In the midst of a fiery promotion battle in the Sky Bet Championship, many would argue that a contract standoff isn’t the best thing for West Bromwich Albion to have on their hands right now.
The Baggies will be determined to bounce back from a 4-0 thumping at automatic promotion rivals Leeds United last week, a result that saw Darren Moore’s men drop to seven points away from the top two.
And with a home fixture against the division’s bottom side Ipswich Town on the horizon, the main talking point at the Hawthorns this weekend is likely to be about midfielder Rekeem Harper, who has certainly stepped up to the plate in recent weeks.
The youngster, who has started four of Albion’s last five league games, is currently mulling over a new contract in the West Midlands, with his current contract expiring at the end of the season.
The club are reportedly holding further talks with Harper as he looks to make a decision on his future at the Hawthorns, but as weeks go by, West Brom fans are likely to be worried about any lack of activity.
To make matters worse for West Brom, reports have surfaced claiming that Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing the 18-year old, who could be available on a free transfer if luck goes against Albion.
It must be an absolute whirlwind for Harper right now – he has only just earned his place in the starting 11 and has been in the centre of some very dramatic results, as the Baggies look to come out on top in the race for promotion.
But this latest transfer news is likely to make his head spin even more, and with everything going on around him so quickly, the player must surely be wanting to concentrate on his football, and he must also be begging for the summer to come sooner rather than later so he can make a decision there and then.