By Danny Wright
Burnley have confirmed that they have completed the signing of Leeds’ Charlie Taylor.
The Clarets announced that the 23-year-old had penned a four-year deal at Turf Moor with a post on their official club website on Thursday morning after his contract with the Yorkshire giants expired.
As Taylor is under the 24, Leeds will be entitled to pick up a compensation fee following his Elland Road exit, and Burnley announced in their statement that a fee is “yet to be determined”.
The Yorkshire Evening Post has reported Leeds can expect to receive at least £5million at a tribunal.
Taylor had been a mainstay in the Whites first-team for the majority of his time in West Yorkshire.
He played a crucial role in Garry Monk’s squad last season as he made 32 appearances across all competitions and supplied four assists.
However he refused to play for United in their final match of the season against Wigan, which has no doubt left a sour taste in the mouth of the supporters, who are extremely proud about the high-quality talent that their academy has produced in recent years.
Taylor’s much-anticipated move away from Leeds is finally completed after intense links with West Brom, which even saw Tony Pulis confirm that he was in talks to sign the left-back.
However the Baggies looked to pursue an agreement with the Whites rather than have the transfer fee decided at a tribunal, where they expected they would have had to spend more money.
Football Insider Verdict
Burnley have definitely bagged a top player in Taylor, but the attitude he showed in his final few months at Elland Road has to be of concern to the Clarets fans. Taylor has the potential to be a top left-back in the Premier League and might eventually earn a call-up to the England national team in the future. Leeds will definitely miss his marauding displays on the left flank, but they certainly will not miss his behavior, which was quite frankly inexcusable. Christiansen needs to sign up a new left-back before the season draws any closer as 21-year-old Tyler Denton is his only current traditional option for the role.
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