The Express is reporting today that Middlesbrough, West Brom and Burnley are all interested in signing 22 year-old Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor.
As well as the three Premier League clubs interested there are also reports in the Guardian and the Mirror that Newcastle are monitoring the situation and could join the race to sign the twice capped England U19 International.
Charlie Taylor – 22 year-old Leeds United left-back
It looks like Leeds have decided to cash in on the youngster since he has only a year left on his contract and it is thought Taylor would cost around £5M.
Charlie’s main position is left-back but he can also play as a left-winger.
He is very highly rated and has made 72 appearances and scored 3 goals for Leeds United since making his debut at age 17 in 2011 as a second half substitute against local rivals Bradford City in the League Cup in August of that year.
He made 43 total appearances for Leeds last season with one goal and he was Leeds United’ player of the season for last season.
The York born player stands 6ft 1ins tall and has had loan spells at Bradford City (4 games), York City (5 games), Inverness CT (8 games) and League Two side Fleetwood Town, where he was on loan for the 2013-2014 season and played 42 games.
He has only played 132 first team games in his career so far, but 113 of those have been over the last three seasons.
Newcastle are expected to bring in a left-back to challenge local lad Paul Dummett and Frenchman Massadio Haidara for the left back position for next season.
Manager Rafa Benitez is trying to fix what has been a leaky defense for the last four seasons in the Premier League when we have conceded a massive 255 goals.
There are a couple of potential problems for Newcastle if they want to sign the 22 year-old.
Charlie may want to play in the Premier League next season is one of them – and the other is that Leeds may not want to sell one of their best players to a club who will be challenging them for a promotion place from the Championship this coming season.
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