By Harry Sykes
Newcastle United are strongly in the running to sign Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor this summer, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.
Bet Victor have priced the newly-promoted club at 12/1 to land the 23-year-old before the transfer window shuts on 3 September.
Premier League outfit West Brom are the odds-on favourites to sign the left-back after manager Tony Pulis first went public with his interest in signing him a week ago.
The Baggies are 4/5 to land Taylor in the betting, placing them ahead of Liverpool and Stoke (both 6/1), and top-flight quartet Everton, Tottenham, Leicester and Newcastle (all 12/1).
Taylor has been a mainstay of the Leeds side in recent seasons after graduating from their prolific academy to make 104 first-team appearances.
But he angered manager Garry Monk when he refused to play in their final match of the season, a 1-1 draw against Wigan last weekend, as he made preparations for his impending exit.
Taylor is out of contract at Leeds next month and would officially be a free transfer, but the Championship outfit will be due a compensation fee of multiple millions for development costs, as he is under the age of 24.
Football Insider verdict:
Taylor would be a great signing for Newcastle. He has burned his bridges at Leeds and some potential employers may now be wary of his attitude, but he is a fine left-back with the potential to be a very good one. There is little doubt he is better equipped than the Magpies’ current first choice Paul Dummett to thrive in the Premier League. Taylor is athletic, defensively aware and a big threat going forward, and it is little wonder he is attracting such interest from the big boys.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, the club have hijacked Everton’s move for a coveted 23-year-old, with a £75,000-a-week contract to be offered.