Liverpool are keeping close tabs on wantaway Leeds United defender Charlie Taylor, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that the Merseyside giants have been monitoring the left-back, 23, over the second half of the season.
It is said that it is not nailed on that Taylor will swap Elland Road for West Brom when his Leeds contract expires next month.
Baggies manager Tony Pulis went public last week with his interest in signing Taylor although he insisted it would be a “difficult” deal due to the likelihood that the fee would be decided by a tribunal.
The Yorkshire Evening Post report that Leeds will be entitled to a seven-figure compensation sum for Taylor due to the fact he was developed by their academy and is under the age of 24.
Liverpool’s interest comes at a time when they are in the market for a permanent left-back after using James Milner as a stop-gap for the entirety of the season.
As a natural left-footer who has played in that position for over 100 Leeds games, as well as out on loan at five clubs, Taylor’s experience, price and potential to improve makes him an attractive option for Premier League clubs.
The Leeds career of their 2015-16 player of the year has come to an contentious end as manager Garry Monk revealed that he had refused to play in their final match of the season, a 1-1 Championship draw against Wigan at the DW Stadium.
Monk was furious that Taylor pulled out after being told that he had been selected for the starting XI.
It prompted a deluge of criticism from supporters angered at his lack of respect for the club that had developed him since he joined their academy at the age of nine.