West Bromwich Albion centre-forward Reyes Cleary has still not signed a new contract with the Baggies.
That’s according to Steve Madeley, with the journalist revealing in a recent article for The Athletic that, despite the 17-year-old’s current contract at The Hawthorns set to expire this summer, as well as West Brom having expected the striker to put pen to paper on a professional deal earlier this year, an agreement is yet to be reached with the teenager.
In his report, Madeley writes: “Prolific forward Reyes Cleary was expected to sign a professional contract early this year but, with March now underway, the deal has yet to be completed.”
Considering the abundance of potential that Cleary possesses, in addition to the fact that West Brom have made something of a habit of losing their most promising youth prospects on free transfers in recent years, the news that the club are yet to tie the 17-year-old down to a professional deal is sure to have left fans fuming.
Indeed, the youngster has been in remarkable goalscoring form for Albion’s youth sides so far this season, bagging 13 times over his nine outings for the U18s and seven times over 11 Premier League 2 fixtures.
This form has reportedly seen the likes of Bayern Munich, Schalke, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United all register an interest in the attacker, while a great many more clubs will undoubtedly join the queue for the teenager should he become a free agent at the end of the season.
As such, it would appear an absolute priority for Steve Bruce to do all he can to secure the future of the centre-forward who Richard Beale dubbed a “diamond” before the summer, or else the Baggies could well see a repeat of Louie Barry and Nathan Ferguson’s departures from the club back in 2019 and 2020 respectively.