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2nd Aug, 2016 | 2:44pm

Monk turns attention to emerging Belgian as Leeds look to replace wantaway star - reports

By Will Butcher

Leeds are interested in Benfica left-back Alexis Scholl following Charlie Taylor’s reported transfer request, according to a report.

Tuesday’s edition of Portuguese newspaper A Bola claim the Yorkshire giants are keeping tabs on the Belgium Under-19 international.

Highly-rated Scholl spent last season loan at Belgian side Gent, but the article states that they opted against exercising the permanent purchase clause in his loan contract.

Scholl has just 68 minutes of professional football to his name, making just three substitute appearances for Benfica’s B team, who play in the second tier of Portuguese football.

He was a trainee at Anderlecht and was signed by the Portuguese champions back in 2015, after spending three years at the Roger Vanden Stock stadium.

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Leeds begin their Championship campaign on Sunday against QPR and it remains to be seen whether in-demand Taylor will feature after Radio Yorkshire journalist Joe Rawson claimed on Tuesday morning that the left-back’s agent had submitted a transfer request.

The 22-year-old, who has been with Leeds for his whole career except from a loan spell with Fleetwood, has just 12 months remaining on his Elland Road deal.

Taylor is interesting the likes of Burnley, Middlesbrough, West Ham and West Brom, according to The Mirror.

In other Leeds transfer news, the Yorkshire giants’ fanbase took to Twitter to express their reaction at the transfer request rumours.