Lyle Taylor before Forest v Derby last Saturday. Credit: Ritchie Sumpter.

Nottingham Forest striker Lyle Taylor is set to leave on loan as head coach Steve Cooper states a loan move is “imminent”.

The attacker was left out of the squad as the Reds convincingly beat Barnsley 3-0 at the City Ground.

In his post-match interview, Forest head coach Steve Cooper explained that Taylor is close to an exit before next Monday’s deadline.

He said: “He’s got an imminent loan move coming up.

“I have been fair with Lyle, and he’s been really fair with me and the club as well.

“He wants to play. He’s 30-plus, he lives for playing and I haven’t been able to give him that opportunity. At the same time, I didn’t want to stand in his way of getting games.

“Lyle has been good around the place. We’ve had a lot of open discussion from not long from when first came in about what things may look like for him.

“If the move does go through, then we’ll wish him well and we’ll maybe talk about it after that.”

Taylor has scored just three goals in 18 league games this season and a total of seven during his time at Forest.

The 31-year-old has struggled to play consistently – after moving to the City Ground in the summer of 2020 – as he has found himself on the bench.

Taylor’s departure would leave Forest with Lewis Grabban and Aston Villa loanee Keinan Davis as the out-and-out strikers in the squad.