Rotherham United are lining up a move for highly-rated Falkirk striker Lyle Taylor, The Star understands.
Millers manager Steve Evans is thought to be a big admirer of Taylor’s and wants to strengthen his forward line before they begin life in League One next month.
The 23-year-old began his career at Millwall but he did not make a single first-team appearance for the Lions and was farmed out on loan to Eastbourne. He eventually moved to Bournemouth and also had a brief loan spell at Hereford United before moving north of the border last summer.
Taylor plundered 29 goals in 42 outings last season as Falkirk finished third in the Scottish First Division and reached the semi-final of the Scottish Cup. The Englishman’s goal-scoirng exploits saw him named the division’s player of the year.
Taylor, who scored twice in Falkirk’s behind closed-doors friendly with Queen’s Park last week, has a year left to run of his contract at Falkirk. Three clubs have tabled offers for the 6ft 2ins forward, including Hibernian, and all have been rejected. It is understood Hibs tabled around £100,000 for Taylor this week which was turned down as the Bairns want in the region of £200,000-£250,000.
Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon has stated they will not make an improved offer for Taylor and added: “We made our interest known to Falkirk and they have declined that.
“It hasn’t gone any further than that. That’s where we’ve left it and we’re not pursuing it any more.”
Kari Arnason is unlikely to be involved in today’s warm-up match with Parkgate, kick-off 2pm at Roundwood, as he only returned to training on Wednesday after extra time off due to being on international duty with Iceland.
Meanwhile, former Rotherham right-back Dale Tonge has joined Alan Knill’s Torquay. The 28-year-old was released two months ago by the Millers.