West Brom have offered Tyler Roberts a new contract but their delay has opened the door for Rangers to sign the centre-forward, according to the Daily Mail.
The newspaper claimed in their live transfer blog (Saturday, 2.07pm) that the Baggies have been pressed into action by the interest in the 19-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season and can be prised away by a club outside of England for a compensation fee of £300,000.
The Mail report that Roberts, who has been capped three times by Wales at Under-21s level, is highly rated at the Hawthorns and has been offered a new deal.
But it is said that the Premier League club’s hesitation until the new year has left the door ajar for Rangers and Marseille to land the player for a knockdown price.
Roberts has spent the first half of this season on loan at Walsall in League One, scoring five league goals in 15 matches, but is due to return to West Brom on January 27.
Quite why West Brom have hesitated in offering Roberts a new deal is difficult to fathom, given that those behind the scenes at the club are said to rave about him. Many have tipped the youngster to rise through the ranks in the same way as Saido Berahino and Sam Field did, which, given the team’s lack of firepower, seemed particularly good timing. West Brom could now pay the price for their delay in tying the teenager down to a new contract and Rangers could be the beneficiaries in the same way that Celtic were in the summer of 2016 when signing Mousa Dembele for virtually nothing after his Fulham contract had expired.