Callum Robinson will be playing in the Premier League next season
Barcelona have confirmed the signing of 16 year-old Louie Barry from West Brom
Callum Robinson has been given permission to leave Preston. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
The Championship side did not name the top flight club involved, although indications are that it is newly promoted Sheffield United.
Robinson, 24, scored 13 goals in 36 appearances for Preston last season.
A statement on their official website read: “Preston North End can confirm they have accepted a bid from a Premier League club for forward Callum Robinson.
“The player has been given permission to leave the team’s Irish training camp in order to discuss personal terms and undertake a medical ahead of a proposed move.
“There will be no further comment from the club at this time.”
Meanwhile Barcelona have confirmed the signing of 16 year-old Louie Barry from West Brom. The Birmingham born teenager, who played for the Republic of Ireland at both Under-15 and Under-16 levels last year, has agreed a three year deal and will join up with the club’s Under-19 squad.
Announcing the arrival of the striker, Barcelona described him as “one of the best young player in English football,” something that certainly appears to have been reflected in the amount of interest in him.
West Brom had reportedly hoped to hold on to him but PSG, Juventus and Manchester United were amongst the clubs who were reported to have made bids to lure him away and the youngster looked to be on the verge of a move to Paris when he did a medical there last Thursday, only for Barcelona to intervene.
Barry featured in a couple of games against Cyprus for Jason O’Donoghue’s Under-15 Irish side only last August and scored in the second of two 2-0 wins. Three months later, he was a member of the Under-16 side that finished second in the Victory Shield and scored in the 4-0 win over Wales.
He has also been a regular for England at Under-16 level, though, and has done well for them in a couple of tournaments.
No fee has been agreed with West Brom, where Barry had played since he was six year-old and estimates of the compensation the Championship club will be entitled to suggest they will receive less than €250,000.