Rangers are preparing a January move for Nottingham Forest-linked striker Jerry Yates, according to the Scottish Daily Express. The Reds were heavily linked with the talisman when Chris Hughton was in charge on Trentside.
Yates is now one of the most feared marksmen in the Championship. As a result, Rangers are keen to sign him once the transfer window opens in January; although they will need to increase their valuation.
The latest report claims that Rangers have already mentioned the possibility of a £2 million deal to Blackpool. The Tangerines will be undeterred, however, in their quest to recoup £5 million for their prized asset.
Michael Appleton will be desperate not to lose another star player from his squad. Blackpool fans were incensed when the club decided to let Josh Bowler head to Forest on transfer deadline day, without a replacement being signed.
Yates going would be the tip of the iceberg among the fan base. Blackpool in recent years have started to establish themselves as a serious football club once more, winning promotion back to the Championship in 2021.
The lure of Rangers could be strong though. They play in European football on an annual basis and Yates would surely fancy his chances of becoming a star player in the Scottish Premiership with the Teddy Bears.
Rangers preparing move for Yates and Forest could do a lot worse
Yates is only 25-years-old and he still has the potential to improve. With that in mind, it’s no surprise to see some serious clubs start to be linked with his services ahead of the transfer window.
The striker has been in fine form during 2022/23. He has found the net on nine occasions from 21 appearances and playing alongside better players should help him score plenty more goals.
Forest might find themselves in the market for another striker in January. For a small outlay of just £5 million, it might make sense for the Reds to try and sign Yates before Rangers have the chance to swoop.
Although he’d hardly be an exciting addition for the Premier League; there is enough to suggest that he could do a job for the team as a squad player under Steve Cooper.
Rangers and Forest would both prove attractive options for Yates. As a result, it will be interesting to see if anything comes of this once the transfer window does open in January.