Patrick Thistle will attempt to sign Lyle Taylor on a permanent basis this summer, manager Alan Archibald has confirmed.
The Sheffield United centre-forward scored seven goals in 20 appearances for the Scottish Premier League club last season after arriving at Firhill Stadium on loan and was instrumental in its bid to secure top-flight status next term.
Archibald, who is also poised to offer Prince Buaben a long-term contract following his release by Carlisle, said: “We’ll try to keep Lyle and Prince. Obviously, they’ll have other options but Prince should be easier to deal with because he’s been released.
“Lyle is different because he still has a year left on his deal with Sheffield United so it’s down to what they want to do with him but he’s said he would like to stay here.”
David Weir was in charge of United when Taylor, aged 24, joined United from Falkirk last summer. Having failed to command a regular place in their starting eleven under his successor Nigel Clough, the former Millwall and AFC Bournemouth returned to Scotland four months ago.
Archibald said: “It’s always a risk when you bring someone in on loan, especially when you’re fighting to stay up. You wonder if they’ll really care because it’s not really their club.
“But Lyle has shown a great attitude. One thing we have in our favour is that he plays the game with a smile on his face.
“We’ll see what Sheffield United want to do.”