Blackpool manager Neil Critchley is relaxed over the future of Nottingham Forest linked striker Jerry Yates.

He has been quizzed by the Blackpool Gazette on the 16-goal talisman and his future.

Football Insider this week linked the 24-year-old with a move away from Bloomfield Road; with Forest, Blackburn and Bristol City in the mix.

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Critchley isn’t really interested in selling his star man, however, but is glad he’s been linked with other clubs.

He told the Blackpool Gazette: “I hope he does attract attention because that means he’s doing well for us.

“He’s doing well and scoring goals, so I’d expect him to be attracting interest from teams above – it’s normal.

“Jerry has signed a long-term contract here, so he’s under contract with us. He’s with us and we’re not looking for him to move any time in the near future.”

Forest will surely pursue another centre-forward during the summer.

Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor are both in their thirties and a younger model will probably be sought.

Chris Hughton’s team have struggled massively for goals, scoring just 30 from their 38 Championship games so far.

That will have to change next season if Forest are going to get themselves challenging at the other end of the table.

League One has thrown up several links from a Forest perspective in recent months.

Yates joins Plymouth star Luke Jephcott and Peterborough ace Siriki Dembele in being linked with moves to the City Ground.

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The signing of Yates might be one for Forest to consider.

He is in decent goalscoring form and is also at a nice age where he could continue improving in the next few years.

Whoever is signed will need to hit the ground running, with Forest likely to want promotion during 2021/22.

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