Stoke City are set to open talks to sign Nottingham Forest striker Lyle Taylor, according to the Mirror.
Michael O’Neill is keen to bolster his attacking options this summer, following an injury to Tyrese Campbell in 2020/21.
According to the Mirror, the Potters have identified Taylor as a potential target, with talks set to be opened over the potential signing of the 31-year-old.
Taylor joined Forest on a free transfer last summer, arriving from Charlton Athletic after scoring 11 goals in 22 games for the Addicks in 2019/20.
But Taylor struggled for regular game time last season, starting only 15 times in the Championship, scoring four goals in 39 league appearances.
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Forest are now understood to be willing to listen to offers for Taylor, as Chris Hughton plans to rebuild his squad this summer.
Expectations were high when Taylor initially arrived at the City Ground. His goal-to-game record in 2019/20 was impressive, and was seen as a prolific forward at this level.
On a free transfer, too, it looked to be shrewd business, as Sabri Lamouchi planned to bring in competition for Lewis Grabban.
But Taylor has flattered to deceive on Trentside, and here’s how fans have reacted to the news that he could be set to move to Stoke…
He's had opportunities and has shown he's not the answer up front.
— redandgreen2 (@redandgreen21) June 9, 2021
I like this news! Suggests we have better plans. A young hungry prem striker on loan would be nice.
— Danscape Photo (@danscapephoto) June 9, 2021
Will go and score plenty we all just know it , type of player with fans in the ground will up his game
— Adam Charles (@AdamCharlie10) June 9, 2021
Not been used correctly at #NFFC.
— Steve Stone's Mullet (@RedDogCam) June 9, 2021
We will definitely regret letting him go,you just know he will go there and bag goals
— Kieran (@KieranParker29_) June 9, 2021
No complaints from me if we replace with better quality 👍🏼
— Daniel Orme (@orme_daniel) June 9, 2021
Most have a good agent
— Stevo (@Stevo17239732) June 9, 2021
Let him go. People act like he was banging them in before he came here, the most non penalty goals he's scored in a season at this level is 7 🥴🥴
— Tom🏴 (@TomIsInLockdown) June 9, 2021