Premier League club eye summer swoop for Leeds fringe player - report
By Harry Sykes
West Brom are still set on a summer move for Leeds United defender Charlie Taylor even though he has been demoted to the fringes, according to a report.
The Mail claim Tony Pulis’ side are closely monitoring the 23-year-old as they look to sign a new left-back in the forthcoming window.
West Brom are still in for the Leeds academy product even though he has not been a regular in Garry Monk’s side since December.
Taylor injured his achilles before Christmas and struggled to win back his place when he returned to fitness at the start of March.
The Englishman has been on the substitute’s bench for Leeds’ last four matches, with Gaetano Berardi preferred at left-back even though he is a right-back by trade.
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Luke Ayling has nailed down the other full-back position, which has made it hard for Taylor to force his way back in for the promotion hopefuls.
Taylor is out of contract at Leeds at the end of the season and talks about an extension have failed to get off the ground.
The defender was reportedly the subject of considerable interest in the January window, with the Guardian reporting that the Championship promotion challengers knocked back offers of £7million from not only West Brom, but two other Premier League clubs in Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace.
However, Leeds will be powerless to stop Taylor from leaving in the summer even though they will be entitled to a considerable compensation fee as he is a product of their prolific academy.
In total, the 2015-16 Leeds player of the year has started 25 of their 41 Championship matches this season.
He could be in line for a recall for this weekend’s trip to Burton as Monk’s side aim to get back to winning ways following Monday’s shock 1-0 home defeat to Wolves.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.