Nottingham Forest have opened talks with Lyle Taylor over a move to the City Ground ahead of next season, according to The Sun on Sunday (12/07; page 61).

The report suggests that Forest are keen to sign the 30-year-old regardless of what division they will play in next season.

Taylor recently left Charlton Athletic at the end of his contract and would be available on a free transfer.

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The lethal hitman netted 11 goals for the Addicks on their return to the Championship, despite only playing 22 times.

Two of Taylor’s goals came against Forest as he scored during a 1-1 draw at The Valley and in their 1-0 victory over the City Ground.

Forest have Lewis Grabban in their ranks and yesterday he chalked up his 20th goal of the season.

Beyond that, however, the Reds have struggled to find an alternative to the 32-year-old.

Nuno Da Costa was added in January but seems to have found a home out wide, whilst Tyler Walker is still unproven when it comes to Championship football.

 

Signing Taylor on a free would look unbelievably shrewd by the Reds.

Forest currently sit fifth in the Championship and are on course for a crack at the end of season play-offs.

It is suggested by The Sun on Sunday that Forest are waiting to see what division they will play in before deciding what sort of contract to offer Taylor.

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Having Taylor in their ranks would be ideal for Forest, mainly due to him offering something different to Grabban.

The experienced player caused Forest all sorts of problems during their February win at the City Ground and looks like a perfect fit.

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His energy is unbelievable and playing in the pressing forward role he rarely gives central defenders a moment to breathe.

Forest need to make sure they get their recruitment spot on during the summer, especially given the likely quick turnaround facing clubs ahead of next season.

Adding a proven Championship goalscorer on a free would certainly represent a solid start to Sabri Lamouchi’s summer recruitment drive.

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