Sunderland ‘make move’ to sign in-demand Leeds full-back

Charlie Taylor: A man in demand

Sunderland have reportedly made an enquiry to Leeds for their highly-rated full-back Charlie Taylor.

The full-back was named Leeds United’s player of the year in 2015/16 after a stellar campaign at Elland Road.

Taylor, who is also reportedly wanted by Liverpool and Arsenal, made 43 appearances for the Whites last term and has a year left on his current deal.

The player, subject of our weekly Scout feature on Thursday, was also linked with a move to Manchester United back in January as the Red Devils looked to plug the gap left in their side by Luke Shaw’s season-ending double leg break.

But, according to press reports in the North-East, Sunderland are keen to steal a march on their rivals by making an enquiry to Leeds to check on the availability of the former England Under-19 full-back.

The Whites are currently seeking the seventh manager of controversial owner Massimo Cellino’s two and a half year reign, with current incumbent Steve Evans not yet officially being told if he remains in charge or not.

Sunderland will hope they can use this uncertainty to their advantage and secure an early transfer window deal for Taylor, who is comfortable either at left-back or as a left wing-back role, where he would provide cover and competition for Patrick van Aanholt.

The 22-year-old Taylor played 43 games last season for Leeds.