Hull City and Portsmouth are to battle it out for Nottingham Forest midfielder Ryan Yates, according to Hull Live.

The 20-year-old is expected to leave Forest on loan in the January transfer market to gain some more first-team experience.

Hull City are in the hunt for some reinforcements to their squad in January. The Tigers are currently 22nd in the Championship but are now unbeaten in their past three games.

Portsmouth are hoping to beat the second tier side to the loan signing of Yates. They are top of League One and looking for players who can further boost their promotion chances.

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Yates was born in Lincoln and rose through the youth ranks of Forest’s academy. He has never made a senior appearance for the Reds but has gained plenty of first-team experience during loan spells.

His first loan stint was with Barrow in the National League and he played 19 games for them in the 2016/17 season before he joined Shrewsbury Town for the remainder of that campaign. Yates then spent the first half of last season on loan at Notts County before finishing the season with Scunthorpe United.

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He is yet to feature in the Championship for Aitor Karanka’s side this season and should be loaned out again. Yates is highly-rated by the Reds and is still being tipped for a big future at the City Ground.

The question is, would he play more at Hull City or in League One with Portsmouth?

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