It’s well-documented that West Brom are keen on signing Charlie Taylor from Leeds when he becomes a free agent in the summer.

The Championship club will be due a compensation fee if the left-back leaves on a Bosman transfer as a solidarity contribution towards his training and developmental costs throughout his career to date.

Tony Pulis is eager to bring in Taylor and the club have sounded Leeds out with an offer of £3.5m in a bid to strike an agreement with the Yorkshire side to prevent the deal heading to a tribunal.

However, it’s understood that Leeds are looking for a much larger compensation fee than the Baggies had hoped, which could force their hand and pull out of a deal.

“As I’ve said before, we wanted to find out what the price was to see if we’d be interested,” Pulis said.

“If it’s going to go to tribunal, we don’t know what the price is and I think that takes us out of the game.

“You could go to tribunal and they could put an extraordinary amount of money on it and you’re stuck with it. It’s a risk that, at this moment, is not worth taking.”

This could be a negotiation ploy from Pulis, threatening to back out of a deal entirely if Leeds don’t lower their demands.

Then again, this could open the door for other clubs to prepare an offer to sign Taylor in the summer, with Liverpool and West Ham having been linked in the past.

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