By Alex Stevens
Leeds have knocked back three mega offers for left-back Charlie Taylor, according to a report.
The Guardian claim the Championship giants have fielded offers of £7million from Premier League clubs West Brom, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace.
Leeds have responded by rejecting the bids and stressing that they will not sell the defender in this window.
The strategy not to cash in on Taylor has been re-emphasised following the takeover of 50 per cent of the club by new joint-owner Andrea Radrizzani, who was at Leeds’ Thorp Arch headquarters on Thursday to meet the staff.
The offers are considerable ones for a Championship player who is out of contract in the summer and currently out injured with an achilles problem.
Leeds have cashed in on their major assets in recent years, with Taylor’s fellow academy products Sam Byram and Lewis Cook leaving in the last two windows for £3.5million and £5million respectively.
The offers for Taylor are big money for a club who have been run on a shoestring budget for many years and is even more enticing for the Yorkshire giants as he is out of contract at the end of the season.
But Taylor 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.
Leeds have publicly claimed they will not sell any of their first-team players this month and manager Garry Monk reiterated last Friday that Taylor will remain at the club for the remainder of this campaign.
Monk revealed on Wednesday that Taylor will play no part in Friday’s league encounter against fellow promotion hopefuls Derby at Elland Road.
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.