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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Chelsea offer for Brown rebuffed

Published 08/07/2013 | 21:23

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Teenager Isaiah Brown is wanted by Chelsea

West Brom have confirmed they have turned down an offer from Chelsea for their teenage midfielder Isaiah Brown.

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Brown, 16, made his debut for the midlands outfit last season, coming off the bench in the 3-2 Barclays Premier League home loss to Wigan in May - his sole senior appearance to date. He has been capped by England at Under-16 and Under-17 level.

A statement on West Brom's official website said: "Albion have today rejected an offer from Chelsea for academy product Isaiah Brown. Under Premier League rules the Baggies are due compensation from the London club for the 16-year-old midfielder, who has been at the Hawthorns for three years and had agreed to sign scholarship forms."

Albion sporting and technical director Richard Garlick said: "We are disappointed by Chelsea's offer.

"We have invested a lot of time and money in Isaiah's development as a player and - as one of our most exciting academy products in recent years - we had hoped to bring him through into our first team.

"But Chelsea have forced our hands and we are more than prepared for the matter to be decided by a tribunal if needs be.

"More importantly, it makes you question why these young players are joining bigger clubs when they are likely to gain more first-team opportunities in the Barclays Premier League at clubs similar to us."

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