Date: 30th December 2016 at 5:30am
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By Emma Sanders

Leeds should sign Gael Clichy in January as a loan replacement for Charlie Taylor if he quits the club.

Former Premier League winner Clichy is out of contract in the summer with his agreement at Manchester City set to expire and his future has come under speculation.

Earlier this month, the Daily Mail claimed Pep Guardiola had been given the green light to buy a new left-back in January and, with Taylor potentially on the move, Leeds should look to secure a six-month loan agreement for Clichy.

Taylor has been linked with a move away from Elland Road and his impressive performances for Leeds have attracted a number of Premier League clubs.

West Brom, Burnley, Middlesbrough and West Ham are all said to be interested and last season’s Player of the Year could opt to move to the top flight, with his contract due to expire at the end of the season.

If Taylor moves on, Leeds will need to fill some huge boots and Clichy, 31, has bags of experience and quality so would make an ideal replacement.

If Guardiola brings in a new left-back in January, Leeds could offer City an agreement to take the defender on loan for six months and ensure they give themselves the best chance of gaining promotion.

Clichy may even be tempted by the possibility of another season in the top flight as a first team regular if Leeds achieve the feat.

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