European giants Bayern Munich are believed to be keeping tabs on West Bromwich Albion starlet Reyes Cleary, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
The German side sent scouts to watch Cleary in action for the club’s Under-23 side last month as competition for the forward’s signature continues to grow.
A product of West Brom’s youth academy, Cleary has yet to sign a professional contract at The Hawthorns despite the fact that the club are eager for him to stay.
Although Cleary has yet to break into the Baggies’ senior side, he has produced some superb displays at youth level in recent months.
As well as scoring 10 goals for West Brom’s Under-18 outfit, the forward has managed to find the back of the net on three occasions in six appearances in the Premier League 2 Division 2 for the Under-23’s.
According to the Daily Mail, Bayern took a closer look at Cleary as they sent scouts to watch him play against Stoke City’s Under-23 side last month as they eye up a potential move for the forward.
With Bayern now entering the race for Cleary’s signature, West Brom may find it difficult to persuade the forward to stay at the club as a move to the current Bundesliga champions is an exciting prospect.
In order to fend off interest from elsewhere, the Baggies will need to offer the 17-year-old a lucrative contract.
Whereas a potential switch to a club like Bayern will test the resolve of Cleary, it could be argued that he should only seal a move away from West Brom if he believes that there isn’t a route into the club’s senior side.
Whilst the Baggies are currently able to call upon the services of Karlan Grant and Callum Robinson, there is no reason why Cleary cannot go on to follow in the footsteps of this particular duo by featuring regularly at senior level for the club in the not too distant future.