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Tony Pulis discusses transfer fee for Leeds defender Charlie Taylor

Chairman John Williams with chief executive Martin Goodman Chairman John Williams with chief executive Martin Goodman
Montrelle Montesinos | 15 May, 2017, 19:50

Baggies boss Tony Pulis says West Brom won't take the risk of going to tribunal for the 23-year-old.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has suggested to The Express & Star that the club may not sign Leeds United defender Charlie Taylor in the summer transfer window.

West Brom have been linked with Charlie Taylor for a long time, and their target is finally out of contract at Elland Road this summer.

It was reported the Premier League had offered £3.5million for Taylor but it was said to have fallen short of Leeds' valuation of the player. Taylor has been with Leeds since the age of nine.

"A tribunal could put an extraordinary amount of money on it and you're stuck with it", Pulis said at a press conference when asked about Taylor.

Liverpool were made to pay £6.5m, rising to a potential £8m, when they signed Danny Ings from Burnley on a free transfer in 2015.

"It's a risk that's not worth taking".

"We wanted to find out what the price was to see if we'd be interested", Pulis told The Express & Star.

Champions League qualification was arguably the bare minimum requirement this season but Pulis thinks any criticism of the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager is unfair.

"So after one season it's hard to judge and I'm sure Pep will be determined to be closer next season - in all the tournaments".