The chase for wantaway striker Lyle Taylor 
Lyle Taylor celebrates his first of two goals in Nottingham Forest's 2-0 victory over Wycombe Wanderers in November 2020 
(Photo by Laurence Griffiths via Getty Images) 

In the summer ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, Lyle Taylor was acquired by Nottingham Forest on a free transfer following his time at Charlton Athletic and it was seemingly an astute piece of business for the Reds

After an impressive return of 11 goals in 22 league appearances for the relegated Addicks, Taylor hasn't been able to rediscover the same goal scoring form on Trentside - netting four league goals in 39 appearances. 

Time up at the City Ground? 

Forest manager Chris Hughton has made his desire for a tighter knit squad clear this summer and Taylor is among a list of names that can be expected to pave the way for new recruits in Nottingham. 

The lack of goals has been a huge problem this past season for the Reds, with them amounting just 37, which is the lowest figure since their relegation back to the second tier in 1999 from the Premier League

Despite the firepower being weak, Taylor was still limited to just 15 starts across his debut season at the City Ground last campaign. 

With a goal coming every 433 minutes for the Montserrat international, he seems destined to pave the way for a new attacking addition - in a move that would suit both Taylor and the club. 

Who's in the running ?

Amidst talk Taylor would be available this summer and with the player also keen to leave the City Ground, a number of Sky Bet Championship clubs are circling around for the frontman. 

Stoke City 

The Potters struggled to find the net in the second half of the campaign after Tyrese Campbell picked up a season ending injury and Michael O'Neill was always expected to dip into the market for a new striker. 

Taylor would join veteran Steven Fletcher and Jacob Brown as attacking options in the Potteries, as Stoke look to push up the division and put their financial woes behind them with astute Championship signings. 

Middlesbrough 

Boro will be without attacking duo Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher next season, so unsurprisingly they're in the market for a new striker, and Taylor is one of the names on the list for the Teesside club.

Taylor would have to relocate up North to make the move, after spells in the midlands and down south with a trio of clubs since 2015, which include - Forest, Charlton and AFC Wimbledon

Barnsley 

The Tykes were a real force last campaign, surprising everyone with a play-off finish - under the direction of Austrian manager Valerian Ismael

The loss of Orlando City loanee - Daryl Dike, will be a huge miss for Barnsley and the club will be keen to supply a replacement to work alongside Cauley Woodrow, as the Tykes attempt to defy the odds once more. 

Blackburn Rovers 

Preparation for what may be ahead is a virtue for Blackburn. Harvey Elliott returning to Liverpool from his loan spell is already a huge loss at Ewood Park and retaining the services of Adam Armstrong will be tough, after the striker netted 28 times last term. 

Battering off Premier League interest for the entirety of the summer way prove a hard feat, so early links have been made for a number of strikers heading Blackburn's way - with Taylor being amongst that list.
 

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