Falkirk reject three bids for star striker Lyle Taylor

Lyle Taylor has become oen of the most in-demand players in Scottish football
Lyle Taylor has become oen of the most in-demand players in Scottish football

Lyle Taylor remains a Falkirk player this week after the Bairns board rejected three transfer bids from clubs north and south of the border.

The striker has become one of the most in-demand players in British football after scoring 24 goals in 31 games last season and being named the First Division player of the year.

Hibernian became the first club to try and tempt the Englishman away from Westfield when they tabled a £100,000 bid earlier this week, only for it to be flatly turned down by the Falkirk board of directors.

Heraldsport understands that the Bairns are holding out for a fee believed to be in the region of £200,000-£250,000 and will refuse to settle for anything less.

Hibs are now out of the running after they told Falkirk they would not be increasing their bid.

Two mystery clubs – including at least one from England – have since tabled their own bids for the 23-year-old, only for those to be both rejected for falling way below Falkirk’s valuation.

Taylor has a year remaining on his contract and is understood to be fully committed to playing for Falkirk if the club rejects all bids for him.

The striker has already found the net this season when he was twice on the scoresheet in last weekend’s closed-doors friendly against Queen’s Park.

Meanwhile, Falkirk announced yesterday that the club has sold 1700 early bird season tickets – an increase of 100 from last year.

The Bairns play Stirling Albion away in their second pre-season friendly on Saturday. The Binos are hoping to encourage a sizable away support by slashing admittance prices to just £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.