Report: Crystal Palace lodge improved £4.5m bid to sign Neil Taylor

Crystal Palace have reportedly made an improved £4.5m bid for Swansea left back Neil Taylor.

According to The Guardian, Crystal Palace have made an improved bid of £4.5m for Swansea City left back Neil Taylor.

Last week, the BBC reported that Palace had made a £3m offer to sign Taylor, but had seen Swansea reject that bid as Garry Monk's men wanted more money for the Welsh international.

Now though, Palace have allegedly upped their bid to £4.5m, with new manager Alan Pardew keen to add a natural left back to his squad.

The Eagles regularly used right-footed Joel Ward on the left, so it's little surprise to see Pardew targeting the left footed Taylor - particularly as he tried to sign him at former club Newcastle.

Back in 2011, the BBC reported that Pardew had made a £1m bid to bring Taylor to Newcastle from Swansea, but saw his offer turned down.

Now, the 25-year-old is once again the subject of interest from Pardew, despite having played all but one of the Swans' Premier League games this season.

Recent reports in the South Wales Evening Post have suggested that Norwich City's Martin Olsson is a top target for Swansea, with manager Garry Monk eyeing up a number of left backs.

If that's the case, then maybe he is preparing for Taylor's exit - which would of course be great news for Palace and Pardew.

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