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Sunderland eye 18-goal striker to spearhead attack but face Championship and L1 competition



Sunderland and Wigan Athletic are among the teams interested in signing Lyle Taylor this summer, according to The Daily Mail.

AFC Wimbledon have offered Taylor a new deal to remain at the club but a host of Championship and League One clubs are also keen, giving the striker a difficult decision to make.

After netting 18 goals for the Dons last season, the Montserrat international is being eyed by Wigan ahead of their Championship campaign, but they face competition from League One quartet Sunderland, Bristol Rovers, Peterborough United and Southend United.

Wigan have Will Grigg, James Vaughan, Devante Cole and Nick Powell in the striker department, but could see Taylor as a decent back-up choice.

The 28-year-old is also being targeted by recently-relegated Sunderland, who want a more experienced striker to provide competition with Joel Asoro and Josh Maja.

Peterborough are preparing for the inevitable departure of Jack Marriott, who bagged 33 goals for Posh last season, and have identified Taylor as a striker who could rival new signing Matt Godden up front.

Meanwhile, Bristol Rovers and Southend both want reinforcements up front.

Taylor joined Wimbledon in 2015 and has scored 55 goals in all competitions in three years, including 44 league goals to make him the highest EFL goal scorer in the club’s history.

The Verdict

Taylor has a very difficult decision to make.

The move to Wigan will be appealing because of their Championship status but he is unlikely to get as much playing time, while a move to a big club like Sunderland could really tempt the former Sheffield United and Scunthorpe United forward, especially with their new project under Jack Ross.

Posh can offer him the chance to compete for promotion while Southend and Bristol Rovers will be hopeful of success, but he might as well just stay at AFC Wimbledon, where he is settled.

Wigan, Sunderland, Southend, Bristol Rovers and Peterborough fans – would you like to sign Taylor? Let us know below…

NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Sunderland eye 18-goal striker to spearhead attack but face Championship and L1 competition

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