EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Leeds United have agreed a fee with West Bromich Albion for Tyler Roberts and he started a medical at the club on Tuesday night, Football Insider sources understand.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that United have agreed to pay West Brom an initial fee of £2.5million rising to £4million and that West Brom gave the youngster permission to travel to Leeds on Tuesday night for talks and a medical.
Roberts’ future at West Brom has been the subject of speculation during this month’s transfer window with the highly-rated forward out of contract this summer.
The 19-year-old spent the first half of this season out on loan at Walsall and he impressed at the League One club, scoring five goals in 19 games.
Roberts, who come up through the ranks at West Brom made his Premier League debut for the club when he was 17.
West Brom were hoping to keep Roberts at the Hawthorns, but have decided to cash-in on the teenager rather than possibly risk losing him to a foreign club for nothing with the player able to talk to interested foreign parties this month.
Roberts’ signing will come as a major boost to Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen as he has been looking for a new forward all month and the club have dug deep into the coffers to buy the England youth international.
Football Insider broke the news last week that United were in advanced talks to sign Adam Forshaw from Middlesbrough before any other media, and 48 hours before the transfer was announced.
Football Insider also revealed first that Leeds had agreed a deal to sign striker Sam Dalby from Leyton Orient, with the player then unveiled on Tuesday of this week.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club have been engaged on transfer missions at top-flight giants Arsenal and Manchester United.