Lyle Taylor is on the brink of joining Charlton having rejected Sunderland's advances. The AFC Wimbledon striker brings to an end a three year spell at Kingsmeadow but seemingly the lure of staying within the reaches of the capital proved more appealing than a move to the north east. WAW first reported this last week.
Charlton are one of the early favourites to secure promotion from League One along with Sunderland, Portsmouth and Barnsley. The Black Cats are currently almost odds-on to make an immediate return to the Championship. A flurry of transfer activity in the last few days has shortened those odds a little.
But it looks like Taylor will not be leading the line at the Stadium of Light next season. The 28-year-old has a decent record in League One having hit double figures in each of his seasons in English football's third tier. The 6ft 2in attacker has been well thought of during his spell with Wimbledon and had also been linked with the likes of Bristol Rovers and Wigan Athletic.
The Black Cats confirmed the signing of forward Chris Maguire yesterday. The arrival of the Scotland international brings some much needed reinforcements to the Sunderland front line with only youngsters Josh Maja and Joel Asoro as attacking outlets at the club. The futures of both of those academy graduates appears to remain unclear.
Maguire became new Boss Jack Ross' third signing of the summer, following Alim Ozturk last week and goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin within the past few days. All eyes will be on the Academy of Light tomorrow as the Sunderland first team report back for pre-season training. Several figures have already left the club, including former captain John O'Shea and right-back Billy Jones.