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West Brom agree multi-million pound deal with Manchester City for Morgan Rogers

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Albion teenager Morgan Rogers is joining Manchester City in a multi-million pound deal.

Morgan Rogers. (AMA)

The two clubs have reached an agreement over a compensation fee for the England under-17 attacker and the move is expected to be completed this week.

Reports in the national media claim the Baggies could receive up to £8million from the English champions but sources in Manchester claim the fee is closer to £4m.

Rogers, who hails from Halesowen and turns 17 later this month, is one of England's most promising young talents in his age group.

He made his senior debut for Albion in the FA Cup last season and has routinely impressed for England's youth teams.

Rogers had been promised a professional contract at Albion when he turned 17, but City have been keen on him for a while.

As an Albion fan, it was a difficult decision for him to leave but the lure of joining the champions of England was understandably great.

Rogers was part of the Albion side that reached the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup last season for the first time in 41 years.

Albion's under-18 boss Mike Scott, who took that team to the semi-final, is also leaving the club this summer.

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He exits after 11 years to join Derby County as head of academy coaching.

Academy manager Mark Harrison and former under-23s boss Jimmy Shan are also leaving this summer after more than a decade at the club.

Rogers follows fellow 16-year-old attacker Louie Barry out of the door, although the Baggies will receive much more money.

Barry is joining Barcelona, which means Albion only receive £235,000 worth of compensation thanks to Fifa's flat rate for cross-border deals.

Because Rogers is joining an English club, compensation had to be negotiated between the two clubs.

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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