By Wayne Veysey

10th Jun, 2020 | 4:03pm

Exclusive: Sunderland set sights on signing striker from newly-promoted club

Sunderland have set their sights on a summer deal for Rotherham United striker Jerry Yates, Football Insider can reveal.

The forward has had an impressive season on loan at Swindon Town and his contract at Rotherham expires this month.

A Sunderland source has told Football Insider the club are keeping close tabs on Yates, 23, with a view to signing him.

They have been alerted by his availability as a free agent from 1 July and the fact he has not been tied down by Rotherham to a new deal.

The Yorkshire club found out yesterday they have been promoted from League One as champions after the clubs voted to curtail the season due to Covid-19.

Coventry and Rotherham have been promoted while Oxford, Portsmouth, Fleetwood and Wycombe will contest the play-offs next month.

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Sunderland are keen for Yates to be at a League One club again next season.

However, the Doncaster-born centre-forward has actually spent the majority of this campaign playing for Swindon in League Two.

He joined the fourth-tier outfit on loan last August and briefly returned to Rotherham in January before heading back to Swindon at the end of the winter window.

In 36 appearances in all competitions this season, Yates has scored 14 goals and played the best football of his career.

He has graduated from the youth ranks at Rotherham to make 52 first-team appearances and also had a spell on loan at Carlisle United.

In other Sunderland news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider how he is expecting a blizzard of new deals at the club.