Middlesbrough and Millwall are eyeing up the signing of Nottingham Forest midfielder Ryan Yates, according to The Mirror (Live Transfer Blog; 15/09; 10:16).
Yates has started both of Forest’s games this season and was a regular in the team under Sabri Lamouchi during the second half of last season.
The report claims that the academy graduate is in the sights of Forest’s Championship rivals as Gary Rowett and Neil Warnock look to complete their squads.
Yates has a contract until 2023 on Trentside, with the 22-year-old featuring 47 times in total for the first-team.
The combative midfielder is still relatively raw when it comes to Championship football and he’s still striving for consistency.
It is thought that both Boro and Millwall are considering £1.5 million bids that will eventually rise to £2 million with a series of add ons included.
Yates netted three goals for the Reds last season but a concrete offer might leave Lamouchi with food for thought before the window closes.
The midfielder made his first-team debut as a substitute during a 2-0 defeat to Reading in January 2019.
When fit he has been a regular pretty much ever since in the matchday squad under Martin O’Neill and more recently, Lamouchi.
Yates cut his teeth during loan spells with Barrow, Shrewsbury Town, Notts County and Scunthorpe United.
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Yates has struggled for consistency and with plenty of similar midfielders, Forest might have a conundrum.
Of course, he is still young, but if a club emerges with a £2 million offer it leaves the Reds’ hierarchy with a decision to make.
What they have to decide is whether or not they view a team winning promotion with Yates playing week in, week out, or whether they can invest the money elsewhere in the squad.
Forest have Jack Colback, Fouad Bachirou, Tiago Silva, Brennan Johnson and Samba Sow who can all operate in the middle of the park.
The Reds academy graduate has earned rave reviews from some supporters but others feel he has flattered to deceive.
It’ll be interesting to see what decision Forest come to with the transfer window nearing an end.