Rangers had been linked (Football.London) with a move for Charlton Athletic’s striker Lyle Taylor not too long ago. The forward is currently in the final few months of his contract at the club, and his deal is set to expire in the summer of 2020. January window will be the last chance for the Addicks to gain any transfer fee for him.
Club chairman gives an update on Taylor’s situation
However, Charlton Athletic’s new chairman Matt Southall has made it clear that the club wouldn’t sell the striker unless the Championship club offered ridiculous money. Southall also indicated that the club provided Taylor with a chance to sign a new deal, but he failed to respond. Hence, the offer was taken back.
Southall recently said, ”We made the offer quite a few weeks ago. I met with the player’s representative, we had discussions, and the ball was in the representative’s court. I felt that for the long-term and the model I’m trying to implement, I thought it was a fair, very good offer. It was way above the model.”
”Do I want to sell him? No. Does Lee want to sell him? Heck, no. Lyle is not for sale. Even if he doesn’t sign a new deal, he is here until the end of the season.”
With the club chairman taking such a stance, it seems unlikely that Rangers would be able to get their man in this window. Moreover, it wouldn’t make sense for Rangers to offer big money for the striker now as he is in the final few months of his deal.
What now for Gerrard?
Rangers are also not in desperate need to add a striker as Gerrard has got the likes of Jermain Defoe and Alfredo Morelos at his disposal. Morelos is attracting plenty of interest from some of the top leagues of the world, but it is highly unlikely that Gerrard would sanction a move for him in this window.
Defoe is in the final few months of his deal, but he is expected to be handed a new contract. But he isn’t going to be around for long, and Morelos might also move on to bigger and better things in the summer. Hence, Rangers should keep an eye on a striker though they don’t desperately need one this month.
Taylor would be a decent addition at Ibrox as he has the physical side to his game to thrive in the Premiership. The forward also showcases a good burst of speed, and he has been a crucial player for the Addicks in the last two seasons. After the latest update from the club chairman, it seems like Rangers are unlikely to land Taylor this month, but they can try their luck in the summer as the striker is yet to commit to a new deal with Charlton.
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