Portsmouth hopeful of £500,000 midfielder deal

Portsmouth are looking to strengthen their hand in the January window by bringing in Nottingham Forest midfielder Ryan Yates.

It had been thought that Yates would make a loan move this winter, but it’s being suggested that Kenny Jackett is ready to pay £500,000 to secure the services of the 21-year old on a permanent basis.

Reports claim that Yates, who has made only one senior appearance for Forest this season, is also a target for Championship side Hull City. They were close to completing a loan move for the midfielder in the summer and given their recent struggles, Nigel Adkins might well feel £500,000 is money well spent.

Paul Warne is another manager who’ll be battling with Pompey, his Rotherham side are thought to be interested too.

Lincoln-born Yates impressed last season in League Two with Notts County, helping them to the top three before being recalled. They fell away in the second half of the season, but Yates went on to earn a top six spot in League One with Scunthorpe, who were beaten by Rotherham in the play off semi finals.

Pompey are one of only a couple of ‘Real EFL’ covered clubs who could afford a move for Yates.


Our View

Yates is such a talent, there’s some surprise Forest haven’t done more to expose him to their first team. Still, they’ve spent big on players and I guess a youth team product isn’t fashionable. Jorge Grant has suffered too, but both thrived in the lower divisions.

Portsmouth will do well to secure the services of Yates, our sources say Rotherham are leading the chase, with Paul Warne’s battling side able to offer regular first team football from the off. However, they’ll need to find the cash to make him a permanent signing, money which will surely multiply if he gets a run of first team games and is sold on.

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