Liverpool and Tottenham have registered their interest in signing West Brom midfielder, Rekeem Harper according to the Daily Star.
The 19-year-old has seemingly made a good impression in his breakthrough season with the Baggies, as they narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League.
They were beaten on penalties by Aston Villa in their play-off semi-final, with Dean Smith’s side eventually going on to win promotion at Wembley.
Harper made 16 league appearances for the Baggies last season, and his contract at the Hawthorns is set to expire at the end of June, which has heightened interest in his services.
It remains to be seen as to whether West Brom have made any progress in their talks with Harper, but with just days until his contract expires, it seems as though his days with the Baggies are numbered.
But would Harper be a good signing for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool?
“He certainly could be. The 19-year-old had a really impressive season for West Brom in the 2018/19 campaign and looked more than comfortable in senior football.
“Harper is a high-energy, dynamic centre midfielder who is a great distributor of the ball–characteristics which should make him a perfect fit for Jurgen Klopp’s style of football.
“Liverpool’s system has allowed midfielders like Georginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to flourish and could do similar things for Harper’s development.
“Despite his young age, he has flourished in first-team football, I think it is key that he is given the chance to continue to do that and Liverpool should be looking to loan him out this season.”
“This would be a strange move from Liverpool.
“Harper is a talented player and has a lot of potential but they are the champions of Europe and I don’t think he will ever reach a level where he can play for them.
“Therefore, it would also be a poor move from the players perspective as all he would do is go out on loan if he did make a move to Anfield.
“I’d be very surprised if this happened and it’s a move that wouldn’t suit anyone involved from a football point of view.”
“I don’t see the point in this.
“Harper has shown promise for West Brom in the second half of the season, but he is inexperienced even at that level still, and this would be a big step up for him.
“It will be difficult for Harper to break into the Liverpool starting XI as it is, and that’s before you take into account the likes of Harry Wilson – who had a more impressive campaign than Harper on loan in the Championship last season – who are already waiting in the wings at Anfield.
“Harper would understandably be keen on the opportunity to move to Anfield, but it is a move that I could see going sour quickly.”