Leeds fans react as PL manager reportedly prepares £4m offer for academy product
By Alex Stevens
Leeds fans reacted pessimistically on Twitter after it was reported that West Brom will make a second bid to sign Charlie Taylor in January.
The Telegraph claim Tony Pulis’ side will offer around £4million for the left-back when the transfer window reopens in the new year.
Taylor has already rejected a new contract offer from Leeds as he looks to progress his career beyond the Championship, and will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season.
It is reported that a senior recruitment member from West Brom was sent to watch Taylor’s performance for Leeds in their 1-0 win over Wolves on Saturday.
Leeds fans are unhappy at the prospect of losing academy product Taylor after his fellow graduates from the prolific Elland Road academy Sam Byram and Lewis Cook were sold to West Ham and Bournemouth in the last two windows.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
The papers will have you believe Charlie Taylor will get his dream move to West Brom in January ?? #lufc
— Micky Padge (@mickipadgett) October 25, 2016
Depressing thought that probably the only way we will sign Jansson is if we sell Taylor… the present #lufc way of business.
— Marc Collins (@marccollins62) October 25, 2016
— headingley whites (@malcolmjpearce) October 25, 2016
If this Taylor deal does happen we’ll have £12.5 million to show for Cook, Byram and Taylor. Buying from any other club = £30 million. #lufc
— Lowfields Road 92 (@LowfieldsRd92) October 24, 2016
Once again this whole sorry situation with Taylor could have been avoided. #lufc
— James (@JamesLUFC) October 24, 2016
— Geir Kristoffersen (@geirnarvik) October 24, 2016
Taylor was the best of a bad bunch last year. Excellent defense around him now so his good days aren’t noticed as much. Still class #lufc
— Bremner’s LoveChild (@davyred93) October 23, 2016
Taylor is a mainstay of the Leeds team and has played the full 90 minutes of all 14 of their Championship matches this season.
West Brom were reportedly one of two Premier League clubs to show their interest in the 23 year-old during the summer, with Sean Dyche also failing to convince Leeds to let the defender join Burnley.
Albion have been looking for a new left-back for some time now, with right-sided defender Allan Nyom filling the void temporarily.
Pulis was involved in talks with West Brom owner Guochuan Lai and chairman John Williams last week to discuss their plans to secure the left-back in January.
In other Leeds transfer news, this out-of-favour star could be given a lifeline against Norwich.