The Sun (October 18th; page 61) are claiming that Millwall will return to try and sign Ryan Yates from Nottingham Forest in January.
The academy graduate was on Gary Rowett’s radar in the summer, with the Reds knocking back a bid to sign the midfielder on deadline day.
Forest didn’t want to lose the 22-year-old and his performance on Saturday perhaps highlighted that he has a future under Chris Hughton.
Yates was deployed as a dynamic midfielder alongside Jack Colback to start with but really began to thrive when Harry Arter was introduced alongside him.
Hughton will want to have a close look at his squad and he may choose to utilise Yates’ youth exuberance more often than not.
With lots of games to come between now and the January window opening, the new boss will have plenty of time to decide who is part of his plans for the second half of the campaign.
Yates has played three times in the league this season for the Reds, with the homegrown player making 49 appearances in total.
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Millwall will fancy their chances of enjoying a good season and with that in mind, it seems unlikely Forest will want to strengthen a rival.
Rowett clearly fancies Yates to compliment his squad nicely given that he tried to sign him during the transfer window.
Yates isn’t irreplaceable but at a young age, there is some who will feel he can still improve.
Two managers before Hughton have deemed the youngster as a first-team regular and if Hughton sees fit to do the same, he could well be kept around at the City Ground.