The Cumberland News & Star is reporting they understand Carlisle United have made a ‘substantial bid’ for Rotherham United forward Jerry Yates.
The twenty-two-year-old striker enjoyed a successful loan spell at Brunton Park in the first half of the season, scoring six goals in twenty-three League Two appearances before his recall by the South Yorkshire outfit on New Years Day.
The Blues did try and secure his services in January but failed in their bid with the striker spending the rest of the campaign at Rotherham, making seven appearances without finding the net for the Millers in the second half of the campaign as they failed to stave off relegation from the Championship.
The paper claims that its sources in the Yorkshire area are saying that United are once again trying to sign the forward, with League Two rivals Swindon Town also thought to be interested.
Speaking to the News & Star last week, Carlisle boss Steven Pressley confirmed his admiration for Yates, saying: ‘He is a player that forged a great bond with the supporters here, he made a really good impression on the people within the club, and I think he is a striker that fits the profile of what we are looking for.’
‘So, 100 per cent, he would be of interest to us.’
Yates impressed during his stay in Cumbria and Carlisle supporters will be pleased to see him back.
The Rotherham youth product struggled with Championship football, and League Two may well be his level at the moment.
Some Rotherham fans feel they can do better than Yates, and many feel it is time for him to go.
However, they might regret letting him go on a permanent transfer if he finds his feet in Cumbria and starts hitting the net again.
Pressley will have done an astute piece of business if the drop down in standard and regular football enhances the player’s development.