Charlie Taylor's contract runs out at the end of the season
Charlie Taylor's Leeds United contract runs out in the summer and the 23-year-old looks set to depart Elland Road at the end of the season. A host of Premier League clubs are said to be vying to secure his signature, with West Brom reported to be the front runners (Telegraph).
Taylor is a product of the Leeds academy but his exit from the club has been on the cards after he requested a transfer last summer. The club's only hope of keeping Taylor seemed to be securing promotion back to the Premier League but the Whites will be playing Championship football again next season following their late season collapse.
Leeds boss Gary Monk will be drawing up a list of potential recruits to replace Taylor, here are three players that should be considered:
Zeki Fryers - Crystal Palace
Fryers is out of contract in the summer and a departure from Selhurst Park is likely as there is no talks of a potential new contract being lined up.
The 24-year-old is a product of the Manchester United academy but has since moved to Tottenham Hotspur and Palace. He has failed to unlock his full potential and as a result struggled to make an impact in the Premier League. Fryers has had loan spells in the Championship with Rotherham United and Ipswich Town respectively.
If Fryers is looking to kick start his career then a drop down to the Championship on a full time basis looks to be in his best interests. His potential signing could prove to be a shrewd piece of business and little risk is attached as it will not require a transfer fee. Gary Monk could be the man to get the best out of Fryers and Leeds' attacking style of play could make this a perfect match.
Zeki Fryers has made eight appearances for Crystal Palace this season
Matt Targett - Southampton
Before sustaining an injury at the start of the season, Targett was the first choice back up for Ryan Bertrand. Targett is a product of the Southampton academy and made a big impression at St Mary's the season before last deputising for the injured Bertrand.
This season has not quite gone to plan and the 21-year-old has been sidelined since October with a hamstring injury. His position is now under threat following the emergence of fellow academy graduate Sam McQueen.
Targett will be in desperate need of game time to make up for lost time and continue his development. A loan move to Leeds could prove to be the best solution. The England under-21 international is an attacking full back and is capable of playing in a more advanced left wing role and shares similar attributes with the departing Taylor.
Southampton's Matt Targett has been out of action since October
Paul Dummett - Newcastle United
Dummett has been an ever present at left back for Newcastle in their successful promotion campaign and this move at first glance would seem the least likely.
However the 25-year-old is out of contract next summer and whilst his commitment has never been in question, many Newcastle fans have questioned whether his ability warrants a regular starting place in their Premier League side. According to the Daily Star, Magpies boss Rafa Benitez is lining up a move for highly rated Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney in the summer.
This could see a potential move away from St James' Park and may look to cash in on Dummett who has made 120 appearances since coming through the academy. Dummett is the least attacking minded of the three players but his experience and calming influence at the back may prove to be of more value to Gary Monk's Leeds side.
Paul Dummett in action against Leeds United earlier this season
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