Carlisle United have submitted a "substantial bid" for Rotherham striker Jerry Yates, The News & Star understands.

Yates, 22, had an impressive loan stint at United in the first-half of the 2018/19 season before being recalled by the Millers on New Year's Day and stayed with the New York Stadium outfit for the rest of the campaign, with the Blues failing with a fresh financial offer for Yates on transfer deadline day in January.

Sources in the Yorkshire area say United, once again, are trying to sign Yates who has also been linked with League Two rivals Swindon.

At Thursday's press conference, Blues boss Steven Pressley said Carlisle "will be putting our hat in the ring on that one", should Yates become available.

He said: "The first thing on the Jerry Yates one is we, obviously, have to respect Rotherham on this because they are his parent club.

"But certainly, if the opportunity arises to sign Jerry Yates, we will be putting our hat in the ring on that one.

"He is a player that forged a great bond with the supporters here, he made a really good impression on the people within the club, and I think he is a striker that fits the profile of what we are looking for.

"So, 100 per cent, he would be of interest to us."

Meanwhile, the same source also says Carlisle frontman Hallam Hope is interesting an unnamed League One club.

United say they do not comment on transfer speculation.