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Bad news for Stephen Ward? Burnley sign new left-back

Charlie Taylor has become the Clarets’ first signing ahead of the new season.

Charlie Taylor.
Charlie Taylor.
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BURNLEY HAVE SIGNED defender Charlie Taylor from Leeds United on a four-year-contract.

The transfer fee for the 23-year-old, who was out of contract at the Championship club and rejected the chance to stay, will be set by a tribunal.

The move will see Taylor provide competition for Ireland international Stephen Ward, who was the Clarets’ regular left-back last season.

“It is my first move permanently away from Leeds, so it is something different for me but something I can’t wait to crack on with,” Taylor told Burnley’s website after the move went through today.

“I have been there since I was nine and I knew it was the right time really.

“There were so many things that attracted me to Burnley; it ticks every box and it was a no-brainer really.

That is the huge attraction of the Premier League, just everything about it! Week in, week out you are playing teams like Chelsea and Manchester United, so I just can’t wait to get started.”

Taylor is Burnley’s first signing ahead of the 2017-18 season after they sold Michael Keane to Everton this week in a deal that could rise in value to £30million.

A Leeds youth product, Taylor has been a key part of the first-team squad at Elland Road for the last three seasons.

He previously had spells on loan with Bradford City, York City, Inverness CT and Fleetwood Town.

Meanwhile, Ireland international Jon Walters is expected to follow Taylor to Turf Moor imminently, after a £3 million fee was agreed for the 33-year-old Stoke attacker.

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