?Leeds United were only just beaten to the Championship play-off spots by Fulham during the 2016-17 campaign, and have been resigned to yet another season in England’s second-tier, as they continue to find a way back to the Premier League.
Garry Monk’s left-back Charlie Taylor is out of contract at Elland Road this summer, with the sturdy 23-year-old defender on West Bromwich Albion’s radar for some time now. The Mirror report that Tony Pulis is prepared to offer Leeds between £3-5m to avoid going to a time-consuming tribunal to determine a ‘fair’ fee.
Tribunal hearings have been known to drag on for months and months after a player leaves for pastures new, with Danny Ings’ £8m fee not being set until the April following his summer switch to Liverpool.
Pulis, who has been tracking the developing Englishman for a year now, said:
“There are a lot of clubs interested. It could go to a tribunal, but our club would rather try and sort a deal out with Leeds.”
Taylor refused to play in his current club’s final Championship tie of the season against Wigan Athletic, and the club have subsequently docked two weeks of the player’s wages in retaliation.
Despite being at the club since the age of nine, it has become clear that Taylor is angling for a move in the summer to head for pastures new, and it seems that Pulis – amongst others – is more than interested in welcoming him into his flock next season.