Leeds United boss Garry Monk has warned West Brom against making a bid for left-back Charlie Taylor, saying ‘he has to be here’.
Albion chief Tony Pulis has been linked with a swoop to sign the highly-rated 22-year-old, who picked up the Leeds Fans’ Player of the Year award last season and is deemed one of the best full-backs outside the Premier League.
There seemed to be hope that a deal could be struck when Taylor’s agent had snubbed the offer of a new deal from Whites owner Massimo Cellino shortly after the end of last season.
However, with midfielder Lewis Cook since being sold to Bournemouth in a big-money undisclosed deal, the Elland Road outfit are under no pressure to offload anybody else for financial reasons.
Monk has now spoken out to insist that Taylor is a huge part of his plans going forward and he is confident of keeping him on board.
When asked if he thought Taylor would stay, Monk told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “For sure, 100 per cent. He has to be here.
“Charlie’s been great, he’s been fantastic in training and he’s very focused on what we’re doing.
“There’s no worries about it from my side and it’s business as usual. Charlie’s a big, important part of what I’m doing.”