West Brom and Rekeem Harper are edging ever closer to an agreement over terms for the midfielder, who is out of contract in the summer, with Albion boss Darren Moore increasingly confident that the starlet will sign a new deal in the coming days.
Moore, who has guided the Baggies to fourth in the Championship standings after the Midlands club kept faith in him beyond their doomed 17/18 season in the Premier League, told The Express and Star:
“The update I believe is his advisers and our advisers at the club have proposed a deal.
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“We’re one step again closer. We have moved on. Obviously it’s about Rekeem’s advisers and us coming to an agreement. We’re getting there.
“We want to see him stay here, we’ve agreed that we want him to stay, his advisers agree that he should stay, it’s just a matter of getting it sorted now.”
The 18-year-old has been hugely impressive in the Baggies midfield since breaking through from the academy and has recorded an assist in his eight league appearances.
Despite the confusion surround his contract situation, the youngster came on just before the hour mark in the dramatic 3-2 win over QPR on Tuesday night, highlighting his importance to Moore.
Here’s how West Brom fans on Twitter reacted to the reports, with some fearful that he could be heading out the door…
Whilst i understand everybody’s frustrations with this – no, we don’t want another Izzy Brown or Roberts situation – RH has made a huge jump from academy prospect to first teamer within a matter of weeks. The proposed wage structure, would have changed dramatically too.
— Joshua J (@joshuaj_4589) February 19, 2019
Criminal that he hasn’t been secured by now.
— David Piesing (@DavidPiesing63) February 19, 2019
This boy is the best midfield prospect I have seen since young Bryan Robson broke in at 16.
Sooner signed the better. However young heads can be turned.
Under TP he wouldnt of had a sniff so well done Big Dave…
— Richard henbury (@RichardHenbury) February 19, 2019
Better give him a 3-5 yr deal. I think he deserves it.
— Danny J Turner (@DannyJTurner2) February 19, 2019
Yer he’s leaving on a free
— David Guest (@guesty_14) February 19, 2019
Why he has not signed yet time it was done or he will be off
— Richard thomas davenport (@Richardthomasd5) February 18, 2019
That can only mean one thing……….he’s going to leave……..it’s happening yet again to a #wba young star ………surely he’d have signed a new deal already if he was going to stay………
— John Pearson (@JDPearsonIP) February 18, 2019
Great news. Don’t remember seeing such a young lad with the amount of quality and composure he has already. Not for the Baggies atleast. He is the future of our midfield.
— BaggieBoy93 (@baggie_boy93) February 18, 2019
Just give him the cash….@WBA don’t mess this one up.
— Andrew Hood (@andyhood0) February 18, 2019