Buoyed by staying in the Premier League, Burnley manager Sean Dyche wasted no time in strengthening their squad. The highly-rated Leeds United defender, Charlie Taylor, is out of contract next week and the Clarets are winning the race to sign him.
The full back was touted with a move to a bigger club last summer but was persuaded to remain at Elland Road by Garry Monk. Despite narrowly missing out on the play-offs, the former Swansea boss resigned, resurfacing at Middlesbrough.
Just as Leeds appeared to be heading for a period of stability under new owner, Andrea Radrizzani, the club found themselves once more in turmoil until appointing Thomas Christiansen, the former Spanish international, as new boss.
Taylor though, is heading toward the exit. West Bromwich Albion appeared to be on course for landing the former England Under-19 defender. Despite the offer of a new two-year deal from the Peacocks, the lure of the Premier League was too strong to resist after an injury-ravaged 2016-17.
However, the Baggies couldn’t agree a fee with Leeds and were reluctant to go to a transfer tribunal. It opened the door for Dyche and he shoulder-barged into the picture.
Burnley are willing to go to the tribunal to resolve what compensation Leeds are due, with the expected fee of £5m proving no obstacle. Albion may yet come to regret their intransigence.