Rotherham United's lengthy pursuit of Ryan Yates could finally be about to bear fruit after Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka said the Millers would be a ‘perfect’ destination for him.
The 20-year-old has been on Paul Warne's radar all summer and he was hoping to bring him in on loan before the season started.
However, an impressive pre-season campaign for Forest stopped that from happening as Karanka planned on using him in his first-team squad.
Yates, though, has been a periphery figure in the opening few weeks of the season and the Spaniard, who has been in regular contact with Warne, has reconsidered ahead of Friday's loan window shutting.
“It might be Rotherham,” Karanka said after his side's Carabao Cup win over Newcastle.
“We need to find the right place to send him on loan, because if he is not going to play, it is not good for anyone.
“I hope that Rotherham can be the right place for him.It would be a good move for him.
“I told him that the first step for him last season was Notts County, the next step was Scunthorpe and the one after that – the perfect one – could be a team like Rotherham in the Championship.”
It was at Scunthorpe last season that Warne first noticed the midfielder and he has never been far from the manager's thoughts this summer.
Warne told the Star: “If he is available and everything else works then that would be good news.
“He is one of the midfielders I really like, there are a few I like. He is definitely one I have had my eye on for a while.”
Warne turned his attention back to the loan market shortly after watching his side go out of the Carabao Cup following a 3-1 loss at Everton.
Warne's side did themselves proud at Goodison Park, but were undone by quality as Dominic Calvert-Lewin's brace after a Gylfi Sigurdsson opener was the difference at Goodison Park.
The Millers got back in it through Will Vaulks and Warne said: “At 2-1 I honestly believed we were right in it, overall I am proud of the lads but disappointed that it could have been a little bit better.”