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Report: Forest close in on striker signing

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Nottingham Forest are closing in on the signing of former Charlton Athletic forward Lyle Taylor, after the attacker underwent a medical with the Championship club, a report from Football Insider has claimed.

Taylor is a free agent having left Charlton at the end of his contract in June, having turned down the chance to sign a short-term extension with Lee Bowyer’s side until the rescheduled end of the season.

The Charlton manager had claimed that Taylor’s decision to reject that new deal was to avoid an injury ahead of a potential move this summer, and it now looks as though the 30-year-old is going to get that deal he desires.

According to the latest reports, Taylor has now had a medical at Forest ahead of a potential switch to The City Ground, with the striker poised to put pen to paper on a contract with the Championship club in the coming days.

Prior to his controversial exit from Charlton earlier this year, Taylor had scored 11 goals in 22 Championship appearances during the 2019/20 campaign, although the club were still relegated back to League One at the end of the season.

It is thought that Scottish champions Celtic had also been interested in signing Taylor, although the striker is set to remain in the Championship with Forest, as they look to finally secure a place back in the Premier League next season.

This looks as though it will be a big signing for Forest if it is indeed completed by the club.

They do need to add some support for Lewis Grabban upfront next season, Taylor’s record for Charlton when he did play last season certainly suggests that he can provide that.

However, this move is not without its risks for Forest, both to Taylor’s recent injury record, and the controversial nature of his exit from Charlton, a situation which Forest themselves will be desperate to avoid.

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