This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Regular Punter’ series, where we gather original opinions from select, passionate fans of the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…
Football League World’s Brentford fan pundit Rhys Byron believes the Bees will have to spend a large sum of money if they are to bring in Charlton striker Lyle Taylor in January.
The club had four bids turned down for the Addicks man in the summer and Byron believes that his price will have only gone up following his strong start to the season and off-field discussions.
“Apparently the highest Brentford went was £4million,” the regular punter told Football League World.
“And this was at a time where Taylor’s contract would expire at the end of this season.
“Having now entered contract talks with Charlton the fee is surely set to go up.
“With that in mind I could see a deal being struck for around £7.5million.”
Taylor has missed the last five league games thanks to a knee injury but is nearing a return having recently returned to light training.
In his first six games since helping Lee Bowyer’s side to promotion, he netted five goals, following on from the 21 he scored in League One last season.
Brentford have somewhat surprisingly struggled for goals this season, netting just nine in their opening 11 matches, with Watkins scoring seven of those himself with reinforcements looking likely to arrive in the winter window.
This weekend sees them welcome Millwall to Griffin Park as they look to get their season back on track, following their defeat to Nottingham Forest before the international break.