to expire.
It is said that Leeds owner Massimo Cellino and Taylor’s agent Colin Pomford can barely stand to speak to each other after initially falling out of another Elland Road academy graduate Sam Byram, who quit for West Ham in January.
Taylor is also attracting significant Premier League interest, with the Daily Star claiming that West Brom are preparing a £7million bid for the 22-year-old in the final week of the summer window.
The Yorkshire giants are desperate to keep Taylor but the Premier League club are searching for new players and are ready to test their resolve.
The left-back 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.”
The Yorkshire giants appear determined to hang on to the academy graduate until at least the January window, which is when they sold his former team-mate Byram earlier this year.
The left-back started Leeds first five 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 42 appearances for the Championship outfit last season, chipping in with seven assists.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club are reportedly interested in a 30-year-old former Tottenham player.