Nottingham Forest are eyeing a summer move for Blackpool striker Jerry Yates, according to a report by Football Insider.

The 24-year-old has found the net 16 times this season, with the Tangerines now in the mix for a play-off place.

Last night, the Doncaster-born talisman scored twice as Neil Critchley’s team defeated Peterborough 3-1 at Bloomfield Road.

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Forest aren’t alone in the race to sign the striker. Blackburn Rovers and Bristol City are also in the mix to land the League One star.

The report claims he is valued in the region of £2 million, with two years remaining on his contract in the North West.

Yates has also spent time playing for Rotherham, Swindon and Carlisle but has now seemingly settled at Blackpool.

The summer could see him on the move once again and if even promotion is secured, Yates could still find himself being sold.

He has grown as a player under Critchley’s wing and the Championship looks like the next stage of his development.

Would Yates be a good signing for the Reds?

It’s certainly the sort of signing that supporters would be willing to get behind.

The lower league often provide some real gems and Yates has been superb in front of goal this season.

The lower league recruitment strategy hasn’t really been adopted by Forest and fans are craving an attack on the lower league of the EFL.

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His goal-haul has come through hard work and a real desire to get himself into the penalty area.

With Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor both in their thirties, a younger striker would be an ideal addition in the summer.

Yates would come to the City Ground with plenty to prove at second-tier level and he’d bring with him momentum from the 2020/21 campaign.

Forest could do a lot worse than sign the Blackpool man this summer.

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