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Forest and Palace After Yeates

Colchester United winger Mark Yeates is a reported summer transfer target for Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace.

Forest recently gained promotion to the Championship and Palace are currently preparing for the Championship play-offs, so could be playing top-flight football next season. The Irish B international is currently recovering from a dislocated shoulder, which he picked up in early February.

A report in the Irish Independent claims that another unamed Championship club are keeping tabs on Yeates, along with Forest and Palace. Eagles' boss Neil Warnock was linked with a move for Yeates back in November but nothing ever materialised. Meanwhile, Forest are set to lose highly-rated midfielder Kris Commons with Yeates possibly seen as a replacement.

The Dublin born fans' favourite joined Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in 2002, before making his debut for Spurs he was loaned out to Brighton and Swindon. Yeates made his Spurs debut against Wolves on the final day of the 2003-04 season, setting up a goal for countrymen Robbie Keane. This was one of only three appearances he managed for the White Hart Lane club.

At the beginning of the 2005/6 season then U's boss Phil Parkinson signed Yeates on a season-long loan, a capture that would prove vital as the U's ended the campaign with promotion. Yeates turned out 44 times for the U's, scoring 5 goals in a record-breaking season.

Prior to the start of the 2006-07 season Yeates put pen to paper on a new two-year deal at White Hart Lane. In a frustrating season, the Irishmen was loaned out to Hull and Leicester but failed to make an impact.

On the 3rd July 2007 Yeates joined the U's permanently for an undisclosed six-figure sum. He started his second spell with the U's in great form, scoring 5 free-kicks in the opening months of the season. But the goals dried up and the 23-year-old dislocated his shoulder, for the second time in his career, against Sheffield United on the 2nd February, an injury that ruled him out for the rest of the campaign.

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Writer: StevieG Col U Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 8 2008

Time: 10:41AM

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Recall we (QPR) went for him at loan when he was at Spurs, played in a reserve game against our wishes and got injured, put pay to that one! Holloway had a good winge. Hope you can keep him.
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08/05/2008 11:21:00

So do I!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is a good player, wouldn't want to lose him, wonder who the other club is????? Up the U's!
StevieG Col U
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08/05/2008 21:03:00

... I've got a feeling that a good offer might see him go, although I'd like to think Colchester could convince Mark to stay!
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09/05/2008 15:30:00

Yeah am worried he'll go, hopefuly Cowling can persuade him to stay! Will be great in L1, if he's fit could score just like Ronaldo does from midfield! Up the U's!
StevieG Col U
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09/05/2008 21:06:00

the vultures gather, horrible
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10/05/2008 20:01:00

Well just hope we dont give in to them and lose people!
StevieG Col U
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12/05/2008 12:38:00

Always the same whenever a team gets relegated Coddy. The better layers will always have their suitors.
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19/05/2008 06:12:00


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