Birmingham City are a step closer to agreeing a deal to sign Rekeem Harper on loan, with the West Brom midfielder having a medical with the Blues.
That’s the latest according to Richard Wilford at BBC West Midlands, with the journalist confirming that Harper’s move to Birmingham would be a loan through until the end of the season.
— Richard Wilford (@wilfordwm) January 20, 2021
Harper has been limited to only two appearances in the Premier League this season, stepping off the bench in a 3-0 defeat to Leicester City and 4-0 loss against Arsenal.
His sole start came in the League Cup, as Harper scored in a 3-0 win over Harrogate Town back in mid-September.
The midfielder, 20, has made 41 senior appearances for the Baggies in his career, which includes a good mix of Premier League and Championship outings.
Last season, as West Brom won promotion back to the Premier League, Harper made 10 appearances for Slaven Bilic’s side.
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However, with opportunities looking slim as Sam Allardyce tries to keep West Brom in the Premier League, he looks Birmingham-bound.
Aitor Karanka’s side currently sit 17th in the Championship table and six points clear of the relegation zone.
This is a decent opportunity for both Harper and Birmingham.
Karanka clearly feels he needs depth in his midfield, even if some supporters might not share the same belief.
In Harper, he’s getting a gifted young midfielder, who has a point to prove to himself and West Brom.
That kind of drive could make this deal such a success.
It will be worth revisiting this in the summer to see how Harper has developed.
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