Lyle Taylor is “unlikely” to join Birmingham City permanently from Nottingham Forest, according to reports.
The 32-year-old has proven to be a success at St Andrew’s since joining Forest on loan in January. Five goals in 13 starts – three in his first four games – combined with a string of impressive performances made him Lee Bowyer’s first-choice striker, propelling him ahead of Scott Hogan, Troy Deeney and Lukas Jutkiewicz.
Bowyer had suggested the Blues would like to retain the striker beyond the summer, but a major stumbling block appears to have put that idea in the back seat.
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According to The Athletic, Taylor is unlikely to leave the City Ground for good with the claim that the former Charlton striker’s salary is ‘out of reach’.
The Blues complete their season against Blackburn Rovers this weekend, after which Taylor is due to return to the City Ground. They will do so amid uncertainty over Bowyer’s position, with the head coach due to meet the club’s hierarchy on Monday.
Due to EFL regulations, Taylor – who has one year left on his current contract – will not be able to play for Forest in their play-off campaign once he returns to Trentside.