Robbie Savage believes that Swansea City defender Neil Taylor is one of the best left-backs in the Premier League, according to quotes from BBC Radio Five Live's 6-0-6 quoted by Wales Online.
The former Wales international says he is surprised at the club’s long pursuit of a left-sided defender considering they currently have Taylor fit and ready to play in the position.
Swansea have been linked with the likes of Norwich City’s Martin Olsson by the BBC and St Etienne’s Franck Tabanou by Wales Online during the January transfer window as manager Gary Monk looks to reinvest some of the money from Wilfried Bony’s £25 million move to Manchester City.
However, pundit Savage believes that Monk should have other priorities in his squad, with the Swans already having signed Kyle Naughton in a £5 million deal from Tottenham earlier in the month.
“I have read reports that Swansea City are chasing the likes of Martin Olsson and I find that a surprise,” said Savage on BBC Radio FiveLive's 6-0-6 phone-in.
“They have Neil Taylor there, who I rate as one of the best in the Premier League and is a regular for Wales. Garry Monk obviously knows what he’s doing and I think, overall, he’s doing a very good job at Swansea City, to be on 30 points at this stage. But to invest in a left-sided player when you’ve already got one is a surprise.”
While his club are reportedly looking for another left-back, Wales defender Taylor has been linked with moves away from the club, with Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace and Tony Pulis’ West Brom both being credited with an interest in his signature.
The Eagles have already had a bid of £3 million rejected for Taylor, but Pardew has since made an offer of £4.5m for the defender, who cost just £150,000 from Wrexham in 2010, according to the Mirror.