By Wayne Veysey
Celtic are set to offer West Brom midfielder Rekeem Harper a bumper contract to persuade him to join this summer, Football Insider understands.
The 19-year-old is the subject of strong interest from clubs in England as his contract expired over the weekend and he is available for a bargain price.
West Brom have offered Harper a new contract, which means any buyer would still have to pay them a compensation fee for development costs if he decides to leave.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider the club have offered Harper a contract and are now ready to increase it in a bid to persuade him to move north of the border.
The “bumper” long-term deal would mean are a significant pay rise for the central midfielder, who graduated from the Baggies’ youth ranks to establish himself in their first team last season.
He made 13 league starts among 23 appearances last season, with all of them coming after the turn of the year.
Celtic can take advantage of cross-border rules to sign Harper for just £250,000, while any English buyer must shell out a far higher fee for his development costs.
West Brom are eager to keeper Harper and new manager Slaven Bilic is said to be hopeful of persuading him to extend his deal.