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Kevin Phillips has urged West Brom to cash in on Rekeem Harper after it was reported the club will listen to offers for the central midfielder.
Harper, 21, has been on loan at Birmingham in the Championship since January but has managed to start just nine games out of the 19 he’s been available for and has been reduced to a spot on the bench in the club’s last six fixtures.
Last weekend, the Sunday People reported in their print edition [April 25] that Albion will listen to offers for their academy graduate in the summer transfer window with him set to enter the final year of his contract at The Hawthorns.
Phillips believes it could be a natural time for Harper’s days at West Brom to end.
When asked if it’s time to cash in on the midfielder, Phillips told West Brom News: “Yes, definitely.
“Sometimes with players, their time at their club comes and every party knows that time is up.
“With Rekeem being sent out on loan, maybe it is time for him to move on to a new club.
“He is a West Brom player and if they go down, they will need to spend money to replace him and bring someone else in. He is a player that can play at that level.
“Maybe it is a chance to bring him back and use him but if he’s not starting at Birmingham then to me, it suggests that if West Brom were to get an offer and can get a deal done, it would be the best thing for both parties.”
Harper has played 42 times since breaking into West Brom’s senior team in 2017 when he was only 17-years-old.
Since then, it is hard to see much of an improvement in the former England Under-19 international, who struggled with the Baggies in the Championship and barely got a game in the first half of this season in the Premier League.
While Albion will need to bolster their central midfield options in the summer with loan deals for Conor Gallagher, Okay Yokuslu and Ainsley Maitland-Niles set to end, Harper is someone who the club may have to cash in on in order to avoid losing him for free next year.
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