By Harry Sykes
Tony Pulis has admitted that he wants to bring Leeds United defender Charlie Taylor to West Brom this summer.
The Baggies manager confirmed for the first time on Friday that Taylor is being targeted by the Premier League club as they look to reinforce their defence this summer.
The left-back, 23, is out of contract at Leeds at the end of the season but Pulis pointed out that the transfer would still be a “difficult” one because the fee would likely have to be agreed at a tribunal and it could be a sizeable one.
“He’s one of the players we’re looking at in respect of left-backs but he’s not the only one,” Pulis said, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
“He’s a possibility. The problem with that one is it would go to a tribunal so we’re not exactly sure what the fee would be.
“So that would be a difficult one but he’s one we have talked about. He wouldn’t be a free transfer.”
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.
The Telegraph reported on Thursday night that Pulis has made a fresh move to sign Taylor this summer after also expressing an interest during the January window.
It is said that the Premier League club are in talks with the left-back’s representatives and, despite Pulis’ concerns, are confident of sealing a deal.
He is a popular player at Elland Road after graduating from the club’s academy to make 104 first-team appearances and demonstrate his calibre by landing the 2015-16 Leeds player of the year.
Taylor, who has also had loan spells at Fleetwood, Inverness, York and Bradford, has been a mainstay of the team under Garry Monk despite his contract situation.
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.
However, Taylor has had to fight with Gaetano Berardi for the left-back slot since returning from injury at the start of March.
Taylor was an unused substitute against Norwich last weekend as Berardi was given the nod to start.
In other Leeds United transfer news, it can be exclusively revealed that the club registered a new signing last month.