West Brom have reportedly offered teenage striker Louie Barry the equivalent of a three-year deal on his 16th birthday in an attempt to stop him from joining Barcelona.
Barry turned 16 on Friday, and for the first time under UEFA rules, Albion have been able to offer him a one-year scholarship followed by a two-year pro contract – as reported by Sky Sports News.
Barry is currently viewed as one of the hottest properties in youth football and has played for England and the Republic of Ireland at the younger age level, being eligible to play for both nations.
Sky Sports News reported last month that the teenager, who won the Golden Boot while on international duty with England’s Under-15s in a youth tournament in Italy last year, has twice been out to Spain to meet with Barcelona.
But Albion are determined to keep the young forward, who has been at The Hawthorns since the age of six.
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