Stoke City are set to open talks to sign Nottingham Forest striker Lyle Taylor, according to the Mirror.
Taylor joined Forest on a free transfer last summer, leaving Charlton Athletic upon the expiry of his contract after scoring 11 goals in 22 Championship matches in 2019/20.
The 31-year-old endured a frustrating first campaign at the City Ground, with only 15 of his 39 Championship appearances coming as starts.
Taylor scored four goals in the Championship and struck five goals in all competitions, but fell down the pecking order behind Lewis Grabban and Glenn Murray under Chris Hughton.
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Michael O’Neill is keen to bolster his attacking options this summer, with the Potters scoring only 50 goals in 46 Championship matches last term.
Attacking midfielder Nick Powell finished the season as their top scorer with 12 goals to his name, with Steven Fletcher scoring nine goals.
It hasn’t worked out for Taylor at Forest, which is a shame.
His goal-to-game record for a struggling Charlton side in 2019/20 was impressive, and he was finding the net once every two matches.
But he just hasn’t fit into Hughton’s plans, and ahead of a big summer for the Reds, he needs to get his own squad in place.
Taylor is 31 and needs to be playing regularly. That doesn’t likely to happen for him at Forest, so a move away would suit both parties.