Nottingham Forest are just one of a number of sides reportedly interested in signing Charlton Athletic striker Lyle Taylor in the January transfer window – but surely Leeds United have got to raid Lee Bowyer’s side for the striker.
TeamTalk have claimed that 29-year-old Taylor is on Forest’s shortlist, but Sabri Lamouchi’s side are joined by Burnley, Sheffield United, Norwich, Brentford, and Bristol City in pursuing the striker ahead of next month’s window.
Taylor started the campaign in explosive form, netting five Championship goals in seven games. However, he suffered a knee injury which kept him sidelined for 13 league games – returning on Saturday for 45 minutes against Middlesbrough.
Already somewhat of an experienced striker, Taylor’s seven appearances in the Championship is the highest level he has played in England. He has previously played in the Scottish Premiership, while scoring 50 goals in 197 League One outings.
Taylor, though, may not be pulling on the red of Charlton for much longer. His contract expires at the end of the season and Charlton will need to cash in on the striker in January if they want to bring in some cash for his signature.
That is of course, he does not sign a new deal at The Valley – something which Bowyer and Charlton are confident of, as per the report. But if he is to leave, Leeds need to raid Bowyer’s side and sign Taylor – as doubts arise over Eddie Nketiah’s future.
Nketiah looks more than likely to return to Arsenal, given he is yet to start for Leeds in the Championship since joining the club on a season-long loan. That would leave the Whites with just Patrick Bamford up front.
Leeds may need to bring in a new, Championship-proven striker that can come in for Bamford when needed and score goals. Taylor is the ideal addition – given he is in the prime of his career and available on the cheap.