By Harvey Byrne
West Brom may need to sell forward Saido Berahino in January before making a move for Leeds star Charlie Taylor, according to a reliable journalist.
BBC Midlands football reporter Pat Murphy claimed on his personal Twitter account on Monday that the 23-year-old was on the Baggies’ radar.
However, he stated that Tony Pulis’ side may have to obtain money from other avenues if they are to sign Taylor and Morgan Schneiderlin in the winter.
Charlie Taylor on @WBA radar – has been for some time – but may have to borrow against summer coffers or sell Berahino to land CT & MorganS
— Pat Murphy (@patmurphybbc) January 2, 2017
Berahino has struggled at the Midlands club this year, but the BBC reported on Friday that they had looked to extend his current deal.
The 23-year-old forward has played just seven matches for West Brom this season with a return of just one goal.
His contract is set to run out in the summer and there was a belief that the Baggies may have been looking to offload him with fears that he could leave on a free in June.
Meanwhile, Leeds are in the same situation with star full-back Taylor, who’s contract is also set to expire in the summer.
The defender has missed the club’s last three fixtures after formerly being a regular fixture in Garry Monk’s side.
This has brought much speculation that his future at Leeds may be nearing its end with West Brom’s interest.
Football Insider verdict:
It is vital that Leeds keep a player of Taylor’s ability until the summer despite his current contract situation at the club. The Yorkshire giants are currently sat in a high standing in the Championship and they have been presented with their best opportunity in years to win promotion. Leeds stand a greater chance of making the Premier League if they keep hold of Taylor, rather than if they let him go in the winter for a fraction of his true value due to his contract situation. The riches of the top flight will then make the loss on the Taylor money if he does leave seem minimal. Additionally, the full-back is unlikely to cause much fuss if the club promises he can leave in the summer if they don’t make the Premier League.
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