Bristol City are considering making a formal approach to Blackpool to sign forward Jerry Yates as they step up their recruitment plans, according to Bristol Live.
The Robins have previously been linked with a potential move for Yates, following on from his impressive form in League One this season. He registered 20 goals and provided seven assists in his 45 appearances in the regular campaign. The 24-year-old also provided another assist during the Tangerines’ 3-0 win against Oxford United in the first leg of their play-off semi-final.
According to the latest report from Bristol Live, the Robins are now weighing up whether they should come in with a formal approach for the forward. Although it is also reported that they are considering other potential options in the attacking department as they aim to find a replacement for Famara Diedhiou who is set to depart Ashton Gate.
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It is also believed that any formal negotiations would have to be on hold until the end of Blackpool’s play-off campaign, with the Tangerines likely to make it through to the Wembley final given they hold a 3-0 lead heading into the second leg at Bloomfield Road.
This is encouraging news for Bristol City and shows that they are ready to potentially make a move for Yates now as they aim to bring in a new forward this summer. The 24-year-old seems to be a player with a lot of ability to provide both goals and assists in the final third and having started to deliver on his promise with Blackpool could be ready for the step up to the Championship.
However, Bristol City are going to face a nervous wait over whether Blackpool do earn promotion or not via the play-offs. If they are promoted to the Championship then they would be in a strong position to ensure that Yates remains with them next term. That means that the Robins might have to move on to some of the other targets they are pursuing.
Yates seems to be one of their primary transfer targets heading into the summer and it looks like he is the player they believe could make a difference for them in the final third. Therefore, Nigel Pearson will be hoping that he gets the right backing with the formal approach to get a deal for him concluded.