Rangers have been given a major boost in their pursuit of Charlton Athletic talisman Lyle Taylor after sensational developments today.
Lee Bowyer has revealed Taylor is one of three players in his Addicks squad who have said they will not play when the Championship resumes.
The season is due to restart on 20 June but the club’s top goalscorer, who is out of contract at the end of next month, has informed Bowyer he does not wish to play for fear of getting injured and potentially threatening his chances of a “life-changing move”.
“3 players say they won’t play.” ❌
“Lyle Taylor is one of them. Chris Solly is the same and so is David Davis.” 🙏
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 1, 2020
That is a huge blow for the relegation-threatened Championship club but a major boost to his suitors as there is now no chance of him breaking down with a bad injury.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Rangers have an interest in Taylor as they assess centre-forward targets this summer.
The forward is also wanted by multiple English Championship clubs keen to land him on a free transfer.
Rangers were successful in prising another in-demand player from Charlton last summer when Joe Aribo snubbed a new contract and multiple offers from England clubs to move to ibrox on a free.
Taylor has scored 11 goals in 22 league matches this season despite hamstring and thigh injuries.
The 30-year-old, formerly of Falkirk and Bournemouth, joined on a free from AFC Wimbledon two years ago and scored 25 goals to help the club to promotion last season.
Bowyer compared Taylor’s influence at the relegation-threatened club to Troy Deeney’s at Vicarage Road.
“Lyle is a big player for us, a bit like Deeney at Watford,” Charlton’s manager told TalkSPORT.
“When he plays, we win games and Lyle has said he is not going to play because of the risk of injury. Chris Solly said the same.”
Bowyer added of Taylor: “He’s done great for us for two years and, in my eyes, you finish what you have started.
“Everyone has got their own decisions to make – I cannot force them. What disappoints me the most, and I’ve spoken to Lyle about it, [is that] he wants to play but he is so worried about getting injured that he is saying: ‘I won’t be the same player for you.’
“It’s difficult because he’s so big [a player] for us. He’s going to get a life-changing move. If it wasn’t for Lyle, we wouldn’t even be in this division. He has chosen now not to come back and play until the end.”
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