By Matt Bullin
West Brom boss Tony Pulis has admitted he would rather pay Leeds a fee for Charlie Taylor than let the transfer go to a tribunal.
The Birmingham Mail had previously reported that Taylor was in advanced talks with the Baggies over a pre-contract agreement ahead of a summer move.
The report states Pulis wants to pay a fee between £4million and £7million for the 23-year-old left-back who would officially arrive on a free transfer when his contract runs out this summer.
If the Baggies do sign Taylor on a free transfer, because he is under 24 it would go to a tribunal, but Pulis has confirmed he would prefer avoid this eventuality by dealing with Leeds directly.
“It could go to a tribunal but our club would rather try and sort a deal out with Leeds if we’re going to do it,” Pulis told the Express and Star. “So there’s still a lot of air in that bag before anything is achieved.”
Taylor has been a regular in Garry Monk’s back line this season, playing 32 league and cup games.
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After Pulis’ admission it seems he will be ready to stump up for Taylor. The left-back could very well provide the answer to West Brom’s problem in that area. Pulis has employed a host of players, out of position, at left-back this term and he sees Taylor as a long-term fix for the position. Taylor has been in good form for the Whites this term, making four assists, and contributing to one of the best defences in the division. The Premier League would be a step up for the 23-year-old, but Pulis will hope he is ready to make the jump.
In other Leeds transfer news, Danny Mills has revealed why the Whites’ play-off charge faltered.