Troubled Leeds United star looks set to join Burnley


Troubled Leeds United star Charlie Taylor looks set to join Burnley after agreeing personal terms with the left-back, with just the price left to be sorted before the deal completes on July 1.

Original suitors West Bromwich Albion pulled out of the race to sign Taylor, having showed a reluctance to pay the club’s asking price or take the case to a tribunal. This allowed Brighton & Hove Albion and Burnley to enter the race for his signature, with the Clarets the only party willing to stump up for a fee that will avoid a higher compensation figure being awarded to Leeds.

Chris Boden, sports editor at the Burnley Express, has tweeted that deal should be sorted in time for July 1, when the transfer window opens and Taylor’s existing contract expires at Elland Road.

Taylor, 23, rose up the ranks at the Leeds United Academy and shot to first-team prominence in 2014 following successful loan spells at York City and Fleetwood Town.

He went on to be named Leeds United Player of the Year in the 2015/16 season and made the left-back position his own at Elland Road, becoming a favourite among fans.

But, despite the impressive progression, the relationship between Taylor and Leeds United began to sour when the defender was unable to agree terms on a new deal with now former-owner Massimo Cellino.

Cellino, who publicly fell out with the player’s agent, was unable to offer a suitable deal for Taylor, with his representatives unwilling to enter into any further talks.

This led to a transfer request on 2 August 2016, leaving certain Leeds United fans unhappy with the player, who had his request formally rejected by the club.

After a season plagued with injuries, Taylor refused to play on the last day of the season against Wigan Athletic, with former-boss, Garry Monk, saying Taylor had been “badly advised”.

With a busy summer ahead, it looks like Charlie Taylor will be plying his trade at Turf Moor next season with Burnley, putting behind him a nightmare end to what was a promising and successful time at Leeds United.