Celtic are pursuing a deal to sign Rekeem Harper from West Brom this summer and could be forced to pay just £235,000 to cover the cost of a compensation package.
The 19-year-old sees his deal at The Hawthorns expire in the coming weeks, and despite the Baggies’ efforts, he has yet to put pen to paper on an extended stay with the Championship club.
Harper is regarded as one of West Brom’s most promising players, and the club are understood by The Express and Star to have made their second and final contract offer to their young midfielder.
However, on Sunday, the England Under-19 international travelled to Scotland to watch on as Celtic lifted the Scottish Premiership title following a 2-1 win over Hearts.
He was then given what has been described as a ‘VIP tour’, as the Hoops continue to pursue a deal for the youngster.
With the player still in the early days of his career, potential suitors will likely need to pay a compensation fee to West Brom despite his availability on a free transfer.
While the Professional Football Compensation Committee would decide on what price the interested party would be forced to cough up should it be a club in England, the rules are rather different in Scottish football.
Celtic would, as per The Express and Star, have to spend only £235,000 to sign Harper this summer, which is the standard international compensation package that FIFA has put in place.
Why Harper would be a fantastic signing for Celtic
At just 19, Harper has plenty to give. He would add more youth and energy to the ranks.
Signing Harper for as little as the aforementioned £235k would represent a signing that entails little to no risk from a financial perspective, with the potential of immense reward via profits from a future sale.
Harper is an esteemed member of the West Brom squad and played a part as they pushed for promotion. He has the potential to be a very good player.
Quality in depth
Adding another quality, young option to the squad can never be a bad thing. Harper would provide Celtic with more depth, and another player of a high standard.