According to the Mirror, Nottingham Forest are willing to listen to offers for Lyle Taylor – who was linked with Rangers last year – with Stoke City already interested.

The Gers were credited with interest in Taylor on several occasions in 2020, including in May by TEAMtalk.

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Nottingham Forest are reportedly willing to listen to offers for formerly Rangers linked striker Lyle Taylor. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It was suggested that Steven Gerrard wanted to bring the striker to Ibrox on a free transfer, with his contract at Charlton Athletic running down.

The Montserrat international would eventually stop playing for the Addicks in a bid to ensure his big summer transfer went through, but it was Nottingham he moved to rather than Glasgow, signing for Forest on a reported three-year deal [Nottinghamshire Live].

Things didn’t really go according to plan during his first season at the City Ground, though, as he scored just five goals in 42 appearances and now, the Mirror reports that Forest will listen to offers.

It’s claimed that manager Chris Hughton – who was appointed after Taylor’s arrival – is planning a summer re-shuffle and the 6ft 2″ forward could be one of those to move on.

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The report claims that Stoke are ‘set to open talks’ regarding the 31-year-old, with the Potters keen to add more firepower ahead of the 2021/22 season.

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Taylor only started 15 of 46 Championship fixtures for Forest last season. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Rangers are currently well-stocked up front, with Fashion Sakala and Jermain Defoe definitely on board for next season, while Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten are all also under contract.

However, the fact that Taylor is available again may alert the Light Blues, providing their previous interest was genuine and the asking price isn’t too high.

The ex-Partick Thistle and Falkirk star’s recent numbers don’t inspire a great deal of confidence, though, with other reported targets such as Jonson Clarke-Harris producing far superior stats, albeit in a lower division, last season.

In other news, Rangers have confirmed the departures of 10 Academy players, including a shock exit for a starlet who had signed a deal until 2023.

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