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Middlesbrough and Brentford suffer setback in pursuit of 22-goal striker

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Charlton Athletic are adamant that influential striker Lyle Taylor will not be sold before today’s transfer deadline after serious interest emerged from fellow Championship sides.

Middlesbrough and Brentford have both been monitoring the 29-year-old, with the Bees having a bid in the region of £3m turned down by the Addicks earlier in the window.

Taylor scored an impressive 22 goals as Lee Bowyer’s side won promotion to the second-tier and he also grabbed a goal in their opening day Championship win against Blackburn on Saturday.

Therefore, he is crucial to the Londoners and Football Insider have revealed that Charlton have no intention of cashing in on the former Wimbledon man, even though he is entering the final 12 months of his contract at The Valley.

Of course, that means he could leave on a free next season but it appears it’s a risk the club are happy to take.

They have already lost Joe Aribo, Patrick Bauer and Anfernee Dijksteel from the team that won promotion against Sunderland at Wembley in May.

The Verdict

This is a brave stance from Charlton given the fact they know Taylor could leave on a free next year but they simply can’t afford to lose the striker.

He is their only major threat in front of goal and gives so much more to the team in terms of his work-rate and his ability to bring others into play.

That has made him a real fans favourite and they would understandably be livid if he was sold today.

A well as that, they will struggle to bring in a replacement on deadline day so Charlton cannot sanction his sale – but it could be a nervy day ahead for Bowyer and the supporters.

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