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West Brom hopeful over Rayhaan Tulloch deal

By Joseph Masi | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Albion are optimistic of keeping talented youngster Rayhaan Tulloch at the club with contract talks now at an advanced stage.

Rayhaan Tulloch of West Bromwich Albion (AMA)

The England youth international sees his current deal with the Baggies expire this summer and has previously rejected one offer to remain at the club.

Talks, though, have continued with the 19-year-old now set to receive a new written offer which Albion are optimistic will be accepted.

Born in Birmingham, Tulloch was in outstanding form the under-23s before the Premier League 2 season was

cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The forward, who can play on either flank or in the number 10 role, scored nine goals and registered four assists in 19 outings.

Those performances caught the eye of head coach Slaven Bilic who introduced the teenager from the bench in the FA Cup games against Charlton and West Ham.

But they also led to interest from other clubs with Scottish giants Rangers approaching the player’s agent in January with a view to taking him across the border this summer.

Villa, Bournemouth, Southampton, Newcastle and Sunderland have also been linked with a move for the forward.

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While this week Scottish outfit Hibernian, French Ligue 1 side Marseille and Spanish La Liga club Leganes were also credited with an interest in the youngster.

Albion, though, remain optimistic Tulloch will commit his long-term future to the club.

If he does decide to leave, however, the Baggies will receive a fee set by a tribunal if he moves to another English club.

But that figure will be much reduced if he moves to Scotland or Europe due to FIFA’s set compensation tariffs for players who move abroad.

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Meanwhile, Albion are continuing to hold talks with their out of contract academy players to determine who

they will keep and release for next season.

An official released and retained list will be published in due course but final decisions on some players are still to be made.

One player who will be leaving the club, though, is Brad House.

The Baggies snapped up the goalkeeper in 2015 after he was released by Arsenal.

And he took to social media to confirm he will be leaving the Baggies.

“Easily the craziest and strangest finish to a season I’ve ever experienced,” House said.

“But I just want to say a huge thank-you to everyone involved at WBA for everything over the past six years.

“From all the lads I have met – I have made some friends for life – to all the backroom staff involved in my development who have made me the man and player I am today.

“I could go on and list so many.

“I wish the club the absolute best for the future and getting back to the Premier League where they belong.

“I look forward to where my next journey will be and hopefully take me.

“All the best Housey.”

Joseph Masi

By Joseph Masi
Football MMPJ - @josephmasi_star

West Bromwich Albion reporter.

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