West Bromwich Albion starlet Reyes Cleary is wanted by European big guns Borussia Dortmund, according to the Daily Mail.
That’s not the only German club interested in the 17-year-old’s signature though as Hoffenheim are also tracking the striker.
Cleary first appeared for the Baggies in the under-18’s Premier League back in February 2020 as a 15-year-old, coming on for the final two minutes in a loss against Stoke City.
He found the back of the net eight times in 15 appearances for the same team last season and has already kicked off the 2021-22 campaign in hot form, scoring six times in three outings – with all of those being braces against Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Fulham.
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Cleary’s performances have attracted interest now from overseas, with the Mail reporting that both Dortmund and Hoffenheim scouted the versatile forward against Chelsea and have maintained a watching brief over his progress.
Premier League outfits and Italian teams are also interested in the teenager, who has yet to sign a professional deal with Albion and much like Louie Barry, who is now at Aston Villa after departing The Hawthorns for Barcelona in 2019, Cleary could jump ship before turning professional.
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The Baggies have now lost a few talented youngsters to other clubs and they can’t afford to lose many more.
Just a few months ago Tim Iroegbunam switched allegiances to Aston Villa, joining former Baggie Barry there despite his chances of first-team football in the immediate future being probably slightly higher where he once was.
There are a couple of youngsters waiting in the wings to get a chance such as Rayhaan Tulloch, but Cleary looks like he could be the most promising of the last few years.
He appears to be a powerful, mobile striker and that’s seemingly what Ismael is looking for in the short-term for his senior squad – with a bit more development Cleary could break through quickly into the first-team but he must decide on whether to commit to professional terms or have his head turned by overseas interest.