West Brom’s Isaiah Brown is in high demand.
Chelsea look to be closing in West Bromwich Albion’s talented youngster Isaiah Brown with Arsenal set to miss out on the 16-year-old to their London rivals, according to the Daily Star.
West Brom are desperate to keep hold of Brown themselves but could see that dream smashed by a head-turning offer from either the Blues or the Gunners.
It’s thought that the Baggies would demand at least £3m for the striker, plus further add-ons, such is the high regard the Birmingham side have for the teenager.
Brown impressed so much in the under-21 side at the club that manager Steve Clarke called the forward up to the first team for West Brom’s trip to Chelsea in March.
The England youth international would have become the youngest player in Premier League history ahead of Fulham’s Matthew Briggs if he had played.
As it was Brown actually had to wait a few more weeks to get on the pitch for the Baggies, coming off the bench in the 86th minute during a 2-3 home loss to Wigan Athletic – making the striker the second youngest player behind Briggs a 16 years, 117 days.
Now it seems the teenager could be on his way from the Hawthorns despite Clarke’s best efforts, as Chelsea focus their spending power this summer on youth.
Brown turns 17 in January 2014 and the West Brom boss is hoping that the Englishman will sign his first professional contract in Birmingham and gain some valuable first team experience before he decides to move on.
Whether or not an offer from Arsenal or the Blues is too good to resist though remains to be seen.