Lyle Taylor has left his Charlton Athletic teammates by refusing to play when the Championship resumes amid interest from English teams and Rangers.
Lee Bowyer revealed yesterday Taylor is one of three players in his Addicks squad who have said they will not make themselves available for the 20 June restart.
A Charlton source has told Football Insider that the club’s top goalscorer, 30, has left the first-team squad “livid” as they all have relegation clauses in their contracts.
“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
This means their pay will drop by 50 per cent if they go down from the Championship to League One.
Charlton are 22nd in the suspended second tier, and two points adrift of survival.
Bowyer made no attempt to hide how crucial Taylor is to the team’s hopes of staying up.
He has scored 11 goals in 22 league matches this season despite hamstring and thigh injuries after spearheading the team’s promotion bid last term.
Taylor, 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”.
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.
Taylor, 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.
In other Rangers news, an in-demand Ibrox star has been tipped to be the new Virgil van Dijk by Kevin Phillips.