Sky Whispers: This Leeds summer transfer is almost a sure thing
By Harry Sykes
Charlie Taylor is almost certain to quit Leeds United for West Brom in the summer transfer window, according to a report.
This comes after the Telegraph reported on Thursday night that Hawthorns manager Tony Pulis has made a fresh move to sign Taylor when his Leeds contract expires at the end of the season.
It is said that the Premier League club are in talks with Taylor’s representatives and are confident of sealing a deal.
Football Whispers, which gathers all transfer rumours across the globe and calculates the likelihood of them happening, rates it 4.2 out of 5 that Taylor will join West Brom, with five the highest possible ranking and meaning it is a certainty.
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A clear sign of how likely it is deemed to happen that the transfer is now rated by the data compiler as the second most likely of all English football deals, with only to Ched Evans to Sheffield United narrowly in front.
West Brom have made their move after Leeds’ play-off hopes ended with a draw against Norwich last weekend, which means they will end the season in seventh.
Although Taylor’s contract is about to expire, any transfer will go to a tribunal as he is under the age of 24 and Leeds will be entitled to a considerable compensation fee as he is a product of their prolific academy.
In total, the 2015-16 Leeds player of the year has made 104 first-team appearances for the club in addition to loan spells at Fleetwood, Inverness, York and Bradford.
He has started 26 of the Yorkshire club’s 45 Championship matches this season in which he missed nearly three months with an achilles problem.
In other Leeds United transfer news, it can be exclusively revealed that the club registered a new signing last month.