Leeds transfer finale after club table £7million bid - report
By Alex Stevens
Crystal Palace have accepted defeat in their bid to sign Charlie Taylor from Leeds this month, according to a report.
The Guardian claim on their transfer window blog (Tuesday, 1.29pm) that the Premier League club will fill their left-back hole by signing Patrick van Aanholt from Sunderland.
It is said that Palace have agreed personal terms with Van Aanholt and he is now set to undergo a medical at Selhurst Park.
The Guardian report that the south London club’s new manager Sam Allardyce will pay an initial £9million rising to £12million with performance-related add-ons to sign the 26-year-old he worked with at Sunderland last season.
Palace have “now settled on” Van Aanholt after holding talks with Juventus’ Patrice Evra and tabling a £7million bid for Leeds left-back Taylor.
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The offer is a considerable one for the Elland Road academy product, who is out of contract in the summer, currently out injured with an achilles problem and has only played in the Championship.
Leeds have cashed in on their major assets in recent years, with Taylor’s fellow academy products Sam Byram and Lewis Cook leaving in the last two windows for £3.5million and £5million respectively.
But Leeds have publicly claimed they will not sell any of their first-team players this month and manager Monk has consistently stated that Taylor will remain at the club for the remainder of this campaign.
However, he is currently sidelined through injury and Monk revealed on Tuesday that Taylor will play no part in Wednesday night’s league encounter against Nottingham Forest at Elland Road.
It will be the seventh consecutive match in which the club’s 2015-16 player of the year will have missed as Gaetano Berardi is once again set to step in to replace him on the left side of defence.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have sealed a second midfielder deal of the January window.