Report details Leeds response after mega bid from Premier League club
By Harry Sykes
Leeds rebuffed a bid from West Brom of £3.5million for Charlie Taylor, according to a report.
The Daily Star claim the Premier League outfit tabled the offer in an attempt to strike a cash deal for the defender.
But it is said that Leeds knocked the Baggies back and they were “told by Leeds that it falls short of their valuation”.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis claimed at a press conference on Monday morning that West Brom have now pulled the plug on their pursuit of Taylor.
Pulis insisted that his club were unwilling to take the risk of going to a tribunal for the 23-year-old left-back.
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Taylor is out of contract next month but he is a product of the Elland Road academy and Leeds are owed a compensation fee for development costs.
It may be seen as risky for Leeds to turn down a bid of £3.5million, as that is a massive fee by the standards of the club over the last 10 years.
There have only been three transfers above that sum during that time, the £11million Ross McCormack sale in 2014, the £6million Lewis Cook departure last summer and the £6million Fabian Delph sale in 2009.
Football Insider verdict:
Credit to Leeds for sticking by their guns on their valuation of Taylor. There is no need to rush into an agreement with West Brom, despite Pulis upping the ante at every press conference for the last two weeks. Leeds can sit back safe in the knowledge that a tribunal is likely to value the academy product at more than the reported £3.5m Baggies bid. They also know there is considerable interest in Taylor, with the likes of Liverpool, Burnley and Crystal Palace all strongly linked in recent months. Leeds are right to let this one play out for a while longer. No harm in making Taylor sweat, either.
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