The Mirror claim that Nottingham Forest want to hand Ryan Yates a new three-year contract at the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

The midfielder will have just a remaining on his current deal and the Reds are keen to ensure he doesnt leave in a cut-price deal.

Yates has kicked on since Steve Cooper arrived in September and he’s largely been considered as an important player.

The youngster burst onto the Forest scene in 2019 when Martin O’Neill arrived at the club and quickly promoted him from the under-23s.

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Yates has made 114 appearances for the Reds and has been selected regularly by several different managers.

As an academy graduate he’s popular with a large section of Forest supporters and news of a new deal would be welcomed.

Yates was dropped to the bench on Saturday. James Garner and Jack Colback started, with the 24-year-old playing the final 10 minutes of the game.

A three-year extension should tie Yates to Forest ahead of his best years and there is still some unearthed potential for the player to unleash.

Cooper clearly fancies him. He has utilised him more often than not in his team and he’s typically been brilliant when called upon.

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Even his most ardent of critics would find it hard to say that Yates doesn’t deserve a new deal. He’s been impressive under Cooper and cut him open and he bleeds the red of Forest.

There are some imperfections for Yates to iron out and nobody will be more aware of that than the player himself.

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Under Cooper, however, he possibly has the perfect manager to start getting the best out of him.

The head coach pays close attention to working with youngsters and has a proven track record in success.

As a result, Yates would surely welcome the chance to commit his future to his boyhood club.

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