Leeds try to price Premier League club out of January swoop with mega price tag - report
By Alex Stevens
Leeds could have priced Crystal Palace out of a January swoop for Charlie Taylor, according to a report.
The Guardian claim the Elland Road academy product is on the shortlist of the Premier League club as they aim to sign a new left-back when the transfer window opens next month.
It is said that Leeds may only listen to offers of £6million for Taylor despite the fact that his contract with the club is due to expire next June.
This is a mega price tag given the 23-year-old’s contract status and in comparison to fellow academy product Sam Byram, who joined West Ham from Leeds for £3.75million in January of this year when he had entered the final six months of his deal.
Like Byram 12 months ago, Taylor has made it clear that he does not want to extend his Leeds deal and talks over an extension have not got off the ground.
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Leeds owner Massimo Cellino made it clear during the summer that Taylor would not be sold either during that window, or in January, after the player had submitted a transfer request.
Despite the uncertainty over the future of the Leeds 2015/16 player of the year, he has been a mainstay of the side this season in their climb to fifth in the table.
Taylor has played every minute of the team’s 21 Championship matches and has been back to his best in recent weeks after a slow start to the campaign.