Several English clubs join race to sign Lyle Taylor

Lyle Taylor's free scoring form has attracted the interest of several clubs.
Lyle Taylor's free scoring form has attracted the interest of several clubs.

Lyle Taylor’s 29-goal season has alerted a host of clubs and it is believed Middlesbrough have made tentative enquiries about the striker.

The Teesside club were on the end of the Bairn’s first hat-trick in the Ramsdens’ Trophy last July. But after a season full of competitive goals, Taylor has attracted a host of followers, believed to include SPL outfits Hibernian and Aberdeen and Tony Mowbray’s men.

If any move materialises, it is believed to be unlikely he will stay in Scotland. The Bairns have valuation for him which could deter clubs north of the border from bidding for the 23-year-old Londoner.

Bairns boss Gary Holt said the club had received “nothing concrete” from any clubs but accepted his striker would attract attention. “We have to be honest – every player has their price, but I’m not looking to lose anyone.

“Lyle has had a phenomenal season and it’s no wonder a striker with his record has caught their attention.

“But there’s been nothing concrete received – it’s very early and teams rarely do business at this time of the year.”

The manager played against Taylor while the striker was a youngster and Holt a seasoned pro in the reserves at Norwich.

“He has upped his game a lot since then,” the manager added. “At the time I recommended him to Norwich, but he went to Bournemouth instead.

“As I’ve said before if a player wants to move and the deal is right for them and the club who are we to stand in his way?”

The Falkirk Herald understands Middlesborough are looking and Rotherham have also watched the hitman while other reports link him with Peterborough United and Coventry City.