By Nick Ware

9th Jul, 2021 | 7:10pm

Aston Villa set to announce signing of West Brom midfielder Tim Iroegbunam within days

Aston Villa expect to announce the signing of West Brom midfielder Tim Iroegbunam within the next few days, according to BirminghamLive.

Express and Star journalist Joseph Masi reported via his personal Twitter profile that the 18-year-old had rejected a “lucrative” offer to stay at Albion and was set to move to the Premier League side.

Villa are now said to be “tying” up a compensation package with their Midlands rivals, and expect to announce his signing “in the coming days”.

Another one

It looks a Premier League club have raided The Hawthorns once again to prise away one of our young talents.

Iroegbunam was Albion’s academy player of the season for the 2020/21 campaign, and he played once in the EFL trophy for the Under-23s side.

The Englishman was even named on the bench for Sam Allardyce’s Albion swansong when we lost 3-1 to Leeds United at Elland Road on the final day of the Premier League season in May.

But now he’s on the verge of an exit without truly making his mark at the club.

He’s another name to add to a slew of talents that have departed the West Midlands in recent years, with the likes of Louie Barry, Morgan Rogers and Izzy Brown all leaving for the bright lights of Barcelona, Manchester City and Chelsea respectively.

The latter two have already found life difficult after leaving the Baggies, with Brown now contracted to Preston North End and Rogers linked to Crystal Palace [Daily Mail].

Barry, of course, left Spain after a matter of months to return to the Midlands and sign for Villa, in a move that caused controversy among supporters who have cast doubts over whether his Barcelona move was to negate compensation fees.

Hopefully, we will be fairly remunerated for Iroegbunam’s move but it is still another blow to the club.

It does show, however, that the youth coaches are doing the right things to developed top-class talents.

In other West Brom news, Albion have struck a major club agreement with a lower-league English club.

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