HOTSHOT Paul Taylor is no longer training with Liverpool – but he is still a wanted man.
After running the rule over the Vauxhall Motors striker in a two-week trial, the Reds are not believed to be pursuing an interest.
However, 15-goal Taylor is still one of the hottest properties around, with Football League scouts trailing Motors and likely to attend this weekend’s FA Trophy derby against Northwich Victoria.
Motors chairman Alan Bartlam said: “Andy Mutch is acutely aware that there may be a development in January with regard Paul Taylor. As a result the search is on for a potential replacement but no-one has been identified yet.
“Similarly we have had no concrete offers yet for Paul but it is still early.
“He did not set Liverpool’s world alight but with his goalscoring and the interest that has generated, there is still a chance he could move on.”
The Motormen are now just keen for him to play as many games as possible for them before an anticipated scramble for his signature begins with the opening of the transfer window in January.
“I think we missed Paul against Nuneaton Borough when we lost,” said Bartlam. “If he had played I feel we could have won that game. His injury has cleared up now and he is ready for the FA Trophy.”
Motors manager Andy Mutch is not finding it difficult to keep the 20-year-old focussed on his game.
“Paul knows that he is likely to get a move into the Football League in January,” he said. “But he also realises that the reason for that is his form for us and if that changes then his chances could disappear.
“He also enjoys playing for us so keeping him focussed is therefore not a challenge at all. The other players see what has happened to him and realise that they could earn moves up the ladder as well if they work hard so it has been positive.”
Motors had a break on Saturday due to their waterlogged pitch while Vics, who have gone unbeaten in the last three matches, defeated Oxford United.
Mutch’s side were due to play Boston United in the Blue Square North for the second time in four weeks.
“On Thursday Rivacre Park was totally underwater, that’s no exaggeration,” said Bartlam. “By Saturday it was better but still bad and the match officials decided it was unfit to play and called it off.”