By Will Butcher
Wolves are one of five Championship clubs looking to activate Bristol Rovers striker Matty Taylor’s £300,000 release clause, according to a report.
The Daily Mail‘s transfer news blog (January 24, 2.13pm) claimed that Wolves are joined by Brentford, Sheffield Wednesday, Norwich and QPR in looking to sign the prolific Taylor.
Taylor, 25, has continued his fantastic goalscoring form this season after firing Rovers to League One promotion last term, with 18 goals in 31 league and cup appearances.
The flame-haired striker has a release clause in his contract that states he can leave for a bargain £300,000 this month, which has alerted Wolves among other Championship sides.
Rovers will be desperate to keep their number 10, as Darrell Clarke’s side look to secure a third successive promotion by gaining a place in the play-offs.
Currently in 10th and just six points outside the top six, Rovers are within a shout of clawing the likes of Rochdale, Bradford and Fleetwood in if they keep goal machine Taylor.
However, Wolves will be looking to persuade Taylor to make an instant move to the second tier as they look to add firepower in the final third.
Nouha Dicko has failed to score in 17 games, while Joe Mason and Jón Dadi Bödvarsson have managed a combined six goals as the midfield continue to save the striker’s bacon.
Football Insider verdict:
Wolves desperately need a striker who consistently finds the back of the net. Although an unknown at Championship level, Taylor’s form at League One level suggests that he will have no trouble in adapting to the rigours of England’s second division. With the Midlands outfit just seven points above the relegation zone, Lambert must bring in fresh attacking talent to fire Wolves away from the drop zone. At just £300,000, Taylor is a massive bargain and Lambert should move immediately to prevent other clubs snapping him up under their noses. However, they must do some persuading to convince Taylor to move to the Molineux, as he is unlikely to want to ply his trade at the bottom of the Championship and end up in League one again.
In other Wolves transfer news, Lambert is also in a three-way race to sign this Preston star.