Sheffield United: Why Lyle is still Taylor made for Blades

Falkirk's Lyle Taylor (left) and Ranger's Emilson Cribari battle for the ball during the Ramsdens Cup Second Round match at Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk.
Falkirk's Lyle Taylor (left) and Ranger's Emilson Cribari battle for the ball during the Ramsdens Cup Second Round match at Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk.

Lyle Taylor’s protracted transfer from Falkirk to Sheffield United should be completed within the next 24 hours, writes James Shield.

The deal, which could be worth over £250,000 for the Scottish First Division club, appeared destined to be finalised yesterday after the coveted centre-forward agreed personal terms with David Weir’s side.

Despite being introduced to his new colleagues, Taylor will not be officially unveiled as a United player until the necessary paperwork, including international clearance, has been processed by the relevant authorities.

However, The Star understands there is no possibility of the move falling through.

“Matters such as this can be surprisingly complex,” a source north of the border confirmed. “Even when matters are completed by all parties involved, when they have effectively signed everything off, there are still documents which need to be matched and logged.

“At this time of year especially, when there are pre-season matches being played, there can sometimes be delays.”

United’s offer was formally accepted by Falkirk on Monday morning with Taylor, aged 23, travelling to South Yorkshire for his medical later that afternoon.

Rotherham and Hibernian had also expressed an interest in a striker who scored 29 goals in only 42 appearances for Gary Holt’s charges last season. However, speaking earlier this week, Falkirk chairman Martin Ritchie indicated that United were the first team to meet his valuation.

“Lyle Taylor has been the subject of much speculation,” he said. “He has his career aspirations and we all know he is more than capable of playing at a higher level.

“However, he is contracted for this season and can play a large part in our push for promotion and the play-off places. It will therefore take a very good offer for us to part with him. To date, we have had no such offer.”

“Our position regarding player sales has remained clear and consistent,” Ritchie continued. “We need transfer income to balance our books and justify our investment in our young players.

“However, we do not need to be rushed into anything and we will only consider serious offers which provide good value to the club. Equally, players have to ensure that any move suits them both in terms of their contracts and in terms of their career progression.”

Taylor, who becomes Weir’s fifth acquisition since taking charge at Bramall Lane, progressed through the ranks at Millwall before joining AFC Bournemouth following a spell in non-league. Steven Pressley, Gary Holt’s predecessor at Falkirk Stadium, stepped into the breach when his contract on the south coast expired last summer.

United are also believed to have inserted a clause entitling the Scots to a further payment should Taylor prove a success in League One next term.

He could make his debut in a United jersey when they continue their preparations for the 2013/14 campaign with a friendly against Mansfield Town on Saturday.

*Twitter: @JamesShield1