Are Leeds United preparing for a bidding war for Charlie Taylor?
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Are Leeds United preparing for a bidding war for Charlie Taylor?

Leeds United find themselves in the heart of transfer speculation again this transfer deadline day. Fans swing from excited and optimistic to sceptical and defeatist as a host of names are linked with moves to the club. Like any deadline day, many of the transfer rumours are pure myth. The difficulty is always identifying the ones with even the smallest grain of truth.

The position regarding Charlie Taylor has not changed according to official sources, with Garry Monk expecting to have the services of his first choice left back available to him beyond the deadline. Massimo Cellino himself has remained steadfast in his no sale stance regarding Taylor, instead seemingly happy to allow the player to leave at the end of his contract.

 

Reports in the Yorkshire Evening Post today claim Taylor will remain a Leeds United player, unless the club receive a substantial offer for him, believed to be in the region of £8 million.

Every player has a price tag at which a club will sell, regardless of how good they are or how important an asset they may be. In Taylor, Leeds United have a player with a growing list of top flight admirers, each afforded a budget to bring in new recruits.

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Stoke, West Brom, Burnley, Middlesborough, Liverpool and Bournemouth are all said to be prepared to make a bid. As the list of admirers grows the chances of Taylor being sold today must surely rise along with his potential transfer fee.

Taylor finds himself in a tough position after handing in a transfer request, on the advice of his agent, in a bid to try to force a deal away from the club. That action appeared to strengthen Cellino’s determination to keep the player and resulted in a backlash from a section of fans who claimed the player was being disloyal to the club and as such was unfit to wear the shirt.

 

On the pitch Taylor has looked a shadow of the player on view last season and further question marks have been raised about how dedicated he remains to the cause.

I feel sympathy for Taylor, who with his transfer request has basically handed in his notice to his employer. Many of us have been in that situation in a job where you know you are leaving but have to work a notice period at worst in the region on 2-4 weeks. Many of us would have hoped to have that period shortened. Taylor is facing a notice period of almost 12 months and it would take a very strong mentality to endure such a prolonged period of notice.

Once a decision to leave an employer has been made, it is difficult to maintain a high level of motivation. It doesn’t matter how much you have loved a job or the people connected to it, the mind will focus on pastures new.

Taylor has been made a scapegoat by Cellino, who in the past has been happy to easily accept and offload the clubs upcoming stars. In Taylor his stance changed to a complete refusal of a sale.

 

The best result for all concerned is likely to be a transfer to one of the many admirers, but Leeds should at the least hold out for bids in the region of £10 million, with add ons should Taylor find his way into a future England squad and a percentage of any future sale. The latter add ons are, in many ways more important than the fee. They will show Leeds can negotiate terms favourable to them rather than simply rolling over and taking the first half decent figure thrown at them by one of the teams from the top flight.

With a fee in the region of £10 million for Taylor on top of the fee of £6-£7 million for Cook, Leeds would have the funds to spend the sort of money required to secure the services of a quality centre back, quality central midfielder, replacement left back and proven goalscorer. Meanwhile, Cellino would still have enough cash left over to fill his pockets and congratulate himself on earning a nice chunk of cash from a busy day of transfer dealings.

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