Burnley offer want-away Leeds defender Taylor his Premier League break

Charlie Taylor Leeds
The highly-rated full-back has got his wish of making the step up into the top tier, with the Clarets securing his services on a four-year contract

Burnley have completed the signing of Charlie Taylor from Leeds United on a four-year contract.

The 23-year-old defender turned down the offer of a new deal at Elland Road as he sought to force through a move to the Premier League.

He has now got his wish, with the Clarets snapping him up for a compensation fee which is yet to be agreed, though reports suggest it will be close to £5 million.

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Taylor handed in a transfer request in 2016 after deciding against penning fresh terms with Leeds.

He then refused to play in the Whites’ final game of the 2016-17 campaign as he pushed for a move, leading to him being fined two weeks’ wages.

West Brom were the early favourites to land him, but he failed to agree a deal with the Baggies before Burnley swooped in.

The former England U19 international is a product of Leeds’ academy system and made 104 appearances for the club after making his senior breakthrough.

His debut came as an 18-year-old in September 2011, before going on to take in loan spells at Bradford City, York City, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Fleetwood Town.

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After establishing himself at Leeds, Taylor quickly attracted interest from the Premier League.

He was named the Whites’ Player of the Year in 2015-16, but the transfer talk was starting to turn his head.

Burnley have now given him a platform on which to prove himself at the highest level, with Sean Dyche making the talented left-back his first signing of the summer window as he looks to rebuild his defence following the sale of Michael Keane to Everton.