Charlton Athletic have turned down an offer from Bristol City for the services of first-choice striker Lyle Taylor, according to MailOnline.
Lee Johnson is keen to bolster the Robins’ attacking unit after failing to land Eddie Nketiah on loan from Arsenal earlier this month, and it is now understood that City have seen an audacious player-swap bid for Taylor rejected by the Addicks.
It is being reported that Robins midfielder Kasey Palmer was one of the players included in the offer to relegation-threatened Charlton, but the South London club are thought to have turned down Bristol City’s initial advances for Taylor’s services.
Taylor has been a revelation since joining Charlton from AFC Wimbledon in the summer of 2018, with the frontman netting 32 goals in 58 games for Lee Bowyer’s side, but his contract at The Valley is now set to expire during the summer.
This means Charlton have been preparing for Taylor’s potential departure from the club with Sky Sports reporting that West Brom and Sheffield Wednesday are also interested, with the Addicks set to consider bids for the 29-year-old this month, according to South London Press.
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It would not be a surprise to see Charlton sell Taylor this window given they could be set to lose his services over the summer anyway, but the Addicks will surely only be willing to sell the striker for a sizeable fee given his importance to the side.
This seems like a reasonable offer from the Robins given Charlton are currently short on players, particularly in midfield, but the fact the approach has been turned down suggests the Addicks will only accept a cash offer for the prolific frontman.
It will be interesting to see whether Bristol City are now willing to submit another offer to try and sign Taylor, particularly seeing as Johnson probably needs to sign another striker in order to get his side’s play-off bid back on track.