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Nottingham Forest pulled off a “huge coup” by beating top clubs including Rangers to the signing of Lyle Taylor.

That is according to ex-Ibrox and Forest manager Alex McLeish, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 30-year-old striker.

Taylor controversially quit Charlton Athletic when his contract expired at the end of June rather than extend it until the Championship finished in late July.

He was targeted by more than 10 leading clubs across England, Scotland and Europe during the summer window.

Sky Sports revealed that Rangers were among the clubs in pursuit of Taylor before he exploited his free agent status to move to the City Ground on a three-year contract.

“That was a huge coup for Forest,” McLeish told Football Insider. “I was expecting Taylor to go to possibly a Premier League team but it’s a really good bit of business.

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“I actually saw a bit of Charlton last year and in the last couple of years. I’ve got friends at Charlton and we went to quite a lot of the games, so I’ve seen a lot of Taylor and he’s
definitely got something really going for himself.

“You can see the confidence, you can see the body language when he walks onto the pitch and he knows he’s a presence.

“The big crux of the matter is that he has to show that in every single game but he looks like a guy with amazing belief in himself.”

Taylor scored his first goal for Forest in their 1-1 draw against bitter rivals Derby County last weekend.

He has started five of his new club’s seven Championship matches this season after banging in 36 goals from just 67 matches for Charlton.

In other news, Rangers agreed deal for ‘£3m player’ after West Ham offer rejected.