By Wayne Veysey

9th May, 2017 | 6:58am

Leeds transfer battle won: Deal all but done for around £4m - report

By Harry Sykes

West Brom have won the battle to sign wantaway Leeds United defender Charlie Taylor, according to a report.

The Sun claim the Premier League club have all but secured a deal to land the left-back, 23, despite competing interest from Liverpool.

It is said that West Brom will have to pay a fee of around £4million for Taylor even though his Leeds contract expires next month.

Baggies manager Tony Pulis went public last week with his interest in signing Taylor although he insisted it would be a “difficult” deal due to the likelihood that the fee would be decided by a tribunal.

The Sun report that the compensation sum for Taylor will run into many millions due to the fact he was developed by their academy and is under the age of 24.

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Pulius has admitted West Brom are very keen to sign a permanent left-back after using stop-gap options in the position for much of the season.

As a natural left-footer who has played in that position for over 100 Leeds games, as well as out on loan at five clubs, Taylor’s experience, price and potential to improve makes him an attractive option for Premier League clubs.

The Leeds career of their 2015-16 player of the year has come to an contentious end as manager Garry Monk revealed that he had refused to play in their final match of the season, a 1-1 Championship draw against Wigan at the DW Stadium.

Monk was furious that Taylor pulled out after being told that he had been selected for the starting XI.

It prompted a deluge of criticism from supporters angered at his lack of respect for the club that had developed him since he joined their academy at the age of nine.

Football Insider verdict:

Taylor is persona non grata at Leeds but he is also a capable left-back with the potential to be a very good one in the Premier League. More so than his fellow Elland Road academy product Sam Byram at West Ham, the 23-year-old has all the tools to shine in the top flight provided he has a manager that believes in him. Pulis has pushed hard for Taylor since last summer, and appears to rate him. Taylor needs a run of 10-plus matches at the start of next season to show that he is the answer to the Baggies’ left-back prayers.

In other Leeds United transfer news, it can be exclusively revealed that the club registered a new signing last month.

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