Barca signs West Brom U-16 striker

Barcelona have signed England Under-16 striker Louie Barry on a three-year contract from West Bromwich Albion.

Birmingham-born Barry, 16, had been with the Baggies since he was six and turned down the offer of a professional contract with the Championship club.

West Brom will receive £235,000 in compensation from the La Liga champions, according to news agency Reuters.

Barcelona say Barry will play for their Under-19 squad next season.

The Spanish club say the forward “is considered one of the best young players in English football” and “has passed the relevant medical tests”.

Barry won the golden boot with three goals as he helped England Under-16s win Val-de-Marne, a Uefa tournament, last year.

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