Birmingham City have been named as the club that will take Nottingham Forest striker Lyle Taylor on loan for the remainder of the season. According to Birmingham Live, a deal will be concluded imminently for the 31-year-old to leave the City Ground.

Forest head coach Steve Cooper confirmed the transfer after Tuesday’s game. He didn’t name the club but said that he’d left the striker out of his plans ahead of a loan move that had been agreed.

Taylor has fallen out of favour at Forest. The arrival of Keinan Davis on loan this month has shunted him further down the pecking order after just eight starts during 2021/22.

Forest Taylor
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The talisman has scored three goals. His most memorable couple of strikes both came in injury time of a remarkable 2-1 victory over Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

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In truth, Taylor hasn’t kicked up a stink or proved a bad egg in the dressing room. Cooper conceded on Tuesday night that he’s desperate to play games and felt he wouldn’t do that much at Forest.

Birmingham are languishing towards the relegation zone in the Championship. As a result, Taylor will now enter a dressing room where there is a shift in strategy at the other end of the table.

Taylor could make an interesting debut for Birmingham. The Blues head to Derby County on Sunday for a massive game at the foot of the table.

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Ultimately, Taylor could have featured in the matchday squad each week under Cooper. He’s often played Davis and Lewis Grabban together and the spot on the bench was essentially his to keep.

Forest Taylor
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Playing games is what he wanted to do though. At 31, Taylor knows he needs to prove a point in the Championship and Birmingham give him the chance to do that.

He’s played under Lee Bowyer previously and that could help with his confidence. In 67 appearances playing for one of his teams, he’s scored 35 times.

If the striker gets plenty of game time and scores some goals, Taylor might well earn himself a reprieve at Forest.

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