West Brom struck a transfer strike as Oliver Burke set the target for a Celtic rental spell

12-07-2019 04:07

Barry joins Barca

Barcelona won the race for West Bromwich Albion star Louie Barry.

The 16-year-old English youth player retired last week out of the interest of a number of Europe's largest hawthorn clubs and has signed a long-term deal in Barcelona.

It looked as if Barry would sign a five-year PSG contract, but Barcelona hijacked the move at the last minute.

Barry underwent a medical check-up in Paris on Thursday before he was late and on Saturday signed a long-term contract with Barca.

Burke: Time to get started

Oliver Burke has admitted that it is time to start West Bromwich Albion. writes Ben Husband.

The Scottish international has not kept his high price since joining The Hawthorns in 2017.

Burke signed for £ 15 million at Albion when Tony Pulis took command, but was unable to prevail among his first two club executives.

He spent the second half of the last campaign on loan to Celtic as the Bhoys romped to another SPL title. But despite a positive start, he fell out of favor when Neil Lennon replaced Brendan Rodgers.

Baggies bosses were angry at Burke's alleged "unfair" treatment, claiming he would never return to the Scottish giants.

Burke is now in the squad of Albion and is preparing for the first season under the new head coach Slaven Bilic. And he feels that there is a lot to learn from the experienced boss.

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"I think it's a great time and obviously he's a fantastic manager, I think everyone knows that," he said on the club's website.

"I think the workouts are great. The quality and the standard have really risen and everyone really wants to impress and perform under him.

"I think everyone knows that he can learn a lot because he's a good coach, and for the young players, it's important to me to record everything like a sponge."

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Praise for Harper

Jake Livermore called Baggies youngster Rekeem Harper "fantastic" and helped the midfielder to make a big impact next season.

Harper experienced a breakthrough for Albion and played in the 2018/19 season a total of 23 times.

The midfielder has since committed to a new three-year contract with The Hawthorns and Livermore gives him a tip for big things.

Livermore said to Albion's website: "Rekeem's signing of a new contract, in addition to being like a family to me, is amazing. We have a fantastic player who can strike and keep going.

"Whether he plays in my position or not, if he gets the best out of me and gets the best out of him, then it can only benefit us. That's great. "

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