Report: Nottingham Forest name Ryan Yates' price-tag with Portsmouth interested

Nottingham Forest fans gesture during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town at City Ground on May 7, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Could Championship challengers Nottingham Forest let Ryan Yates leave in January? Hull City and League One Pompey are both being linked.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall of Leicester City in action with Ryan Yates of Nottingham Forest during the Premier League Cup tie between Leicester City and Nottingham Forest at Holmes Park on...

The race for Ryan Yates is hotting up with the January transfer window just around the corner.

The 20-year-old finds himself well down the pecking order at Nottingham Forest, despite impressing manager Aitor Karanka in pre-season, and has made just one appearance in the first-team all season, coming in the EFL Cup clash against Bury back in August.

 

According to the Mirror (live blog, 3.10pm) this has not gone unnoticed. Hull City are interested in signing Yates on loan while League One leaders Portsmouth want to sign the youngster on a permanent basis.

Despite being one of the most highly-rated youngsters at Nottingham Forest’s disposal, the former European Champions are understood to value him at just £500,000; a bargain fee for a Pompey side looking good for a return to the second tier of English football.

Ryan Yates of Shrewsbury Town in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Shrewsbry Town at Sixfields on April 17, 2017 in Northampton, England.

Yates shone in League One last season during a spell at Scunthorpe United, so he could have a massive impact at Fratton Park if he makes the move to the South Coast.

Forest fans might be disappointed to see Yates leave but, with the likes of Jack Colback and Adlene Guedioura ahead of him in the pecking order, a departure seems best for all concerned.

Ryan Yates of Scunthorpe United during the Sky Bet League One match between Scunthorpe United and Shrewsbury Town at Glanford Park on March 17, 2018 in Scunthorpe, England.

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