Report: Leeds and Celtic both want Bristol Rovers striker Matty Taylor after 27-goal season

Leeds United and Celtic are reportedly pursuing Bristol Rovers striker Matty Taylor.

According to the print edition of the Sunday People, Leeds United and Celtic are in the race to sign Bristol Rovers striker Matty Taylor this summer.

Taylor, 26, has been touted as 'the next Jamie Vardy' having gone through a similar career path to the Leicester City and England international sensation.

After spells in non-league with North Leigh, Forest Green Rovers and Chester, Taylor joined Bristol Rovers in January 2014, and helped fire the club to promotion to League Two last season, smashing 20 goals for the Pirates.

This term, Taylor has continued to impress, hammering 27 goals as Bristol Rovers have again won promotion to League One - and his exploits now appear to have triggered interest.

As reported in the print edition of the Sunday People, Taylor is attracting interest from a host of clubs, with Leeds United, Hull City, Preston North End and even Celtic all looking to sign him this summer.

Leeds will be in the market for another striker after Mirco Antenucci leaves the club at the end of his contract this summer, and Taylor - who has been nothing short of a goal machine in League Two - could fit the bill whether Steve Evans remains as manager or not.

Meanwhile, Celtic have struggled to find a regular goalscorer to support Leigh Griffiths, and whilst it may be a gamble given his lack of experience higher than League Two, Taylor is a real option for the Bhoys after his 27-goal campaign this term.

'Leeds, Hull, Preston and Celtic are leading the chase for Matty Taylor, "the next Jamie Vardy". Leicester ace Vardy was plucked out of non-league, aged 25, in 2012,' the report stated. 'Taylor, 26, struck 20 goals in The Conference when Bristol Rovers won promotion in 2014-15 and 27 goals in League Two this season.'

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