BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Charlton manager Lee Bowyer is set to have more talks with Lyle Taylor next week – to see if him committing his future to the Championship side will have any bearing on sealing the striker’s signature.
The forward is a free agent at the start of July.
Bowyer signed a new three-year contract on Tuesday. And he had said previously that uncertainty over his own long-term situation could affect persuading targets or existing members of the squad to also sort extensions.
Bristol City are keen on Taylor and recently put together a swap deal which was knocked back by Charlton.
Asked if his actions this week could change the dynamics in terms of Taylor’s decision-making, Bowyer said: “It might make a difference.
“I don’t know. I’ll have to speak to Lyle – he’s said a little joke in the dressing room after the game.
“I’ll speak to him after the weekend, the players are going to have a couple of days off now because they’ve earned it – they’ve worked so hard.
“After that I’ll chat to Lyle and see where his head is at. I’ll speak to his agent and see where his head is at.
“But Lyle loves it here – you can see. If Lyle didn’t love it here, you see what he did just there when he came on. Every time he gives 100 per cent.
“Whether Lyle Taylor signs a new contract or not, I guarantee you he’ll give 100 per cent every time he is on that pitch.
“I hope he signs. I hope he stays – because for me he is a very, very good striker.”
PICTURE BY PAUL EDWARDS