£4m Taylor heads West Bromwich Albion’s wanted list

Neil Taylor has reportedly emerged as West Bromwich Albion’s top summer transfer target, with Tony Pulis preparing a £4million bid.

The Baggies had expressed an interest in signing the Swansea City fullback during the January window, but were told the Wales international was not for sale. But with his contract set to enter its final 12 months before the start of next season, the Liberty Stadium club could be forced to listen to offers if he doesn’t agree terms on a fresh deal beforehand.

According to The Telegraph, Pulis will hope to take advantage of his situation by offering £4million for Taylor when the window reopens. The former Stoke City boss has been forced to play Chris Brunt at left back in recent weeks, but he may face stiff competition for the 26-year-old who has also been linked with Aston Villa and Newcastle United amongst others.

Of course before he can make his move for any of his summer targets Pulis must first of all cement Albion’s place in the Premier League. This, though, looks a formality as they are currently eight points clear of third-bottom Burnley with eight matches remaining to play, yet they are unlikely to rest until they have the seven points which will put them on 40.

Reaching such a target will allow Pulis to firm up his plans for next season, and this could include a raid on his former club to lure Jonathan Walters from the Britannia Stadium. Like Taylor, the forward is out of contract in the summer of 2017 so could be available for a reduced fee. Jordan Rhodes, the Blackburn Rovers striker, is another potential target, whilst Carlton Cole will be available on a free transfer when his West Ham United deal expires.

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