Sheffield United: Taylor excited by switch to the Lane

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Lyle Taylor revealed he had no hesitation in joining Sheffield United after discovering the League One club wanted to sign him from Falkirk, writes James Shield.

Taylor, whose £250,000 transfer to Bramall Lane was processed yesterday, confirmed “there were other options on the table” after agreeing two year contract with David Weir’s side.

But he told The Star: “As soon as I knew Sheffield United were interested in me that was it, my mind was made up.

“Anyone who knows the history of this club, who knows what it stands for and what it’s about would have felt exactly the same.

“I’m ambitious. I want to get better and develop my career as a footballer. I owe my previous club so much but I also feel I can achieve all of those things here.”

Taylor, aged 23, becomes the fifth new addition to United’s squad since Weir’s appointment earlier this summer. Despite being monitored by the likes of Hibernian and Rotherham, Falkirk chairman Martin Ritchie indicated United were the first team to meet his valuation of a player who scored 29 goals in 42 appearances last term.

Taylor, who started his career at Millwall before spells with Eastbourne Borough and AFC Bournemouth, underwent a medical in South Yorkshire on Monday evening but United delayed an announcement until international clearance was received.

Sources in Scotland report that Falkirk could receive further payments from United should the move prove a success.

Taylor, who replaces Richard Cresswell at Bramall Lane, added: “I’m used to being a marked man after getting goals for Falkirk so, if I become one here, that doesn’t bother me.

“I’m a bit of a thinker so I enjoy finding different ways to adapt without losing sight of my strengths.”

United, who have the option of extending Taylor’s contract by a further year, could include him in the squad which faces Mansfield Town on Saturday.