Starlet Harry Williams has headed to Aston Villa after being granted permission by West Brom to find a new club, Football Insider has been told.
This site revealed last month that the centre-back, 18, had been on trial at Burnley after learning he was being released by the Baggies ahead of his contract expiring next month.
A Villa source has told Football Insider that Williams has been at the club ahead of a potential move.
He is expected to spend a week at Albion’s close rivals where the club’s academy coaches will assess him at close quarters before deciding whether to offer him a contract.
Villa have made their move for Williams after being impressed by his performances in youth-team matches.
But they face competition from Burnley over signing the youngster.
The Clarets are still in the race for Williams and would like to agree a deal over the coming weeks.
Intriguingly, the defender’s last appearance for the Albion Under-23s came against Burnley in January.
It appears almost certain that Williams will not represent West Brom at any level again.
The 6ft 3in defender was told by the Premier League strugglers in March he is being released at the end of the season.
Williams joined the Baggies in 2018 on a scholarship deal.
The teenager has yet to make his senior West Brom debut but has played for the club in the EFL Trophy as well as being a regular for their youth teams.