Burnley look increasingly likely to win the battle to sign Charlie Taylor following West Bromwich Albion’s failure to agree a fee for the Leeds United defender
West Brom have backed off from a deal for Taylor after several weeks of discussions with Leeds ended in stalemate over the left-back’s valuation.
Albion are understood to be willing to pay around £5m but United believe they could earn a higher sum if a decision on compensation is set by a tribunal.
Taylor is out of contract at Elland Road but under the age of 24, entitling Leeds to a fee from any club who sign him.
Burnley, who are also being linked with Hull City’s Andrew Robertson, are keen on taking Taylor and would meet his wage demands comfortably but the Premier League side also want to secure a private deal with Leeds.
Taylor has a two-year contract on the table at Elland Road, an offer made to him last month, but Leeds do not expect him to accept it and are not clear on whether Taylor intends to work with them during pre-season while a move elsewhere is thrashed out.
Under EFL rules relating to compensation, the 23-year-old - Leeds’ player of the year in 2016 - will continue to be paid by the club until a transfer is agreed.Phil Hay, on Charlie Taylor’s current situation.
Under EFL rules relating to compensation, the 23-year-old - Leeds’ player of the year in 2016 - will continue to be paid by the club until a transfer is agreed.
Taylor has played more than 100 times for United but turned down the opportunity of a farewell appearance on the final day of last season by refusing to travel to a 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic.
The defender is days away from the end of the three-year deal he signed in 2014 having declined invitations to extend that agreement while former owner Massimo Cellino was in charge of Leeds.