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Manchester City keen on West Brom starlet Morgan Rogers

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published: | Last Updated:

Albion are at risk of losing another highly-rated youngster as champions Manchester City circle attacker Morgan Rogers.

Morgan Rogers. (AMA)

Rogers, who turns 17 later this month, scored a stunner for the first team in a behind-closed-doors training game against AFC Telford on Saturday.

But the talented teenager has not travelled to Spain with Slaven Bilic's squad for their pre-season training camp this week.

That is despite the Baggies being left with just Hal Robson-Kanu and Oliver Burke as their senior strike options with Jay Rodriguez due to join Burnley for £10million.

It's unknown if Rogers was due to attend, but a number of Albion's other youngsters have gone to Spain.

Rogers has just entered the second year of his scholarship, and has been promised a professional contract by the Baggies when he turns 17.

However, if he doesn't sign that contract, he will be free to leave next summer when his scholarship ends.

City could take him off Albion's hands earlier if they agree a compensation fee with the Baggies.

Rogers made his senior debut for the club in the FA Cup last season and sparkled in Albion's FA Youth Cup run to the semi-finals, despite being one of the younger players in the under-18s team.

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The England under-17 international from Halesowen has been at the Baggies since he was eight and is an Albion fan.

He scored a hat-trick for England U17s against Belgium last year.

Losing him would represent another blow after Louie Barry, 16, left Albion last week to join either Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain.

Barry has been in talks with both European giants in recent days.

Albion will only receive £235,000 in compensation for Barry because he's heading abroad, but if City sign Rogers, they can try to negotiate a higher compensation fee.

Academy products Jack Fitzwater, Dara O'Shea, Kyle Edwards, Sam Field, Rekeem Harper, Jonathan Leko, Josh Griffiths, Rayhaan Tulloch and Kane Wilson have all travelled to Spain.

Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson
Football MMPJ - @mattwilson_star

Sports reporter at the Express & Star, who primarily covers West Bromwich Albion.

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