Birmingham City are keen on signing Lyle Taylor from Nottingham Forest before the transfer window closes at the end of this month.
According to Football Insider, the Blues will ramp up their interest in the Reds talisman who only arrived last summer.
Lee Bowyer knows all about Taylor having spent time managing him during his time at Charlton.
Following the club’s promotion to the Championship in 2020, he scored 11 times in the second tier and earned himself a move to Forest.
Last season wasn’t quite so fruitful. He managed just five goals for the club in all competitions, enduring a frustrating campaign.
He has started 2020/21 in style for Forest. The 31-year-old scored as the Reds were beaten 2-1 by Coventry at the weekend and he’ll hope to kick on.
Taylor has two years to run on his current contract. As a result, he will cost Birmingham a transfer fee and that could be a stumbling block.
Furthermore, Forest won’t consider letting the talisman leave without a replacement being signed first.
Lewis Grabban is currently unavailable, leaving Taylor as the only senior option to spearhead Chris Hughton’s attack.
Forest should keep Taylor
The striker has divided opinion since checking in on Trentside. It’s fair to say that the former Charlton man needs to start scoring more goals for the club.
That said, he’s started this season well. He showed superb movement to get himself into an area to fire home Brennan Johnson’s cross at Coventry on Sunday.
Forest need players adding to the squad though and losing anymore this close to the deadline could be detrimental.
Taylor could do a job if given the right level of service and Forest must bear that in mind when it comes to assessing his future.
For now, the Reds must tell Birmingham he’s not for sale.