Sheffield United: £250,000 tag on target

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Sheffield United have been told they must pay £250,000 to sign Falkirk centre-forward Lyle Taylor following talks with the Scottish First Division club, writes James Shield.

Officials at Bramall Lane, who were last night processing Richard Cresswell’s transfer to York City, registered their interest in the 23-year-old last week after manager David Weir placed a new centre-forward at the top of his wish-list.

Taylor captured United’s imagination after scoring 29 goals in his previous 42 appearances for Gary Holt’s side and seemed destined to join League One rivals Rotherham before failing to agree terms. Weir is hopeful of exploiting the situation with an announcement possibly schduled for later today. .

“Lyle has been in demand and he’s not going to be allowed to leave cheaply,” a source said. “Whoever wants him is going to have to pay the going rate.”

Although Falkirk have told potential suitors that Taylor’s valuation is set in stone, The Star understands they could be prepared to accept a package of staged payments based variables including performance. However, Holt’s board of directors are adamant the amount must eventually be settled in full, irrespective of whether the transfer proves a success.

“Falkirk won’t budge on the sum they want,” the source continued. “But there is possibly room for manouevre with regards to how it’s paid.”

Meanwhile, York have won the race for Cresswell’s services. Barring any unforseen complications, the vastly experienced striker should complete an emotional return to Bootham Crescent within 48 hours; 18 seasons after making his professional debut for the League Two outfit.

Weir revealed “several clubs” were interested in acquiring the 35-year-old’s services after acknowledging he could leave following Saturday’s friendly at Bury. Cresswell claimed 31 goals in 141 outings for United.

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