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Kevin Phillips has urged West Brom to keep hold of Rayhaan Tulloch with the promising attacker being linked with a move to the Premier League.
The Scottish Sun reported last week that West Ham, Brighton and Rangers are all keen on signing the 19-year-old, whose contract is currently set to expire at the end of next month.
Albion are reportedly keen to tie Tulloch down to fresh terms but there is no denying that interest from the top-flight is concerning.
Tulloch has been in lethal form for the Under-23s this season, scoring nine goals in 14 Premier League 2 appearances while he has also impressed in the three first-team appearances in the FA Cup he’s been handed by Slaven Bilic.
Ex-Baggies forward Phillips wants to see his former club retain Tulloch and send him out on loan in order for him to earn invaluable first-team experience elsewhere.
If that happens then Phillips believes that Tulloch could return to The Hawthorns and be ready to play in the first-team.
“If you’ve got clubs like that sniffing around then, for me, why would you let him go? Keep him at the football club,” the former England international told West Brom News.
“He’s a young lad and I’ve said before that I like to see young players go out on loan. Why would you let an asset like that leave the club when he’s one of your own who you’ve developed?
“My personal opinion is that they’re not going to use him next season so send him out on loan and let him develop and then look at your options.
“We all know that West Brom need a striker so in 12 months’ time, when he comes back, he could be ready to go straight into the first-team.
“It wouldn’t make sense to let the kid go. If clubs are chasing him then they’ve got a talent on their hands.”
Tulloch is one of the most promising young players on the books at The Hawthorns.
He is versatile enough to play on both the left and right-wing while he is also able to feature as a centre-forward or a number 10.
The teenager’s form for the Under-23s this season suggest that he is worth keeping hold of but the Baggies need to make a breakthrough in their efforts to hand him a new contract otherwise he could fall into the clutches of someone like Rangers or West Ham.
In other West Brom news, BBC One are set to air a documentary featuring the Baggies tonight.