Rotherham boss reveals which club has bid for Blackpool and Swindon Town target Jerry Yates

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne has revealed Blackpool are the only club to have lodged a bid for Jerry Yates as it stands.

Thursday, 16th July 2020, 11:37 am
Updated Thursday, 16th July 2020, 11:40 am

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The striker’s former loan club Swindon Town are also expected to table an offer but, speaking on Tuesday, Millers boss Warne said Blackpool are the only side to have acted on their firm interest so far.

Swindon are unlikely to match Pool’s six-figure bid, with the Robins only able to offer an installments-based sum.

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Yates is wanted by both Blackpool and Swindon

While Blackpool’s offer falls below Rotherham’s asking price, Millers boss Warne confirmed the striker will depart the New York Stadium once a club meets their valuation.

“There has been no bid from Swindon to my knowledge as we speak on Tuesday morning. I'm aware only that Blackpool have put an official bid in,” Warne said.

“There might have been a few phone calls here and there (from other clubs), but they're the only ones to put an official bid in.

“If they reach the technical board's valuation, then Jerry will be gone, so to speak.

“In the meantime, he is training with us and training really well. Because of the type of people we are, we will continue to train him as if he's staying here.

“I'm well aware of the fact there are a lot of clubs interested in him and we'll see how that progresses.

“At the moment, the bid hasn't reached our valuation so he stays with us.”

Rotherham recently triggered a clause in Yates’ contract to extend his deal by 12 months, ensuring they will receive a fee for his services should he depart.

Yates, a product of Rotherham’s academy, has also been linked with Sunderland this summer.

The forward has made sporadic appearances for the Millers’ first-team during his six years with the club, scoring five times in 44 appearances.

He has also spent time out on loan with Harrogate Railway Athletic, Harrogate Town and Carlisle United.

He scored seven times in 36 games during his season-long loan spell with Carlisle, but he has enjoyed his best season to date by helping Swindon clinch promotion from the fourth tier.

He scored 14 goals in 36 appearances to help Richie Wellens’ men clinch the League Two title.