By Matt Farr
Leeds have offered a new two-year deal to defender Charlie Taylor to ensure they get a sizeable compensation fee, according to a reliable journalist.
The Championship club announced on their official website on Wednesday that the 23-year-old had been offered a new deal by the club, when submitting their retained list to the English Football League.
However, Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay later revealed on his personal Twitter account there is perhaps more to the contract offer than meets the eye.
Shedding some light on Leeds’ intentions, the journalist explained the club are following procedure “purely to ensure” they get compensation and are not actually expecting Taylor to accept the deal.
Charlie Taylor offered a new two-year deal – but purely to ensure that Leeds receive compensation. Club don't expect him to sign it. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 17, 2017
Taylor is out of contract at the end of the season, but remains destined to quit Elland Road despite the offer of an extended deal.
The left-back has been heavily linked with a transfer to another club this summer, but with Taylor under the age of 24, any potential suitor will be forced to provide compensation to his current employers.
It is understood that Leeds are not expecting Taylor to agree to the club’s fresh terms, and that he will still seek to depart the club in several weeks’ time as first reported.
Premier League outfit West Brom are believed to be keen on signing the defender, with manager Tony Pulis openly declaring his interest in the Englishman.
Taylor has made 32 appearances in all competitions for Leeds this season, and was dropped from starting eleven for the final two games of the season.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club have confirmed that seven senior players are to quit the club this summer.