West Brom reopen talks over £4m deal for Leeds star Taylor

Date published: Wednesday 31st May 2017 10:37

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West Brom are reported to have contacted Leeds United once again in a bid to thrash out a deal for out-of-contract left-back Charlie Taylor.

The Baggies had made contact to sign the player as soon as the Championship season ended earlier this month, but could not agree a deal with the Whites over their homegrown player.

Taylor, 23, has been at Leeds since the age of 11 and despite being out of contract, the club would be due to receive a substantial compensation package when the highly-rated left-back moves on.

And with West Brom not wanting to risk seeing the deal going to a tribunal and then seeing the club stung for a huge fee, Albion boss Tony Pulis claimed they had pulled the plug on the deal.

It was reported at the time that West Brom had offered Leeds £3.5million for Taylor and Pulis said: “We wouldn’t go to tribunal on it. You could do that and they put an extraordinary price on it.

“It’s a risk that’s not worth taking. We wanted to find out what the price was.”

Since then, however, much has changed at Leeds with the Championship club seeing Andrea Radrizanni complete his takeover of the club from fellow Italian Massimo Cellino and the departure of head coach Garry Monk.

And the Express & Star reports West Brom have contacted the new Leeds owner to see if they can thrash out a deal for the left-back, who seems intent to move on.

It’s believed West Brom will increase their initial offer to £4million in a bid to prevent the deal going to a tribunal and Leeds will now think carefully over whether to accept.

Taylor is understood to be keen on a move to The Hawthorns and personal terms are close to being agreed following discussions between his representatives and the club.

The England Under-19 international was fined two weeks’ wages after refusing to play in Leeds’ final game of the season against Wigan and branded ‘naive’ by then boss Monk.

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