According to The Mirror, Liverpool are interested in signing West Brom teenager Rekeem Harper this summer.
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Harper is one of the most established names to have come through the Baggies’ youth academy in recent years, playing 23 times in all competitions last term.
However, his contract is due to expire at the end of the month and he’s still yet to sign a new deal with Albion despite being offered one.
As such, a number of clubs are now circling around the 19-year-old as they eye up a free transfer.
The Mirror claim that Liverpool have an interest but face competition from both Juventus and Tottenham in a deal that would cost them nothing.
Harper is a gifted football and that’s evident in the number of times he played for a side competing for promotion last season, featuring on a regular basis despite his young age.
However, for all the wrong reasons Jurgen Klopp could have another Rafael Camacho on his hands if he signs for Liverpool.
Why? Because of his mindset.
Harper had a promising campaign but towards the end of the term his form dropped off, leading some West Brom fans to question both his mentality,
They hinted that he didn’t look up to the task and it’s that kind of approach to the game that has arguably led to Camacho potentially leaving too.
Last season after the Portuguese scored a hat-trick in an U23 match against Leicester in April, he posted a rather controversial message on Instagram.
It was a bizarre post from the youngster but it shows the questionable attitude that he has to the game.
Rather than getting on with things and letting his football do the talking, he decided to act out on social media.
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Harper hasn’t gone to those extremes but his performances on the pitch certainly show he’s a player that struggles with his attitude too.
The West Brom man’s disinterest can be summed up by his woeful showing in their play-off semi-final second leg with Aston Villa. In the 15 minutes he was on the field, he was dispossessed twice.
It was yet again another performance that angered West Brom fans who took to Twitter to berate him and another academy graduate after that defeat. One supporter claimed he had no commitment whilst another suggested he didn’t have the bottle to take a penalty.
Given the strong mentality within the Liverpool side at the moment, this is a signing they should probably try and forget about.