Leeds transfer latest: Talks begin as move made for 23-year-old, deal likely to be sealed - report
By Harry Sykes
West Brom have re-opened talks to sign Leeds United defender Charlie Taylor, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim Hawthorns manager Tony Pulis has reignited his bid to sign Taylor, 23, on a free transfer this summer and beat Burnley to his signature.
It is said that West Brom tried to sign the left-back in the January transfer window and have made a fresh move following the end of Leeds’ attempt to secure a place in the Championship play-offs.
Leeds had challenged strongly for promotion for much of the campaign but a wretched run of results over the last month has put paid to their hopes.
Taylor is out of contract at the end of the season but 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.
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The Telegraph report that West Brom are in dialogue with the player’s representatives and are hopeful of sealing the transfer in the coming months.
The defender has been a long-term target for West Brom as Pulis is still short of options in Taylor’s left-back position and has even used right-sided defender Allan Nyom and midfielder Chris Brunt there this season.
The Leeds defender was reportedly the subject of considerable interest in the January window, with the Guardian reporting that the club knocked back offers of £7million from not only West Brom, but two other Premier League clubs in Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace.
In total, the 2015-16 Leeds player of the year has started 26 of their 45 Championship matches this season in which he missed nearly three months with an achilles problem.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the deal is all but done for the club to complete the transfer of an experienced Premier League man from West Ham.