Meulensteen reveals bid for Swansea left-back has been lodged

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The Dutchman is busy attempting to add to his squad before the transfer deadline and is concentrating efforts on signing the Welsh defender.

Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen has claimed the club have submitted a bid for Swansea left-back Neil Taylor as he looks to shore up his options in that area.

John Arne Riise and Kieran Richardson - Fulham's current roster of left-backs - have both struggled for form and fitness for the majority of the season and a move for Taylor, who himself has struggled to overcome a long-term ankle injury which sidelined him for eight months last year.

Meulensteen found himself at the centre of a tapping-up scandal for his comments on West Ham United midfielder Ravel Morrison but the Dutchman did not appear fazed by the idea of discussing his transfer targets at his press conference, after revealing interest in Leicester City defender Liam Moore.

Now, the ex-Manchester United first-team coach has admitted an offer has been lodged for Taylor. “We have put a bid in. It’s on the table. It’s simmering,” Meulensteen told reporters.

“I rate him [Taylor], I rated him when I was at United.

"The boy was very unfortunate. He had that horrific injury at a time when he was really playing at his best and he had top four qualities.”

The bid for Taylor is believed to be in the region of £4m and is expected to be knocked back by the Swans, despite Ben Davies making the position his own in Taylor's prolonged absence.

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