Report: Emphatic decision made on Leeds defender signing, fee to be millions
By Alex Stevens
West Brom are set to wait until the summer to sign Charlie Taylor from Leeds, according to a report.
The Premier League club have been strongly linked with a January move for the Elland Road defender, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
But Leeds have publicly claimed they will not sell any of their first-team players this month and manager Garry Monk reiterated on Friday that Taylor will remain at the club for the remainder of this campaign.
The Mirror claim that West Brom are keen to snap up Taylor but are prepared to bide their time and wait until the next transfer window to push through the deal.
It is said that manager Tony Pulis wants to sign the Leeds left-back as he is currently using a right-back in Allan Nyom on the left side of his defence even though he can also call upon on-loan Everton man Brendan Galloway.
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Pulis revealed on Friday that left-back Galloway will remain at the Hawthorns for the rest of the season even though he has only made four appearances for the club to date.
It means the cost of buying Taylor will be reduced but it will not be a free transfer in the summer as FA rules dictate that Leeds will be owed compensation for his development, as the Elland Road academy product will be under the age of 24.
This is likely to run into millions of pounds given that Taylor is a mainstay of the Yorkshire giants’ team and was named their player of the year last season.
Liverpool were ordered by a tribunal earlier this year to pay £8million to Burnley for Danny Ings after the two clubs were unable to agree terms on his move to Anfield in the summer of 2015 after his contract at Turf Moor had expired.
In other Leeds transfer news, Monk has made a shock transfer revelation after meeting with new owner Andrea Radrizzani.