Leeds ace is January transfer plan B for Premier League club - report
By Alex Stevens
Crystal Palace have made Leeds ace Charlie Taylor their transfer plan B for the January window, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim the Premier League club are keeping close tabs on the Elland Road academy product as they aim to sign a new left-back when the transfer window opens on Sunday.
It is said that Tottenham’s Ben Davies is the “ideal” signing for Sam Allardyce’s side in what would be a January loan move but Palace’s London rivals are unlikely to give the go-ahead to such a deal.
Taylor, Celtic sensation Kieran Tierney and Swansea’s Neil Taylor represent plan B alternatives for Palace.
It has been widely reported that Leeds would want a £6million-plus fee for Taylor, whose future is in doubt at the club as his contract is due to expire next June.
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This is a hefty valuation given the 23-year-old’s situation and in comparison to fellow academy product and full-back Sam Byram, who joined West Ham from Leeds for £3.75million in January of this year when he had entered the final six months of his deal.
Like Byram 12 months ago, Taylor has made it clear that he does not want to extend his Leeds deal and talks over an extension have not got off the ground.
Leeds owner Massimo Cellino made it clear during the summer that Taylor would not be sold either during that window, or in January, after the player had submitted a transfer request.
Taylor is highly rated at Elland Road and was named the club’s 2015/16 player of the year due to the consistencies of his performances.
He has remained a mainstay of the side under Garry Monk, which has performed above expectations to mount a promotion challenge and climb to fourth position in the table.
Taylor has missed Leeds’ last two matches with an achilles problem but has started 22 of the club’s 24 Championship encounters this season.