Birmingham City transfer target Lyle Taylor has dropped a hint regarding a potential move to St. Andrew’s this summer.
Speaking ahead of Nottingham Forest’s Championship clash with Bournemouth this Saturday, the 31-year-old claimed that the speculation surrounding his future does not bother him, as well as admitting that he is happy in Nottingham and has not considered the idea of moving elsewhere.
As cited by Football League World, Taylor said: “It makes no difference at the end of the day. I’m here to play football. I came to Nottingham Forest to play football. I’m playing football for Nottingham Forest right now, so as it stands, I have the shirt. It’s up to me to keep that shirt.
“I’ve not thought about moving anywhere else. I’m happy living here. I just want to play. At the end of the day, I want to play football, so it’s up to me now to keep hold of that shirt and make sure I play every week. That’s the only thing that matters right now.
“I’m not thinking or worried about anything else.”
Birmingham have been heavily linked with a move for the former Charlton Athletic striker this summer, with Lee Bowyer believed to be keen on securing a reunion with his former player at St. Andrew’s, although it is reported that the Reds would not be willing to let the Montserrat international leave without having sourced a replacement.
While Taylor had something of a season to Forget for Forest last time out – with the striker scoring a mere four goals over his 39 Championship appearances, and his average SofaScore match rating of 6.64 ranking him as the club’s joint ninth-worst performer in the division – it is undeniable that Bowyer appears to be a manager who knows how to get the best out of the 31-year-old.
Indeed, over his 22 second-tier appearances for Charlton in the season prior, the £720k-rated hitman scored 11 goals, registered one assist and created three big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.1 shots and making 0.5 key passes per game.
So, while the £5k-per-week Taylor may not have enjoyed the most profitable of spells at the City Ground thus far, it would very much seem as if a move to Birmingham could well help the forward refind his goalscoring form.
As such, the 31-year-old’s recent comments are sure to come as something of a gutting blow for both the Blues manager as well as fans of the club, as a link-up between Taylor and Birmingham could be something of a match made in heaven.