Agent talks confirmed for centre-forward reportedly wanted by Leeds and Rangers
West Brom manager Alan Pardew has confirmed that the club are in talks with Tyler Roberts’ agent over a new deal at the Hawthorns.
Roberts, 19, is out of contract at the end of the season and could leave the Baggies in a cut-price deal amid reported interest from Leeds United and Rangers.
The Birmingham Mail reports that Leeds, Rangers, Bournemouth, Marseille, AC Milan, Torino and Palermo are all ready to swoop for the Wales Under-21 international, who has not long returned to West Brom after a successful loan spell at nearby Walsall in League One.
The Daily Mail reported earlier this month that Leeds had a £4million bid rejected by Albion for the teenage centre-forward, who could move away from England for a compensation fee said to be as little as £300,000.
Now, Pardew has confirmed that they are negotiating fresh terms with Roberts, while adding that he is aware of teams keeping close tabs on the Welsh wonderkid.
“There is some interest from other clubs and I’m very keen to keep him here,” Pardew said, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
“We’re in discussions with his agent and the player to secure that.”
Football Insider verdict
Roberts would be a fantastic signing for either Leeds or Rangers, but West Brom seem as though they are desperate to tie the teenager down to a new deal. The problem is that the Welsh striker may not be guaranteed any first-team football at the Hawthorns, especially now that Daniel Sturridge has arrived on the scene and Jay Rodriguez is beginning to find his form again. Leeds need a striker before Wednesday night’s deadline and Rangers may too if they decide to cash in on Alfredo Morelos after it was reported that bids were coming in from the Chinese Super League.
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