West Brom have expressed an interest in the signing of Blackpool striker Jerry Yates, a report from The Sun has claimed.
Yates enjoyed an outstanding debut campaign at Blackpool last season. The 24-year-old scored 23 goals in 54 appearances in all competitions to help the Seasiders win promotion from League One to the Championship.
That has seemingly attracted plenty of attention in Yates, with recent reports claiming Blackburn Rovers have made him their number one target, should Adam Armstrong leave the club for the Premier League this summer.
Two other Championship sides, Bristol City and Nottingham Forest, have also previously been credited with an interest in Yates, and it now seems as though the list of potential suitors is growing.
According to this latest update, West Brom are also thought to have made their interest in Yates known, with the summer transfer window now open.
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The Baggies are preparing for life back in the Championship, after just a single year at Premier League level last season.
As things stand, there are two years remaining on Yates’ contract with Blackpool, securing his future at Bloomfield Road until the end of the 2022/23 season.
I do think that this would be a very good signing for West Brom if they manage to get it done.
The Baggies have been lacking a prolific goalscorer for the past couple of years, and Yates’ record does suggest he is capable of filling that void.
His all-round play, which allows him to operate as a target man to help bring his fellow attackers into the game, could also see him link-up well with his fellow Baggies teammates, and potentially bring even more out of them.
Add to that the fact that at 24-years-old, Yates still has plenty of time left in his career, and that that interest from elsewhere in the Championship means this could be a bit of a coup for West Brom, and it does seem as though this could be one that is well worth pursuing for those in charge at The Hawthorns.