Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has revealed that reported West Brom target Lyle Taylor was the subject of a ‘ridiculous offer’ from an unnamed club last week.
Speaking to London News Online, the Addicks boss confessed that the club had received an offer for the 29-year-old attacker, who is expected to leave Charlton this month with Taylor only having a few months before his contract expires this summer and the striker already turning down an extension with the club.
Sky Sports News also reported that West Brom, as well as Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City are all interested in the journeyman striker, with the Baggies keen on adding to their attacking ranks this month to keep pace with Leeds United in the race for promotion to the Premier League.
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Bowyer said about the bid for Taylor: “I hope (we won’t sell him). Someone came in with a silly offer on Friday. That was player for player, there was no money involved. It was a ridiculous offer. This is something that is out of my hands. I’m not the money person. I’m not controlling that side of things.”
Whilst it is unknown whether or not West Brom were the side that submitted the offer for Taylor, the update from Bowyer could serve as a warning shot for the Baggies that Charlton will only be accepting reasonable offers for their star striker.
The Baggies will be kicking themselves if they end this transfer window with no new attacking players, and with Taylor’s deal coming to an end this season at Charlton, West Brom will be hard-pressed to find an attacker as good as the 29-year-old for the price he is likely going to be available for.