If you happened to be following Celtic transfer news over the course of the summer, chances are you came across the name Rekeem Harper more than once. The English midfielder was linked with a move from West Brom on numerous occasions throughout the summer.
In fact, he even visited Celtic Park for a look around in late May, as reported by the Daily Record. Neil Lennon also visited the Hawthorns to watch the teenager play for his club side as the interest was drummed up.
So it all looked good to go and then something happened. It was likely the appointment of Slaven Bilic as new Baggies boss that convinced Harper his future lay there. Whatever the case, he signed a new three-year deal in early July.
The three questions that could seal Harper to Celtic fate
Harper hasn’t exactly flourished under Bilic though. Far from it. The 19-year-old has played just seven Championship minutes all season – and they all came during the opening weekend. He last made the West Brom matchday squad in mid-August.
While moving for a player who can’t get a sniff at West Brom may not sound like the best advice for Lennon and Celtic, the club may look at the other side of the coin. There was clearly some significant interest in Harper over the summer so it would surely stand to reason that the same interest still exists.
We aren’t exactly blessed for cover in central-midfield at present. Olivier Ntcham has played the odd game but his position looks increasingly like it will be further forward. We’re still overly reliant on Callum McGregor and Scott Brown.
The resurrection of a move for Harper boils down to three questions. Would we be interested? Why not? Would West Brom be keen to sell? Almost certainly. Would Harper still be keen on the move? Given his current situation, probably.
It’s one to keep an eye on this January.