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

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.

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.

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