By Danny Wright
West Brom manager Tony Pulis conceded on Monday that his club’s pursuit of Leeds United’s Charlie Taylor is over amid fears of the costs of the transfer spiralling out of control.
The Premier League club’s boss has been very open about his interest in the 23-year-old, whose Elland Road contract expires within a matter of weeks.
Pulis wanted to agree a fee with the Whites as he didn’t want the case to go to a transfer tribunal, but he claimed the asking price during initial negotiations was too high and it is a risk “not worth taking”.
Due to Taylor being under the age of 24, no club would be able to sign him without providing compensation to his current employers.
The Leeds ace has been on West Brom’s radar for some time with the Birmingham Mail claiming that Taylor was in advanced talks with the Black Country outfit ahead of a summer move.
However Pulis claimed on Monday ahead of his team’s trip to Manchester City on Tuesday night that the deal is now dead in the water.
“As I’ve said before, we wanted to find out what the price was to see if we’d be interested,” Pulis said, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
“If it’s going to go to tribunal, we don’t know what the price is and I think that takes us out of the game.
“You could go to tribunal and they could put an extraordinary amount of money on it and you’re stuck with it.
“It’s a risk that, at this moment, is not worth taking.”
Taylor has been a regular feature in Garry Monk’s squad this term, making 32 appearances across all competitions.
West Brom have very limited options at left-back with traditional right-sided defender Allan Nyom and winger Chris Brunt spending most of the season in the role.
Sebastien Pocognoli has spent the campaign on loan at Brighton and it remains to be seen what his future at the Hawthorns will hold.
Football Insider Verdict
This isn’t very worrying for Leeds because eventually there will be a club that will come along an offer Taylor a contract which will then be taken to a tribunal. However for West Brom it’s a big blow, because they need a left-back and also a player who can bring down the average age of what is a very old squad. Nyom has done a decent job on the left side of the back four, despite being right-footed, but Pulis and the Albion board must begin to agree on spending more money in order to improve the squad after what has been a horrific end to the season.
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