Tony Pulis knows he is likely to face competition in his bid to sign Charlie Taylor, who looks certain to leave Leeds United during the summer weeks.
It is understood the Elland Road club have handed out the maximum punishment to the 23-year-old, after he pulled out of their squad for the final game of the Championship season. Taylor is out of contract during the summer, and West Bromwich Albion boss Pulis has made no secret of his desire to offer him a chance of Premier League football at the Hawthorns.
The Baggies have had an encouraging campaign in the top-flight, and are currently in eighth position with just three matches to play. Pulis is determined to continue making progress beyond this season, and although he believes Taylor would be a quality addition to his first team squad, he admits he will likely face competition to secure the services of the left-back.
“There are a lot of clubs interested in Charlie Taylor, we’re not the only club interested in him,” he said. “Obviously he’s been on our radar for a bit. It could go to a tribunal but our club would rather try and sort a deal out with Leeds if we’re going to do it instead of going to tribunal.”
Since making his debut in 2011, Taylor has gone on to make 104 appearances for Leeds in all competitions. This includes 32 this term, but it has long looked like he is destined for pastures new after handing in a transfer request last July. Even so, losing him will be a blow for the Yorkshire club, having raised him through their youth system before giving him first team action.