West Brom have climbed into pole position to agree a new deal with rising star Rayhaan Tulloch amid strong Rangers interest, Football Insider can reveal.
The forward, who turned 19 last week, has emerged as a key target for Steven Gerrard’s side as well as leading European clubs ahead of his Hawthorns contract expiring in the summer.
West Brom sources have told Football Insider that the club are increasingly hopeful of securing Tulloch to a contract extension.
Slaven Bilic has made it clear behind the scenes how highly he rates the teenage forward and, significantly, gave him 30 minutes as a sub in last Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup win at West Ham.
That has encouraged Tulloch that his future may be best served at the Midlands outfit rather than with a transfer.
He is still yet to agree an improved contract with West Brom to replace his first professional contract, signed back in March 2018.
But there is hope on all sides a deal can be done as the Baggies do not want to lose the highly rated and versatile forward, who can play down the middle as the attack spearhead or on both flanks.
This comes after Football Insider revealed last month that the Rangers had registered their interest in Tulloch amid rival interest from Olympique Marseille and RB Leipzig.
West Brom have already seen young forwards Louie Barry and Morgan Rodgers quit over the last six months.
Tulloch made the fourth of his West Brom first-team appearances last weekend after prolific form for the club’s Under-23s this season.
He has scored five goals and provided two assists from 11 Premier League 2 matches.