Ipswich Town sign former England youth international Rekeem Harper from West Bromwich Albion
Following a large amount of speculation, Ipswich Town have completed the signing of Rekeem Harper from West Bromwich Albion.
It is believed that a fee between the two clubs – as well as personal terms with the 21-year-old – have been agreed for a number of days.
However, the Baggies' pursuit of a new manager was believed to be holding up the deal being finalised, with the board keen to give the incoming boss the final say on the transfer.
West Brom finally filled their vacancy yesterday in the form of Barnsley chief Valerien Ismael, and he has now given Harper's move to Suffolk the green light.
The midfielder arrives at Portman Road with international experience from the England Under-19s, as well as having played in the Premier League for West Brom and the Championship with both Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City on loan.
The Birmingham-born player has signed a three-year deal, with the club having an option of a 12-month extension. The fee is undisclosed, although it is believed to be in the region of £500,000, rising to £1m if certain clauses are met.
The new signing told the club's website: “I’m absolutely delighted to be here. I feel like it’s a perfect opportunity for me to come and settle in an environment and help a team that shares the same goal as me – getting to the top.
“This move shows my motivation and I can't wait to get started with the group.”
Town boss Paul Cook added: “In Rekeem, we have a really good lad and someone who believes in everything we have spoken about.
“He knows the challenge that lies ahead and I am thrilled that he has chosen to join us.”
News of his arrival has come on the same day that academy product Jack Lankester left the club to join fellow League One side Cambridge United.