By Wayne Veysey

11th Aug, 2021 | 10:19am

Sources: Birmingham City plot raid to lure Taylor from Nottingham Forest

Birmingham City have set their sights on signing Nottingham Forest striker Lyle Taylor, Football Insider has learned.

The Championship club are in the market for a proven goalscorer ahead of the window shutting this month.

A Birmingham source has told Football Insider that manager Lee Bowyer is a big fan of Taylor after working with him during their time together at Charlton Athletic.

Forest won’t let the 31-year-old leave unless they bring in a replacement.

Lukas Jutkiewicz was Birmingham’s top scorer in 2020-21 with eight goals as they finished as the Championship’s joint-lowest scorers.

Taylor meanwhile, who is under contract at Forest until 2023, netted six times in all competitions.

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He fared better for Bowyer’s Charlton side the previous season, scoring 11 times in 22 appearances in the second-tier.

An imposing aerial threat, Taylor was named Charlton’s Player of the Year for 2018-19 as they won promotion from League One via the play-offs.

He graduated from Milwall’s academy in 2007 but did not make a senior appearance before signing for non-league Concord Rangers two years later.

He later spent time with Bournemouth, Sheffield United, Scunthorpe United and Wimbledon among others.

Birmingham City have signed seven players so far this summer, all of them either on free transfers or loan deals.

Forest meanwhile are a striker down on last season following Glen Murray’s decision to hang up his boots.

Taylor, a 15-times Montserrat international, was on target in Forest’s season-opening 2-1 defeat to Coventry City last Saturday.

In other news, Nottingham Forest suffer blow as transfer target set to undergo medical with fellow Championship club.