West Bromwich Albion have offered Rico Richards a new contract to fend off interest from others, according to The Express and Star.
Richards is a talented young player in West Brom’s youth academy. But his contract situation has alerted a host of clubs, including the Premier League’s biggest names.
Liverpool and Manchester City are set to go head-to-head with North London pair Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, as per The Scottish Sun. The four clubs are lining up raids in the near future.
Richards is out of contract at the end of the season, alerting the Premier League big boys. The 16-year-old is already training with the U23s and is tipped for a bright future.
However, West Brom have their own ideas. Rather than lose another promising academy starlet, they want to keep Richards. The Baggies have offered him a new contract to extend his stay at The Hawthorns.
Albion lost Louie Barry to Barcelona in the summer, as well as selling Morgan Rogers to Manchester City for £4m. In a bid to prevent Richards following that route, West Brom have submitted a new contract offer.
Richards is already proving that he is one to watch for the future with his performances for West Brom’s academy. And after netting on his England U17 debut, his talent is not going unnoticed.
The teenage sensation plays on the wing or through the middle as a number 10. If he stays at West Brom, he will be pushing for first-team spots in two or three years’ time.