Premier League club want Leeds first teamer after £7m bids knocked back - reports
By Alex Stevens
Stoke have joined the race to sign Leeds star Charlie Taylor, according to a report.
The Mail claim Mark Hughes’ side are keeping close tabs on the 23-year-old as they draw up a shortlist of left-back targets ahead of the summer transfer window.
It is said that Stoke are also looking at Hull’s Andrew Robertson as a candidate to provide competition for current first choice Erik Pieters.
Taylor’s future at Leeds is in considerable doubt as he is out of contract at the end of the season and talks about an extension have failed to get off the ground.
The defender was reportedly the subject of considerable interest in the January window, with the Guardian reporting that the Championship promotion challengers knocked back offers of £7million from Premier League clubs West Brom, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace.
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However, Leeds will be powerless to stop Taylor from leaving in the summer even though they will be entitled to a considerable compensation fee as he is a product of their prolific academy.
Taylor has been a mainstay of the Leeds side that are currently fourth in the Championship with a tally of 69 points from 38 matches, eight points adrift of second-placed Brighton.
He missed nearly three months of the season with an achilles problem but returned to the team to deliver an outstanding display in their 2-0 win against Brighton before the international break.
The 2015-16 Leeds player of the year has started 24 of Leeds’ 38 Championship matches this season and is widely regarded as one of their outstanding players.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.