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West Brom Fighting To Hold Onto Irish-Qualified Teen Amid Barcelona Interest

West Brom Fighting To Hold Onto Irish-Qualified Teen Amid Barcelona Interest

West Brom face a fight to hold onto teenage striker Louie Barry as Barcelona continue to pursue their interest in the Irish-qualified player.

Barry has represented both England and the Republic of Ireland at youth level. He qualifies via two of his grandparents. As Balls.ie reported earlier this year, he is one of several English-born Irish underage players, including Luca Connell and Graham Kavanagh's son Calum, who was contacted by the FA.

 

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The West Brom prospect was a strong performer for the Republic of Ireland U16s last November in the Victory Shield. He won the Golden Boot while on International duty with England's U15s during a youth tournament in Italy.

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Per Sky Sports, the teen has flown to Spain twice to hold discussions with La Liga giants Barcelona. The striker turned 16 this week. West Brom are reported to have offered a lengthy deal which includes a one-year scholarship followed by a two-year professional contract which will kick in when he turns 17 in a bid to fend off Barcelona.

FIFA forbid players under 18 moving to a foreign club but players aged 16-17 can move within two countries in the European Economic Area.

SEE ALSO: Irish Players In Middle Of International Tug Of War In Ever-Changing Landscape

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