Rotherham will be hoping that the arrival of Jack Colback at Nottingham Forest might help their chances of signing Ryan Yates.
Millers manager Paul Warne admits to being a keen admirer of the Forest youngster and has been in dialogue with their Championship rivals over a potential loan move.
Yates, who came up against the Millers while on loan at Scunthorpe last season, recently signed a new contract at the City Ground and has played an impressive and active part in Forest’s pre-season action so far.
However, Aitor Karanka has strengthened his midfield ranks with the season-long loan of Newcastle’s Colback.
The Spaniard recently said he wants to send Yates out on loan to further his development and Colback’s arrival may kick-start a transfer chain.
Warne says the 20-year-old fits the bill for his needs and the boss could be ready to strike.
📝 Jack's back!#NFFC are delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Jack Colback on a season-long loan deal with the option to make it permanent at the end of the season.#ThatLovingFeeling https://t.co/vE9NxRkGr5
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) July 20, 2018
“I like Ryan Yates, he is a Nottingham Forest player, he is doing really well there,” Warne said. “I liked him last year when I saw him play for Scunny.
“It’s no surprise I am linked to him, because he is in my opinion an archetypal Rotherham midfielder – he is fit, he’s strong, he will get better.
“At the moment, the biggest clubs in the Championship are producing a lot of good players like that.
“Ryan Yates is definitely a midfielder I like. I have spoken to Forest, but currently he is part of their plans, so respectfully, if he is part of their plans and plays for them then great, if that changes and an opportunity arises then we might be able to get him.
“But at the moment he is definitely part of their plans.”
Yates was named on the substitutes’ bench as Forest continued their pre-season preparations at Oldham on Saturday and came on after the break.