Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer has revealed that an unnamed club submitted a “ridiculous” player swap offer for Addicks striker this week.
Bowyer was speaking to the media following his side’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Preston on Saturday afternoon, with this seeing his side remain at 19th in the table, and Taylor was unable to feature in the clash due to a recent injury problem.
It was reported by Sky Sports last month that a number of Championship sides – including West Brom and Sheffield Wednesday – are keen on signing Taylor, with the frontman set to see his contract at The Valley expire during the summer.
Speaking to South London Press, Bowyer has now confirmed that the club received an unusual offer for Taylor on Friday which would have been a player-for-player deal, with the South London club receiving no cash for the striker’s services.
“Someone came in with a silly offer on Friday. That was player for player, there was no money involved. It was a ridiculous offer,” he said.
“This is something that is out of my hands. I’m not the money person. I’m not controlling that side of things. All I can control is that we keep working hard and trying to win games.”
Taylor has been a revelation since joining Charlton during the summer of 2018, with the 29-year-old scoring 32 goals in 58 appearances during this time, but he has missed the majority of the current campaign with an injury he suffered in September.
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Taylor’s importance to Charlton is clear to see given how much the club’s form suffered with the striker out of the side during the first half of the season, and the Addicks will surely be desperate to maintain his services until the end of the season.
Therefore, it seems strange that a club would think Charlton would be willing to do business over a deal for Taylor despite the fat they were not offering any money, particularly given Taylor is one of the Addicks’ most valuable assets.
It would take a lot for Charlton to let Taylor leave the club this transfer window, and the South Londoners would surely prefer for him to help the club survive in the league during the remainder of the season before a potential move in the summer.