Rekeem Harper on the cusp of West Brom exit - report
Long-serving West Brom midfielder Rekeem Harper is set to leave the club to join League One side Ipswich Town.
According to Express and Star’s West Brom correspondent Joe Edwards, the Albion midfielder has already passed his medical at Ipswich and is closing in on a move.
He joined the Baggies as a teenager and has come up the ranks at the club to break into the senior side three seasons ago.
His impressive performances in that season saw him linked with a huge move to Tottenham Hotspur, but it did not materialise and he ended up staying on at The Hawthorns.
Now, due to not being able to force his way into the side, the 21-year-old is set to leave the club for £1 million – provided all transfer clauses are met.
Harper failed to fulfil his aspirations of being a first-team regular at the club for a consolidated period of time and will now look to reach his potential at Ipswich.
We can’t fault the club for cashing in on him as he was unlikely to realistically challenge for a starting berth next season.
However, having a box-to-box midfielder like Harper on the bench would’ve been a decent option.
His sale has heightened the need for us to sign at least a couple of midfielders in the summer.
We’ve currently got only two players at the club who are capable of offering backup in midfield – Robert Snodgrass and youngster Tim Iroegbunam.
First choice options Jake Livermore and Romaine Sawyers have also struggled whenever given the chance – leaving our midfield in bit of a rut.
The likes of Conor Gallagher, Okay Yokoslu and Ainsley Maitland-Niles all did well on loan, but they’re linked with moves to Premier League clubs are unlikely to join us in the Championship.
Tough times ahead for the Baggies faithful.
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