Nottingham Forest midfielder is a serious Portsmouth targetÂ
Ryan Yates is a serious target for Pompey.
The News understands that Kenny Jackett is keen to bring in the Nottingham Forest midfielder on loan when the transfer window opens next month.Â
That's despite the Blues boss insisting there was '˜nothing'Â in reports linking Yates toÂ Fratton ParkÂ on two separate occasions.Â
Speculation hasÂ been mounting that Pompey areÂ interested in signingÂ the Â£500,000-rated man, with a possible loan deal in the offing.
Aitor Karanka confirmed the Blues have enquired about the availabilityÂ of the 21-year-old on Thursday.Â
The Forest managerÂ has insisted, however, that hisÂ club are weighing up their options on where to send Yates to enhance hisÂ development.
Rotherham United are also rumoured to beÂ potential suitors.Â
Yates has had to watch on from the sidelines asÂ Forest continueÂ their Championship play-off push.
He's made just a solitary first-team appearance in the Carabao Cup and has beenÂ restricted to under-23s football.Â
Yates spent the second half of last term on loan at Scunthorpe, featuringÂ in both legs of their League One play-off semi-final defeat to Rotherham.
The Blues were first linked to the Lincoln-born talent last summer and reportedly had a bid rejected for him.
Jackett is certainly an admirer of the youngster and feels he can bolster Pompey's League One title charge.
Jake WigleyÂ also worked with the ex-Notts County loanee at the City Ground before he moved to Fratton Park in July.
The first-team coach has previously told The News thatÂ he wants to use his Forest roots to help out the Blues.