Lyle Taylor’s future at Nottingham Forest remains uncertain as transfer interest continues to build in the striker.
Taylor arrived at the City Ground on a free transfer last summer, joining from Charlton Athletic having scored 11 goals in 22 games in 2019/20.
The 31-year-old had refused to play any part in Charlton’s final nine games of the campaign due to fear of injury, as he looked to pursue a dream move away at the end of his contract.
It was Forest who won the race for his signature, but his time at the City Ground has not gone according to plan whatsoever.
Taylor, who started only 15 times in the Championship last season, scored four goals in a total of 39 league appearances.
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The striker found himself behind Lewis Grabban for large parts of the campaign, and the arrival of Glenn Murray in January also pushed him further down the pecking order.
The Mirror claim that Forest are now willing to listen to offers for Taylor this summer, with Stoke City set to open talks to sign the forward.
Football League World have also been exclusively told that Middlesbrough are among those monitoring his situation, but it seems that Stoke are most likely to make an approach at this given moment.
With two years still left on his contract at the City Ground, there is of course no guarantee that Taylor will leave the club for good this summer.
But having spent most of last season on the bench, can the 31-year-old afford to spend yet another campaign as a backup option, given that he is approaching the latter stages of his career?
You have to consider also that Forest beat the likes of Rangers and Galatasaray to Taylor’s signature, and the fact there was no transfer fee involved perhaps meant they could afford to offer the player a lucrative contract.
As Chris Hughton looks to rebuild his squad this summer, getting those wages off the books could make way for one or two players, so from a financial perspective, bidding farewell could also be beneficial.