Leeds senior player still wants to quit - report
By Alex Stevens
Charlie Taylor still wants to leave Leeds even though they are pushing strongly for promotion to the Premier League, according to a report.
The Daily Star claim the left-back is keen for a move away from Elland Road even though club chiefs are “desperate for him to stay”.
It is said that Leeds are on the lookout for left-back reinforcements as they prepare for life after Taylor, whose contract expires at the end of the season.
The Star report that Leeds and Championship rivals are plotting a £350,000 bid to sign James Meredith, 28, from League One outfit Bradford.
Taylor, 23, handed in a transfer request last August amid interest from a string of Premier League clubs, and the Guardian claim the Championship giants have rejected offers of £7million from West Brom, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace this month.
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There has been hope from the Leeds hierarchy that academy graduate Taylor could be persuaded to change his mind and commit to a new deal.
Manager Garry Monk has repeatedly insisted that no senior Leeds players will be allowed to leave the club during the January window.
But it appears the promotion hopefuls could be fighting a losing battle to hold on to one of their outstanding players.
Taylor has been sidelined for the last three weeks with an achilles tendon problem but has been a key player in the side’s promotion challenge and has been a mainstay of the side that has climbed to third in the league and is just seven points adrift of leaders Newcastle.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have made an emphatic decision after being in £3million advanced talks.