West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has stated that he is not willing to go to a tribunal over the potential signing of Leeds United defender Charlie Taylor this summer.

The 23-year-old is out of contract at Elland Road and will leave his boyhood club on a free transfer after rejecting an extension with the Yorkshire side.

Taylor was being tipped with a move to West Brom, with Pulis previously stating that the full-back was one of a host of players that the Baggies were evaluating.

The Premier League side are keen to add a left-back to their squad this summer and reports in the British press previously have stated that the Hawthorns outfit wanted to offer Leeds a transfer fee to avoid going to a tribunal to dictate how much they would owe.

Because Taylor has come through the Whites academy and is leaving on a free transfer, the Championship side are entitled to compensation – but it remains to be seen how much this will be.

Pulis has stated that he is not willing to risk having to overpay for the Leeds defender and as such there will be no move for him if a fee between the clubs cannot be reached.

“We wanted to find out what the price was to see if we’d be interested,” talkSPORT quote him as saying.

“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.”


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