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Ipswich Town reportedly being made to wait to finalise deal for West Bromwich Albion midfielder Rekeem Harper

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Rekeem Harper's switch from West Bromwich Albion to Ipswich Town has reportedly been put on hold by the selling club.

Widespread speculation suggested that the midfielder was going to complete his move to Portman Road last week, with a transfer fee, personal terms and a medical all said to have gone through smoothly.

However, according to the Express & Star, the Baggies chief executive Xu Ke will not sign off the deal until he has appointed a new manager.

A host of names have been linked with the vacancy at The Hawthorns, but it is expected that current Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael will soon replace the outgoing Sam Allardyce in the Black Country.

And the report adds that with West Brom currently short of options in the heart of their midfield, the board want to give Ismael the opportunity to cast an eye over Harper in training before allowing him to finalise the transfer.

Ipswich are thought to have had a bid of around £500,000 – rising to £1m if certain clauses are met – accepted for the 21-year-old, who has played for England at under-17 and under-19 level.

Elsewhere in the transfer market, Ipswich are reported to have had an offer turned down for Dundee United goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist.

King's Lynn Town midfielder Sonny Carey is also said to be a target of Town manager Paul Cook, although several Football League clubs are thought to be interested in the 20-year-old.

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