Bristol Rovers striker Tom Nichols could be on his way back to former club Exeter City according to Devon Live.

The 24-year-old striker scored 12 goals at the start of the 2015/16 season, including the memorable first goal against Liverpool in a thrilling 2-2 AF Cup draw with the Merseyside giants at St James’ Park, before moving to League One side Peterborough United for around £350,000.

But since leaving Devon, Nichols has found the going tough, with the goals drying up for the frontman.

Whilst at Peterborough United, he found the net 14 times in 58 appearances before returning to the Westcountry at the start of last season in a £350,000 deal that saw him join Bristol Rovers.

However, Nichols has scored just twice in 45 appearances for the Gas, although he was largely used as a substitute with 23 of those appearances coming off the bench.

But it is highly unlikely that League Two side Exeter would pay that much for their former Academy product, with their record transfer fee the £100,000 they spent on Jayden Stockley last summer.

They know what they’d be getting with Nichols, but he would also be commanding far bigger wages that he picked up the last time he was in Devon.

But it looks like Bristol Rovers might be lining up a replacement for Tom Nichols already as they have been linked with AFC Wimbledon’s out-of-contract striker Lyle Taylor.

Bristol Rovers have already lost one attacker this summer as Salford City signed Rory Gaffney for undisclosed fee.

Gaffney, 28, joins on a three-year deal from Rovers, where he scored five goals in 10 appearances in 2017-18.


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