West Brom have offered Tyler Roberts a new deal at the Hawthorns but their delay has opened the door for Rangers to seal a swoop for the striker, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claimed in their live transfer blog on Saturday [02:07pm] that Ligue 1 side Marseille are prepared to rival the Light Blues in the hunt to sign Roberts, 19, who is out of contract at the end of the season and would be available for a compensation fee said to be worth £300,000.
Roberts is a very highly-rated youngster at the Hawthorns and it is now understood that the Baggies have moved to offer the Wales Under-21 international a new deal.
However with Albion hesitating until the New Year to offer him terms, that has left the door wide open for Rangers and Marseille to step up their pursuit of the centre-forward from the Premier League strugglers.
Roberts has spent the first half of this season on loan at Walsall in League One, but is due to return to West Brom on January 27.
Football Insider verdict
West Brom’s hesitation to offer Roberts a new deal is very bizarre. The Welsh centre-forward is very highly-rated by the Hawthorns and is widely tipped to be starring in the first-team in the near future, following in the foot steps of Saido Berahino and Sam Field in rising through the ranks. The Baggies have suffered with a real lack of firepower too this term and fans are crying out for Roberts to be recalled as soon as possible from Walsall to be given a chance at helping them move away from the relegation zone. This should all be music to the ears of Rangers fans, who must be happy that Mark Allen and Graeme Murty are chasing the teenage sensation.
In other Rangers news, there has been a major development about the Gers in the hunt for this Premier League forward.