By Alex Stevens
Leeds are braced for bids for Charlie Taylor as the clock ticks down towards Wednesday night’s transfer deadline, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim Premier League giants Liverpool are heading the interest in the left-back, while Bournemouth and West Brom are also keen.
It is said that the prospect of big-money bids from cash-rich clubs in the Premier League could test Leeds’ resolve, with Taylor watched by West Brom boss Tony Pulis during Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Nottingham Forest.
The Sun claim that the 22-year-old is valued at £8million by the Yorkshire giants even though he has entered the final year of his contract.
The report states that Bournemouth’s pursuit is a “surprise” because they already have Charlie Daniels and recent £6million signing from Liverpool Brad Smith as cover at left-back.
Nevertheless, Eddie Howe’s team have a policy of snapping up emerging homegrown talent and have already signed Taylor’s fellow academy graduate Lewis Cook from Leeds this summer in a deal worth up to £10million.
Taylor had a transfer request rejected by Leeds shortly before the start of the season and plunged his future into fresh doubt earlier this month by saying he doesn’t know if he will still be with the club he signed for as a boy when the transfer window shuts.
Asked if he expects to be at Elland Road after the 31 August cut-off, Taylor told the Yorkshire Post: “I am not sure. Obviously I am contracted until the end of this season, so if they (Leeds) do not want to sell me, then I am under contract.
“I think once the transfer window is closed, then I will either not be at Leeds or definitely be at Leeds and I think then I can get my head around the fact either way whatever happens.”
The Yorkshire giants appear determined to hang on to the academy graduate until at least the January window, which is when they sold his former team-mate Sam Byram earlier this year.
The two have the same agent, Colin Pomford. He is known not to get on with owner Massimo Cellino, which has had an impact on both players’ contract talks with the Whites.
The left-back started all five of Leeds’ Championship matches this season and is firmly established as the club’s first-choice left-back. He made 42 appearances for the Championship outfit last season, chipping in with seven assists.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club are reportedly interested in a 30-year-old former Tottenham player.