It’s shaping up to be a busy summer for Nottingham Forest and one link that won’t go away is Lyle Taylor potentially joining the Reds.
It has been thought that Rangers and Celtic had been interested in the free-agent – although the Old Firm might have handed Forest a boost.
Earlier this week Rangers completed deals for two forwards to arrive at Ibrox. Kemar Roofe checked in from Anderlecht, whilst Swiss player Cedric Itten also signed.
That will seemingly mean they are out of the running for Taylor and Celtic could show their hand too.
The Hoops are thought to be keen on Peterborough hotshot Ivan Toney. The Scottish Sun claim the 24-year-old is their preferred transfer option this summer.
With those two clubs assembling their squads and with the season now in progress, Forest have a golden opportunity to snare Taylor from their clutches.
The interest from the Reds stems back to a Sun on Sunday Report (12/07; page 61), where it claimed talks had been opened by Forest with Taylor.
Several interested parties are thought to be keen but Rangers and Celtic looked like the more likely option in terms of beating Forest to the punch.
Forest will hope to add some proven Championship quality to the squad this summer, with Sabri Lamouchi set for another tilt at promotion.
Taylor was brilliant for Charlton Athletic last season, scoring 11 goals and registering a single assist.
The 30-year-old netted twice against Forest, first in a 1-1 draw and then the winner as the Addicks won 1-0 at the City Ground.
He would bring pace, power and a lethal instinct in front of goal to the Forest frontline to go alongside 20-goal striker Lewis Grabban.
Rangers and Celtic have shown their hands and now it’s time for the Reds to get busy and capture Taylor.