This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more
Blackpool striker Jerry Yates could be set for a transfer saga this summer with three Championship clubs circling around him, per Football Insider.
Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers and Bristol City are all thought to be chasing the forward, who only joined the League One side in the summer from Rotherham United for a fee of around £200,000.
And after scoring 14 league goals so far this season for the Seasiders with potentially more to come, the club have apparently set their price at £2 million should anyone want to stump up the money.
With Ivan Toney proving to be a success after jumping up a division this season, it seems that there will no longer be big bargains in League One and Blackpool are in a strong position, with Yates contracted to the club for at least two more seasons.
Is £2 million a fair price for the 24-year-old though? We asked the FLW writers for their thoughts on the matter…
I think that would be a great price for both Blackpool and whoever buys him.
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They are well within their rights to be demanding this type of money.
What you’ve got is a number of Championship clubs taking an interest in a League One striker, which puts Blackpool in a strong position.
Whilst they can’t take the mick, they can demand slightly over the odds knowing that a tug-of-war might develop.
Whether Yates the player is worth £2m, I’m not sure, but to Blackpool, he’s probably worth that amount of money.
Given the clubs that are involved, if any interest is serious, I’d expect Blackpool to get their money for Yates.
Strikers that score goals often demand hefty price-tags and for me, it’s a fair valuation on a player who is bang in form with Blackpool.
Yates has shown flashes of quality over the years but has struggled to consistently deliver but he’s found that element of consistency at the Tangerines now, becoming an integral cog in their push for the play-offs.
He’s a typical poacher style striker who has a real knack of being in the right place at the right time, and in my eyes, £2m is a bit of a snip for the likes of Forest and Bristol City who are circling.
He’s at a great age too with his peak years ahead of him so it’s a transfer sum that would benefit Blackpool considerably.