Swansea City left-back Neil Taylor, who has been heavily tipped with a move away from the Liberty Stadium this summer, looks as though he is going to stay with the Swans, according to recent reports.
Taylor, who was subject of a £4.5m bid from Crystal Palace in January, was more recently attracting interest from Midlands duo Villa and West Brom – but Swans boss Garry Monk is an admirer of the Wales international and has offered the 26-year-old a new and improved deal.
Despite the Swans showing interest in young Everton left-back Luke Garbutt, Monk wants and expects the ex-Wrexham star to stay at the Liberty. When the Swansea boss was asked about Taylor’s situation, he said; “[It’s] hopefully really close. Neil wants to commit to the club. We’re very happy to have him here, he’s had a fantastic season.”
He added; “Obviously he’s missed the last couple of years in terms of being a regular. I’ve given him that opportunity this season to try and progress and he’s done well, and it’s allowed him back onto the international stage as well. Going forward, we’re looking to secure Neil at the club.”
Taylor has been a regular under Garry Monk this season, having played 36 games for the Swans in all competitions. The defender missed out in Swansea’s 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday, but that was purely down to Monk shuffling up his squad for the last game of the season.
Since the departure of the popular Ben Davies to Tottenham Hotspur last year, Taylor has really stepped up to the plate and has had a solid season at the Liberty. Monk won’t be the only one who will be hoping the Welshman will sign a new deal, as Taylor undoubtedly still has a lot to offer in a Swansea City shirt.