By Harry Sykes
West Brom manager Tony Pulis has revealed there are “a lot of clubs” interested in wantaway signing Leeds United defender Charlie Taylor.
Taylor, 23, is out of contract next month and made it clear that his time at Elland Road is up after refusing to play in the club’s final game of the season at Wigan.
Pulis went public with West Brom’s interest in signing the left-back last week and delivered an update on their chase as he spoke to preview his team’s clash against Chelsea on Friday night.
“He’s been on our radar for a bit,” said Pulis to the BBC Sport website.
“There are a lot of clubs interested. It could go to a tribunal but our club would rather try and sort a deal out with Leeds.”
It has been reported elsewhere that the fee for Taylor could be between £4million and £7million even though he would officially be a free agent from the end of June.
Leeds are due a huge compensation fee because the defender has been at their academy since the age of nine and Fifa regulations state they are entitled to development costs.
Pulius has made it clear that West Brom are in the market for a proven left-back after using stop-gap options in the position for most of his two years in charge at the Hawthorns.
Chris Brunt, Jonny Evans, James McClean, Allan Nyom and, most recently, Marc Wilson, have all been played there out of position.
As a natural left-footer who has played in that position 104 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.
But he will leave Leeds with ill feeling after manager Garry Monk revealed that he had refused to play in their final match of the season against Wigan last weekend as he began to prepare for life away from Elland Road.
BBC Sport report that Leeds have fined Taylor two weeks’ wages for his refusal to play at Wigan.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club are in a three-horse race to sign a top-flight captain who is desperate to make a move to the Championship big hitters.