NEIL Taylor would be interested in a move to Fulham because he is desperate for regular first-team football.
That is the verdict of Taylor’s representative, Jamie Moralee, after Fulham tabled a bid which is reportedly worth around £4 million for the Swansea City left-back.
Swansea have so far refused to comment after it emerged that new Cottagers boss Rene Meulensteen has firmed up his interest in the Welsh international defender.
But it appears they may have a fight on their hands to keep Taylor because he is frustrated over a lack of game-time at the Liberty.
“Neil wants to play football,” Moralee said, “and it doesn’t look like he is going to do that under the current manager at Swansea.
“This is not about wanting to leave Swansea City, it’s about wanting to play some games.
“He has been out for 13 or 14 months with injury and the last thing he wants after getting back to fitness is not to play.
“But it seems pretty clear that Michael Laudrup doesn’t fancy Neil because even after he played in a fantastic win at Manchester United, he didn’t play in the next game.”
Taylor was Swansea’s first-choice left-back in their maiden Premier League and, after impressing at the Olympics, he began the Laudrup era in the side.
But when the former Wrexham man shattered his ankle early last season, youth product Ben Davies stepped up and seized his chance.
With Taylor fully fit at the start of this season, there was much speculation about which left-back Laudrup would pick.
It was Davies who got the nod from the outset and, as a result, Taylor has managed just 11 Swansea appearances so far this term, only three of which have been Premier League starts.
“I believe a bid has gone in from Fulham but I don’t think anybody has heard anything from Swansea in terms of a response,” added Moralee, of New Era Global Sports Management.
“I am waiting for Swansea to tell me what’s going on and only then might my job kick in.
“Neil hasn’t spoken to anyone at Fulham — nobody has — but I believe Fulham have probably recognised that Swansea are blessed with two very good left-backs.
“Other clubs can see that Neil isn’t playing and that’s the way the transfer market works.
“I am sure if Neil was playing at Swansea and Ben Davies was the one out of the side, other clubs would be looking at Ben Davies.”
Taylor signed a new contract in December 2012 which runs until the summer of 2016.
Laudrup said last week that Swansea could not consider letting Taylor go during the January transfer window, but suggested they would consider a deal at the end of the season.